This DIY Hot Cocoa Sign has a vintage Christmas feel thanks to a patina paint finish. Learn how to make one for your home this season.
Today, I want to show you how to easily add a little bit of a vintage feel to your DIY Christmas decor. This DIY Hot Cocoa Sign is inspired by the patina you find on those old white metal enamel signs with the rounded corners, and thanks to a few Dixie Belle Products, I was able to recreate that authentic patina look. Let’s get started!
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Supplies you’ll need to recreate this look:
- Wooden Hot Cocoa Sign Set
- Green Patina Spray by Dixie Belle
- Iron Patina Paint by Dixie Belle
- Fluff Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Hot Cocoa Chalk Couture Transfer
- Black Velvet Chalkology Paste
- Bright White Chalkology Paste
- Bark Chalkology Paste
- Shimmer Crimson Chalkology Paste
- Paint Brush
- Gorilla Super Glue
Start your project by painting the rectangle sign base with the color Fluff.
Once the base paint color is dry, add the Patina Paint in the color Iron to the edges and other areas of the piece that you’d like to have the patina look.
You will need to apply 2 coats of the Iron Patina Paint.
After the 1st coat is dry, apply the 2nd coat.
While that second coat is still wet, apply the Green Patina Spray.
This step will take several hours so spray, walk away and let the magic happen. NOTE- As it dries, it will go from a dark brown rust color to a lighter orangey rust color. When it gets to a point you love, stop the rusting process by using the Patina Guard to seal your patina’d piece.
Now it’s time to add the Chalk Couture details!
In order to add multiple colors to my transfer, I used the Chalk and pull technique for this portion of the DIY.
Notice that I do not totally remove the entire transfer as I’m chalking. I just pull away the portion that has already been chalked and lightly lay it back onto the surface. This allows me to move to my next chalk color, while keeping the paste on my surface.
This technique also works best if you start by chalking your outer elements and then move toward the middle. You can see here that I stared by using the Crimson Shimmer Paste on the swirls and then moved onto the center elements that I chalked with Black Velvet.
Next, I chalked the wooden mug cut out.
To do this, lay the hot cocoa mug portion of the transfer over your cutout and apply your paste. I used Crimson Shimmer.
Then, I used the paste color Bark and my finger to add the hot cocoa element to the top of the mug. You can also use the Detail Tool or Squeegee for this step.
Be sure to remove your transfer while the paste is still wet.
Next, use the same concept to paste the marshmallow cutouts using Bright White Paste.
Once your 3D elements are dry, it’s time to glue them to your sign.
I used a combination of E6000 Adhesive and Gorilla Super Glue to apply the wood cutouts to the sign.
Let the glue dry and your piece is ready to use.
You could also add a hook or some twine in order to hang the sign if you’d like!
This is a fun project that’s perfect for the entire winter season. Hopefully it inspires you to add some patina to your DIY Christmas and wintertime decor this year!
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