Thursday, February 23, 2012

[so cheap, so easy]: A to Z Faux Metal Letters

Ok, so before we go any further, let me assure you that I finally signed up for a photography class. I know, I know, I'm already an expert, but really...even I can improve. Seriously, I am the worst photographer, so please just squint your eyes and pretend like the pictures are awesome, mmmkay? Thanks. I knew I could count on you.

So about the letters...I used the chip decor letters from Hobby Lobby, which I love. They are $2.00 each, and I love the simple, clean lines. I used a metallic silver paint, then a teeny, tiny bit of dark stain, that I wiped on then right back off to give a little bit of a tarnished look. To get the letters to stand upright, I hot glued nickels to the bottom. I thought about using quarters, but seriously, what a waste of money! When I say cheap, I'm not messing around, people!
You promised you would squint your eyes.
Here they are posing as bookends. 
You can see the tarnish effect in this picture.
There are the nickels. Seriously, I could have taken time to wipe off the excess glue.
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  1. These are great! I may have to try one myself :)

  2. These look amazing...the "zinc" finish looks great and love them as bookends!!

  3. Hi Jamie! Stopping by from The Girl Creative link party. Your pictures aren't bad at all, you should see mine!! Letters turned out great! Thanks for sharing.
    Greetings from Spain

  4. how adorable! i have been lemming after the metal alphabets fro anthro since forever! this one is so easy!!

    thanks for sharing!

    xx, zhing


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