Sunday, August 17

How Faux Can Ya Go Fishing Sinker Tutorial and # 189 Linky Party!

Hello, Thanks for stopping by, Welcome to Masterpiece Monday!
Today I'm going to share another model home inspiration project.

When I saw this table scape at one of the model homes, I instantly fell in love with the entire look.
I've seen wooden buoys, but not fishing sinkers used to decorate with. 
I think the sinkers are so adorable and they are the perfect size for a tablescape or vignette.

The model home sinkers were made of actual metal.

 I decided to duplicate mine from styrofoam balls, for obvious reasons. 

When I went shopping at various craft stores, I was surprised at how expensive styrofoam balls are! They were selling for 6-8 dollars for two, what are they made out of? Gold? Sorry, rant over.

Finally, I found them at the good ol' 99 cent store, 2 for 99.9 cents. 
They were smaller than what I originally wanted, but the price was right. 
The styrofoam dics I found at the Dollar Tree to make the handles. 
All of the other materials I already had, so the total price for this project was only 3 dollars!

You can find my last two model home inspiration projects here and here.


  1. Cut a flat surface for the base.
  2. Make a paint and glue drying station to make the craft easier.
  3. Using some flat pieces of styrofoam, cut out the top handle. I used a small juice glass and a plastic cap from my acrylic paint bottle.
  4. Break one tooth pick in half and insert them into the top of the ball. You will need to do some guestimations here, so that the tooth picks do not show after you attach the handle. 
  5. Cut a flat surface where the handle will join the ball.
  6. Brush glue onto the top of the ball, tooth pics and flat surface of the handle. Join them together and let dry completely.
  7. Add numbers by dipping string into glue, and applying it directly to the ball. I used yarn, because it's porous and light weight to work with. 
  8. \I let them dry on the drying station over night. 
  9. Because the flat styrofoam and yarn I used had a ruff texture, I gave everything one coat of paint to clarify the ruff areas more.
  10. I applied spackle to the handle and after it dried completely, I used low grit sand paper and a nail file to smooth it out. 
  11. I used the same method for the numbers.
  12. I built up the numbers using the spackle to make them stand out more. The nail file helped give them a squarer, flatter look. 
  13. I mixed my Benjamin Moore free paint sample (pool blue) with school glue and gave each sinker two coats of the paint mixture.
  14. For a chipped, rusty look, paint the sinkers first with random spots of black and let it dry.
  15. Layer with rust colored paint. I was out of rust, so I used copper metallic paint. Once that dried, I went over everything with a little bit of tan.

 Upcycled Antique Vanity Nightstands


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  1. Love the faux sinker. Very cool. I hope you have a fantastic week, and thanks for hosting such a phenomenal party.

    Sarah @ Backwoods Babies

  2. How pretty! I love your copy cat. wonderful idea!....Christine

  3. This is quite genius and I LOVE how it turned out! Thanks for sharing and for the party!

  4. Seriously, your sinker is fabulous!!! You did a great job with the painting too!
    Hope your week is off to an extraordinary start!

  5. Wow, Mary, I love your sinkers! I'm into nautical themes too, (do a lot of boating) and there is so many fabulous ideas and ways to incorporate it into your home. You always seem to go that extra mile and find and create something extra special. Love it!
    Thanks so much for your visit and thanks for hosting a great party each week :)

  6. Hello cute lady! It is always a pleasure to stop by your fabulous party. Please come and party with us tonight at 7 pm. We would be honored to have you.
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  7. So cute. Love this idea. Thanks for hosting a fun party!

  8. Thanks for hosting and thanks for the tutorial. I have several weights I use in decorating, but they are too heavy for a table setting. I just might make some.

  9. I love your tablescape and your faux sinker is spot on to the original! What a great idea! Thank you so much for hosting another inspirational party!

  10. Love the faux sinker. Looks great. Thanks for hosting.

  11. Gosh, Mary, I love your faux sinkers! You used so many different creative processes to create them. Your tutorial is just wonderful. Thanks for sharing that project with us and thanks for having your party too!

    new follower from

  13. I love all of the features this week - so much inspiration! Thank you for graciously hosting this party,
    The perfect Interior in Café au Lait

  14. Hello cute lady! What a fun party. Thank you for hosting. Please come and party with us tonight at 7 pm. We would love to have you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  15. I had a similar rant when I was searching for styrofoam for a project! This is a great knock-off! You should consider submitting it to Knock-Off Decor! If featured there, you will get a ton of traffic! Thanks for linking up to my newbie party! Hope to see you again this week!