Here I will show you how I used Dixie Belle’s Sea Spray to add character and texture to my rustic Christmas tree made from pallet wood.
Last week I was given a set of pallet Christmas Trees and I knew immediately what I wanted to do with them!
Add lot of texture and character!
Supplies you will need
- Wood or Pallet Christmas Tree
- Paint Colors of your choice: I used Dixie Belle’s Fluff and Dixie Belle’s Black Magic Voodoo Stain
- Dixie Belle Sea Spray
- Dixie Belle’s White Lightning
- 2″ Chip brush, tongue depressor or small spatula
The first step is to obtain your supplies. I received a set of three pallet trees from a friend, Dawn at the White Oak Gallery. The rest I had on hand in addition to a bag of Dixie Belle’s Sea Spray, a textured paint additive. I had this additive for several months but I never found the project or time to use it, until now!
The next step to making your rustic Christmas tree is stain your tree with Voodoo gel stain in Black Magic and “painted” my trees with this, front and back. I wanted to ensure that everything was covered that needed to be in case I displayed these trees at a diagonal. I didn’t want any bare wood showing.
This stain is water-based and I had no issues with odors unlike oil-based stains so yes, I did this inside. I used a regular brush to paint the trees with this stain. If you prefer, you could always “stain” your pallet Christmas trees with watered down chalk or acrylic paint.
Once this is dry, we are ready to do the final step!
The final step in decorating your rustic Christmas tree is to prepare your Sea Spray mixture.
According to directions, mix Dixie Belle’s Sea Spray 2 scoops with 8 ounces of a paint color of your choice. The scoop is provided.
The consistency is supposed to be brownie-batter thick. My first time around was pretty thin and I used a cheap brush to apply it.
To be honest, I wasn’t that happy with it. Once it dried, I went back and made my mixture thicker and used a tongue depressor to apply this concoction to my tree.
I absolutely loved the results. It was almost like icing a large cookie. I wanted the stained areas to show through so I applied and scraped this mixture around and then let it dry!
When my Rustic Christmas Tree dried, it left a crackly-textured look to it that it could fit in with any rustic style theme from country cottage to beach decor! I also think these Christmas trees would fit in nicely with my Old World Style frames I recently completed! Click here to see how I did this!
If you’re on a Christmas tree kick, click here to see how I made simple and elegant Christmas trees from clearance trim and paper mache!.
So many options! I will definitely be playing with Dixie Belle’s Sea Spray again soon!
To see video tutorial click below
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