DIY Farmhouse Holiday Decor Inspiration

Deck the Halls (and Living Room) This Holiday Season

November 23rd, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

We are slightly obsessed with modern farmhouse décor at the moment. Rustic. Warm. Simple. Yes, please! This holiday season we brought this aesthetic to life making all of our projects using the versatile Cricut Maker™.  This blog takes you on a tour of many of the many projects we created. Read on and let us know in the comments section which of these projects would be perfect to make for your living room.

Let’s start with projects on-and-around the Christmas tree.

DIY Farmhouse Holiday Decor

Click to Make: 'Fa La La' Banner

We love this fun checker-patterned banner that drapes gently across your Christmas tree to provide the perfect finishing touch. We designed two deer panels that break up the “Fa La La” but you can certainly customize your banner with other farmhouse themes or phrases. We used the EasyPress 2 and Everyday Iron-On™ to heat transfer the letters and deer onto the fabric panels. Stitch panels together and run ribbon through the grommet corners to finish off the banner. Then, step back and enjoy!

DIY Farmhouse Holiday Decor

Click to make:Farmhouse Wood Ornaments

Click to make:Mug Ornaments

Click to make:Farmhouse Mason Jar Lid Ornaments

Crafting Christmas tree ornaments continues to be one of our favorites. I think it has to do with the sentimental value they bring year-after-year. Also, using different materials to create a textured and customized design keeps me every year wanting to make, make, make…This year, we designed several ornaments, each using different materials and craft techniques. Be sure to check them out in Design Space and tell us below in the comments section which one you like best!

DIY Farmhouse Holiday Decor

Click to make: Christmas Tree & Stocking Mugs

Here is an adorable and easy project perfect for newbies to Cricut. You only need a Cricut Maker or Explore to cut vinyl and then apply to white blank mugs to spice them up! That is it! The really cute vinyl patterns we used are from the Cricut Premium Vinyl Nordic Christmas Sampler.

DIY Farmhouse Holiday Decor

Click to make: Farmhouse Style Christmas Tags

Who loves gift wrapping? Me! Me! Me! These adorable Farmhouse Style Gift Tags are one of several different gift wrap projects we designed this season (be sure to also check out the Acorn Stamp Gift Wrap and Comfort & Joy' Gift Wrap). For the Farmhouse Style Gift Tags, there are actually two projects in one (one uses a Christmas tree image (like pictured above) and a second alternative design uses a bear image). And, do not forget that there is no end to the countless images you could choose from in Design Space (we have over 50,000 images!).

DIY Farmhouse Holiday Decor

Click to make: Farmhouse Stockings

This stocking and matching monogram ornament go together perfectly like Santa and cookies! The monogram letter can be customized in Design Space to your choice. The Knife Blade cuts the basswood with precision to make the monogram. Add a stroke or two of white paint and tie off with black ribbon to finish.

DIY Farmhouse Holiday Decor

Click to make: Paper Christmas Village

This project is for all you paper crafters out there! This relatively easy project uses the Scoring Wheel to make crisp score lines needed to fold the houses with ease. We used colorful Deluxe Paper, Nordic Christmas and Glitter Cardstock to bring great pops of color to the mantle. Once you have cut, scored and glued one of the houses, the rest of the village should come together with ease.

DIY Farmhouse Holiday Decor

Click to make: Stacking Box Advent Calendar

Count down the 12 days of Christmas with this set of fun boxes that are perfect for hiding treats and small gifts. Pick up from your local craft store twelve boxes with drawers and then head over to your craft room to embellish with circular count-down labels. We used one of our favorite materials–Premium Vinyl™ Patterned Sampler, Winter Wonderland.

DIY Farmhouse Holiday Decor

Click to make: Comfy & Cozy Sign

Here is another elegant and relatively easy project perfect for crafters looking for a vinyl-on-glass project. This sign uses transparent glass and natural evergreen accents for a beautiful textural combination. Simply cut out some Premium Vinyl and use Transfer Tape and Scraper Tool to apply to glass. Use red twine to tie and hang evergreen sprigs to the back of the clear frame.

