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This instructables will show you how to make concrete letter easily, using near-to-hand materials. Though it's a little tricky to make a few concrete letters, such as 'F, J, Y, P, O'.... I'm hoping to post another ible on that very soon.

But for now, I made a concrete 'M' and I was surprised to find out how easy it is to make concrete letter :)

 
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Step 1: Materials Needed

To make concrete letter you'll need:

  1. Concrete or cement and sand),
  2. Bucket or pot (to mix the concrete),
  3. Rubber gloves,
  4. Cardboard (to make the mould),
  5. X-acto knife,
  6. Pencil and ruler,
  7. Hot glue,

Step 2: Making the Mould

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Sketch a letter of your choice on a cardboard and cut it out with an x-acto knife. Mine was 'M'. The width of the letter should be at least 1 inch, you can increase the width if you want to.

Now cut out 2-3 inches wide cardboard strips, long enough to cover the sides of the cut-out letter.

Glue the cardboard strip around the letter using hot glue,

When a strip ends, add another cardboard strip from that end and wrap a brown tape on the joint part to make sure that there's no gap between the strips.

This cardboard letter box will be the mould.

Step 3: Completing the Mould

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This step is really important.

The cardboard will absorb water and ruin the mould, so I wrapped the outside of the cardboard letter with duct tape.

Step 4: Mixing Concrete

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Wear rubber gloves before mixing the cement.

Measure 2 parts of cement and 3 parts of sand.

Mix them very well,

Pour a small amount of water into the sand and cement mixture and mix them well with the water,

Pour more water if the cement mixture is too thick. But keep in mind not to make the mixture too thin or too thick.

Step 5: Filling the Mould

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Place the mould (cardboard letter box) in a hard, flat surface,

Carefully pour the concrete mix into the mould (cardboard letter),

Try to fill the whole cardboard letter box equally.

Allow the cement to dry overnight (or at least 24 hours).

pjadkowski5 months ago
Very cool
toriosum5 months ago
It looke really cool
bricobart5 months ago

If ever you want to make your creations a bit sturdier, you can add some fibres in the mixture. I use those glassfibres regularly and they really make a difference in the strength of your work. It's like armed concrete, but without the iron skeleton making stuff. Lovely work, btw ;)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  bricobart5 months ago

Thanks so much for the suggestion :) I didn't know anything about glass fibers, I will surely give it a try next time. But first I have to check for glass fibers in stores :)

Thanks!

You're welcome Muhaiminah ;) Like I also said to Tarun, you can add nails as well to your mix to make it 'armed'. Once I've seen the making of an industrial concrete parking, and instead of building a heavy rebar-structure first those guys added a kind of 'hairpins' to the mix. Same strength as armed concrete, a lot less work (it really looked like hairpins but you can use nails as wel). In your case: glass fibres (looks like cat hair) would be much more discrete. Succes! ;)

Dear Friend, Enlighten me about glassfibres over PM

Allright my friend, I'll send you a message! To other members: even wiki talks about it ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass_fiber_reinforced_concrete

No_Limits5 months ago

Really liked this instructable. Great Work!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  No_Limits5 months ago

Thanks you so much! :)

lindarose925 months ago

This is so cool! I can understand your obsession with gold, I saw gold acrylic paint in a store a while ago and I HAD to get it :D

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  lindarose925 months ago

Thanks Linda! out of swirl and into gold now! a small touch of gold acrylic paint can change everything! :)

krummrey5 months ago

Have to try the gold and concrete combo. Looks great.

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  krummrey5 months ago

Thanks! it sure does :)

doodlecraft5 months ago

I too, love the combo of concrete and some gold! :) Nice work, fun way to make a monogram! :)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  doodlecraft5 months ago

^_^ It sure was fun to make this concrete letter! Thanks!

Wow... M for Muhaiminah :). Lovely touch of gold :)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya5 months ago

Thanks! obsessed with gold color now :p