If you are looking for a fun summer craft, this faux rustic-finish anchor paper mache project is perfect. How do you get that rustic finish? Cinnamon! It is our secret ingredient and makes a rusty finish oh so easy to make. Just follow along below and use this idea to make an anchor of your own or on any other project. You are going to love just how realistic it looks!
Anchor paper mache project supplies:
Paint the paper mache anchor with the brushed metal paint in silver. Brush on one to two coats with your paintbrush. Be sure to allow to dry in between coats and dry completely before continuing with this tutorial.
Now it is time to add some rust! Cinnamon right out of your spice cabinet is the perfect thing for this job. Spray some spray sealer on top of the painted anchor then sprinkle that area with as much or as little cinnamon as you would like.
Immediately spray more sealer over the top. Repeat this process over the entire anchor. You can also layer the cinnamon. So, once you spray the second time add more cinnamon and spray again.
Repeat this process until you are happy with the anchor and the way it looks. Please note that I always recommend using the spray sealer outside as the smell is strong.
Then allow your paper mache anchor to dry completely. After that, it is ready for display anywhere around your home. Add to a beach themed display or use as a summer party decoration.
Now that you know how easy it is to create a rust-like finish with cinnamon, no surface will be safe. Anywhere that you want a really rustic look, just break out the spray sealer and cinnamon.
It is amazing how much this technique creates a texture that looks just like real rust. No one will be able to tell that this is not an old, rusty anchor. Until they pick it up, that is! After all, it is still paper mache and super lightweight!
I hope you enjoyed this paper mache project! What will you make next?
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