Are you looking for a personalized Christmas gift or maybe wanting to add a little extra decor to your home? If so, this is a fun little project you can do that is super-easy but also super-cute! How easy was this to make? Well, my 4 year old assistant had no problem “helping” me!!!
First, I found a 9×12 piece of wood decor that was in the clearance aisle at a local store. Since they were practically giving it away for less than a blank piece of wood would be, I snatched it up. Although it did not fit my personal home decor, it was so inexpensive that I bought it knowing I could paint over it.
The other supplies I used were:
White Acrylic Paint
Woodland Christmas Fir Tree 8×8 Paper
Woodland Christmas In a Pear Tree 8×8 Paper
Woodland Christmas Peppermint Bark 8×8 Paper
Woodland Christmas Pinecone Potpourri 8×8 Paper
Woodland Christmas Starry Night 8×8 Paper
Woodland Christmas Twinkling Lights 8×8 Paper
Prancer Vintage Die Cut
Red Birds Vintage Die Cuts
Gold Glitter Glue
Two-Sided Craft Tape
This is how I made my Christmas art.
Whether you are recycling old home decor like me or using a blank piece of wood, the first step is to apply two coats of white paint to your surface so that nothing shows through. Make sure your first coat of paint dries thoroughly before applying the second coat.
While you are waiting for your second coat of paint to dry, fussy cut the stars out of your Fir Tree paper. After the paint is dried on your wood surface, arrange the stars in a random pattern like so.
I used Mod Podge to glue the backs of the stars to my surface. Once that dried, I applied Mod Podge to the front of the stars with a paint brush making sure to work out any little air bubbles.
I lightly outlined a tree shape with pencil. This may not be a necessary step but I liked using it as a guide.
I cut my 8×8 papers into 1-inch strips. The bottom paper is fully 8 inches long. I did not measure the length of each strip going up my tree, I just made sure it was shorter than the strip below it. When I was finished, my tree looked like this.
After I was sure I liked the way the tree looked, I applied Mod Podge to the back of each piece to glue it into place. I waited until it dried and then liberally applied Mod Podge to the front of my papers.
This is the step where you get to decorate your tree. Hooray! For my tree, I did the following:
– cut two pieces of ribbon so that they matched the size of two of my paper strips. I then machine stitched a straight line down each piece of ribbon. I used two-sided craft tape to adhere the ribbon to my project;
– used Mod Podge to adhere the Prancer and red bird die cuts to my project. Once the backs were dried, I applied more Mod Podge to the top of each die cut;
– applied gold glitter glue to the circles on my In a Pear Tree paper strips as well as to my deer die cut;
– outlined my fussy cut stars with gold glitter glue;
– used small drops of glue to adhere my buttons and sequins randomly across the tree; and
– glued my flair to the top of my tree.