3D Metallic Holiday Sign for $10

6 Materials
$10-18
3 Hours
Medium

I know it is a bit early to be starting in on Christmas bliss, but who can help themselves? This is a fun and cheap way to add some metallic glitz to your mantle, or to hang on your door. To make this 3D metallic holiday piece all you need to do is save some cardboard boxes, grab some gold leaf and a box cutter, and get to molding. You could use the same technique to make any word of your choice!
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Obviously this piece has a Christmas theme, but you could make someone's name or another word if you so choose!
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SUPPLIES:
-Gold Leaf
-Cardboard
-Metallic Spray Paint (optional)
-Craft Glue or hot glue (I wound up using hot glue and it worked better!)
-Ruler
-Box Cutter
-Poking / Tracing Tool
-Print out of your word
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STEP 1: Trace and cut out the word
Choose the word f your choice and trace it onto the cardboard. I used a knitting needle and just pressed around the words, so there was an indent in the cardboard.
Once the word is completely traced simply cut it out from the rest of the cardboard with a box cutter.
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STEP 2: Cut cardboard strips
Cut several strips of cardboard out each with a width of 5.5" or so and in the longest lengths you can. Once you have these strips cut out, you will need to break down the rigidness of the board so that they are moldable.
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STEP 3: Glue the thick strips to your work
Glue your strips of cardboard to the edge of the cutout word, so that it traces around the entire outer edge. Make sure to curve the strips where needed and bend the angles as well to ensure a crisp outline.
*I used hot glue instead of craft glue and it was much easier to work with
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Once you are done, your word should look something like this. It will be able to stand on the strips you glued to the word cutout and will have a 3D effect.
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STEP 4: Spray paint it
Spray the entire word with a metallic gold spray paint. Make sure to get in all the crevices. (You don't have to paint it if you plan on gold leafing the entire thing. However, gold leaf is pricier than paint, and paint is easier to apply into deep crevices where the gold leaf wouldn't even be seen, so it is a smart idea to paint a base layer and then go from there)
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STEP 5: Cover it in gold leaf
If you don't want to cover your entire piece in gold leaf, you should at least cover the seams where the cardboard pieces meet. First you will need to apply a layer of adhesive.
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tThen take your gold leaf and apply pieces over your adhesive.
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If you only cover the seams it will still look pretty great and just has a more matte appearance with some fun glitz around the edge.
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I decided to cover the front facing word cutout, so that it had a more metallic finish.
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Part of me wants to make an entire quote this way and stream it across a wall in my apartment, but that would be quite a project!
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  • Katie Latham
    on Dec 8, 2017

    where did you get the letter template?
    • Kay
      on Dec 17, 2018

      When it comes to computers, let's say I'm a Late bloomer! I just bought a new laptop and printer hoping to "pick it up" So thanks for the easiest description of how to print a single letter. Now I don't have to wade through Pinterest for images to copy.. I can do it myself 🙈

  • Paige Jones
    on Dec 14, 2018

    My kids and I will be trying this project this weekend. Can I use anything around the edges besides gold leaf?

  • Gale
    on Dec 14, 2018

    How did you break down the cardboard to make it bendable?

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