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Make A Rustic Christmas Tree Sign To Add To Your Holiday Decor
When it comes to the autumn and winter seasons, I am their number one fan. I love the glowing oranges, crisp reds, and blazing yellows that adorn the trees in Fall and the white glistening snow, cozy sweaters, and hot cocoa in winter. I can’t outdo the beauty of nature but I can try to bring a bit of it into my home.
During the holidays, my indoor decorations typically mirror the outdoor landscape. As we move into December, I’m replacing my fall colors with a touch of winter. That means I’m incorporating whites, greens, and reds in the decor throughout my house.
Since I’m all for rustic, nature-inspired decor, I decided to create my own Christmas tree sign.
Want to make one too? Oh good. Let’s get started:
Materials You’ll Need
- wooden sign (mine is a 10 x 17)
- paint brush
- two pouncer brushes
- white chalk paint
- black paint
- tree sign template (download for free below)
- craft cutting machine for stencil
- vinyl or wax paper for stencil
- weeding tool or tweezers
Pour a small amount of white paint onto a paper plate and dip your paint brush into it. Rub off any excess paint onto the paper plate. You’re going for a rustic look so you don’t want to cover up all of the wood with the paint. Apply lightly.
Let the paint dry and then smooth with fine grain sandpaper.
Download the free stencil printable here >>> WINTER TREES SIGN WS
Size it appropriately in your craft cutting machine software. Load your vinyl (or wax paper) and cut the stencil. Weed out the letters and then place the vinyl on your sign.
Using your pouncer brush, apply a light coat of white paint over your stencil. We apply white paint first because it helps minimize bleeding of the black paint. Let it fully dry.
Now use your pouncer brush to apply a light coat of black paint. Wait two minutes and then carefully remove your stencil.
The finished product…I love it!
Now, a word of caution. If you want to distress your sign a bit more, make sure that the black paint is fully dry. I didn’t wait long enough so when I started using my sandpaper block to distress it a bit more, I ended up smearing black paint all over the sign.
Yikes! I had to redo certain parts of the sign so you may notice that it looks a bit different in certain pictures. Cold weather increases drying time so keep this in mind as you create your Christmas tree sign.
As I was incorporating my sign into my decor, I made sure to add what has become an annual tradition: a Glade® Holiday Fragrance jar candle.
The scents vary from year to year but whatever holiday scents the makers of Glade® are putting out, I’m buying it!!
One of the scents this year is Glade® Tree Lighting Wonder.™ With notes of dark green needles from Spruce and Fir blended with cool Eucalyptus and Lavender, set upon a cedar foundation, this candle aroma feels like home.
It’s another awesome way I get to infuse nature into my home decor plus the scent makes me feel like I’m in the middle of the pine forest and there’s something very warm and cozy about that. 🙂
I even added a Glade® PlugIns® air freshener with the same scent in my living room. My husband remarked that the smell made him feel like he was at a tree farm in the middle of the country. How cool is that?!
One of the aspects of the Glade® PlugIns® air freshener that I really like is the ability to adjust the fragrance setting. Want a blast of aroma? Turn the setting up. Want just a bit of aroma, turn the setting down.
If the smell of pine trees isn’t your thing, you will probably fall in love with the Glade® Candy Sprinkling Joy™ jar candle. Described as playful and bright, this candle scent combines plump, juicy berries, peaches, sweet pomegranate, and tart cranberry balanced with pink peony petals resting. It truly smells delicious!
Rustic Winter Christmas tree sign. Check.
Greenery and holly berries. Check.
Scents of the holiday season. Check.
I’d say I’m ready for the holidays. How about you?
Have you started decorating yet? What’s your favorite holiday scent?