How to Grunge a Prim

Primitive dolls, ornies, bowl fillers and other fabric prims usually look hurriedly stitched and thrown together. Odd-colored thread, mismatching eyes and sloppy seams are part of primitive crafting charm. Transforming your prims into a much loved or used item is easy to do. By applying a stain, you can grunge a prim, giving it a dirty look and feel.

Cinnamon helps to "antique" a new project. (Image: Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Things You'll Need

  • Small bowl and spoon

  • Measuring cup and spoons

  • Instant coffee granules

  • Cinnamon

  • Nutmeg

  • Ginger

  • Vanilla

  • Hot water

  • Fabric prim item

  • Sponge paint brush

  • Cookie sheet

  • Aluminum foil

  • Oven

  • Sandpaper

Step 1

Mix 1/2 cup of instant coffee granules, one tablespoon of cinnamon, one teaspoon of nutmeg, one teaspoon of ginger and one teaspoon of vanilla with one cup of hot water in a small bowl to create your grunge stain.

Step 2

Paint the grunge stain on your fabric or stuffed prim item using a sponge paint brush. Sprinkle the wet prim item with more of the dried spices and rub them into the fabric.

Step 3

Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Lay the wet prim on the cookie sheet and place in a preheated oven at 150 degrees.

Step 4

Turn the grunged item every 10 minutes until it is dry.

Step 5

Sand random areas of the grunged prim item to give it a worn-out look.

Tip

If the prim is not grungy enough, repeat the process until you are satisfied.

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