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How to Decorate Vintage Style with a Sugar Mold and Grain Sack Stripes

Have you ever found yourself looking for the perfect “piece” to fit a certain area in your home with no luck?  This is how my search for a table centerpiece went until I landed on a great find at an antique market called “Vintage Market Days.” To my surprise, it wasn’t a shiny, silver or gold antique, but an old and dirty piece of wood called a SUGAR MOLD. You know me, I love to repurpose and up cycle, so here we go with a new project; Decorating vintage style with a sugar mold and grain sack stripes.

decorating with a sugar mold

I love a good antique market, but I tend to get a little overwhelmed at all the stuff.

There is so much “junk,” literally junk, that I find myself stressing out until I find something of value.

I kept coming back to this vintage sugar mold.

They had TONS of sugar molds for sale, but I just couldn’t decided if I really needed it. It was covered in dirt, and dinged up, so I couldn’t decided if it was really “table” worthy.

Since it was decently priced, I decided to buy this SUGAR MOLD and add a few grain sack stripes to give it a vintage vibe.

At first glance, all vintage sugar molds look dingy and dirty. Well, let me backtrack.

Yes, all vintage items are a little banged up and show some age, but all the sugar molds I’ve ever seen always look pretty rough. I didn’t know if I could “decorate” it enough to want to display it as a beautiful centerpiece.

I knew I needed to create a table worthy sugar mold, but I couldn’t figure out how to turn this vintage piece into a show stopper centerpiece.

My new Vintage Sugar Mold

So let’s start at the beginning. Here she is, in all her raw glory:

vintage sugar mold
vintage sugar mold

This was still a great vintage piece but not ready for a table centerpiece, yet.

I still felt like it needed something to dress it up.

Since I’ve been eyeing grain sacks lately, I figured why not paint some GRAIN SACK STRIPES?

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Honestly, eeeerrrrbody is into a grain sack stripe these days, or so it seems! I can’t go wrong with painting a few of these right?

One thing to note; I got my SUGAR MOLD at a vintage market, but you can find them on the internet.  Here is an affiliate link to a 6 hole SUGAR MOLD similar to mine that I feel is decently priced:

Materials for decorating the new sugar mold:

  • sugar mold
  • paint pen
  • hot glue gun
  • greenery of your choice
  • greenery styrofoam (or pom poms, lol)
  • painters tape

Painting grain sack stripes on the sugar mold

I figured the best way to make a stripe on the wood would be with painters tape and a paint pen.

painting grain sack stripes on sugar mold

After gathering some inspiration from a photo, I decided what type of grain sack stripe I would make.

painting grain sack stripes on sugar mold

After the first stripe was painted, I was a little worried. It just didn’t look right. I was so afraid I had messed up my new vintage piece.

I kept painting the grain sack stripes on the sugar mold and told myself it would look good.

painting grain sack stripes
vintage sugar mold with grain sack stripes

And it was!

After I painted the stripes, I lightly sanded the SUGAR MOLD. I sanded it so the new striped wouldn’t stick out like a sore thumb. The mold was obviously a little old, and the stripes were bright and new. Here it is after I sanded it lightly.

Vintage sugar mold with grain sack stripes

My next step was to decorate! I figured I could decorate with some existing greenery I already had around the house.

decorating the sugar mold with greenery

I hot glued the greenery inside the pom poms instead of using styrofoam (I didn’t have any).

My decorated sugar mold with grain sack stripes

You see my bakery sign? You can see more pictures and a post about the DIY vintage Bakery Sign here.

The great thing about using sugar molds as a centerpiece is that you can change up the greenery depending on the season.

As you can see I’ve placed two pumpkins in two of the holes for Halloween!

I hope this has given you a few ideas of how to DECORATE VINTAGE STYLE WITH A SUGAR MOLD.

Even though I worried this piece wouldn’t be “table” worthy, I think it turned out OK. Sometimes the ugliest ducks turn out to be beautiful swans!



Thursday 26th of April 2018

Super pretty, love the vintage vibe.

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Friday 20th of October 2017

Very nice. I have this, but instead of painting a stripe. I use a ribbon so Imcan change it out for the seasons and holidays.

Barbara Chapman ~ French Ethereal

Sunday 30th of July 2017

Lindsey, Such a cute idea! I love repurposed items like this. Great idea!!!

Happily pinned, Barb :)