Anthropologie-inspired zinc letters {a tutorial}

 Several months ago, I was looking for something new to display on my kitchen wall over my cabinets. I remembered seeing some gawg-eous zinc letters at Anthropologie, but at nearly $20 a pop, they were faaar out of my price range. A quick trip to Hobby Hobby later, and I had the supplies to recreate my own…

…and here they are at home in my kitchen…

Want to make your own? Here’s what you need…

If memory serves, the paper mache letters are about $2 a piece. You can choose just one color of paint, but I found that adding a second just gives the letters another dimension and some added visual texture.

I don’t even have pics of the rest of the steps, because it’s that easy, folks.

Just paint your letters with whichever color you choose for the base coat (I chose the darker color-Wrought Iron), and, once dry, lightly brush the second color (I used Metallic Gunmetal) over the first. I used a paper towel for this step, but a dry brush would work as well.

Definitely a 30 minute makeable!



  1. I love this! And I love Anthro, but it is ridiculously expensive for stuff like that…. great idea :)

  2. These are great! I spotted them on Knock off decor and had to come and see! So fun I have the perfect spot in my kitchen like yours!

  3. LOVE these letters. I’ve been wanting letters for my kitchen but couldn’t bare spend the crazy expensive prices. Must make ASAP!

  4. Darlene R.No Gravatar says:

    I would love to do these for my daughters apartment. How did you attach them to the wall. The paper mâché letters I have seen do not have hangers.

    • burlap+blueNo Gravatar says:

      They do not, you are right! I used the 3M removable foam pad things…have you seen them? I know Target has them. xoxo

  5. Great knock off! Saw you over on Knock Off blog :-)

    I redid my kitchen and considered using some words too! I thought it would hilarious to have it say “Laundry”…just my odd sense of humor. When I redid our basement laundry room I thought it would be a hoot to put “EAT” on the wall. Isn’t it fun to get a DIY look so close to the expensive one! Kudos to you :-)

  6. Those are great! I’m just curious — what section of Hobby Lobby are the letters located in?

  7. Love this idea! I actually have the ‘A’ from anthro -I’ll have to make some more imitations!! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Beth@the daily paragraphNo Gravatar says:

    This is a great idea. I just saw these letters the other day, and wondered what to do with them.
    Now I know!! Saw you on Knock Off blog.

  9. Wow so close to the true metal letters. I have plaster walls and these would be much easier to adhere, thanks for the post. Saw you on Knock off Decor too. I think I might do “vintage” for the dining area.

    • burlap+blueNo Gravatar says:

      Ooo…great word! Thanks so much for commenting-you have a lovely shop! Have a great weekend! xo

  10. ElizabethNo Gravatar says:

    So cool! Loved this idea so much that I ran over to Hobby Lobby and got everything I needed. So far it looks great,just waiting for the paint to dry so I can finish with the last step. Thanks so much for sharing this great tutorial! :)