Have you seen the unfinished paper mache letters at the craft stores but wondered exactly what you would do with them?
I’ve made them over a few different ways, one of my most popular tutorials I’ve shared here has been for the DIY Metal Salvage Marquee Letter I made for Christmas, you can find that tutorial HERE.
This time, I’m going to show you how I turned these into solid faux metal letters with rounded nail heads.
As part of the boys room makeover, I gave their paper mache initial letters a facelift. They’ve had these in their room for years, and the only thing I ever did with them when I first brought them home was to paint them brown. And that’s fine, but it was time for a change.
This is one of the easiest ways to decorate these letters, and though it may be a little time consuming, the results are pretty great. And lets face it, making things cool for a boys room isn’t always easy.
Okay, so about those round metal nail heads. These letters are hollow on the inside, so you probably shouldn’t really nail anything into them. I guess you could, but because it was in a kids room, I didn’t want to take the chance of one falling out and begin stepped on.
Instead, to keep it child friendly, you know what I used? Hot glue. Yep, that’s it.
Using my hot glue gun, evenly space little dots of glue around the entire letter. I didn’t measure, just eyeballed it.
If you’ve ever hot glued anything, or tried to make perfect little round dots, you’ll probably already know that it’s almost impossible to do without leaving a little trail of glue and those pesky spiderwebs of glue strings.
My tip is to use a small razor or the edge of scissors to just slice the imperfections off.
Another hint, you can use a warm blow dryer and it will basically melt those spiderwebs away.
The results are a much cleaner little round glue dot. You may have to repeat the blow dryer trick a time or two before you get all the little strings off, but trust me, they’ll disappear.
To make them silver, one of my go-to spray paints for anything metallic is Krylon MAXX. I love the coverage this particular brand gives, and usually only one coat will do the trick.
I hung them on the wall with a little nail and the original plastic hanger they came with. I think a command hook would work well also.
Just CLICK HERE to see the Boys Room Makeover Part One- How I upcycled a $1 garage sale find into Planet Earth wall art.