DIY Farmhouse Holiday Decor

Rustic Deer Pillow Link Coming Soon

A huge pop of color highlights this fun no-sew fabric project. Easily apply a stunning deer head silhouette onto a checker-patterned throw pillow using a 12” x 10” EasyPress 2 and red Everyday Iron-On. Once the iron-on is transferred to the pillow, use a large needle to thread lengths of yarn through the pillow cover and leave both ends hanging long. Repeat until there are two hanks of yarn on either side of the deer's neck. Then, tie them like a scarf.

We loved pulling these projects together and hope you came away with a few holiday craft ideas. In the coming weeks, keep an eye out for more blogs and tutorials on more projects from our holiday scene. Also, be sure to see our Gift Guides and 8 Weeks to DIY Your Holiday blogs for additional inspiration.

DIY Farmhouse Holiday Decor
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 4 – Kitchen & Dining Room

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 4 – Kitchen & Dining Room

November 3rd, 2018 • Contributor: Tiffany Isbell, Team Cricut

Oh, it’s time for the next stop of our holiday preparation – let’s get our kitchen and dining rooms ready for their debut!

To start at the beginning, check this out: Mantel Collection. As usual, let’s jump into the supplies list.  Order the supplies you need and get an extra discount with our special holiday promo code: 8WEEKDIY for an additional 10% off all your materials (excludes Cricut machines & Cricut Access and needs a $50 minimum purchase).

You should have left over material from the past few weeks to use for some of the projects this week too!  Here are the Cricut supplies you will need:

Here are the other supplies you will also need.  These are all essentially bases for you to decorate so feel free to find styles that fit your taste:

  • (1) forest green tablecloth
  • (6) wine glasses
  • (1) glass pitcher
  • (1) gold ice bucket
  • (6) gold chargers
  • (1) khaki table runner
  • (2) plaid green and white dish towels
  • (2) red and white houndstooth dish towels
  • (4) white ceramic mugs

We’re using the same color palette – white/cream, grey, forest green, black, and a few scattered pops of red.  You’ll see the same imagery too – vintage trucks and pine cones.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 4 – Kitchen and Dining Room

Let a warm, cozy drink fill you up with a great set of mugs that you can customize with either your last initial monogram or your family’s first initials! Simply slice out the letter from the truck image in Design Space, and you’re all set!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 4 – Kitchen and Dining Room
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 4 – Kitchen and Dining Room

Pinecones are on both the glasses as well as a dainty pitcher.  This is something you can easily break out for an evening with friends without having to dress up an entire tablescape!  And it still fits into your house holiday theme.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 4 – Kitchen and Dining Room

Once again, the layering on the ice bucket as well as the reversible table runner is the key piece to getting the truck right.  I forgot this in my excitement and energy (and love of a fast craft!) and ended up ironing on over my steering wheel piece of the truck.  The layering order is really important so head over to our instructions in this post.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 4 – Kitchen and Dining Room
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 4 – Kitchen and Dining Room

The best part about this reversible table runner is that we snuck in a little Thanksgiving too so you can instantly go from one holiday to the next while you get out all the rest of your décor later!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 4 – Kitchen and Dining Room

The chargers are also something that you can use interchangeably!  We used the removable vinyl so you could keep the pinecone in place and change out the phrase.  Go from ‘Give Thanks’ to ‘Peace on Earth’ in just a few minutes.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 4 – Kitchen and Dining Room

Confetti can either be a blessing or a curse.  We actually cut ours larger so that it could be sprinkled as decoration on your empty table without having to keep a full tablescape up when no one’s around.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 4 – Kitchen and Dining Room
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 4 – Kitchen and Dining Room
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 4 – Kitchen and Dining Room

For easy kitchen garb, we made 3 different hand towel looks to match different pieces of the overall décor scheme.  That way, you can have a new feel each week – from trucks to trees to mailboxes for Santa!

