How to create a Verdi gris finish in an afternoon (instead of years)

Here’s a DIY Button Wreath with a twist – it has a rich, Verdi gris patina that looks like it’s aged for decades. Designer Kathleen George masterfully created this faux finish, and if you follow her tutorial for this Button Wreath, you can paint on the patina in an easy afternoon. I’m sharing a few more Button Wreaths, too, so there’s bound to be one you “just have to make.”

Such a pretty button wreath. shows you how to add the Verdi gris patina to the wreath.

To make a Verdi Gris Button Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Acrylic craft paint: Gold metallic and turquoise
  • Gold buttons , several assorted packages, or raid your stash
  • Wire edge ribbon in gold, 1″ x 1/3 yd.
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; stiff paintbrush; disposable sponge; disposable palette — a paper plate will work; paper towels; soft, clean rag
These buttons really have the look of an aged patina, but you can easily create this Verdi gris finish with paints. slook

The Verdi gris finish highlights the textured details on the buttons.

To make a Verdi Gris Button Wreath:

1. Paint the wreath gold and let paint dry. Brush on a second coat, and before the paint dries completely, lightly dry brush on a thin layer of turquoise paint. You don’t want a solid layer of turquoise, and you should be able to still see the gold paint.

Look at the highlights on these patina buttons.

Aren’t they pretty?

2. Glue buttons onto the wreath, covering the surface. If you have enough buttons, add a second layer for a little more dimension. Let dry.

3. Brush gold paint onto the buttons. While the paint is still wet, gently wipe buttons with a soft rag to remove excess paint and highlight the button texture. Let dry.

4. Brush a light coat of turquoise paint onto the buttons, and wipe off excess paint with a soft, dry rag. Refer to the photo to see how to create the paint layers – the turquoise paint will highlight the negative contours of the buttons, and wiping off the paint highlights the details on the buttons.

5. Optional: Glue a few gold buttons around the wreath.

6. Tie ribbon around top of wreath. Knot ends to create hanging loop.

Designer Patty Schaffer made this Button & Button Flowers Wreath.

Simply stunning! One of my favorite button wreaths! has the tutorial.

Patty Schaffer designed this Button & Button Flowers Wreath. I love the “flowers” she created by layering the colorful, patterned buttons.

Patty also made this Sweetheart Button Wreath. Dash over to the tutorial page to watch the video on making button crafts.

Such a sweet button wreath!

This wreath would be pretty displayed any time of the year.

Here’s one of the most famous Verdi gris finishes in the world – the Statue of Liberty. I recently climbed all 500+ steps to the statue’s crown. Have you the visited the Statue of Liberty? And did you climb to the crown?

Over the years, the Statue of Liberty has aged to a soft, Verdi Gris finish.

The Statue of Liberty has a beautiful Verdi gris finish.

Happy crafting.


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7 Responses to How to create a Verdi gris finish in an afternoon (instead of years)

  1. Pingback: 60+ Free Craft Tutorials for Button Lovers | Underground Crafter

  2. LisaM6 says:

    Love the buttons. I have buttons from my Grandma and Mother-in-law. I will add this to my must try list. By the way I got a great box in the mail today. Thanks! Can’t wait to get started with the eggs….oh the candy and coffee will add to the fun. Thanks again!

  3. Angie Dyer says:

    Great crafts! Love the patina!

  4. Becca Christensen says:

    Gorgeous. Now I know what I’m going to use my button stash for. Thanks so much.

    • Sharon says:

      Do you have a button stash, too, Becca? Seems my stash grows all the time! This will be a pretty way to show off your stash! Happy crafting. Sharon

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