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…
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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