Dollar Tree Faux Rusty Tin Ornament DIY

It’s always so fun to see how creative we can be with “all things Dollar Tree” isn’t it?? This is my take on the Dollar Tree faux rusty tin made from a Dollar Tree paint palette that has been so popular! I’m going to be making mine into an ornament to hang on my kitchen tree.

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Everything I’m Using…

  • Dollar Tree artist palette
  • Dollar Tree Ginger Bread Men
  • Paint (Red, Black, and Honey Brown)
  • Mod Podge
  • Cinnamon (Mine is from Dollar Tree)
  • Top Coat
  • Dollar Tree Stylus
  • Material Strip
  • Greenery

“Rusting” the Palette

First up I’ve decided not to paint the palette before rusting. I’ve tried to paint it brown but the plastic doesn’t take paint easily, so I’m skipping the paint in hopes that the Mod Podge and cinnamon will cover the white plastic.

Mod Podge and cinnamon added to artist palette

I’ll brush a layer of Mod Podge onto the palette and then sprinkle on the cinnamon. Then dab Mod Podge on top again, repeating the process. I’ll get the best results when I allow the first layer to dry a bit.

Mod Podge and cinnamon added to artist palette

Now that the palette is covered, go ahead and work on the gingerbread men while it dries. Once it dries down you may notice some bare spots and these can easily be covered again with the Mod Podge and cinnamon.

Prepping the Gingerbread Men

gingerbread men painted Deco Art Honey Brown

I’ll paint some of the gingerbread men with the Deco Art Honey brown and use the Dollar Tree stylus to add eyes and buttons. Then I’ll use thin strips of material to add a scarf to each one.

gingerbread men painted Deco Art Honey Brown with eyes added
gingerbread men painted Deco Art Honey Brown with eyes and buttons added using stylus
gingerbread men with scarves

Once the gingerbread men are painted I’m moving back to the palette. Since this is going to be a Dollar Tree faux rusty tin ornament I’ll need to drill a small hole in the top and add some string for hanging.

rusted palette and drill

Finally, we can add all the embellishments, including the greenery and gingerbread men. Our Dollar Tree faux rusty tin ornament is starting to come together!

rusted palette with hole drilled

If some of the “rust” is knocked off when you drill, just dab some Mod Podge and cinnamon on top and it will easily cover. Attach everything with glue and you’re finished!

rusted palette with hole drilled and embellishments added

This project has a very primitive feel, which is not typically my style, but I love the final result and it’s going to be so sweet on my small kitchen tree!

completed Dollar Tree faux rusty tin ornament
Dollar Tree faux rusty tin ornament
Dollar Tree faux rusty tin ornament

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