Ever since we decided to live tiny holiday decorating seems challenging. 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 to make this seasonal centerpiece box and use it for my own 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 was done by cutting an old brush to offer 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 favorite tips 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 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.
Make & Take Workshops
If you have a special talent and love the idea of teaching others, well you’re in luck because I wrote a book about how to teach workshops.
This is a gem and includes everything you need to know about establishing your own class. You don’t need your own brick and mortor location to teach these classes.
I show you how to turn your craft into cash without all the additional overhead.
To learn more about Make & Take Workshops click here.
Stenciling With StudioR12
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 the trees were transferred on both sides of the box.
Finishing touches included adding handles that matched the tray and who doesn’t love jars filled with natural greens?
This blue box is my favorite and currently sits on my desk with a variety of jars inside. The beauty of going with an everyday color pattern for this project is you can keep using it when the holiday season has passed.
This box would be cute for winter filled with pine cones and candles.
These ladies created their own boxes at one of our workshops and each one turned out fantastic.