If you’re a fan of #DIY crafts for personalized gifts, promotional giveaways and event supplies, you should consider adding a personal touch to your next gift, giveaway or event with two-tone concrete letters.
While browsing the Web for interesting fonts this morning, we stumbled upon a handy DIY guide for two-tone concrete letters. Wit And Whistle has the full guide, but we break it down to the essential steps below.
Step 0 - Hit the Shops for Some Essential Ingredients
+ Hollow Cardboard Letter(s), found at many craft shops
+ Box Cutter
+ Breathing Mask
+ Disposable Gloves
+ Two Plastic Spoons
+ Two Disposable Plastic Bowls
+ One Disposable Cup
+ Concrete Mix
+ Cement Color
Step 1 - Hollow Out the Letter
+ Cut the back of the cardboard letter off. This will serve as your concrete mold.
+ Remove any filler material from the inside of the letter.
Step 2 - Prepare the Concrete and Letter’s Interior
+ If this filler is simply cardboard strips, you can use it to create the divider for the two tones. Otherwise, you’ll have to find another solution.
+ Mix two separate batches of concrete using your gloves and mask. You don’t want to breathe in any toxic dust. Don’t forget to add some color to at least one of your concrete mixes; the goal is two achieve a two-tone look.
Step 3 - Add the Concrete
+ Fill in the letter interior.
+ Once you’ve filled in the interior as much as you can, remove the divider and add any concrete to any holes or gaps that are left. Don’t forget to check the sides for gaps too.
Step 4 - Remove the Mold
+ Wait 24 hours for the concrete to dry.
+ Finally, cut away the mold to revel the letter.
If you’re going to use the letter as a promotional gift (that raises brand awareness) to a special client, lead or partner, I recommend bundling it with other promotional giveaways that actually show the name and logo of your brand. Check out AnyPromo’s no-minimum page for promotional products that can be ordered in smaller quantities, such as iPad Cases, iPad Cases with built-in keyboards, Built Messenger Bags, leather shoulder bags and high-end portfolio / writing pads - all of which feature your own logo, name and message.
The letters can also make for some very interesting, custom supplies for events and parties. For example, you might assign guests a letter or number, and they would then sit at the table that features the letter or number. You can also make a whole name or sign from several letters, such as “happy birthday”. You might also use the letters to make an attention-attracting sign for your booth at the next trade show.
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