Who Knew a Tin Coffee Pot Could Look so Good as Halloween Decor?!

Thanksgiving is this weekend, meaning Halloween will be here before we know it. While I don’t do a ton of Halloween decorating, I love adding a few pieces here and there, and when I can mix in vintage finds, it’s just a win-win.

We recently started carrying Roycycled papers at the shop and I have been having so much fun playing with them! I grabbed a Halloween one this week and thought decoupaging a vintage tin would be so cool.

a vintage coffee pot and a piece of Halloween decoupage paper

This tin coffee pot that I found at the dump reuse centre turned out to be the perfect piece.

Before decoupaging the paper onto it though, I gave it a coat of paint so that the silver didn’t show through the paper. I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Plaster.

painting a vintage coffee pot with Fusion Mineral Paint

Then chose the parts of the Roycycled Halloween paper I wanted to use. I love the little owl sitting on the 31 so I wanted this piece to be the focal point of one side of the tin coffee pot.

Roycycle decoupage paper next to a painted tin coffee pot

To adhere the paper onto the piece, I brushed on a thin layer of Fusion Transfer Gel. One of the tricks to getting fewer wrinkles in your paper is to make sure there isn’t too much decoupage medium. The more there is, the more it will buckle the paper.

vintage coffee pot painted with Fusion Mineral Paint

The other trick is to lightly mist your paper. This allows the paper to expand and be more pliable which keeps it from wrinkling when it dries. Just make sure not to get it too wet or it will rip.

Halloween decoupage paper from Roycycle Treastures

Once the paper was misted, it was easy to lay down into the transfer gel.

applying decoupage paper to a tin coffee pot

After getting it in place, I brushed on another layer of the transfer gel to seal it.

applying decoupage medium to a piece of tissue paper

I like to take the paper right over the rim or edge of whatever I am working on. This gives it a finished look and feel and doesn’t take long at all.

decoupage paper over the edge of a vintage coffee pot

For the lid of the coffee pot, I found a piece I wanted to use and then cut a slit down the centre. This allowed me to slip the paper around the knob (which wasn’t removable). Then I followed the same process with the transfer gel as the coffee pot.

applying decoupage paper to a tin coffee pot lid

Finally, once the paper and gel were completely dry, I used a sanding sponge to trim off the edges. The sanding sponge tears the paper at the edge when you gently rub it over where the transfer gel stops.

sanding the edges of decoupage paper

With the handle and knob both being black, I left them just as they were. The black went perfectly with the Halloween paper and added to the old feel of the piece.

vintage tin pot decoupage with Halloween paper

For the spout of the coffee pot, I used smaller pieces and went right around it until it was all covered. This is where misting the paper really helps because you can wrap the paper around the curves without it ripping.

cute halloween paper decoupaged onto a vintage tin coffee pot

I truly can’t believe this is the same vintage pot. It is so cute now and I love how fun it looks sitting on some old books.

lid of a vintage tin coffee pot decoupaged with book paper

My original intention was to fill it with live flowers since I can fill the pot with water. Once I finished, however, it only seemed fitting to fill it with dried ones. They look perfectly at home in my new Halloween coffee pot with that cutie pie owl on the side. This is totally my kind of Halloween decor.

vintage tin coffee pot decoupaged with Halloween themed paper sitting on a stack of books

If you want to learn more about decoupage (and live in the Ottawa area), join me for a decoupage class and learn all the ins and outs of making your own beautiful pieces.

Wishing all of my fellow Canadians a very happy Thanksgiving 🍂

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