DIY Wooden Christmas Trees Decor/Gifts
I recently found a new drool-worthy blog, and if you know me, you will take one look at it and instantly understand why I am so in love. Brittany, over at Addison's Wonderland has mastered the art of balancing colorful and playful with sophisticated and trendy, and has created a blog chock-full of design eye candy for all of us to swoon over. In one of her recent posts she collaborated with Katie, of Bower Power to create these adorable wooden Christmas trees! See hers below...
See what I'm saying? Super cute! I saw them and just knew it was a DIY project that had my name written all over it. I mean, when you can turn scrap wood into adorable decor this easy, you don't pass it up my friends. It's like turning lemons into lemonade. No brainer! Plus, this project totally takes me back to my roots, when I would spend hours in my Grandmother's tole painting shop, listening to old ladies chitty chat about their cats and latest cookie recipes.
Once I had the triangles cut (you can find the directions for this DIY project here), I decided to turn this into a kid-friendly Christmas craft and enlist the help of my two little girls. So I brought them out to the craft room for a little girl time (and some lessons in properly prepping your wood).
After we had sanded our wooden trees and wiped them clean, we picked out our patterned paper. I happened to have some scrapbooking paper from Stampin' Up that I love on hand so we went that route. One great thing about the Stampin' Up paper packs is that you get a variety of designs (each sheet has a different pattern on each side) and you can rest assured that they will all look good together because they are all color coordinated for you! But you certainly don't have to use scrapbooking paper. You could also use a pretty gift wrap, or fabric that you like.
Pssst, here's a trick for all of you Moms out there who are considering letting your littles help:
Decide ahead of time which papers you want them to choose from. Because, never fail, when given the option, they will always pick the ugliest one. It's like Murphey's Law for kids and crafts. Laugh if you will, but I'm serious about this one. Save yourself the hassle of trying to convince them to pick the one you like best after the fact, and just be proactive about this. Give them options that you approve of, because when it's all said and done, this masterpiece is going in your house.
Now that we have that out of the way, we can move on with some more tips that will help you make this project a success. Deciding on a print or pattern ahead of time is advised for this reason... It's like a cheat sheet for picking colors (Assuming of course, that your pattern has color. If, however it doesn't; then the sky is the limit and you can skip this tip all together.)! Once my girls had decided on the paper they wanted, I had them look at it closely and pick their favorite colors right there from the paper. Then I would just match those colors up with the paint, and we were on our way.
We also decided that these would make perfect Teacher Christmas Gifts! So, each girl got to decorate a set of three trees (one tall, one medium, and one short). And if the teachers don't care for them? Well, they can use them for kindling and it's still a win!