“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” Or atleast “we’re beginning to think a lot about Christmas!” Well in my house not only am I thinking about Christmas but it is starting to look a lot like Christmas too. I went out this past weekend and bought my first Christmas tree (artificial) and immediately got home and set it up and decorated it! I just couldn’t wait and besides Thanksgiving is late this year so that means the tree has to go up earlier right?
Well I am not the only one! Kelly from Simply Kelly Designs Christmas tree went up this weekend also!
Kelly and I have been wanting to come together creatively and do something on our blogs for awhile now. With Christmas around the corner we thought how fun would it be to throw a 3 day Holiday Craft Party. I am sure you are all starting to gather ideas for Christmas and your just waiting for after Thanksgiving to start them. How do we know this? Because pinterest is aglow with Christmas crafting.
Welcome to Day One of #HolidayCraftParty!
Kelly and I will both be sharing handmade ornaments on our blogs today as well as giving away a $25 Michaels gift card!
I am still in love with the idea of wood slice ornaments. You may remember I made them last year for my family as gift tags. Well I ordered 60 wood slices this year! Yes 60… I might have a slight obsession.
What you’ll need
- Wooden Discs (I got mine from Prairie Spirits on etsy).
- Silhouette (optional)
- Stencil Vinyl
- Paint Brush
- Bakers Twine
Now this project can be hand painted as well as stenciled. I chose to use my silhouette to create stencils. To do this I designed some seasonal words and went into my library to find some woodland creatures that I had purchased previously. Using the preset vinyl setting I cut the stencil vinyl. Now if you don’t have stencil vinyl you can use regular vinyl instead. I do prefer stencil vinyl because about 99% of the time you will get a crisp paint edge.
Weeding out (removing) the negative space of the stencil. Then transfer the stencil on to the wooden discs. Because these stencils were quite small and manageable I transferred them by hand instead of using transfer paper.
Another trick I used with the shapes and animals were to weed out the animal and place it on to the wooden disc and then also use the outline on the stencil vinyl. This way from one stencil you get 2 ornaments.
Once the stencil is on the disc and secured with the scraper tool start painting. As we know I am infamous for not paying full price for paint. So the day I was making these I stopped by the oops section at Home Depot and they had sample cans of red and black for only .50 each! How perfect was that.
From start to finish this project took me less than an hour and I made about 25 ornaments. Once all the stencils are in place its almost like creating an assembly line to paint. Since the would is a porous surface the paint drys relatively quickly.
Make sure to hop on over to Simply Kelly Designs to check out her Ribbon Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament.
Since we are in the Holiday Craft Party mood why not giveaway a Michael’s giftcard to help you jumpstart your holiday crafting. Enter below to win and don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for Day 2 of #HolidayCraftParty.
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