I wanted to display something for Christmas that told the real reason we celebrate in our house. I began to go through my drawers and the garage to see if I had any free supplies. I came across some leftover paint sticks and had an idea. I can make some art from it.
I started by gathering my supplies. I used paint sticks, stain, white paint, and a handmade stencil.
I laid out my sticks to see how I wanted them arranged.
After deciding where each stick would go, using wire cutters, I cut each stick to size and sanded the rough edges.
On goes the stain. I even used a small leftover piece and painted it yellow for my star at the top of the tree.
After the stain dried, I laid my stencil out. My stencil was just card stock that I cutout the letters with an exacto knife.
I traced the letters from the stencil with pencil onto the sticks. Using white craft paint, I painted two coats for the letters. This is the part that took the longest. I good at staying in the lines, but after a while my hand started cramping from holding that tiny brush. The stain seemed to soak up some of the paint so it has a weathered look to it. I just used hot glue to adhere the branch sticks to the stem.
In the end, I decided not to use the yellow top. To me it looks cleaner without it and the yellow may have been too bright.
I just propped it up against the centerpiece on the table.
I love that there is a real significant piece in our Christmas decor. Maybe a few more touches around the house and I'm calling it done. Are you still going like me or are you totally done with all your Christmas chores?