Vintage Inspired Campfire Marshmallows Tin of Treats

Turn everyday containers into vintage inspired Campfire Marshmallows tins, complete with faux rust and clay marshmallows! Step by step tutorial below.

Hey vintage loving friends! Today's project is so fun and a great vintage fake! If you've ever longed to own one of the vintage Campfire Marshmallows tin, but couldn't bring yourself to pay the astounding price tag, look no further! This simple dupe will fool even your vintage loving friends!

How to make a vintage inspired Campfire Marshmallows tin and faux marshmallows

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Faux food has long intrigued me! It's easier than you may think to make a fake cake and it's nice to have the look of a homemade faux whip treat sitting on the kitchen counter, whether you spent time slaving in the kitchen or not!

These vintage look-alike campfire marshmallows tins are a great accent piece to add to your summer and patriotic decor! They're cute tucked into tiered trays, on a coffee bar or even a bookshelf filled with summer goodies. And they're really very simple to fake, as I'll show you below!

Patriotic Crafts Series

My DIY faux Campfire Marshmallows tin of treats is the newest project in my Patriotic Series! If you're new and missed the other crafts, you can catch up below or click HERE to see all my patriotic projects. To see what else I have coming over the next several weeks, be sure to sign up so you don't miss anything!

I started with a small roasted almonds container for my mini marshmallow tin, but I have also used a coffee canister and a cardboard oatmeal container for the larger tubs of vintage treats! Look around your home for a similar shaped food container or metal tin you can use.


If you're a crafter, you probably have many of these items on hand already! And if you have to purchase supplies, you'll still spend MUCH less than you would on purchasing a single true vintage Campfire Marshmallows tin...they are pricey!!!

Steps to turn an almond container into a vintage inspired marshmallows tin

Look below this graphic for details on each simple step.

Step #1

Mix about 1/4 cup of creamy white chalk paint with about 1-2 tsp instant coffee. Use brush to mix well. The coffee crystals will dissolve in the paint, giving a darker look. There will also be some undissolved crystals, which will add some lovely vintage texture to the marshmallow tin.

Step #2

Paint two coats of the paint and coffee mixture onto the almond tin, letting the first coat dry before painting the second. If you're not seeing much texture, you could add a little bit of ground cinnamon to the paint mixture.

Step #3-6

We're going to add some darker splotches/splatters to the container to add to the look of age. To do this, mix about 1 Tbsp water with a few squirts of burnt umber acrylic paint. Mix well until paint is thoroughly blended into the water. Dip a stiff brush (like a stencil brush) into the mixture and squeeze off the excess on the side of the glass. Rub your finger over the bristles, aiming the splatters at the tin.

  • be sure to protect your surrounding workspace because this step is messy, I like to use a cardboard box
  • focus your splatters mainly on the top and bottom edges of the tin.
  • once you have some brown, add black paint to the same mixture and repeat with some black splatters

Step #7

Size and print out the marshmallows labels (I sized mine in Word). Cut out printable and make sure it will fit on the container you're using.

Step #8

Apply label with mod podge, press out any bubbles and then brush a coat of mod podge to the top of the label. Continue with a coat of mod podge to the entire container.

Step #9

To add faux rust patches, immediately sprinkle some coffee granules directly onto the wet mod podge! As it dissolves, it will melt into the glue and create the look of rust. You can also sprinkle the wet spots with a little cinnamon for a similar effect. Go heavier in a few spots.

Doesn't that look like real rust? It may look authentic, but it's just coffee and it smells really good! Here are some different sized containers that I made. You'll see that some have heavier coats of faux rust than others.

Easy clay marshmallows

You can use either Crayola Model Magic or air dry clay to make your faux marshmallows. There are some pros and cons to each, which I'll describe below. No matter which clay you choose to use, the process to make faux marshmallows is the same.

  1. roll a little clay in your hands to soften, and form into a smooth ball
  2. press the ball lightly on the table, flattening the top and squeezing the sides slightly
  3. flip the marshmallow over and repeat until you're satisfied with the shape
  4. set faux marshmallows aside to dry (time will depend on size and type of clay)
  5. flip marshmallows over after 12 hours, to help the other side dry faster

I used both types of clay, as you can see in the marshmallows above. Let's talk about the Model Magic first.

Pros and Cons of Model Magic

  • pro - it's bright white and stays white as it dries
  • pro - easy to work with and leaves no residue on hands or table
  • pro - it's lightweight and feels like a real marshmallow even once dry
  • con - it has a tendency to crack as it dries
  • con - it never really dries to a hard finish
  • con - even when dry, pieces will stick together unless sealed

Pros and Cons of Air Dry Clay

  • pro - it starts gray but dries white
  • pro - as long as clay is sufficiently moist, cracks are easy to prevent (or can be smoothed out with a wet finger)
  • con - it's heavy and finished marshmallows won't have that lightweight, airy feel and weight

I used both types of clay because I already had them on hand. To disguise the cracks in the marshmallows made with Model Magic, I plan to give the edges a toasted look with paint, cinnamon and more instant coffee granules.

To display the decorated tin, I stuffed it with a plastic bag and topped with two squares of coffee stained muslin because I didn't have any butcher paper. The marshmallows were added and don't they look sweet! I didn't even seal them, but may do that in the future (simply brushing them with matte mod podge).

The red, white and blue label of this vintage Campfire Marshmallows tin lends itself beautifully to pair with vintage patriotic decor!

I do really love the look of the big fat clay marshmallows in the larger tin! They look so real, don't they?

Let me know in the comments if you plan to make your own vintage inspired Campfire Marshmallows tin and faux marshmallows! Or maybe you're lucky enough to already own one of these vintage treasures! Are you enjoying this Patriotic Series of crafts? Let me know, I always love to hear from you and stick around for more decor ideas with these vintage inspired tins.

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  1. Absolutely LOVE the tins Cindy. I'm going to try my hand at one today. You should really write a book filled with your tutorials. I would buy one in a heartbeat!!!

    1. Thank you Megan, would love to see your results! Tag me @diybeautify on Instagram or send me a picture! I've been thinking about a book idea, thanks for the encouragement!!

  2. Cindy, you have been in my thoughts and prayers! God promised he would never lever us or for sake us. I know walking by faith is very hard for our flesh by you have seen His faithfulness! AND we can’t fathom what is to come!
    Thank you for always sharing your creative projects! You always inspire me with them! I love the Patriotic series!

    1. I don't know if you'll see my reply, but thank you for the encouragement! We are believing and trusting in His goodness and faithfulness xx


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