I think that after my Poinsettia Pillow, this is my favorite Christmas project I’ve done this year. This one took much less time that the pillow and was totally free!
Originally I’d envisioned a large piece of wood art, from pallets maybe. I couldn’t think of a good place in our house to put it
though, and decided a smaller scale project would cause me less stress. Sometimes that’s totally the way to go.
I have a few pieces of cedar out in the garage that I got for free (must have been leftovers from someone’s fencing project) They’re each about 5.5 inches by 12 inches. I used just one for this project.
First I sanded it all over. I didn’t mind if it looked a little rough and rustic of course, but not hazardous. Then I watered down some brown craft paint and wiped it all on with a foam brush. I did the same thing with some watered down black paint. If there were any places that looked like they picked up too much paint I rubbed the wet brush over them and that helped tone the color down. I was going for more of a stained look than a painted look.
Lastly I cut out a stencil (the font is Lobster) and painted it white. Now it’s sitting on my front table, which serves as my main decorating space. What do you think? Do you ever do quicker, smaller versions of a big project you originally had in mind?