Welcome to another Christmas project that’s super easy.
This year decorating stayed simple because there’s no big plans. That’s right no plans, our empty nest is kicking back and walking hand in hand.
But you know when Christmas season hits, I get this itch to create handmade decorations.
So, before I cleaned the paint brushes, I turned a few more pieces of scrap wood into a handmade Christmas nativity sign.
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The Nativity Paint Palette
Paint colors included my favorite three for Christmas this year, evergreen, pink champagne and coffee bean. Well I think that coffee bean is my year-round go to treasure because it compliments many of the projects you see here on the blog.
Once I cut these three boards to an even size Dixie Belle evergreen was applied with a simple paint brush. A thin layer was all that was necessary because the finish needed to appear light.
This time of year, temperatures which slowed down the drying time. To speed that along the boards went outside to dry.
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Steps to Create this Nativity Sign
- Paint the three boards evergreen then connect from the back with wood using finishing nails.
- All stencils came from StudioR12 beginning with the buffalo check pattern using coffee bean.
- Merry Christmas Stencils were transferred with Champagne pink.
- Then the nativity stencil finished the sign using that same color.
In a matter of minutes, I had a finished project but wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to hang it until after bringing it outdoors.
The front porch seemed like an inviting space so I ended up drilling two holes towards the top of each side then added burlap ribbon for a hanger.
I also starting thinking this project would have been fun to make in our workshops classes. We did so many but this one could have been modified many different ways.
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Finishing touches included more cedar and that green ribbon I found at Hobby Lobby in the fabric department. It almost matches that evergreen paint color perfectly.
I guess you could say this was my version of a Christmas wreath this year and no big surprise that I incorporated wood, paint and stenciling.
Later I made this display for the outdoor table and if you can imagine we’ve actually had a few sunny afternoons where sitting here enjoying a cup of tea has been a great way to relish in the beauty of our lifestyle.
There really is no hustle and bustle at our home during the holidays, just a few homemade decorations that express what we love most about Christmas, the birth of Christ…
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and I’ll see you in 2019 – it’s going to be another amazing year!