Learn how easy it is to make plastic look like pewter. This budget friendly project uses dollar store items to produces high end results!
how to make plastic look like pewter

I love transforming inexpensive items into something unexpected. One of my favorite things to do is to use paint to create different effects. Read on to learn how to make dollar store plastic look like pewter!

faux pewter tray

I actually finished this project many months ago, but when I started taking pictures I realized that I had missed a step.  In my haste to get things done during nap time, I overlooked an important step.
This is the object I was attempting to knock off:


See what I missed?  The flowers and branches.  Sigh.  So I tried to decide how to fix it.  But deadlines pulled me away, as did birthdays, holidays, and other obligations.  By now I’ve realized it’s not going to get fixed, which is OK.  This little tray is useful and pretty in my craft room, holding buttons and little bits that I don’t want to misplace.  So I’m sharing it with you now.

before pictureI started with two items from the Dollar Tree:  the bird (I removed it’s wire legs) and the plastic dish.  I also used E-6000, white spray paint,”href=”http://www.krylon.com/products/general_purpose_metallic/”>Krylon Silver Metallic Paint, and Deco Art crafters acrylic paint in black.

First, glue the bird to the dish.

spray paint with primer Spray paint it white first, then silver.
silver metallic spray paint on plastic
Use a sponge brush or a dry bristle brush to cover one section at a time with black acrylic paint.

distress with black paint make plastic look like pewterGently rub off the excess paint with a dry washcloth.  Work in small sections.  If you make a mistake, just add more paint and then rub it off again.  Repeat this process to cover the entire project. No more cheap plastic!
make plastic look like pewter

To see a similar project, check out my bird on a pedestal tutorial!

faux pewter jewelry tray


  1. Wow, beautifully done! I’m bookmarking this and keeping it in mind. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I have a white plaster birdbath given to me and would love to transform this into the aged silver makeover. It has birds sitting on it. Could it be done
    Your process seemed so easy and beautiful. If you have another idea for the bird bath just let me know. You are amazing


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