It's only September, but I am beginning to think "Christmas!" One of my first projects for the holidays is this personalized canvas Christmas tree. I thought I would show you the step by step process as to how it was created...
Grab a canvas (size is your choosing). I used a 16 x20 because I wanted it big enough to display on the front door if I wanted. Using green paint, paint quick strokes that curl up slightly on the ends in order to get your tree.
Paint a yellow star on top and a brown tree trunk below...
Outline your frame by brushing short, quick strokes. Give your tree some fun polka dots too!
Now...the fun part. It's time to embellish the tree. Give the tree "highlights" using black and white paint pens. I just drew swooping lines and added a few white dots beside, under or at the end of the lines and used a similar technique on the red polka dots. Using left over burlap, I also added a few bows for texture and then jazzed it up with the help of rhinestones...hot glued both of those on. Don't forget to outline your tree trunk and the middle of the star on top!
Here is another look...
Also, using a paint pen, write the name of each family member on the tree, spacing the names out nicely.
Using a Cricut machine or even stickers...Spell out "Merry Christmas as the top and the family's name on the bottom under the tree. Then adhere everything using Mod Podge. This also gives it overall protection and a shiny, finished coat.
This step is optional. I don't always dress up the edge, but thought it looked like it need it this time. Using a ribbon, wrap the ribbon around the edge of the canvas, staple gunning in the corners or middle as you go. This just dresses the edge up a but and looks more finished. Using the same ribbon, staple gun extra length of ribbon to the top and the canvas can be hung on the front door.
And now...Enjoy your decorated canvas! Yaye you!
These are fun to make for your own family or to give away as a gift. The total project cost is less than $10 if you have a good supply of most of the basic craft supplies: canvases, scrapbook paper, ribbon, paint and Mod Podge. Good luck...and don't forget to share a pic of your creation so I can see :)
It's official...the first little grandson is growing UP! Wasn't it just yesterday that I was welcoming that sweet little one (through teary eyes) into our chaotic world? He tickles us with his rendition of the English language. For example...he tends to put the sound "uh" in front of every word..."uh ball" and "uh hat"...ahhhh, the sweetest sounds! BUT...not at 6 in the morning when he's awake and ready to go!!! Good thing Nana D, Poppa T and Uncle B do not have to wake to this everyday...the occasional overnight visits are enough. =)
It WAS just yesterday that my daughter-in-love and I began working on his nursery. She carefully considered the colors and... blue and brown it was! Being frugal minded, she picked up some unfinished letters at Hobby Lobby to spell his name out on the wall. We also picked up some fabric to cover canvases as a backdrop for each letter.
But here we are...needing to transform the letters into a "big boy" look now that a baby brother is on the way. Do you know just how hard it is for me to paint over these sweet letters...just sinful! LOL Here are some last minute pics before the transformation began...
I am trying to remember that change is indeed good!
So now...the creativity begins!
Until then..."Thank You, Lord for this precious gift of life!"