This post was originally published on DIY Network’s blog Made + Remade in November 2012.
There’s a definite joy that accompanies this big holiday season, so why not embrace it, make it your own, and be outwardly merry?
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.
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.
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.
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!