Whew!  I can’t believe we’re halfway through our series.  Coming down the home stretch to Holiday Season!

Up Next Week: Everywhere Else Around The House

Cheers!

t

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 4 – Kitchen and Dining Room
Create your perfect tablescape with Lia Griffith

Create Your Perfect Tablescape With Lia Griffith

November 2nd, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Ok, it’s officially November...are you ready to think about the holidays yet?! If you’ve been following us here at Cricut, we’ve been in holiday mode since early October, but now that Halloween is over, we expect any holiday holdouts to get on board!

We’re very excited to reveal a special project we’ve been working on with the amazingly talented Lia Griffith. Famous for her intricate and gorgeous crepe paper flowers, Lia is a long-time Cricut Maker fan, with content in Design Space and projects on her own social media platforms that we highly recommend you check out.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner and Christmas a mere seven weeks away, we partnered with Lia and her team on the perfect holiday tablescape. For the next few weeks, we’re going to share tips, tricks and how-tos to guide you through putting this amazing set together. Whether you’re getting together with your whole family or having a quiet holiday dinner with a few friends, we think you’ll swoon over this set.

And now, the big reveal!

Lia was inspired to make a tablescape that could look beautiful through both Fall and Winter holiday dinners. Rather than fall leaves or Christmas greens, she focused the greenery and shapes around eucalyptus to include real greenery on the tabletop centerpiece. The crepe paper flowers are also blooms that are not specific to Christmas or Thanksgiving, but the rich combo of plum and cranberry gives warmth to the season.

This tablescape includes 10 projects, seven of which are currently in Design Space:

Create your perfect tablescape with Lia Griffith

Click to Make: Napkin Ring

Create your perfect tablescape with Lia Griffith
Create your perfect tablescape with Lia Griffith

Click to Make: Napkin with Iron-on

Create your perfect tablescape with Lia Griffith

Click to Make: Paper Decorative Berries

Create your perfect tablescape with Lia Griffith

Click to Make: Holiday Charger Decal

Create your perfect tablescape with Lia Griffith

Click to Make: Leather Coasters

Create your perfect tablescape with Lia Griffith

Click to Make: Paper Decorative Leaves

The tablescape uses all of our favorite materials: vinyl, Foil Iron-on, Pearl Paper, cardstock, and felt. One of our favorite things about this mix of table decor is that it uses so many different textures and techniques to create a truly multi-dimensional DIY table. Lia was able to cut everything on her Maker, which can cut over 100 materials!

We hope you’ll join us on this journey for the next few weeks as we highlight how-tos on this beautiful project! Be sure to keep an eye on our social media channels, and subscribe to the blog for the latest updates.

Create your perfect tablescape with Lia Griffith
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree

October 27th, 2018 • Contributor: Tiffany Isbell, Team Cricut

For me, the Christmas tree is a moment to celebrate our family.  It’s full of memories and the people we love. I discovered some new ways to really bring that personal touch to what goes on our tree.  Every single part of the tree was handmade to mean something to our family, and I hope you can do some of these things for yours too!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree

By far my favorite thing was the custom silhouette ornaments of each of my kids!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree

Being able to cut those little faces out of wood with the Cricut Maker™ was such a satisfying moment. It wasn’t a memory that I could buy, and it was definitely a fun way for all of us to spend an afternoon.  Watch the Facebook Live to get the tutorial on how to take your own picture and turn it into a silhouette ornament.

The great part about this is that you can use any treatment you want on the wood so it’ll match exactly.  We are debating whether or not to just glitter the wood or paint it black first and then spray glitter.  You can paint or stain your wood in any color that works for your décor!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree

Don’t forget to start our series at the beginning with the first week’s Mantel Collection. Now, let’s jump into the supplies list.  Order the supplies you need and get an extra discount with our special holiday promo code: 8WEEKDIY for an additional 10% off all your materials (excludes Cricut machines & Cricut Access and needs a $50 minimum purchase).

