DIY Rust! {Get that Groovy Grungy Look at Home!}

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to use basic supplies you probably already have to get an old rusty patina look for your home decor and papercraft projects!


You can buy specifically made rust kits to create these effects but in today’s tutorial I’ll show you how easy it is to get the look with common supplies. Watch the video to see how!

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*Here is my faux pewter tutorial that I mentioned in the video!

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Directions for rust paste:
1. Mix grit in to dark brown (burnt umber) and reddish-brown (burnt sienna) separately. You want a loose mud consistency.

2. Apply dark brown to your substrate (use embossed thin cardboard with layers of die cut cardboard for a nice texture) with a stiff brush working it into the nooks and crannies. You can stipple on the paint for extra texture. Let dry.

3. Dry brush copper or gold over the panel.

4. Use a palette knife to apply the reddish-brown. You can stipple on some of the red-brown color too.

5. Mix turquoise and white to make a pale aqua. Add water and apply to panel then spray with water so it will drip and look like patina.

I hope you try this technique with the supplies you have on hand and let me know how it goes! If you enjoyed this tutorial I’d love it if you shared it with your crafty friends using one of the handing sharing buttons below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


8 Responses

  1. Love it. Now I have a method for paints and for Distress Oxides. Thank you


  2. Wow, that turned out super cool! I love the steam punk look, but am never sure how to achieve it, it’s just not where my brain wants to go!, but with this method I think I could get an antique-ish steam punk look with so much ease–awesome!! Thanks for the tutorial!


  3. Lindsay love, love your video tutorials. I love what you have demonstrated to us crafters today it is a bit of fun but also a great piece to put on a male card (they are always so difficult to craft for). I think that they may appreciate a bit of old rusty metal LOL ! :O)


  4. Hi Lindsay

    Thank you for sending me this email with a link to your latest blog post – DIY Rust!

    I loved watching this You Tube video tutorial, I left a comment on your blog and You Tube channel. I think this would make a really good male’s card front, they all love a bit of metal or rust or whatever men like?

    You can tell I don’t like making male orientated cards, because a lot them don’t seem bothered about what is on the front of the card. Some don’t even like cards (like my hubby), so it is difficult to know as a crafter what to do, but I think this would work so I am going to give it a go, thanks Lindsay.

    Till your next email





  5. Lindsay, Thanks for the good chuckle! Definitely THANK YOU for giving us something that looks like it’s been neglected in a junkyard for years! CREATIVITY at its finest!!!!


  6. Love this, even my daughter stored and had to watch the video with me, and she never looks away from her phone. She said she wants to do this one with me. Yay!!


  7. I have done something like this a few years back. It is fun to do.


  8. lovely and interesting option.


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