Even though I am knee-deep into a kitchen renovation, I am feeling the need to talk about Christmas.
Since I cannot decorate for Christmas around my home, I thought I could do a little on my blog.
This year, like many of you, I am focusing on a Simple and Inexpensive Christmas.
I want my Christmas gifts, décor, and recipes to be simple.
So throughout the next two weeks, I will be sharing some simple and inexpensive ideas with you.
I also have some very special guest posters lined up to share with us, and you are going to love them!
To start us off, I thought I would post a little project that I did for a guest post about a month ago.
I really do love this project.
It took me less than an hour to make and cost less than $4.00!
(I didn’t have to purchase all the supplies because I had some of them leftover from previous projects.)
First of all, I bought this wooden plaque for 50 cents from Hobby Lobby.
Then I spray painted the plaque with some Krylon Satin Dover White that I had left over from another project. You could use any off white paint you may have at home.
Then I hammered in some bronze upholstery tacks that I bought from Lowe’s for $1.30. I used less than two boxes.
Nailing in the tacks takes some practice. I had to draw a thin pencil line down the middle of the plaque to help me keep my lines straight.
The tacks are not perfectly lined up, but good enough.
I left a space at the bottom of the tree for my red ribbon.
Then I used my StazOn Ink (that I already had) and stamped “Blessings” at the bottom of the plaque.
I got the “Blessings” stamp a few weeks ago in the dollar bins at Michael’s.
Next, I hot glued some jute string to the top of the plaque so I could hang it on a wall or tree, and I hot glued my red ribbon on.
I loved the way it turned out, but it looked a little too “new” to me. I love the look of old, vintage types of decorations.
So I used my sanding sponge and sanded down the edges of the plaque.
But since the plaque was pine, you couldn’t really see where I sanded it, and it didn’t have that vintage look I was after.
So I used some Valspar Mocha glaze (that I have had for about two years!), and applied it to the sanded edges with a Q-tip and wiped it off with a paper towel.
It made the plaque look soooo much better!
I took it outside and hung it on a tree because the weather was gorgeous in KY that day!
I love my sweet little plaque!
It is such a great reminder of all the blessings that Christmas holds.
They have smaller plaques at Hobby Lobby if you would like to make a similar smaller ornament, or use it for a gift tag. I thought you could even do a monogram plaque as a gift!
I want to say a special thank you to Kristin for creating a cute little button for me!
Didn’t she do a great job?
She has a website called Kristin’s Veranda.
Check it out!