DIY party decor: Antiqued silver numbers

May 10, 2012  ·  Posted under party decor

It’s always nice to add a little WOW factor in your party decor, and here’s a DIY idea that’s has a lot of impact: large zinc numbers! This idea is courtesy of Mary Beth at Annapolis and Company, who made these numbers for her son Keller’s book-themed first birthday. Aren’t they good-lookin’? They’re inspired by Anthropologie.

Besides being super-chic, they’re also versatile – you can use them as party decor or as a prop for your invitation photoshoot. (That’s cutie-pie Keller in the photo below.) : )

To make the numbers, you start with el cheapo paper mache numbers from a craft store (such as JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby):

Then, you layer black, rust, and metallic silver paint (in a particular order) to achieve the desired effect.

So cool. You’d never know this started out as a plain kraft paper number! For a detailed shopping list and a step-by-step photo tutorial on how to apply the paint, visit Annapolis and Company.

Re-posted with permission from Mary Beth at Annapolis and Company. Thank you so much, Mary Beth!


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    Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 5:26 pm
    mary beth says:
    I'm delighted you could use this project Heather!
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    Saturday, May 12th, 2012 at 11:00 am
    Chloe Crabtree says:
    Great idea and technique for making the numbers "zinc"! I love using these oversized numbers and letters for party props, and this is a great idea for a different finish on them.
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      Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 at 10:30 pm
      Heather says:
      There's really no end to what you can do with these numbers and letters, right?! I would've never thought of this technique myself, though, that's for sure!