3D Metallic Holiday Sign for $10
-Metallic Spray Paint (optional)
-Craft Glue or hot glue (I wound up using hot glue and it worked better!)
-Poking / Tracing Tool
-Print out of your 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.
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.
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
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)
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.
- Cardboard (Recycle)
- Gold Spray Paint (Home Depot)
- Gold Leaf (Amazon)
- Hot Glue (Had on Hand)
- Word Printout (Computer)
Mcgypsy9 on Jan 03, 2020
It is very pretty! You could also use gold wrapping paper over the cardboard. They make it shiny like the gold leaf...a bit harder to find but it’s out there. You would just use something like mod Podge to put it on with. I need to try this with something before next Xmas so I can get some practice on bending the cardboard into shape. Thanks it’s just lovely! Oh and when you decided to cover the front facing word cutout, what did you use on that?