Faux Hammered Metal Tutorial

Today we’re going to use a craft store staple to knock out some cheap and impressive faux hammered metal letters!
Get the look of hammered metal with this faux tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Get the look of hammered metal with this faux tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger Right now I’m knees deep in redoing my main bathroom. It is the only bathroom with a shower or tub so, as far as I’m concerned it is the only bathroom that counts (since it is the only one guests normally see). Whenever more than one person needs to pee, however, opinions differ and everyone thinks my teeny water closet off my bedroom is pretty fantastic.

I’ve been working on more storage room, making my shower appear bigger and all of that good stuff and decided that I wanted to take the abstract art reprint that has been in there for close to 7 years down. But what to go in its place?

I went into the craft closet to find some inspiration. I had a bunch of 8.5 inch tall wood letters but they didn’t spell anything good. After playing around I figured out if I bought a “C” I could spell clean! How awesome is that?

The look I really wanted was hammered metal. but since I have no idea how to do that or how to get that onto my letters I decided to try something else out. A few bags of 20mm silver sequins later and I had a plan (faux sho’)

Now what is nifty about this is it doesn’t have to be used on just wooden letters. This fun way to emulate hammered metal can be used on just about anything!

For this project you will need:

Now most of my letters were already painted black. I did take my new “C” and run black around just the edges. I suggest you do the same for a nice, clean look.

Get the look of hammered metal with this faux tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Take a small amount of hot glue and put it on the bottom of your letter. Quickly place your sequins on top of the glue and slightly overlapping one another. You’ll want the sequins to go beyond the edges so the entire piece is fully covered in the end.

Get the look of hammered metal with this faux tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Continue gluing down your sequins in kind of a fish scale pattern. They don’t have to be perfectly spaced. Be sure to place the hole in the sequin where it will either be cut off or covered up.

Get the look of hammered metal with this faux tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Since you are using hot glue you’ll be able to start trimming up the edges immediately. Using your knife trace the edges of the letter to trim. On straight areas scissors will really speed on the process and make nice, clean corners for you.

Get the look of hammered metal with this faux tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Repeat for as many letters as you need. Fair warning, it’s going to look like disco died on your desktop (or at least the disco ball exploded).

Get the look of hammered metal with this faux tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Happy Thursday!!


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  1. says

    Great! They look amazing… But what about the steam from the shower, maybe you should paint their back with some waterproof paint or something. I wanted to hang also in my bathroom, but the steam is a problem…

  2. Allison Murray says

    You know, Irene, you bring up an excellent point and one I haven't considered. I think that I'll go with a moderate layer of polyurethane to protect…

  3. says

    Hi, Allison! Just saw this on Decor Hacks and had to come see how you did it! That is such a mind blower – I would never have thought you could get that effect from those simple sequins. Fantastic post, thanks for the great idea! Now off to peruse the rest of your blog…

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