Friday, November 27, 2009

A Medley Of Christmas Decor Projects

I have a slew of different projects I've been working on. I'm hoping to share them with you in upcoming posts because I think these would be great decorations for yourself or to give as gifts. Just about everything is inexpensive and some use things you may already have around the house. So let's get started.

My hubby was making something and had some scrap wood. Because he's quick to either a) burn them in the fireplace or b) put them out for the trash pick-up, I left him a note that I wanted them. As soon as I saw them I knew they would be perfect for these projects.

This first one was based on a blog post I read {I'm sorry I don't remember who it was, but it was one of those that I found clicking through two other blogs} and I believe I've got the word "Noel" covered with this project. I used a scrap piece of wood, wrapping paper that I had and I printed out the letters N, O, E, L. I had printed out the letters before I found I had this wrapping paper! I like when things like that happen.

I painted the wood with my red craft paint, but not the whole piece since I knew that most of it would be covered with the wrapping paper. While this was thick wrapping paper from Current, it was a bit tricky to work with when using the Mod Podge. I'm wondering if it would be easier to cut it into two pieces and just piece it together on the wood.

I waited for the Mod Podged wrapping paper to dry then I placed my letters in a haphazard fashion {that's whimsical, in case you were wondering}. When the letters dried, THEN I did a coat of Mod Podge over the top of the whole thing. I added some "Noel" ribbon along all the edges. I'm glad that I have 3 more pieces of wood this size to work with because adding the "Noel" ribbon I think was a bit of overkill. I liked it better without the ribbon.

Then there were these square plaque-like scraps of wood. I painted them red too. {Might as well, I had the sponge brush in use already}. I got this snowman graphic from my sister. I just Mod Podged the snowman on {trying the matte Mod Podge this time}. I added a line from the cartoon Frosty the Snowman and a snowman ribbon I found at Michael's. The quote says "For when the first snow is also a Christmas snow . . . Well, something wonderful is bound to happen".

Because I am a brazen hussy and never afraid to ask, if you don't have wood scraps and are close to a Home Depot, Lowes or lumbar yard, I would go ask for the scraps they are most likely going to throw away. In the same vein, I would also go to a paint/wallpaper store to see if you can get any of the wallpaper books they are throwing away. They may not be Christmasy papers, but they could make a great background for your Christmas and holiday images.

Next using Christmas picks and filler!

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Christine said...

very cute Love your creativity

Red Door Home said...

Love the second project!

Christina said...

The snowman is adorable!

Unknown said...

Hey Kathy. These are so cute. I just love seeing what others do with items destined for the trash. Great job. And don't you just love the old graphics. Why don't they do more books and well everything in that style anymore. It's just so much sweeter.

Have a super duper holiday weekend. ( I think you're designs just really put me in the Christmas mood).

Hugs...Tracy :)

Unknown said...

Those are awesome projects! And that snowman. . . just want to pinch his cheeks :D

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

your creativity always inspires me and your word choice of "hussy" inspires me as well. I think Hussy is the word of the day tomorrow. I am lying down with my laptop laughing at this word...I must be tired but definitely entertained.

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