DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder

DIY Hanging Concrete Monogram

DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder

Okay, so I’m going to be totally honest here and say this isn’t my favorite project I’ve ever made. I think mainly it’s because it didn’t quite come out as crazy awesome as I had originally imagined it in my mind, and every time that happens I feel a little let down with the end result no matter how it turns out… unless it turns out even better than I thought, of course. Jared insists that it’s still really cool and that we need to share it, so here it goes!

The one thing about this DIY hanging concrete monogram is that the material we used to make it is definitely solid like concrete, but you work with it like clay instead of having to make molds to pour it into. So in that regard, the possibilities are pretty much endless and you can definitely use this tutorial for concept for lots of things.

Seriously, you can make just about anything with this stuff, and in this case, we turned it into a hanging custom keyring holder…

Shapecrete

Brass hook and screw kit

Thin brass rods for an added gold touch (optional)

Paint brush and cup of water for touching up the edges

Wax paper

Disposable gloves (for easier cleanup on your hands!)

DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder

Lay down a sheet of wax paper to work the cement on so that when it dries it doesn’t stick to the surface you’re working on.

Next mix the Shapecrete according to the instructions on the container. This was the first time we’ve ever used it, and it was plenty simple to mix! Once you have it mixed to the consistency of clay, start molding your letters.

At first we made regular initials, but I decided I like the cursive name concept better because it was a more unique element to using the Shapecrete since you can mold it however you’d like.

DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder

Once you have your general shapes molded, use a large paint brush dipped in a little bit of water (not too much!) to smooth out the rough edges and cleanup the lines on the sides of the monogram so everything is as smooth as possible.

DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder

Now insert the brass open ended hook in the bottom of the monogram (this will be what the keys hang on) while the cement is still soft, and insert the enclosed gold hooks at the top (this will be what the letters hang from on the wall).

DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder

Then use the water dipped paint brush to make sure the cement around the hooks is nice and smooth, and pushed tightly against the hook so that it’s fitted to the letters securely.

DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder

If you want to add some brass rod elements, you can do so while the cement is still soft and you’re inserting the hooks. Once you have the look you want, let the cement dry for 48 hours, and then you’re ready to hang it!

DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder

Do you all ever make things and they just don’t pan out the way you want, and it’s inevitably a let down? I’m definitely not exempt from that! It’s kind of like when you’re just not feeling cute, and it doesn’t matter how many people tell you your outfit looks great, it just still doesn’t feel right. Do you know what I mean?

Any how, I hope some of you at least get some inspiration out of this project! It’s definitely a super cute idea for a gender neutral kids decor that has a functionality to it, also!

Let me know what you think in the comments, and be sure to share your projects and recipes with #mysugarandcloth and #sugarandcloth so we can follow along with what you’re making from the blog, too!

photos by Jared Smith

DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder

DIY Hanging Concrete Monogram

DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder

Okay, so I’m going to be totally honest here and say this isn’t my favorite project I’ve ever made. I think mainly it’s because it didn’t quite come out as crazy awesome as I had originally imagined it in my mind, and every time that happens I feel a little let down with the end result no matter how it turns out… unless it turns out even better than I thought, of course. Jared insists that it’s still really cool and that we need to share it, so here it goes!

The one thing about this DIY hanging concrete monogram is that the material we used to make it is definitely solid like concrete, but you work with it like clay instead of having to make molds to pour it into. So in that regard, the possibilities are pretty much endless and you can definitely use this tutorial for concept for lots of things.

Seriously, you can make just about anything with this stuff, and in this case, we turned it into a hanging custom keyring holder…

Shapecrete

Brass hook and screw kit

Thin brass rods for an added gold touch (optional)

Paint brush and cup of water for touching up the edges

Wax paper

Disposable gloves (for easier cleanup on your hands!)

DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder

Lay down a sheet of wax paper to work the cement on so that when it dries it doesn’t stick to the surface you’re working on.

