…thoughts from my heart on my love for God, family and the care and decorating of our home

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Since many of us are browsing through magazines and looking online for holiday ideas such as gifts, decorating ideas & recipes, let’s give a little of ourselves here through Blogland.  For this week’s Tuesday Display Chain we were “To Share” a Holiday Inspiration, tutorial, recipe, etc.  Visit Misi at 1890 Gable House Musings and check out her display, along with those of the others that are participating. 
This is my first year to decorate a tree with a prim theme.  As I was looking for inexpensive ideas I saw a photo of a tree decorated with old cookie cutters and dried orange slices.  I loved the look, but did not have any old cookie cutters, and the ones I saw at antique stores were pricey for a large quantity.  I was in Walmart and found a package of 18 cookie cutters for $9 – but they were shiny and certainly not prim looking.  I bought some anyway, thinking I would try to find a way to age them.  I searched online and found several links to instructions for rusting safety pins and bells and thought this should work for the cookie cutters, as well.  It worked out great so I would like to share what I did, for those of you who are interested. 


Items needed:
    cookie cutters
    cider vinegar
    Spray Acrylic – matte finish
    strips of homespun for hanging

1.  Layer the cookie cutters in a plastic or glass container (I used a plastic shoe box).  (I also set the shoe box inside a larger plastic container to prevent spills.)
2.  Sprinkle 3-4 tablespoons of salt over the cookie cutters.
3.  Pour bleach in next, covering the cookie cutters about half way.
4.  Pour in enough vinegar to cover the cookie cutters.
5.  Let them sit for 2-3 days.  (I put mine outside as the fumes were strong.)
6.  Remove from solution (I used tongs) and place on newspaper in the sun for 2-3 days.  (They will continue to rust after removing from the solution.)
7.  When they have achieved the look you want, spray with matte finish acrylic and let dry.
8.  Tie homespun on cookie cutters and they are ready to hang on your tree. 


I hope you are all enjoying this Christmas season.

Christmas Blessings,


Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

Just gorgeous. I love the look. I am also using similar ornaments for the first time. I'm going to try stringing dried cranberries and popcorn for garland. I can't wait to see how it looks. :)

mrssmith07 said...

Your tree looks awesome Sue...the rusty oranaments tuned out great!!


Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

oh I love your prim looks awesome.;) can't wait to see the rest.;)

Misi said...

Thank you for sharing your recipe. The cookie cutters look wonderful on your prim tree. i love your use of the white berries..they look like tallow berries.
A Beautiful Prim Tree Sue!

cottageprims said...

The end result is beautiful.Thanks for sharing!Warm Blessings!~Amy

JenR65 said...

Love your prim tree, very nice job!

Michelle said...

Hi Sue,
Love this idea, I will have to try it. Im gonna wait until after Xmas and but some new cutters cheap and rust them! lol
Thanks for sharing,

Robyn~Primlish said...

Awesome tree!! Thanks for the rusting recipe, I will give it a try!

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Wonderful idea! So cheap to make & so Prim Perfect!
The tree looks beautiful!
thanks for sharing this idea!

Carol said...

Ahh, they're awesome and look very fitting on your tree with your orange slices. Thanks for sharing instructions... I need that:)

Y1M said...

Wonderful does it look wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial. it really that easy to rust out cookie cutters(even if they have that coating on them)? Going to give it a try. ENJOY!
Marlene :)

Meadowbrook Cabin Primitives said...

Hi Sue,

Glad you stopped by !

Your prim tree is sweet and thanks for sharing the recipe !

I love those orange slices with greens !


Silvia said...

Thank you for sharing. I am a bit late with the rusting of decorations for the Tree but I still have to rust some pins and things.
And your Tree is just lovely