Rusting Jingle Bells

Hi everyone!

Today I have a tutorial for rusting jingle bells, safety pins, stars and any other metal items. Now, I realize that this rusty look is not for everyone but if you like the primitive/country style, you might want to give this a try.

You will need: safety glasses, metal items to be rusted {jingle bells, safety pins, metal stars/hearts, etc.}, sand paper, glass jar with lid, stirring spoon, measuring cup/spoons, soft toothbrush, *rusting solution {recipe below}.


*Please note:

~ Always wear safety glasses when working with and mixing any liquids.

~ Try not to breathe in any smell from the rusting solution if it gets foamy. It’s a good idea to turn on the stove fan or open a window.


*Rusting solution: 3/4 cup peroxide, 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 tablespoon of salt. Stir together until the salt dissolves. Depending on how large your jar is and how many items you are rusting, you can always double the amounts if you feel it’s neccesary.


#1} Give each metal item just a little bit of a sanding ~ this will remove some of the protective layer and get the rusting happening.

#2} *Put on the safety glasses when mixing and pouring the rusting solution. Add jingle bells/metal items to the jar. *Place the jar in the sink in case it foams over when the solution makes contact with the metal. Slowly pour in the rusting solution just a bit at a time {about 2 tbsp. at a time}. If foaming occurs, wait until it stops before adding more solution. Take care to completely cover metal items.  Once the foaming stops, put the lid on and gently turn to make sure all are thoroughly covered. *Be sure to completely rinse the sink and anything else the solution has been in contact with once this step is complete.

#3} Let sit for 24 – 48 hours.

#4} You can pour the used rusting solution down the drain or if you would prefer not to do that, place it in a disposable container for the trash. Leave the wet jingle bells/metal items in the jar with the lid off and put the jar out in the sun to dry. Or lay them on a paper towel lined piece of tin foil on a cookie sheet. The metal items items will start rusting as they dry.


#5} Because there are holes in the jingle bells, the insides will also rust. When they are totally dry, tap 2 bells together and then shake out the rusty powder from the insides. This is best done outside or over the trash can. For all the now rusty items, use a soft toothbrush to brush off any rusty powder residue from the outsides.

#6} Your rusty items are now ready to add to crafting projects. Add rusty stars to a wreath, a jingle bell to a jar candle or snowman, or attach a tag with a rusty paper clip.

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*If you want a bit of protection for your rusty items, lightly spray with matte finish and let dry thoroughly before using.



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Until next time,


The Country Touch




2 comments on “Rusting Jingle Bells

  1. Thanks for sharing! I love the wreath, and can’t wait to try this.


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