You should have leftover material from the last two weeks to use for some of the projects this week too!  Here are the Cricut supplies you will need:

Here are the other supplies you will also need (you likely have some of these from the past two weeks!):

  • (1) Spool of Red & White Twine
  • (1) Bag of White Felt Pom Poms
  • (1) Package of Floral Wire
  • Hot Glue
  • Wood Ornaments
  • (1) Sheet of Basswood
  • Acrylic Ball Ornaments
  • Black Paint
  • Spray Glitter
  • 8”x10” Blank Chalkboard Sign
  • Plain Tree Topper

Now, let’s get into more of the projects!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree

We’re using the same color palette – white/cream, grey, forest green, black, and a few scattered pops of red.  You’ll see the same imagery too – vintage trucks, pine trees/cones, and poinsettias.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree

The tree topper used the same stars that we had on our Reindeer Sign.  It’s quite simple: cut your stars out of chipboard and textured vinyl, apply your vinyl onto the chipboard, and then hot glue the stars to your liking.  We used a simple plain tree topper from Amazon.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree

Including the woodcut ornaments, we made 4 custom ornaments – Wood Cut, Wooden Iron-on, Pinecone Frosted, and Monogrammed Trucks.  Let’s dive into some of the applications to give you that top-notch tree look!

Wooden Ornaments with Iron-on Silhouettes – once again, Check out the Facebook Live to get the tutorial on how to take your own picture and turn it into a silhouette ornament.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree

In order to iron-on to the wood, be sure to use our Easy Press Interactive Settings Guide.  For wood settings, we used 300 degrees for 40 seconds.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree

Make sure to read the peel instructions – cold peel or warm peel.  For Everyday Iron-on, the recommendation is typically a warm peel.

The pinecone ornaments were made with the Permanent Premium Vinyl in Frosted.  I used the tip of my weeder to help burnish the frosted vinyl onto the acrylic ball without any bubbles.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree

Then, I added some party foil cut confetti with stars to echo the stars on the tree topper.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree

The last ornament for our collection is a combination of chipboard (for durability), patterned vinyl (for an eye-catching look), and black vinyl (for the monogrammed uniqueness). Similar to the tree topper, simply cut your materials and layer them together.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree

Monograms are a great way to add a little unique touch. With a last name like ‘Isbell’, it can sometimes be hard to find the letter ‘I’ anywhere. And finding your children or family names spelled correctly can also be difficult. That’s why these custom tree projects can be so great.
I even made a garland with everyone’s name! I used the font ‘Babette’ and welded the letters together. For these purposes, I dropped the dots of the ‘I’s.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree

Take a needle and use the same twine (check out our other projects over the past two weeks!) to thread your white pom poms.  You can adjust the poms to the right spacing to fit all your names.  Some of ours are longer and some short! Then, just hot glue your names in place.

The tree skirt was another great tie to the rest of the room décor – stockings, pillows, and more!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree

On the spectrum of sewing projects, it’s on the more beginner side. You are sewing together mostly straight lines down the triangle pieces. If sewing the curved outside edge scares you, use a bonded fabric solution to make the edge!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree

For those of you who are taking all your projects to the next level, we also made a cute underside to our tree skirt so it’s reversible!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree

Next, we have the Don’t Open sign under the tree!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree

[Mostly] For Fun, I love this sign.  It is a simple application of vinyl on a blank chalkboard sign. For easier application, make sure to measure your sign and adjust the dimensions.  Start application at the top of the chalkboard and apply in a downward motion.

The last pieces I added were the pinecones and poinsettias that we’re using throughout our entire house.  Can’t wait to see you next week!

