Faux bronzed alphabet block

Bronzed Alphabet Block Home Decor by Jen Goode

By combining carving techniques and layers of paint, you can create a pretty décor accent for anywhere in your home that looks like real stone or metal. I wanted this faux bronze alphabet block to look a bit like a bronzed wooden block. I think this DIY Father’s Day craft would make a great gift—it’s masculine and charming and it complements a rustic or old world décor. Make more than one to spell out a name or inspirational word.



4″ Smoothfoam cube
Clay carving tools and/or a heat tool
DecoArt paints in 3 shades of brown, cream, gold
DecoArt Triple-Thick Gloss Glaze
Paper towels and wax paper


1.  Carve a design into the Smoothfoam block. I began with clay-carving tools but found a heat tool allowed me to get a little more detail much quicker. Each side features a different letter, to spell LOVE. The top and bottom are heart designs.

Carving Smoothfoam block

2.  Paint the entire block using a medium brown.

3.  To use a paper towel as a blotting cloth, fold it lengthwise and twist the ends together into a handle to hold, leaving the flat folded area to blot with. Tap the towel into some paint, then tap off the excess on to a sheet of wax paper before applying it to the block.

Painting Smoothfoam carved block

4.  Add layers of color using this blotting technique. Start with gold, then dark brown, then cream, then medium brown. Placing lighter shades under the darker colors will give your piece more highlights and shadows, creating a “bronzed” texture. Allow to dry.

5.  Apply a generous coat of glaze on each side, one at a time, allowing it to dry before doing the next side to prevent dripping.

Gloss glaze coat on carved Smoothfoam block

Bronzed Alphabet Block up close

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About Jen Goode

I'm a work-at-home mom of 3 and a creative professional. I love all things creative and I enjoy working with all kinds of materials from handmade mixed-media crafts, fabric and sculpture to Illustration, painting and digital design. I'm always looking to learn something new and make something fun, and I strive to inspire this same passion for creativity in all ages.

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