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!
Get a Faux Hammered Copper Look for Under $3
Tools and Materials:
- Acrylic caulk
- Copper spray paint
Before I could get started I needed to cover my worktop to protect it. I just used a piece of cardboard for this.
Then I applied a generous amount of caulking to the planter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Resources for this project:See all materials
CalGirl on May 19, 2021
Very creative. I would have never seen this. But, I did once rifle through a thrift shop box & see some things I vaguely recognized. I bought the whole box for $3 and when I got home, discovered, after cleaning, a handcrafted "Arts and Crafts" era signed copper "morning glory" bowl, & several other copper bowls of the era. A nice find, even as I think back on it today. I still have them.