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We don’t know about you, but one of our favorite things to do is decorate for Christmas, and we absolutely thrive on challenging ourselves to come up with decorations that are new and different each year. Last year, we tried our hand at creating ornaments out of slices of wood, and since we loved them so much, we decided to create a piece of holiday art!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
Not pictured: Liquid Nails, Grommets and Grommeter, Washi Tape
Step 1: Wrap your foam core in wrapping paper. We found this fun newspaper/book page wrapping paper in the dollar bin at Target. Score! You could use spray adhesive, but we found that wrapping it worked just as well, with less mess!
To get perfect corners without bunching, fold the corner in towards the center of your foam core, pull tight, and then fold the sides over the top. Tape down in place.
Step 2: Add grommets to the top corners of the foam core. Don’t know how to add grommets? We’ve got you covered and can teach you. This step isn’t necessary (you could hot glue your ribbon to the back), but we think it adds just the right amount of glam to our art piece.
Step 3: Figure out the arrangement of your wood slices. We cut our birch logs with a chop saw about a 1/2 inch to 1 inch thick. We found our birch wood in our backyards, but usually Michael’s sells these if you don’t live in the boonies like we do! Then, we just laid them out on our foam core and decided which arrangement we liked best. No special scientific method needed! (We try really hard to limit the amount of math we have to do for projects. Hehe.)
Step 4: Attach your wood slices to your “canvas”. We wanted to make sure that the wood slices would stick immediately, so we used hot glue around the outside. Then to make sure the wood slices stayed permanently, we put a dab of liquid nails in the middle. It never hurts to be extra careful, right?
Step 5: Thread your ribbon through the grommets. Leave enough length so that it hangs at the height you want it. Cut the ends so they look cute.
Step 6: Add some detailing. We wanted to really make the canvas pop, so we added a strip of red Washi tape along the bottom of the canvas. It helps carry the red from the ribbon above through the entire canvas.
Hang up your canvas and start singing Christmas carols!
Yup, we’re ready. Bring it on, Christmas!
Thanks so much for having us, Jamielyn! What would YOU write on your canvas?
Here’s a little peek into what else you can find over in our neck of the woods at East Coast Creative.
Hi, it’s me…Coleen! I grew up in northern California. I am the second of four children. I went to college at Chico State where I met and married the love of my life 10 years ago. We have two wonderful, amazing, loving children! I am a bit of a crazy bike rider/barefoot runner! My favorite past time is to go for a run…barefoot! I am passionate about design!! I have been an independent creative consultant for 6 years. Someday I will travel the world and speak 7 different languages.
Life is so good!