DIY Metal Industrial Initial Sign

DIY Metal Industrial Initial Sign | blesserhouse.com - Cute and inexpensive DIY gift for a wedding or anniversary!

Last week, the strangest thing happened.

Items in the Target Dollar Spot leaped off the shelves and into my cart and I have no idea how they got there. We are not responsible for temporarily blacking out in that section of Target, are we?

You know the usual inner monologue?

Self, I’m only stopping in here for milk. That’s it.

Yay! Hello pretty shiny red automatic doors!

Okay, milk…milk…milk…mi what’s this? Bins with cute farmhousey things? For a DOLLAR?

…10 minutes later I’m in the checkout line and realize I have all of these pretty vintage style knick-knacks and I forgot the milk. #GoFigure

And this time, these corrugated metal letter magnets escaped with me. They needed me.

DIY Metal Industrial Initial Sign | blesserhouse.com - Cute and inexpensive DIY gift for a wedding or anniversary!

So since they were just begging me to craft something industrial out of them, I made a DIY metal industrial initial sign as a bit of personalized decor for our master bedroom.

Supplies used:

  • Corrugated metal letter magnets (They might still have them at Target for $1 or I found these on Etsy.)
  • Small piece of scrap wood
  • Wood stain of your choice (I used Reclamation by Weatherwood Stains.)
  • Metal look spray paint (I used a leftover can of Rustoleum Aluminum.)
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Prepare yourselves, y’all, for the most complicated tutorial this blog has ever seen. (Obviously kidding.) You guys could figure this one out on your own but I’m sharing anyway.

I snagged a piece of scrap pine out of our pile from project leftovers in our garage to stain. I can’t wait to try out more of this stain I got from Weatherwood Stains because it reacts differently with a different weathered color for all kinds of species of wood. It’s been hanging out in our garage for a couple months as I’ve had plans to use it on a big project later.

The result of the stain on the pine was subtle since pine is a low tannin type of wood, but it still ended up naturally weathered.

DIY Metal Industrial Initial Sign | blesserhouse.com - Cute and inexpensive DIY gift for a wedding or anniversary!

Since two of the three metal letters were black (Target had a mix of colors with their letters), I gave them a quick spritz of the aluminum spray paint and let dry.

Then just placed the letters on the wood with some hot glue and that was it!

DIY Metal Industrial Initial Sign | blesserhouse.com - Cute and inexpensive DIY gift for a wedding or anniversary!

Fastest, easiest little craft ever. And it cost me all of $3 for the letters by digging into my project stash for the rest.

DIY Metal Industrial Initial Sign | blesserhouse.com - Cute and inexpensive DIY gift for a wedding or anniversary!

I love being able to dig through whatever supplies I already have lying around in my garage or craft closet to figure out how to use them up to make free projects.

DIY Metal Industrial Initial Sign | blesserhouse.com - Cute and inexpensive DIY gift for a wedding or anniversary!

So now Robert and I have a sweet little “R&L sittin’ in a tree” sort of keepsake. We’re coming up on our 5 year wedding anniversary, which is so hard to believe. Time has flown!

DIY Metal Industrial Initial Sign | blesserhouse.com - Cute and inexpensive DIY gift for a wedding or anniversary!

By the way, do you see a peek of a change happening to our headboard in that above picture? Eek! More on that next week.

DIY Metal Industrial Initial Sign | blesserhouse.com - Cute and inexpensive DIY gift for a wedding or anniversary!

If you’re in the mood to DIY a few crafts from your own project leftover stash, you can check out these other ones I’ve done before too.

DIY Driftwood Anniversary Art

Anniversary Date Driftwood Sign | blesserhouse.com - Cute and inexpensive DIY gift for a wedding or anniversary!

DIY Rustic Industrial Jewelry Organizer

DIY Rustic Industrial Jewelry Organizer | blesserhouse.com - Fun idea to organize jewelry using scrap items!

Have you ever made any spectacular crafts from just project leftovers? Or do you get sucked in to the Target Dollar Spot like I do? It’s kryptonite, I tell ya.

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12 Comments

  1. Where did you get those lamps? I have never much cared for bedside lamps, but those are convincing me otherwise!

  2. I want to go to the Target Dollar Spot now!! Do I have a piece of scrap wood? Can I get a ride?!! But this is just too fun!!! I’ve been not real well so my mind swirls with ideas!!! I did my anniversary sign when you posted as ours is also in July. I even wrote it out first and got the year mixed up!!! But mine turned out great. I think the initial on board would make a great gift. And not too hard??Just whistle a bit and get it done!!! I’m forever making projects from what I have on hand!!!

    1. You are so cute, Gwen. 🙂 Hope you start feeling well again soon. I totally agree. It would be a really cute gift. Maybe even a bundle with the anniversary sign!

  3. Uh oh, you start to turn into Elizabeth Barnes Jr.! The sign is very pretty! Happy 5th anniversary Lauren!

  4. Oh My sister and I always get sucked into the dollar spot. I never leave that store without a few goodies. This sign is so cute. Can’t wait to see your headboard makeover!

    1. It’s way too fun, isn’t it? Haha! Like a black hole that just sucks you in the second you walk in the door. So sneaky. 😉 Thanks for the love, Hope!

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