Get a Faux Hammered Copper Look for Under $3

Justin Wray
by Justin Wray
5 Materials
30 Minutes

I love making ordinary household goods look expensive. This hammered copper technique is an easy way to make something that only cost me a few dollars look like it cost a whole lot more. It only takes a few items and it can be done on pretty much anything your heart desires. I’ll be using it to turn a simple dollar store planter into a faux hammered copper planter. This piece will add a touch of shine to my home decor, and nobody will ever know that it only cost me $3! Follow my step-by-step tutorial below to learn how I did it!

Tools and Materials

Tools and Materials:

  • Planter
  • Acrylic caulk
  • Cardboard
  • Water
  • Marker
  • Copper spray paint
Protect Your Workspace
Caulk the Planter

Before I could get started I needed to cover my worktop to protect it. I just used a piece of cardboard for this. 

Add Caulking

Then I applied a generous amount of caulking to the planter. 

Spread the Caulking

I spread it all over with my fingers. It should have about a quarter inch of caulking over it. Go back and fill in any holes if you have them.

Smooth It Out
Smooth It Out

Once the planter was covered in caulking, I went back in with wet fingers and smoothed it out. You don’t want it to be perfectly smooth because we will add a bit of texture next.

Add Texture
Add Texture

Using the rounded end of a marker, I pressed lightly into the caulking to create a hammered copper effect. I dipped the marker in water each time I pressed it in. 

Continue Adding Texture

Press down all the way until you can see the original material of the planter. There really isn’t a wrong way to do this, and if you aren’t happy with how one of the dots turns out, just go back with a wet finger, smooth it out, and try again.

DIY Faux Hammered Copper Texture

Once you’ve covered the entire planter with dots, let it dry completely.


Once the caulking had completely dried, I was ready to paint! I placed the planter in a cardboard box with one side cut off. This makes sure that any paint that misses the planter doesn’t end up on my floor or worktable. I applied two coats of copper spray paint and let it dry.

Paint Two Coats

DIY Hammered Copper Planter

With the paint dry, all I had to do was insert a faux succulent and I was done! This technique can be applied to so many different things! What would you use it on? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Linda Brown Linda Brown on Sep 23, 2020

    Can you use it on cardboard and do you use a sealer other than paint so it doesn’t chip

  • Lorrie Lorrie on May 01, 2021

    Can it be donee on a wood picture frame?

  • Bev Sherwood Bev Sherwood on Feb 28, 2022

    Will caulking stick to plastic?

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