I am so ready to start Christmas decorating. Bring on the tree.
Although, some how I know that is will be the year someone will knock over the tree (cough...Bryce). We have never had a Christmas tree get knocked over before, but we have also never had a almost 2 year old Bryce before. Don't worry when it happens I will take pictures and tell you all about it. I am actually considering nailing the tree stand to the floor. Is that weird?
Anyway, I have been SO good this year about not decorating the house for Christmas super early. I have only done this one lone vignette at the top of my stairs.
And I only put this stuff out because I made most of it and it seemed silly to put it away for a week... right? That would have been silly?
Today I am going to share with you how I made the "Wise Men still Seek Him" sign.
I started by laying down some leftover 2x6's I had from building the boy's bunk beds. You can use pallet wood, cut down fence posts or whatever. I just lined them up and screwed them to some 1x4's I also had laying around. Yup so far this sign was FREE. Oh yeah, the 2x6 are cut to 21 inches. The over all sign is 21x33 inches.
Next, I used a water based express color wood stain. I just brushed it on nice and thick and let it sit for about 15 min.
Then I took a lint free cloth (it started out white) and rubbed the stains off. I did have to rinse out the cloth a few times.
Next, I got the kids ready to go play in the first snowfall of the year. Come to think of it, you could probably skip this step.
I used my Silhouette to cut the "stencil" for the letters out of vinyl. I used vinyl because I was going to be glitter blasting it and I didn't want to risk getting it under the stencil.
And since I was going to glitter blast it I covered everything up before I painted it.
I painted the SEEK HIM all white because I really wanted it to stand out. I let the paint dry, and the I sprayed all the words with a nice thick layer of Diamond Dust Glitter Blast. (This was my first time using Glitter Blast spray paint. Word of advice, buy it at a craft store with a 40% off coupon and shake it up a LOT before you spray it.)
Next, I alter Emma's choir t-shirt for her concert. Ummm okay, this step is also probably not necessary either, but can you tell how her shirt has cute little sleeves that actually fit her. (she it the one in the white boots.)
To make the star I printed out an 8 point star I found on-line. I printed it out basically 8.5x11. Then I glued it to a sheet of STYROFOAM and used a kitchen knife to cut it out. To sand the edges nice and smooth and use a scrap of foam. (You may want to save your foam scraped for another project.)
To make it all pretty I sprayed it with gold spray paint and then glitter blasted it.
Once it was dry I hot glued the star to the sign.
Best thing about this sign... the end cost too me was FREE.
I love free awesomeness.