We’ve almost reached the end of this series. Today marks the second to the last day of the 12 Days of Christmas. It’s hard to believe how quickly the days have gone by. (Hope you’re having as much fun as I am.).
Anyway, today I’m back with the DIY project I told you about yesterday. You may recall that I was attempting to cut wood and was having some problems. I would love to tell you I rectified the situation, but I can’t. However, I did manage to finish the project without any major accidents with the saw.
Allow me to present my colorful little forest.
Totally cute, right? This collection was inspired by a gift I received last week from my Dad’s wife. She gave me a similar tree with a star on top. I loved it so much I decided to create an entire forest.
The tree looks like it would be very simple to create. I thought so, too. I’m going to show you how I created my trees, but leave out photos of the wood cutting part. I hope that’s okay.
I started with a 2×6″ board. I measured and cut* the board to create eight triangles (a.k.a. trees).
*I attempted to do this with a miter saw. That was probably not the best choice. It was difficult cutting the diagonal lines because I couldn’t hold on to the trees; almost took a board to the face, etc. It would probably be better to clamp the board onto a sturdy table and use either a jigsaw or circular saw to cut out the triangles. Being a bit of a power tool noob, I didn’t figure this out until after I struggled for hours. If I do make these again, I will update this post with more detailed instructions. Alternatively, you could have someone in your life who is skilled with woodworking do this step for you.
Once your triangles are cut, give them a good sanding.
Next comes the paint. I used acrylic craft paint. I love Martha Stewart’s paint collection so I mostly stuck with her colors in a satin finish. I cut the paint with a little water so that it would be less opaque and allow the wood grain to show through.
Once all of the trees were painted and dry. I added some snow (or lights, depending on how you see it).
Using the back end of a paint brush, I carefully added white dots to all of the trees.
And with that, my colorful DIY forest was complete.
I think the final look is modern, yet still festive and whimsical. I’m not quite sure where these are going to end up in my house, but for now they are on the shelves in my dining room.
I thought they went perfectly with this Vintage Village Luminaria set I got from RedEnvelope. The colors of the rooftops match the trees perfectly! I’m obsessed with this little village. Each house has a battery-operated flickering light. They are dead cute.
As I mentioned before, I’m hoping to wrap up my holiday decorating this week so I’m looking for a permanent home for these colorful cuties. On second thought, they just might stay right here.
Even though I struggled a little bit with these guys, they turned out as I had envisioned! I’m loving the color combination, too.
I hope my fellow 12 Days bloggers aren’t having any issues with their projects. Check out the fun ideas they are working on today.
How are you doing with your holiday decorating? Are you finished or are you putting the final touches on your seasonal decor?
Frohe Weihnachten! (That’s Merry Christmas in German.)