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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? 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!

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. 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!


Make this rustic DIY herb box planter for your home this spring.  Use indoors or out and grow an adorable herb garden!  Add in full grown plants or seeds.  An herb garden is a fun way to get the kids involved with growing their own food as well.

Start by uploading the herb garden marker file to your Cricut or Silhouette software. Be sure to resize the image so each word will fit on your tags. The names of the herbs you are planting from outdoor vinyl.  Weed away any excess vinyl including the centers of the letters.

Apply transfer tape and peel vinyl away from backing paper. Then just apply to mason jar chalkboard tags and press down well. Repeat for up to three tags per DIY herb box planter.

Use the holes in the tags to mark for holes in the front of your planter.  I used a hammer and nail to mark the holes but you could also use a marker.  Then use a drill and drill bit to add holes in those locations.  You can use a grinder to clean up the sharp edges but remember that those should be covered with dirt once you add your plants.

Tie on your herb markers with twine as shown below. Add rocks in the bottom of your planter for drainage.  You can also drill holes in the bottom of the planter with your drill.  Then add your dirt and plant some small herb plants or sprinkle on your seeds.

Before you know it, you will have a rustic DIY herb box garden that you can harvest herbs for your meals. I love having an herb garden every single spring and this DIY herb box planter makes an adorable addition to my back patio.  This one could also be used indoors right in your kitchen.  However you use it, you are sure to love it!

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