Holiday Happiness: DIY Portland Cement Letters

There’s a definite joy that accompanies this big holiday season, so why not embrace it, make it your own, and be outwardly merry?

Holiday Cheer in Portland Cement words.

There are few workable materials that I like more than portland cement. Put it right up there with Sculpey clay and Sugru. I’ve used this fine cement mixture a few times in the past to make things such as planters and door stops, but when I came across a set of ABC cookie cutters, I thought it might be fun to try making cement letters spelling something endearing for the holiday season.

Making cement letters using portland cement and cookie cutters.

Start by working on a smooth surface – I chose a piece of scrap wood. Spoon the well-mixed cement right into the letter forms. I didn’t find that much cement or water leaks through the bottom, but I keep my cement mixture moderately thick.

Making cement letters using portland cement and cookie cutters.

Allow the cement to cure in form for 6-8 hours. In my experience, there’s less of a chance of them breaking when you remove them from the mold while they’re still a little moist, so pop them free carefully and let them continue to dry for several more days in the open – you’ll see the color of the cement gradually lighten as it dries.

Portland cement dries to a much lighter shade of gray.

Merry cheer! I strung some tin foil balls over the window to add even more cheer, isn’t it cute? Try it at home to infuse your own seasonal spirit. Enjoy your little DIY display!

Be Merry! Create your own DIY holiday decor out of cookie cutters and portland cement.

Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at DIYNetwork.com. You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at facebook.com/merrypad.

2 Responses

  1. [...] Take it from me, if you’re going to buy a set of alphabet cookie cutters, don’t let the kids see you doing it. They will be really, really sad when they find out that you’re not making ABC cookies and instead mixing up some dirty cement letters in the cold basement. That moment of disappointment aside, this little experiment turned out really great, and in a very merry way, and makes our entryway special this year. The project could take many different avenues, so I hope it spurs some great projects in your home for this season and throughout the rest of the year. My only complaint, if I can be totally honest, the font in this kit I found at JoAnn’s is a bit too comic sans for me – I still wish I had spent more time tracking down a different set. See the full tutorial (and the finished project) here! [...]

  2. Moodyvega says:

    Next time try adding color to the soft cement before doing the mold..Its nice..

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