Faux Malachite Obelisks




Introduction: Faux Malachite Obelisks

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Recycle cardboard and newspaper to make faux malachite obelisks for your home.

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Step 1: Watch the Short Video Tutorial Here!

Step 2: You'll Need



Americana Acrylics in Evergreen, Sea Breeze, White and Holly Green

Americana Glazing Medium


White glue

Masking tape

Minwax Polycrylic

Craft knife


Step 3: Template

Print out and use as pattern. Enlarge to any size. Each square is equal to 1/2"

Step 4: Cut and Assemble

Trace the obelisk pattern 4 times, side by side

*Clean up your lines with a ruler

Cut out the entire shape and score so it can be folded

Trace the base pattern, cut and score

Tape all pieces together with masking tape

Step 5: Decoupage and Paint

Water down some white glue to use as a decoupage medium

Cover the cardboard obelisk in at least one layer of newspaper

When dry, paint the entire obelisk in Sea Breeze and White Acrylic

*The paint doesn't have to be perfect, it can vary from light to dark

*Make sure to paint all surfaces

Cut jagged edges on a 2" x 2" piece of cardboard

Mix equal parts of Evergreen and Glazing Medium Paint one surface of the obelisk and immediately scrape the surface with the jagged cardboard to create the malachite effect

*Try circles and scallops and overlap the patterns

Step 6: Coat in Gloss

When all surfaces are dry, coat with at least two coats of Minwax Polycrylic or any high gloss medium

Step 7: Add Gold

Edge with a metallic gold pen by dragging it along the corner

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    5 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    The gold edging on that really ties everything together!

    Mark Montano
    Mark Montano

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks Tomatoskins.....I've been using that pen quite a bit lately.