How to Grunge a Prim

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

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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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

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

Tips & Warnings

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


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