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 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.

To make the numbers, you’ll need:

  • El cheapo paper mache numbers from a craft store (such as JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby).
  • Acrylic craft paint in black, rust, and metallic silver
  • Paint brushes (with bristles – don’t use foam brushes)

Start by painting the number solid black, then brush on rust and metallic silver paints (in that order) to achieve the desired effect.

So cool. You’d never know this started out as a plain kraft paper number!