Ever since we decided to live tiny holiday decorating seems senseless. My claim is there’s no room but what I failed to realize Christmas can be just as pretty when it’s simple.
So, I decided this year the seasonal centerpiece box would be my inspiration to decorate.
First, I made one for my desk and then another with trees. I found these boxes to be perfect for all sorts of things and it’s possible I may create another.
What I like most is they’re word free so when finished they look more like art.
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The tree box begins with pine wood and has a Christmas theme to match a serving tray we made at one of my recent workshops.
Establishing the color palette was pretty easy because I used the same hues as the tray. Get Paint Here!
Dixie Belle Paint Colors
- Barn Red
- Midnight Sky
Midnight sky was added to the bottom board using a thin paint layer application. This is attempted by cutting an old brush creating short bristles. Cover the entire board with just one coat and let it dry.
The red and green boards were finished using paint staining. This is one of my favorites and we use it in my workshops a lot, learn how to paint stain here.
These panting techniques are a breeze with Dixie Belle because the paint dries incredibly fast, especially if you begin with a thin layer first. If you want a darker look then apply a second after the first dries.
The purpose of this technique is to add color but still get that touch of wood grain shining through. It’s a winner tip and really adds natural beauty to any wood-base craft project.
Stenciling With StudioR12
The stencils on all these projects came from Studio R12 and Farm Fresh came from Cutting Edge Stencils. With the red box I just wanted to transfer trees so they almost overlap using the Palmetto green.
Stencil tips can be found here and if you’re looking for amazing brushes check out Cutting Edge, I love their stencil brushes.
Since the trees kind of appeared dark I decided to add buttercream as if snow had fallen. I did this by reapplying the stencil and lightly going over the green.
It was the perfect solution and trees were transferred on both sides of the box.
Finishing touches included the same handles as the tray and instead of using this as a centerpiece box this will actually be more of a do dad box. A place to stash keys and clutter that seems to cover the counter in a matter of minutes.
This blue box is my favorite and currently sits on my desk with a variety of jars inside.
You might see this project again in December when I dress up my office because I want to make a sign to compliment.
These ladies created their own boxes at one of our workshops and each one turned out fantastic.