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How to Make Architectural Letters

Create the look of worn-metal architectural letters to display a little joy on a holiday mantel or entry table.

Janell Beals, Isabella & Max Rooms
Metallic Architectural Letters

Materials Needed:

  • paper mache letters
  • tinted primer
  • silver metallic paint
  • rust-colored acrylic paint
  • foam and bristle brushes
  • rag

Gather Supplies

Select letters, gather paint, brushes and rag.

Create Your Own Architectural Letters

Apply Primer

Brush a layer of primer over letter surfaces, leaving noticeable brush strokes in varying directions. Let dry to the touch.

Painting Fun Found in Letter Creation

Apply Metallic Paint

Brush a layer of metallic paint over letter surfaces, leaving noticeable brush strokes in varying directions.

Metallic Paint on Architectural Letters

Wipe Letters

Wipe away excess metallic paint with rag.

Architectural Letters With Metallic Paint

Add Rust Accents

Mix or use rust-colored paint to brush highlights over letter edges and any rough or raised areas.

Paint Architectural Letters

Wipe Letters

Wipe away excess rust-colored paint.

Creating Architectural Letters with Janell Beals

Apply Second Coat of Metallic Paint

Brush on second layer of metallic paint to diffuse rust accents.

Architectural Letter Creation with Janell Beals

Rub In and Wipe Away

Using rag, rub in metallic paint and wipe away any excess.

Creating Original Architectural Letters with Janell Beals

Display the Letters

Spell out the season's greetings on a table, mantel or location of your choice to spread a little holiday joy.

Architectural Letters
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