What a great idea to make Rustic Christmas Decor with supplies already on hand! When you like making crafts, especially working with wood and making personalized signs, there is always plenty of scrap wood and other supplies available!
Supplies you will need
- Wood scraps of your choice.
- Paint and stain colors of your choice: I used Dixie Belle’s Cotton and VooDoo Gel Stain in Black Magic, Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth, Dixie Belle’s Savannah Mist, Glitterific Folk Art Silver Acrylic Paint, Laser Iridescent Paste
- Paint brush: I used a fan brush to paint my Christmas trees
- Flat sealer: Dixie Belle’s Flat Clear Coat
- Embellishments of your choice (optional): I used a stencil I made with my Silhouette and I also used jute rope. Click here to see how I use contact paper for my stencils and click here for how to use a border to center or align your stencils straight every time.
- Mod Podge, or Hot Glue, or E6000 glue for embellishments
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First Gather your Supplies
The first step in crafting rustic Christmas Decor is to gather your supplies. You will need some wood pieces to paint and/or stain, paint brushes, and embellishments.
I like using a fan brush to paint my Christmas trees, but you could use any thin brush if you want.
Once your supplies are gathered, we are ready to get to crafting.
Second Step Prep and Stain your wood
I love Dixie Belle’s Black Magic VooDoo stain gel. I love the color, and it dries quickly with very little odor. And it’s water-based so the clean up is really easy!
You can use a regular square artist brush to apply Dixie Belle’s VooDoo Gel stain. Apply the gel stain to all sides and along the front in long strokes and blend it in.
Don’t forget to prep the backs of the signs. I forgot to prep mine this time! Oops!
If you want to go a little darker, feel free to do another coat of stain if you prefer.
When your boards are dry, we are ready to have some fun painting Christmas trees!
Painting your Christmas Tree
This craft is an easy project and would be great to make with your kiddos or grand-kiddos!
My first set of rustic Christmas decor I painted my trees in the middle of the boards.
In the video included with this post, I off-set my Christmas trees to the right.
On one sign, I was a little heavy handed, but in nature, what tree is perfect?
My Small Christmas Tree
To start, on the small board I left about 4″ of room on the top so I could add jute rope as embellishment on the top of the sign.
Start with the fan brush and lightly dipped it in Dixie Belle’s Savannah Mist.
I wanted a blueish color for my Christmas tree background.
To get a start on your Christmas trees use the corner of the fan brush and paint a line straight down. Don’t worry if you do not have full coverage, this is your guide and will be mostly covered anyway.
When you paint the trees, work in small sections, and randomly pounce with your fan brush from the trunk of the tree out to get a feathered look. To see a better idea of what I am talking about, check out my video below!
My Second Christmas Tree
With my second sign, I added a stencil, ‘O Holy Night’ I made with my Silhouette cameo.
I applied and painted this design first before I painted my tree.
To paint this tree I followed the same steps as the first sign.
I also decided to add a North Star to this sign. To paint a North Star I basically painted a Cross and then added smaller lines in-between the cross. I think it turned out pretty good for my first time!
When your Christmas Trees are dry, we are ready to add some extras if you want to your signs.
To add a little sparkle to my rustic Christmas decor I used glitter paint or paste.
I used two different brands to see how I liked them. Both of these products are thick and applied a slight texture to my trees along with some shimmer that I really liked!
Apply the glitter paint in the same fashion I painted the trees, randomly.
Before adding the embellishments, if you plan to seal your signs, now is the time.
Once your signs are dry, you can now decorate your signs. I added jute rope to the tops of several of mine and in different patterns.
If I have any small jingle bells or ornaments these would be adorable to add or you could even use other Christmas decor like parts of berry picks from Hobby Lobby.
I hope I inspired you to give this a try and if you do, please let me know! I’d love to see your creations!
To see video tutorial click below
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