Decorating for Christmas and tiny living can sometimes be a challenge and that’s why I mostly focus on outdoor decorations instead of inside. This is where we spend most of our time when the weather is nice so outside it is…
Nature inspires our theme, last year I focused on birds and this year my attention centered on trees by incorporating cedar.
To begin I made a wooden Christmas tree that incorporates some of my favorite colors and materials.
Shaping and Cutting Scrap Wood
Scrap wood and a little bit of free hand drawing kicked this project in high gear. I’m not focusing on measurements because this project can be made to any size.
I basically drew a triangle between three boards and skipped the tip at the top. Then I cut each piece of wood with a jig saw, a table saw would also work great.
Once I had all the shapes cut each one was sanded smooth prior to painting.
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The Color Palette
My color palette came from Dixie Belle paint and let’s just assume that all my projects will include this paint because it’s easy to use and dries so fast. Basically, this paint can keep up with my speed because I have this tendency to fly through projects.
I moved through this creation with great acceleration and the best part it was fun! You know when you have a vision something about making it happen can really help me move forward because I want to see the finished piece.
Colors included Evergreen, Pink Champagne and Coffee Bean; together they turned our garden into Christmas.
That pink champagne is wonderful – it looks like white at first glance but has this glimpse of shimmer that’s perfect for holiday projects.
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Buffalo Check Stencil
Each board was painted with one coat of Evergreen on all sides.
Then I used this buffalo check stencil from Studio R12 and transferred to the front of each board using the color, coffee bean.
This was a little time consuming so using a larger stencil brush will speed up the transfer.
How to stencil tips can be found here.
Incorporating a Message
Sometimes a message is the most important part of a wood craft and I knew from the beginning of this project what I would use.
A few years ago, I purchased You Cut Tree Farm and Hot Cocoa Stencils from Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils.
This year she has some new Christmas stencils so you may want to check them out here. I actually cut my tree farm transfer in pieces so they would be easier to use and store.
After stenciling with pink champagne, I grabbed some cedar leftover from a previous project and used it to finish the tree.
The small strips divided each board and then I added a little crisscross at top to resemble a star.
Everything was attached to one post from the back side and the thin cedar strips were attached from the front with a finishing nail.
The last thing to do was add a little green ribbon and place it in the garden.
The tree was placed in a raised bed by hammering the stake in ground surrounded by the cedar trees I transplanted last week.
This entire display sparked what’s coming next because I have one more Christmas project to share. What I love most about this tree was it was really simple and fun to make.
When you live tiny, simple and fun is what clicks our Christmas together; we love that!
A little Christmas music playing in the background helps too.