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Monday, October 14, 2013

Make Plastic Look Rusty This Easy Way

I like to use rusty accents for my primitive Santa dolls. The rusty look is perfect with the vintage quilts I use for their outfits. But it seems that anything rusty in the crafting world costs extra, so I came up with this easy, cheap and totally neat way to fake that old, rusty patina.

Here are some pastel plastic star buttons from The Dollar Store. Score! I knew I could work some rusty magic on these.


For this project I used spray paint in gloss brown and Dollar Store cinnamon. That's it!


We did this outside since the spray paint is stinky. I sprayed the buttons til the pastel colors were completely covered. While the paint was still tacky, my grandson and I sprinkled them  with cinnamon. Easy peasy! How wonderful authentic and rusty they look now! After the first few buttons we learned just how much cinnamon to dust on each one for this fabulous look. 



Next, I grabbed the favor star necklaces I'd found in the party section at Walmart. Four for ninety seven cents is a real deal! We hung them up and spray painted them brown, making sure we got all the  surfaces covered. Instead of sprinkling the cinnamon on each necklace, I put about two tablespoons of cinnamon in a plastic sandwich bag and dropped the sticky necklaces inside and shook them around thoroughly.


Then I took a bit of pumpkin orange craft paint and ran my paint brush down each string of stars, so the color hit the high spots. Ooh aah!

I also tried this with brown craft paint first and then the cinnamon, but it was too persnickety and slow for me. I love the convenience of the spray paint and it is much stickier for the cinnamon step. I call this a win win.

I spent $2 on the buttons and the cinnamon from the Dollar Store.
I already had the glossy brown spray paint in my stash.

And I am totally pleased with the way this come out! Now I'm considering a Christmas tree totally decked out in rusty, vintage style ornaments. How cool would a beaded garland look all rusted up like this? Gotta try it!

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8 comments:

  1. This is a great idea - and could be used in many ways. I'm definitely going to try it!

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  2. That's quite the transformation. Very cool! Didn't think the dollar store would have spray paint, which I just bought somewhere else. Arrrgh! I'll have to investigate...

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    1. "I spent $2 on the buttons and the cinnamon from the Dollar Store.

      I already had the glossy brown spray paint in my stash."

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  3. WHAT A BRILLINT IDEA! THANK YOU FOR SHARING!

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  4. Great idea! Thanks. I plan to try it on a stool base. Wish me luck!

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  5. Great idea! Thanks. I plan to try it on a stool base. Wish me luck!

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  6. Oh my gracious...!!! This is such a wonderful idea,will be attempting it. Thank you so much!

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  7. Oh my gracious...!!! This is such a wonderful idea,will be attempting it. Thank you so much!

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