As an added touch, don’t forget to capture your pets!!  I made silhouette wood ornaments and added their names to the garland.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree

Up Next Week: Kitchen & Dining Décor

Cheers!

t

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 3 – A Custom Holiday Tree
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 1 – The Mantel

October 9th, 2018 • Contributor: Tiffany Isbell, Team Cricut

The upcoming holiday season can be a time of hustle and frantic moments.  We want to help give you a true handmade holiday without all the stress. Follow us over the next 8 weeks as we show you how to make your Holiday Décor and Gifting magical.  Be sure to tune in every Monday & Wednesday to our Facebook Live as we walk through some of the tips and techniques to get you through the holiday. Now, let’s jump into this week’s great décor lineup: The Mantel!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel

There are 10 great projects in this collection.  Even if you don’t have a mantel, you can find a place to use these signs, stockings, blankets, and wreath.  First, let’s check out our materials supplies list.

Here are the Cricut supplies you will need:

Don’t forget that throughout this 8-week journey, you can use the promo code 8WEEKDIY to get an additional 10% off all your materials (excludes Cricut machines & Cricut Access and needs a $50 minimum purchase).

Here are the other supplies you will also need:

  • White & Green paint and foam brush
  • (1) spool of Red & White Twine
  • (3) 1”x 4”x 8’ Blue Pine wood
  • (2) 1”x 4”x 8’ Ghostwood Silver
  • Wood glue
  • (1) bag of red felt pom poms
  • (1) 12” green wire wreath frame
  • (1) package of floral wire
  • (1) red lantern
  • (1) 12”x 12” thin black frame
  • (1) 8”x 11” thin canvas
  • (1) medium white metal trash can or bin
  • Hot glue

All supplies cost less than $250, and the best part is that with your leftover supplies, you’ll be able to tackle more of the projects in the upcoming weeks.  This 8-week program gives you a completely customized holiday for under $500 – for your entire house including the tree!! Talk about an amazing way to truly get a unique experience for the upcoming season.  The best part is that you can do all or just a few to brighten up your holiday décor!

Let’s explore the projects!

You will see I picked a core color palette that will follow us throughout the next 8 weeks as well – white/cream, grey, brown, forest green, black, and a few scattered pops of red.  I did not want it to be too red heavy as it can be a little overwhelming since it’s such a powerful color.

Next, I also selected some main images that you’ll see throughout our cohesive holiday as it comes together over the next few weeks – vintage truck, pine trees/cones/needles, stars, and poinsettias (both red and white!).

Finally, I made sure that we are using a lot of mixed media projects with textures sprinkled throughout to give it an enriched look – metallic embroidery, felt pom pom balls, and fuzzy/rich materials along-side pearl paper, holographic party foils, and textured vinyls. I’ll even show techniques on how to bring flat materials to life with embellishments – check out the nose on the Reindeer Wood Sign!

To help you embrace a massive make-it-from-scratch holiday, I started the Mantel with 3 custom wood projects.  Yep, that’s right. I constructed the wooden frames and plaques from scratch too. Check out our tutorial on how you can make these three DIY Wood Projects too!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel

Project 1: Reindeer Wood Sign

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel

Project 3: Scrap Wood Trees

The next two projects are phrases.  I couldn’t quite decide which font I loved the best, so I made two and decided I could put one in another area of my house to bring my favorite phrase throughout the holiday décor – Merry & Bright.  This uses both a Black Vinyl (or dark Stainless Adhesive Foil if you prefer) and a Red Stainless Adhesive Foil for the ampersand sign. Once again, bringing in that small pop of red.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel

Project 4: Merry & Bright Sign (Felix Font) or Merry & Bright Sign (Arab Brushstroke Font)

The second phrase incorporates that vintage red truck, which I am loving that is also echoed in the Christmas Delivery fabric of the stockings and quilt.  I used another one of my favorite inviting phrases, “Season’s Greetings”, and favorite fonts: Easton. I like how the font plays off of the Felix Font from the Merry & Bright sign where it has both thinner and thicker areas, but the tall feel of the letters give it a matching vintage look to the truck.

The truck is actually several layers of different types of iron-on. This technique can be really tricky so make sure to read up on some Tips for Layering Iron-on – especially since it’s using Everyday Iron-on, Glitter Iron-on, AND Foil Iron-on (oh my!).

