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How to Rust Metal Using Cinnamon

Y’all this is one of those lit­tle tips I wish I had know a loooong time ago. Once you see how easy it is to rust met­al using cin­na­mon, it will knock your socks off. And I have to warn you, after try­ing this lit­tle trick to mak­ing met­al look rusty, EVER-E-THING is gonna be rusty up in here.

I am always see­ing these adorable lit­tle gal­va­nized pieces here and there. Craft stores, the dol­lar tree…etc But I rarely snag one sim­ply because it looks a lit­tle too shiny. I like for the met­al to have a nice lit­tle age to it. I dis­cov­ered this need lit­tle rust­ing kit and used it to rust my hard­ware on my DIY kitchen island, but I want­ed some­thing a lit­tle quick­er for crafting. 



That’s lit­er­al­ly it! Of course you need what­ev­er met­al you wish to age. In this case, it was a cor­ru­gat­ed heart from Hob­by Lob­by and a cute lit­tle Dol­lar Gen­er­al sign to attach it too.

how to rust metal with cinnamon
how to rust metal using cinnamon and mod podge

I did­n’t take very many pic­tures of the process because it is pret­ty much self explana­to­ry. All you lit­er­al­ly have to do it apply a thin coat of mod podge to the met­al. Sprin­kle with cin­na­mon and then apply anoth­er thin coat of mod podge on top. 


The only mod­i­fi­ca­tions I would sug­gest is a sec­on coat of cin­na­mon and mod podge for more “rust”. I did­n’t even wait between my coats. 

For the rest of this project, I stained the lit­tle wood piece I found at the local Dol­lar Gen­er­al and dry brushed it with a white Waver­ly chalk paint. 

how to rust metal using cinnamon
plaster chalk paint by Waverly
wood sign with white chalk paint dry brushing

Once the sign and the heart were nice and dry. I attached them with hot glue and VIOLA! A beau­ti­ful lit­tle piece of Valen­tine’s Day decor that match­es the rest of the room. 

I have a few oth­er Valen­tine’s Day DIY’s on the blog as well! Go check them out!

rusty valentines day diy vintage heart
rusty valentines day diy vintage heart

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  • Bonnie Shepherd
    at 5:22 PM

    Recent­ly used this to ‘rust’ a small met­al piece. Great tip!!