How to Make Concrete Letters

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Cement used to be one of those intimidating mediums that was only used for sidewalks and garage floors. Not anymore! These days, people are using cement for all kinds of projects. I'm a particular fan of these custom letters! Follow this simple tutorial by The Inventor Channel

Supplies:

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Mixing Containers ➥

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spray paint cans ➥

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Wax paper

Cardboard letter shapes

Fast dry cement

knife & scissors & tape

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Step 1: Cut the Cardboard to Make Letters Shapes

  • draw small squares using ruler and pen
  • You want the bottom of the letter to face outward so you might have to flip it over before cutting Use a knife or scissors to cut the cardboard

Step 2: Make a Template

  • make a template using glue gun and tape

Step 3: Roughly Line the Bottom of the Letter With Wax Paper

  • This gives it a nice texture and also slows down the dry time so you have more time to smooth the top.

Step 4: Mix Concrete and Fill Templates

  • Make sure you have your PPE (personal protective equipment on) before you start handling the concrete mix.
  • add a few ladles of mix adding a small amount of water to your mixing container.
  • adding more water DOES weaken the concrete slightly. in total, you’ll need to mix for 2-3 minutes to make sure everything is incorporated.
  • fill the letters to overflowing. Then, using a trowel, smooth the top. If you don’t have one then just use a knife or other tool to smooth.
  • Lay wax paper on top and let the cement dry.

Step 5: Peel Off the Cardboard and Wax Paper

  • put some water to the cement shapes

Step 6: Paint (optional)

  • To do this, put on a glove (so you don’t spray your fingers) and hold the top of the letter, spraying the shapes with your spray paint of choice.

Step 7: Enjoy!!

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