Some People Don’t Like Rust…

Some people don’t like rust…


I’m not one of those people. I love rust!  Just look at all the different colors. *swoon*


So I thought I’d do a little tutorial on how to rust your own goodies.

First you’ll need three ingredients. Are you ready? They are quite sophisticated and hard to find. Sidenote: That may have been sarcasm.

You’ll need Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide and Salt. And any items you’d like to rust. I’ve rusted just about everything. Today I tried chipboard butterflies, some random keys, buttons and clips, tags, book paper, and of course, fabric.

I also add a few plates of steel to speed up the process. I don’t think you have to have any steel, I just think it helps stain the fabric. I also like to add chicken wire and other various shaped wires to add designs on the object’s I’m dying. Bonus, I can later use the wire in another project.

You can also add cheap washers, nuts, bolts etc from the home improvement store.

I layer it all in a tub and pour 2 pints Hydrogen Peroxide, 1/2 cup White Vinegar and 4 TBS salt. You can cut this recipe in half too. But I like to do a lot at a time and store it for a later project.

Then the magic happens! It starts to bubble and will eventually foam up. Protect all surfaces unless you want to rust it.


It doesn’t take long for the paper items to rust (and deteriorate if you leave them in the liquid too long) so I remove them after about 30 – 45 minutes.

See the chicken wire imprint?!

I moved the rest into a smaller bucket and let them soak for a few hours.


When I remove it, this is what it looks like right out of the liquid – all foamy. I leave the foam on top of it to dry.


And look at all the rusty goodness you have when finished! I let it completely dry and store it. Warning, it does keep its vinegar smell for quite some time.


As you can see, the rust didn’t stain some of the buttons or the butterflies. But the buttons and clips that did rust?  **love**


I made this accordion art journal using Strathmore 400 Series paper that I rust dyed along with other rusted papers. For more of this, see my Instagram.


Super easy and fun and kind of mad-scientist ish. I hope you give it a try!

And for your listening pleasure, I’ve pretty much had this on repeat.


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