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Vintage Inspired Campfire Marshmallows Tin of Treats – DIY Beautify

faux campfire marshmallows tin and treats

Turn everyday containers into vintage inspired Campfire Marshmallows tins,
complete with faux rust and clay marshmallows! Step by step tutorial below.

Hey vintage loving friends! Today’s project is so fun and a great vintage
fake! If you’ve ever longed to own one of the vintage Campfire Marshmallows
tin, but couldn’t bring yourself to pay the astounding price tag, look no
further! This simple dupe will fool even your vintage loving friends!

How to make a vintage inspired Campfire Marshmallows tin and faux marshmallows

These vintage look-alike campfire marshmallows tins are a great accent piece
to add to your summer and patriotic decor! They’re cute tucked into tiered
trays, on a coffee bar or even a bookshelf filled with summer goodies. And
they’re really very simple to fake, as I’ll show you below!

Patriotic Crafts Series

I started with a small roasted almonds container for my mini marshmallow tin,
but I have also used a coffee canister and a cardboard oatmeal container for
the larger tubs of vintage treats! Look around your home for a similar shaped
food container or metal tin you can use.


If you’re a crafter, you probably have many of these items on hand already!
And if you have to purchase supplies, you’ll still spend MUCH less than you
would on purchasing a single true
vintage Campfire Marshmallows tin…they are pricey!!!

Steps to turn an almond container into a vintage inspired marshmallows tin

Look below this graphic for details on each simple step.

Step #1

Mix about 1/4 cup of creamy white chalk paint with about 1-2 tsp instant
coffee. Use brush to mix well. The coffee crystals will dissolve in the paint,
giving a darker look. There will also be some undissolved crystals, which will
add some lovely vintage texture to the marshmallow tin.

Step #2

Paint two coats of the paint and coffee mixture onto the almond tin, letting
the first coat dry before painting the second. If you’re not seeing much
texture, you could add a little bit of ground cinnamon to the paint mixture.

Step #3-6

We’re going to add some darker splotches/splatters to the container to add to
the look of age. To do this, mix about 1 Tbsp water with a few squirts of
burnt umber acrylic paint. Mix well until paint is thoroughly blended into the
water. Dip a stiff brush (like a stencil brush) into the mixture and squeeze
off the excess on the side of the glass. Rub your finger over the bristles,
aiming the splatters at the tin.

  • be sure to protect your surrounding workspace because this step is messy, I
    like to use a cardboard box
  • focus your splatters mainly on the top and bottom edges of the tin.
  • once you have some brown, add black paint to the same mixture and repeat
    with some black splatters

Step #7

Size and print out the marshmallows labels (I sized mine in Word). Cut out
printable and make sure it will fit on the container you’re using.

Step #8

Apply label with mod podge, press out any bubbles and then brush a coat of mod
podge to the top of the label. Continue with a coat of mod podge to the entire

Step #9

To add faux rust patches, immediately sprinkle some coffee granules directly
onto the wet mod podge! As it dissolves, it will melt into the glue and create
the look of rust. You can also sprinkle the wet spots with a little cinnamon
for a similar effect. Go heavier in a few spots.

Doesn’t that look like real rust? It may look authentic, but it’s just coffee
and it smells really good! Here are some different sized containers that I
made. You’ll see that some have heavier coats of faux rust than others.

Easy clay marshmallows

You can use either Crayola Model Magic or air dry clay to make your faux
marshmallows. There are some pros and cons to each, which I’ll describe below.
No matter which clay you choose to use, the process to make faux marshmallows
is the same.

  1. roll a little clay in your hands to soften, and form into a smooth ball
  2. press the ball lightly on the table, flattening the top and squeezing the
    sides slightly
  3. flip the marshmallow over and repeat until you’re satisfied with the shape
  4. set faux marshmallows aside to dry (time will depend on size and type of
  5. flip marshmallows over after 12 hours, to help the other side dry faster

I used both types of clay, as you can see in the marshmallows above. Let’s
talk about the Model Magic first.

Pros and Cons of Model Magic

  • pro – it’s bright white and stays white as it dries
  • pro – easy to work with and leaves no residue on hands or table
  • pro – it’s lightweight and feels like a real marshmallow even once dry
  • con – it has a tendency to crack as it dries
  • con – it never really dries to a hard finish
  • con – even when dry, pieces will stick together unless sealed

Pros and Cons of Air Dry Clay

  • pro – it starts gray but dries white
  • pro – as long as clay is sufficiently moist, cracks are easy to prevent
    (or can be smoothed out with a wet finger)
  • con – it’s heavy and finished marshmallows won’t have that lightweight,
    airy feel and weight

I used both types of clay because I already had them on hand. To disguise the
cracks in the marshmallows made with Model Magic, I plan to give the edges a
toasted look with paint, cinnamon and more instant coffee granules.

To display the decorated tin, I stuffed it with a plastic bag and topped with
two squares of coffee stained muslin because I didn’t have any butcher paper.
The marshmallows were added and don’t they look sweet! I didn’t even seal
them, but may do that in the future (simply brushing them with matte mod

The red, white and blue label of this vintage Campfire Marshmallows tin lends
itself beautifully to pair with vintage patriotic decor!

I do really love the look of the big fat clay marshmallows in the larger tin!
They look so real, don’t they?

Let me know in the comments if you plan to make your own vintage inspired
Campfire Marshmallows tin and faux marshmallows! Or maybe you’re lucky enough
to already own one of these vintage treasures! Are you enjoying this Patriotic
Series of crafts? Let me know, I always love to hear from you and stick around
for more decor ideas with these vintage inspired tins.

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