Next mix the Shapecrete according to the instructions on the container. This was the first time we’ve ever used it, and it was plenty simple to mix! Once you have it mixed to the consistency of clay, start molding your letters.

At first we made regular initials, but I decided I like the cursive name concept better because it was a more unique element to using the Shapecrete since you can mold it however you’d like.

DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder

Once you have your general shapes molded, use a large paint brush dipped in a little bit of water (not too much!) to smooth out the rough edges and cleanup the lines on the sides of the monogram so everything is as smooth as possible.

DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder

Now insert the brass open ended hook in the bottom of the monogram (this will be what the keys hang on) while the cement is still soft, and insert the enclosed gold hooks at the top (this will be what the letters hang from on the wall).

DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder

Then use the water dipped paint brush to make sure the cement around the hooks is nice and smooth, and pushed tightly against the hook so that it’s fitted to the letters securely.

DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder

If you want to add some brass rod elements, you can do so while the cement is still soft and you’re inserting the hooks. Once you have the look you want, let the cement dry for 48 hours, and then you’re ready to hang it!

DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder DIY hanging cement monogram - sugar and cloth - decor - keyring holder

Do you all ever make things and they just don’t pan out the way you want, and it’s inevitably a let down? I’m definitely not exempt from that! It’s kind of like when you’re just not feeling cute, and it doesn’t matter how many people tell you your outfit looks great, it just still doesn’t feel right. Do you know what I mean?

Any how, I hope some of you at least get some inspiration out of this project! It’s definitely a super cute idea for a gender neutral kids decor that has a functionality to it, also!

Let me know what you think in the comments, and be sure to share your projects and recipes with #mysugarandcloth and #sugarandcloth so we can follow along with what you’re making from the blog, too!

photos by Jared Smith

Comments

  • brittni

    02.25.16

    So fun, Ash! I love Shapecrete too… So much easier than regular concrete for this kind of stuff.

    • Ashley said:

      Thanks B! And of course you’d be one that already knew about Shapecrete!

    • Thanks, Paige! I’m really glad you like it! You’ll have a lot of fun working with Shapecrete!

  • Sarah Lou Nails

    02.25.16

    I love the idea! Maybe it would look better if you flattened it out and gave it straight smooth edges & corners. So it looks more like it was poured in a mold?

    • Not a bad idea! It would definitely give it a cleaner look

  • Kara whitten

    02.25.16

    I think it looks great! Have you tried sanding it? I bet if you sanded it to create a more faceted look it would be cool. Or maybe just smooth the letters out a bit. I have never even heard of this product, but you are right in the fact that it could be used for tons of fun projects!

    • Thanks for the tip, Kara! Sanding it is a great idea. The possibilities are endless, I’m sure well be using it again in the near future!

  • Kristina B

    02.25.16

    Just knowing such a thing as Shapecrete exists is awesome!!

    • I know! It’s so versatile and super easy to use! I definitely recommend trying it out

    • Thanks, Chloe! You really could use it for so many different projects!

  • Francesca Frith

    02.25.16

    This is such a lovely idea and I LOVE that rucksack!!!

    • Ashley said:

      Thanks Francesca! I’m glad you love it! And I’m loving that watch in your recent post!

  • Alexandra Adams

    02.25.16

    I totally know what you mean about things not coming out quite right. That said, I love this! And there are so many different kinds of projects you can use this for–I’ve never heard of Shapecrete, so this totally just opened up a whole new world of possibilities!

    Alexandra Adams | X Height Ment

    • Ashley said:

      Yay, I’m glad you got some new ideas from it!!

    • Ashley said:

      yay, so glad you like it!

  • Ben

    02.26.16

    What kind of pain I have to use to paint this beautiful home accessory?

    • Ashley said:

      You can really use any type of craft or outdoor/home paint depending on if it will inside or outside :)

    • Ashley said:

      you can use any type of craft paint :)

  • Rachel

    03.18.16

    Where’s your pretty backpack from?

    • Ashley said:

      Hey Rachel! It was from Topshop last year :)

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