It’s only November, but I created my first Christmas decoration of the season today. When it comes to decorating, I’m all about keeping things simple, frugal and cute! I also love to paint over old signs and create my own decorations from things we no longer like or use–but who around here doesn’t? Anyway, we have a lot of signs around here, so there’s always a fresh canvas.
I took an old sign that had been collecting dust in the office and painted over the designs with a blend of white and tan latex paint. We have tons of sample jars laying around, and these really come in handy. I also love all things French, so I decided to create a rustic-looking sign with the French term for Merry Christmas–Joyeux Noel. Back in the B.K. era (before kids) I loved the shabby chic look. I still love it, but I’ve had to adapt to a more rustic look to keep the peace around here. This is my blank canvas.
Normally, I love using paint pens, but for this project, I wanted to make the lettering as fine as possible, so I tried my hand at painting the letters with a super-fine brush and acrylic paint. I played around with PicMonkey until I had the look I wanted, and then I wrote the phrase lightly in pencil. Then, I just painted over the writing, using a combination of burnt umber and gold paint. I added some snowflakes, edged the sign with burnt umber and added more white, using a very dry brush.
Then, I just had to add a little bling to the sign. Gotta have bling for the holiday season!
After all this, we have a simple, rustic-looking, but chic Christmas sign. The gold paint gives it some extra shine, but it’s hard to see that here.
I added a couple of pine cones and a spray-painted branch to give it a more festive air. We still have fall decorations up, but I’ll play around with it and make this a permanent display after Thanksgiving.
This was a super frugal and very fun project! I think I’ll redo some other signs and sharpen my painting skills.
Are you getting ready for Christmas yet?
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