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel

Project 5: Season’s Greetings Truck Sign

There isn’t much to do except fan-girl over the Riley Blake Christmas Delivery Collection that will be on Cricut.com next week.  I can’t wait to show you so many fun things to make with it that are really simple. The stockings were made with this Design Space project.  A loop was simply cut into a rectangle and added onto the top of the stocking pattern to hang from the Mantel.  A quick tip to hanging the stockings: Command Strips.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel

Project 6: Christmas Delivery Stockings

We talked a little bit about how pinecones would be seen throughout everything, and here is a quick glimpse.  Did you know there are 40 pine cones in the Red Pine Cone Lantern Project? Stay tuned over the next few weeks and we will take you on a tutorial on how to make the pine cones from scratch!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel

Project 7: Red Pine Cone Lantern

The final three projects are at the base of the Mantel near the fire.  Two are snuggle blankets, and one is to hold them. At our house, everyone has a holiday blanket so we need a bin to put them in.  Enter the repurposed trash can! We took a white trash bin and simply add a phrase at the bottom using the same Easton font from the Truck Canvas.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel

Project 8: Blanket Bin

Project 9: Christmas Delivery Quilt

Project 10: Felt Poinsettia Flower Blanket with Gold Metallic Embroidery

Check out our Facebook Live with tips and techniques used throughout these projects.  I can’t wait to show you the projects next week. This is going to be a fantastic DIY Holiday Season!

Up Next Week: The Living Room

Cheers!

t

3 Custom Holiday Decor Wood Projects

3 Custom DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

October 9th, 2018 • Contributor: Tiffany Isbell, Team Cricut

From shopping to assembly, let’s dig into how to make 3 great wood DIY projects for the holiday season.  Here are the Cricut supplies you will need:

Here are the other supplies you will also need:

  • White & Green paint and foam brush
  • (1) spool of Red & White Twine
  • (3) 1”x 4”x 8” Blue Pine wood
  • (2) 1”x 4”x 8” Ghostwood Silver
  • (2) packages of 1 ½” L Brackets
  • Wood glue
  • (1) bag of red felt pom poms
  • (1) 12” green wire wreath frame (if you are making the pine needle wreath)
  • (1) package of floral wire (if you are making the pine needle wreath)
  • Hot glue

These projects took one afternoon to complete, not including shopping for the materials. But let’s talk about one of the most exciting parts: THE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE.  Sometimes, I surprise myself at how giddy I get about going to find all the parts!

Things to know when shopping for wood:

Thing #1: Not all wood is created equal.  Make sure you inspect each board for any flaws that might either weaken your design or in this case, not match.  You can see that the distressing of the wood varied from piece to piece. I had to be choosy about what came home with me!

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Thing #2: Check for warping.  Not sure what this means? Check out this good and bad example:

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays
3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

You definitely don’t want to come home with a piece of wood that is shaped like a hockey stick!  It’s hard to work with and won’t give you a great fitting frame. I hold the beam straight out in front of me to check for warping.  Pick the straightest pieces you can find. The longer the board, the higher the risk of warping. When boards get up to 12’ long, they can be a bit of a challenge to find a straight piece.  I tend to opt for the 8’ boards as a good middle ground.

You will want to have a few choice tools to begin your projects:

  • Miter Saw
  • Angle Ruler
  • Pencil

PROJECT #1:

If you’re like me, I want to feel 100% when I’m about to cut my wood so I always mark it with a pencil. This helps me know I can follow the line – even though a Miter Saw helps you do that fairly easily.  I like a good backup! I cut my pieces down into two 24” lengths and two 36” lengths. Then, I was ready to cut my angles – this is the tricky part.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Next, no surprise here - cut your wood at a 45-degree angle.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Now, put aside your scraps. We’re going to use them for our final project!

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Rinse and repeat for all 4 pieces. I made my frame 24”x 36”. This means that I also measured out the length of my pieces as well as the angle of my wood. You will cut 8 angles.

