Cheap Felt Ornament Upcycle

October 15, 2014
While browsing through Christmas decor at Menard's last week, I spotted these red felt clothespin moose ornaments for $2.99.

I immediately thought of Becky's faux rust technique at Beyond the Picket Fence.

So first I taped off the clothespin ends with masking tape.

I stippled on black paint.

I stippled on gray and orange acrylic craft paint too.

Then I sprinkled them with cinnamon and worked it in with a small art brush.

I painted the back all white,

And stippled on white paint in spots to the moose fronts.

After removing the masking tape, I stained the clothespins with a vinegar and steel wool stain recipe I found on Pinterest.  I keep this stain in a glass jar at all times.  It's perfect for touching up any new wood or recently sawed ends on barn wood.

Faux Rusted Metal Technique
There you have it, faux rusted metal, rustic moose ornaments.

Faux Rusted Metal Technique

Faux Rusted Metal Technique
Since I live "Up North", these moose ornaments are perfect!

I also gave this $3 thrift shop ceramic deer the faux rust treatment.

Faux Rusted Metal Technique
I sprayed the deer figurine and the felt ornaments with a clear matte sealer.   I just love this technique.  Thanks, Becky!

Faux Rusted Metal Technique

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

Sharing is caring

Receive my Posts and Newsletters to your Email

Comment with Facebook


  1. They turned out great--love them! Were your fingers a mess? Mine sure were!

  2. These look awesome, Carlene...thanks for sharing!

  3. What a transformation Carlene! This technique really is amazing. You did a fabulous job. I agree, the moose is perfect for you! I'm on the search for vintage deer. Have a few, but would like to add more to my collection.

  4. Beautiful Carlene, the deer is my favorite. I don't like throwing anything away if I can think of some way to reuse it.

  5. Thanks for how everything turned out!
    Definitely going to try this.

  6. Wow, I am impressed! Great job and they look so much better than before!

  7. They sure look a lot better after you worked your magic. Great idea and so cute!

  8. that is amazing, the both projects look great,

  9. They look wonderful, I'm going to give this a try. What is the steel wool and vinegar stain recipe?? Every year I do a rustic outdoorsy tree, these would be so cute on that tree. Thank you so much for sharing.

  10. These ornaments are beautiful, I love, love, love them they would be perfect on the outdoorsy tree I do every year. How do you make the vinegar, steel wool stain?? Thank you so much for sharing, you are so much help to me since I'm not real crafty, artsy yes, somewhat.


Post a Comment

Thanks for your comments! I respond to most comments by email unless anonymous or no reply blogger. I also have a facebook comment box.
By leaving a comment you are consenting to your email being collected for communication purposes only. Your privacy is important to me.