One of my favorite “go to” techniques is to create faux metal finishes. I’m always amazed how a few simple steps can result in such a stunning finish. When I was challenged to repurpose a Chick-Fil-Salad container I reached for my stash of dollar store birds and spray paint so I could create a pretty faux pewter box. This cute container would make a lovely gift box or a great storage piece for a vanity or desk.
My first faux pewter project involved glass items. You can see that tutorial HERE. Four years later, I still use that lovely bowl and the finish hasn’t chipped or tarnished at all. Later, I experimented and created a faux silver finish on a dollar store plastic dish. You can see that tutorial HERE. I’ve since tried the technique on wood and loved the finish, but I had yet to try it on flexible or clear plastic like this salad bowl container from Chick-Fil-A. Check out this before and after image. What a transformation!
Supplies needed to make this project: (includes affiliate links)
- Chick-Fil-A Salad container
- Resin bird (Dollar Tree)
- Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray, Silver, 11-Ounce
- E6000® Craft Adhesive
- DecoArt Metallic Lustre Wax, 1-Ounce, Black Shimmer
- Mixed Lots Resin Rose Flowers Cabochons
Step one: Clean the container and lid and dry them.
Step two: Use E-6000 to attach the dollar store bird and the cabochons to the top of the container. Let it dry for several hours.
Step three: Spray paint the lid and base of the container with the silver spray paint. I did not paint the interior of the container.
Step four: Use a stiff brush to add the metallic lustre wax to the bird and flowers. Wipe some of the excess wax back to leave the color in the grooves and indentations. Use the same brush to gently swirl and wipe the paint off the flat surfaces of the container. This will help give it an aged, worn appearance. You can find more details on this technique in THIS post.
I love the pretty lines on this container, which is what made me think to create a trinket box with it. As a finishing touch, I covered the holes on the top with adhesive rhinestones. This girly, faux pewter box is now ready to hold your rings, hairbands, random craft items, or anything else you can think of! Have fun crafting and creating with recyclables!