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3 Ways to Make Halloween Decorations Look Old: Faux Mud, Moss and Metal (page 2 of 2)

Make your spooky decorations even scarier by making them look old. Make faux mud from drywall compound, faux moss from dryer lint and make plastic look like metal with a few painting tricks.

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  • Time

    30 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty


Step-by-Step Instructions for:

Painting Faux Metal

Ancient, weatherworn statues can add a layer of authenticity. The process uses only paint to transform everyday statuary into haunt-worthy accessories.

To paint faux metal, first paint the entire piece with either metallic spray paint or brush-applied metallic craft paint (image 1). Let dry. Using a sponge, make-up sponge or bunched up cheesecloth, gently dab a mixture of dark green and black craft paint over the surface of the statue (images 2 and 3).

Leave some of the metal paint showing through. Let dry. Mix some dark green and light green craft paint with a good amount of water (image 4). Use a paint brush to dab along the top of the statue (in this case, along the hairline works best) so the paint runs down the statue. Do this until you have several paint runs all around the statue (image 5). Try not to disturb the wet paint trails too much. Let them dry completely before moving to the next step.

Sparingly, dab a medium or light green on the highest points of the statue. In this case, around the dress edge, the base and the highest points of the hair. This adds a faux corrosive look to the metal (image 6). Let dry.

Lynne and Shawn Mitchell have a website called How to Haunt Your House. They have also authored How to Haunt Your House books I and II.

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