DIY Rusty Bells

Here is a quick way to give inexpensive packaged
jingle bells a great rusty patina!

sophisticated finishes bottle Amazon

I've used it before on Ikea pails.

I loved the way it gave each pail a different patina.  

Today I'm experimenting with jingle bells...Sophisticated Finishes (affiliate link)

This time I'm using the "rust" antiquing solution to rust inexpensive dollar store bells.

rusty bells and bottle

I put the bells and the rust solution into a jar. 

I mixed the jar often to keep the bells saturated.

bells in a jar

After about 10 minutes I laid the bells on a paper towel to dry overnight.

rusty bells on paper towel

In the morning my bells had a great rusty patina.

Rusty bells

Some of the bells even had a green patina.

rusty bells and red bow

Now they are perfect for my rustic Christmas projects!

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .