Grubby Icicle Ornaments

Have you heard of grubby?  It’s  a way of getting texture & making something look older, which is usually associated with primitive decor.  I haven’t seen it anywhere else.  There are different ways to achieve this affect through using coffee grounds, cinnamon or using modge podge or wax.
I haven’t done any before but thought I would try my hand at making simple grubby icicle ornaments for my tree.  I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge primitive/country chic decor fan.  I love it all and can’t wait to fully decorate my house in it.  I’m just in love with the look and feel of it all.  Be prepared because this is just the beginning of my primitive adventure.
For my icicles I used cinnamon and modge podge. But you can use coffee or candle wax for the grubbying part. Depending on what you use, depends on the result you get.
My sparkly icicles are pretty all on their own, but I wanted a more rustic primitive feel. I’ve seen these done numerous times on numerous sites and finally decided to dive on it. This project is pretty straightforwards, easy for the novice to do, but the results are awesome. The biggest part of this project, is the time waiting for the modge podge to dry. I’m pretty happy with the end results, especially when compared to where I started.

Grubby Icicle Ornaments
Icicles (I got 6 for $1 @ the Dollar Store)
ground cinnamon
modge podge

*Spread modge podge all over the icicles, covering every inch of the icicles.  Otherwise you’ll have gaps in it.
*Using a spoon, cover the entire icicle with cinnamon.  Shake off any excess cinnamon.
*Leave to dry for 30 mins or so.  I found it easier to let it dry a bit before doing the next step.  Otherwise, you’ll make a cinnamony mess.
*Once dried for a bit, spread modge podge all the entire icicles again, making sure to cover everything that has cinnamon on it.
*Let it dry for a few hours.  At 1st it’ll be a white mess, but it’ll dry clear and you’ll get the end result I did.
~Viola, you have created your own primitive icicles~ 

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10 thoughts on “Grubby Icicle Ornaments

  1. I love these DIY Christmas decorations. I think this whole process is part of what makes Christmas special.
    I’m following your blog and will also be checking out your social media. Thanks for stopping by my page.

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  2. Hi Sarah, what a great idea, I have been seeing more Primitive decor on Pinterest lately too.
    I wonder if these retain their scent after the glue dries?

    Thanks for stopping by the #OMHGFF this week and for the backlink as well!
    Hope you have a great weekend, Happy Holidays!

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    • I love primitive decor and can’t wait to make more. You can smell cinnamon up close but it doesn’t leave a huge over scent like the scented pinecones do.
      Hope your having a great week. Happy Holidays!


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