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42 Primitive and Grungy Craft Ideas

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.

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Whether you call this style of decorating primitive, grunge or grungy, vintage, or maybe folk art, one thing they all have in common is an early American country appearance. Supplies used are surely something easily purchased in colonial times. Muslin, cinnamon, burlap, wire and candles are all simple and inexpensive supplies. I had lots of fun searching for these craft ideas. I hope you find something that you can’t wait to try.

The tutorial for the sunflowers shown above can be found at Prim Mart.

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1. Grungy Votive Lights

To make these pretty, perfect primitive candles, go to Eyeballs By Day Crafts By Night for the tutorial.

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2. Grunge Prim Pumpkin

This little pumpkin is so cute and easily made following the instructions at Make The Best of Things.

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3. Grungy Farm Eggs

The grungy farm eggs shown here look so great in their chicken wire basket. The directions are found on the Cornbread & Beans site.

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4. Grungy Hang Tags

These grungy hang tags are a must if you are selling your crafts. Or they could be used as gift tags. The tutorial is found at Bittersweet & Ivy.

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5. Vintage Snowman Ornament

Make this super cute snowman ornament by following the instructions found at CRAFTS BY Amanda.

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6. How to Grunge Dye Fabric

Silver Raven Wolf shared a great tutorial on dyeing muslin in the grunge fashion. Very good information for crafters.

7. How To Make Grunge Flowers

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8. Chicken Wire Basket

This is a project I am going to try as soon as I get some chicken wire. I love the looks of this basket and can imagine it filled with eggs, candles, ornies, etc. The instructions to make this basket is found at Honey Girl Studio.

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9. How to Grunge a Doll

Coleen’s Corner shows us how to grunge a doll (purchased or homemade cloth doll), and also how to make a doll face.

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10. Country Angel Ornament

If you need a number of stocking stuffer type gifts, this would be an easy and attractive idea. Go to Love To Sew Studio for the instructions.

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11. Primitive Bunny

You'll love how easy these bunnies are to make. Think of all the ways you can use them in arrangements of your own. For the tutorial to make the bunnies, go to C & C FURNISHINGS.

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12. Canning Jar Labels

Get free printable primitive jar labels by going to the printablee site.

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13. Rusty Technique

When you visit snippets and stash, you'll find the instructions for how to make rusty bell and safety pins for primitive or grungy crafts.

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14. Vintage Easter Eggs

The beauty of twine and lace, combined to make beautiful and unique eggs. My Desert Cottage shares a great tutorial.

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15. No-Sew Burlap Pumpkins

Not only are these pumpkins made using a simple fabric like burlap, the project is also no-sew. What could be easier! Find the instructions at Confessions of a Plate Addict.

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16. Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments

If you have children, or grandchildren, you'll want to include them when making ornaments using salt dough. Where Your Treasure Is shows, in their tutorial, how much fun these are to make.

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17. How to Crackle Paint

If you've ever wanted to make something with the crackle method, be sure to try this. The instructions given at Interior Design Info shows how this can be done without spending for expensive products.

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18. Battery Operated Grunge Candles

For the Love of Country Living uses battery operated candles and gives them a grunge look. Very impressive!

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19. Grunge Hanging Tea Light Ornament

Imagine making a dozen of these hanging ornaments for a primitive looking Christmas tree. I love the old zinc jar lids and also how the flameless tea lights have been given the grungy look. The directions are found at Country Mom at Home.

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20. How to Grunge Up a Pillar Candle

The instructions given at Bittersweet & Ivy includes a tip on how to make sure the spiced candle burns safely.

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21. Rustic Twine Wrapped Eggs

You can use plastic or the paper eggs in this project. Just go to Rustic Splendor to get all the info.

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22. Corn Husk Wreath

How would have believed corn husks could be used to make such a beautiful wreath. This impressive idea, and a tutorial to make the wreath, can be found at Chickens in the Road.

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23. Primitive Santa Ditty Bag

Wrap a gift with this outstanding bag, or just use it as decor. Find the instructions at Lee Hill Primitives.

24. How to Rust Metals for Crafts

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25. Primitive Kitchen Utencils

Find the tutorial for making these primitive kitchen utencils by Eyeballs By Day Crafts By Night.

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26. How to Make Bed Springs

The instructions for this bed spring project are found at Rustique Art.

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27. Primitive Pumpkin Family

Add this primitive pumpkin family to your shabby chic decor.

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28. Vintage Salt Dough House

Sometimes the simpler an item is, the more eye catching it is. That's how I feel about this little salt dough house. Find the directions for making this cutie at Think Crafts!

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29. Decoupage Burlap Reindeer

The tutorial at Confessions of a Plate Addict shows us how to change a paper mache deer into a beautiful burlap covered art. I think I'll try this with a paper mache bunny this spring.

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30. Frost on the Pumpkin

You'll find a number of free primitive patterns on the same site as this frost on the pumpkin project.

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31. Faux Sugar Egg

A perfect Easter decoration, one that will last for many years. The instructions for making the faux sugar egg are found at THINK CRAFTS!

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32. Vintage Piggy Ornie

Make heart, stars and piggy ornies following the directions found on the Silver Raven Wolf site.

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33. Outside Grungy Candle

Not only do these candles look cool, they smell terrific. Super easy to make, the tutorial is found at Simply Prim.

34. How to Make Shrunken Apple Heads

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35. Primitive Dolls Pattern

Camp Followers has the tutorial for making your own primitive dolls. Think of all the possibilities!

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36. Primitive Grungy Can

This grungy can is made slightly differently than an earlier one shown in this article. Make sure you check this one out too. The directions for this grungy can are found at Mixed Kreations.

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37. Burlap Christmas Trees

Burlap changes the look of a styrofoam or paper cone into a piece of decor that you can be proud to feature. Go to Artsy VaVa to see how these trees are made.

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38. Scrappy Sparrows

I love these little paper birdies. Notice the paper clip feet. Go to CHARCOAL & CRAYONS for the tutorial.

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39. Bunny with Pattern

To grunge up your finished bunny. spray with a strong tea mixture. The pattern can be found, with instructions, at Red Ted Art.

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40. Outstanding Primitive Doll Hair Tips

Before you begin your primitive doll or ornie projects, be sure to check out the suggestions on the Prim Mart site. Scroll down on the page to find great ideas for sewing, adding hair, creating eyes and more. The sewing tip is a "must read" that you'll appreciate.

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41. Primitive Santa Ornie

Just click on the download button to get the pattern and directions from Mamaw’s Creations.


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42. Vintage Bunny Pattern

For the free primitive bunny pattern go to Jennifer Carson. So cute and easy to make.

© 2017 Loraine Brummer

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sveenstra@duncanchristian.com on September 02, 2019:

Your ideas are fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing! Bless you!