I found these adorable little bells at our local Dollar Tree last Christmas and knew they would made a cute base for this Dollar Tree bell makeover. It dawned on me today, in the heat of July, that I would use them to create a Scandinavian inspired wreath for Christmas!
Scandinavian Christmas decor is simple and focused on natural colors and elements. I think you will see the beauty in the simplicity of this dollar tree bell makeover and hopefully find it inspiring.… let’s get to it!
Here is what you will need to recreate this look
- Plastic Bells (I found mine at the Dollar Tree)
- Metal Effects Rusting Kit
- Paint Brushes
The key to this Dollar Tree bell makeover is in this DIY Rusting Kit. it’s a 3‑step process that can transform any surface into an authentic rusted piece. Check out these DIY rusted handles I used on my island makeover!
Start by removing all of the faux greenery from the top of the bell. If there are other elements like bows or glue remove that as well and paint 2 coats of primer on the bell(s) allowing 30 minutes of dry time in between coats.
But, if you’re on a time crunch, you can use a hairdryer or heat gun in between coats for faster dry time.
Next, apply 2 coats of the iron oxide paint on top of the dry primer. Again, allowing dry time in between coats. After this step you will notice the color of whatever you happen to be painting begin to darken…this is a GOOD thing! Let the paint do it’s work.
Now this next step is where the magic happens folks. Spray your newly primed and painted surface with the rust activator spray in the kit.…listen if you’re on the fence about this kit…DO IT! You can literally rust absolutely anything!
All I did here was spray it and walk away for a few minutes, then sprayed it again. It really is magical to watch it transform. (even cooler if you can accelerate the process with a heat gun, it’s fun to watch)
Once the activator has had time to dry completely, it reveals REAL RUST.