This year I’ve taken a ‘simple’ approach to Christmas. . .
And by simple I mean that I’ve pared right back on the decorations.
I’m well known for my over the top. . . decorate every room. . . plus every nook and cranny. . . (and then some), approach to Christmas!
I adore the whole Christmas season and being surrounded by decorations fills me with joy.
I still love Christmas. . . but this year is just a little different for me.
It’s been a difficult year for various reasons. . . and I’m feeling quite nostalgic. . .
Perhaps that is why a simple shabby, vintage Christmas appealed to me this year.
Over the next few days I thought I’d share with you a couple of my Christmas rooms, plus a few DIY tutorials for some of the projects incorporated in my shabby, vintage decorating. Most of them can be used for a more traditional colour scheme too, if you’d prefer.
This dresser is in my family room. . . you may remember the book print and paper rose Christmas trees from last year.
The tutorial for the paper roses is HERE.
When I decorated my dresser for Christmas I had a blank spot in the centre, so I made these really quick and easy wood blocks that spell the word ‘Believe’.
This is a project that is completely adaptable. . . made using standard dressed pine, with either power or hand tools.
24” (60 cm) of 7 cm wide dressed pine,
Drop saw or hand saw for cutting lengths of pine,
Paint colours of choice – I used DecoArt Americana Toffee and Warm White,
Matt spray varnish,
Template for lettering – see note,
Normal painting supplies.
Note: I used my silhouette machine to cut out the lettering, but you could use a stencil or enlarge lettering in Microsoft Word and trace and hand paint the letters on your blocks.
Cut pine as follows – 3 x 3” blocks, 2 x 4” blocks and 2 x 31/2” blocks.
Sand all edges smooth.
I painted all my blocks with Toffee, before applying my vinyl letters.
Paint all surfaces of the blocks using 2 coats of Warm White.
If you used a Silhouette machine, peel off the vinyl letters now.
Sand and distress your blocks for that shabby look. . . the white paint should appear chippy, with some of the Toffee undercoat showing through.
If you are painting the lettering by hand, trace your letters on now and fill in the traced outlines with paint. The letters are as follows; B and L on 4” blocks, E’s on 3” blocks, V and I on 31/2” blocks. Note – I enlarged the letter ‘V’ so it would stand taller.
Seal all surfaces with matt spray varnish.
This technique could be used to make blocks spelling any word combination and in any colour.
I’m sharing my Believe block project at this week’s link parties and with these friends: French Country Cottage, The Vintage Farmhouse, 36th Avenue, Clean and Scentsible, Live Laugh Rowe, The DIY Dreamer, Transformation Thursday, At The Picket Fence, Nifty Thrifty Sunday.