After your cuts are all made, flip your pieces to the back side, and line up one 24” side with one 36” side. MAKE SURE YOU’RE MATCHING UP THE RIGHT PARTS. That shout-out was mostly a reminder to me, but just like they say in sewing, woodworking is the same, measure twice and cut once.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

If you are wanting to make sure your frame stays together, you can opt to add some wood glue into the seams. For me, I don’t like to use a glue on my frames.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Next, start screwing in your L Brackets. To make sure that it’s coming together well, I always screw in one of the outer holes and then skip over to the other side and screw in the inner hole. That’s confusing so check out this pic to help:

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

And don’t forget to double reinforce. I put two L Brackets on my frames to better secure them.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Finally, hang your wreath! I used a pine needle wreath in the middle of mine hung with red and white striped twine.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

For the wreath project in Design Space, check out: Backless Pine Needle Wreath and Frame

PROJECT #2:

Take your wood beams and cut them down to equal sizes. My sign is 30”x 30”. I measured my pieces and was able to get 3 pieces from each of my boards. Remember, draw your pencil line across your cut to help guide you!

I reinforced the back of the sign with two 1”x 4” beams that I had leftover from another project. If you don’t have any scrap wood, you’ll want to pick up a piece. Don’t get anything expensive as it’s on the back of your sign and won’t be visible. You can simply screw each cut into your mounting pieces.

Step 1 – Lay out all your pieces to get an idea of where to place your reindeer. I always like to get the painting out of the way before I start on any other areas of a project. After figuring out my arrangement, I added the stencil for my reindeer and painted Rudolph on!

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Step 2 – Use a shimmer glaze after your paint dries by simply leaving your stencil in place and painting over your original white coat of paint. A shimmer glaze adds a really subtle, refined shine to your paint.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Step 3 – Use a cotton swab to help draw out any paint blotches or small pools. Be careful not to smudge it, but if you accidentally do, you can always use a piece of sandpaper to sand the paint off your wood in unwanted places.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Step 4 – Clean up the drips in the gaps. I use a folded piece of paper and then pull it along the gap to clean out any unwanted drips or globs of paint.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays
3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays
3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Here’s a quick 5-second video to show you how to do it.

Step 5 – Add your embellishments! This is the fun part. I added a red felt pom pom for Rudolph’s nose (I really like a little texture and a little 3D!). I hot glued the stars. The stars are made from Chipboard and Textured Vinyl to also give the project more depth. Finally, I tied the same twine from my wreath on the backless frame to wrap around this project at the bottom.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

If I was using as a standalone sign, I would have also added a phrase in the bottom right corner, most likely! As it was part of a collection, I didn’t need it.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Check out the project in Design Space: Reindeer Wood Sign

Project #3:

The final project is quite simple. You’ll want to dig through your scraps to select the right ones.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Look for pieces that can be cut into triangles – even if they’re taller, more slender one. I also looked for pieces that could be put together to create a triangle by trimming an angle across a larger, longer piece.

Next, I’ll sound like a broken record – draw your triangle onto your piece of wood.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Put together your scraps into tree forms. If you are gluing multiple pieces together, be sure to give them a healthy dose of wood glue.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Now, they’ll need time to dry. I hold mine in place with clamps during the drying process.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Let them dry longer than you think it will take! I hate when I try to work with them too soon and then I can’t ever get the glue to stick. If you’re impatient (ME! ME!) then pick up the fast drying glue!

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Your trees are now prepped and ready for staining.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Simply cut out your stencil in vinyl – for smooth wood, I use the stencil vinyl, and for rougher surfaces, I use a black removable vinyl as the stick is a little firmer.

If you’re doing multiple things, you can reuse the stencil, but I recommend letting it dry in between each application so you don’t get smudge marks. Once again though, a little sandpaper can help you take those right off. It’s harder on textured wood surfaces because you could also take off some of your texture.

Voila! Here’s your final look!

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Find this last project in Design Space too: Scrap Wood Trees

Cheers!

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