Making Over a 3D Letter With Plumbing Panache

Recreate your outdoor decor 3D letter any way you wish

Recreate your outdoor decor 3D letter any way you wish!

Thumbing through my list of projects for my “Spruce Up Your Steps for Spring” post, I knew I wanted to make over our much weathered (and not so much in a good way) 3D letter “K”. It might seem like a little thing, but, as the design adage goes…it’s all in the details!

After much thought, I came up with something that would seem both feminine and masculine and in-line with our inside decor. Additionally, it would pull in the colors of our exterior. I used this photo as inspiration:

Inspiration 3D letter

Inspiration 3D letter with felt flowers. source: EmbellishedLiving, etsy

Since this metal letter had industrial written all over it (so to speak), I thought I’d create a “flower” out of a round spigot handle, as well as a tub strainer for added dimension. Fun! Have a look see, and tell me what you think about my 3D letter made over with plumbing panache…n’kay?


Simple industrial flower supplies

Simple industrial flower supplies. Not shown: painters tape and spray paint.

• 3D letter (yes, you can do this on a new one, too!)

• painters tape

• spray paint (you can use any color – I used a matte black for that industrial look-ooh!)

• E6000 adhesive

• industrial adornments (I used a red spigot handle and tub strainer…you can use anything you wish!)

Optional: ribbon, rope, twine, etc. to hang.


1. Clean and dust off cob webs and stuff from your letter.

Weathered 3D letter before

Not-so-well-weathered 3D letter before.

2. Tape off the edges.

Tape of sides of letter

Tape of sides of letter.

3. Spray color of choice onto the front of your letter. Allow to dry

Spray front with matte paint

Spray front with matte paint.

4. Apply glue to your adornment pieces AND your 3D letter. Before placing your “flower” onto the letter, wait approximately 2 minutes for the adhesive to slightly set up – this will make your spigot and strainer adhere better. Allow to dry up to 24 hours.

Apply a line of E6000 to adornment pieces

Apply a line of E6000 to adornment pieces and letter.

That’s it! You’re done!

 Your letter can be placed many places on your front steps

Your letter can be placed many places on your front steps.

Letter made over!

Letter made over!

Black front w:rustic side = 3D industrial!

Black front w:rustic side = 3D industrial!

All photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly


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Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly,'s key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).