Lighted Wood Christmas Craft

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Aren’t these the most darling lil crafts ever? ¬†These are what I am giving out as Christmas gifts this year…hmmm…hopefully my friends and family don’t read this before they get them! ūüėČ

I love these things, because they look really nice and rustic, but they’re actually not all that hard to put together! ¬†Of course, if you LOVE the way they look as much as I do, and you don’t feel like having to do it yourself, you can also easily purchase these on my Etsy store too!

They make for a perfect Christmas decoration, and the lights in them give such a warm and cozy ambience to any room they may be displayed in!  The wood is unfinished, and I put a light coat of gray paint on them to make them look nice and rustic.  They are just perfect for a nice looking Christmas decoration!

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You can hang this craft on the wall, or you can display it on a shelf or table.  Regardless of how you display it, believe me, you will LOVE the way it looks!

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Let’s get to the instructions on how to make this!

LIGHTED WOOD CHRISTMAS CRAFTS

Materials Needed:

  • Unfinished block of wood (like a side of a crate) – I got mine at Amazon here. ¬†It’s perfect, because it has the hardware for hanging it on the wall already installed.
  • pencil
  • Stencil of the design you would like to paint on
  • tape
  • measuring tape
  • drill (size of the drill bit is up to you – bigger = more light)
  • dark grey paint
  • white paint
  • paint sponge
  • paint brush
  • toothpicks
  • Craft glue (I use Crafter’s Pick – it’s the best)
  • LED wire lights (you can get these here)
  • cuttable cork board
  • scissors
  • Large thumbtacks (4)

Directions:

1.) Use your tape measure to place your stencil in the middle of the wood accurately. Tape in place, and do a light sketch of the stencil onto the wood with your pencil.

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2.) Remove the stencil and draw in dots around your stenciled design where you want to have your light holes.  Use a drill to drill holes over those dots.

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3.) Mix your gray paint with a bit of water, and use your sponge paintbrush to paint your board gray.  Let dry completely.

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4.) Once the paint is dry, place your stencil back on the board in the same position you had it on there before. ¬†Tape into place, and use your paintbrush and your white paint to paint the stencil onto the wood. Carefully remove the stencil. Don’t worry if it’s a little sloppy – we will clean it up in the next step.

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5.) Use a toothpick and both paints to clean up the stencil design on the wood.

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6.) Flip the piece of wood over.  On the back, glue your battery pack of your LED lights along the bottom of the wood.  Arrange your LED lights in a pattern so that the lights line up with the holes you drilled.  Tape into place, then glue into place by placing drops of glue along the wires (not on the lights).  Allow the glue to dry completely, and then you can remove the tape.

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7.) After the glue is completely dry, use your tape measure to measure a piece of cork board that you can lay over the back to cover up the wires and lights.  Cut out the piece of cork board using your scissors, and then lay it over the wires, but keeping the battery pack outside of the cork board.

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8.) Use four thumbtacks to secure the cork board into place, taking care not to poke a thumbtack into the wires.

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You’re all set! ¬†The on/off switch for the lights is on the battery pack. ¬†Display your finished product proudly! ūüôā

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Enjoy! ūüôā

Oh Holy Night Frame Repurposing Craft

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Oh holy night, the stars are brightly shining!  And so is this awesome frame repurposing craft!  I love love love this craft!  It looks so nice as Christmas decor, and I love the fact that it can repurpose an old frame!  I got the idea from the following pin on Pinterest.

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When I clicked on the link, it brought me to the homepage of a craft blog Organized Clutter (If you click on the pin, it will take you there).  Oh boy, are there some great ideas on there!!! I definitely recommend checking it out!

I couldn’t find this particular craft on there, but as you can see, it’s pretty self explanatory on how to make it, so that’s what I did! ¬†And now, I want to share it with you all, but again, this is not my original idea – all the credit goes to Organized Clutter!

When it comes to this craft, what you see is what you get!  You can see all the materials you will need to create this.

  • An old frame (I used an old unfinished wood frame that has a great rustic look to it)
  • Gray paint (I mixed some gray acrylic paint with some water to thin it out so that the frame would still look rustic and unfinished – I like it that way!)
  • Black paint (I just used good old black acrylic paint)
  • A paintbrush
  • Scrabble letters that spell out “OH HOLY NIGHT” (I got mine at Hobby Lobby…in full disclosure, I was short one letter, so I flipped another tile over and used a black permanent sharpie to draw the letter on there – I’m not going to tell you which one till the end of this post – go ahead, look closely and see if you can guess, but I don’t think you’ll be able to! ūüôā )
  • Silver metal star (I got this at Hobby Lobby as well)
  • Glue (I used Elmers craft glue)

That’s it! ¬†Now you just need to put it together. ¬†Again, what you see is what you get – very self explanatory. ¬†You simply paint the frame gray, paint the backboard¬†of the frame black. ¬†Let those dry, then you glue the letters and the metallic star onto the backboard in the form of a Christmas tree as shown in the image. ¬†Wa-Lah! ¬†You’re done! ¬†Here are the pictures I took while making this beauty!

Start with an old frame.

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Paint the frame gray.

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Paint the backboard black.

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Glue the letters and the star onto the backboard as indicated.

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Let everything dry completely, and you’re all set! ¬†Okay, take another close look – which tile is it that I had to draw on myself?

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One more look?

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Okay, if you guessed the H in NIGHT, then you guessed right, BUT I will say that I had my husband look it over very closely, and he couldn’t tell which one, so that’s good enough for me! ¬†I just didn’t feel like having to go buy a whole other pack of letters for just one letter!

Personally, I still think it turned out GREAT, and I LOVE this craft!  Easy and elegant!

Lastly, I will leave you with “O Holy Night” the song on the piano, played by yours truly (plenty of mistakes to verify that!) ūüôā

Merry Christmas! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

DIY Snowman Craft from a Block of Wood – Super Cute!

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Apparently I am on a snowman craft kick this Christmas. ¬†I know I just posted a snowman ornament craft, but I also made these cuties and wanted to share. ¬†A long while back, I was cleaning house, and found a big box of pieces of wood. ¬†I’ve made a few crafts from that so far, but still have some more pieces of wood to do something with, so I decided to search Pinterest for some ideas for Christmas crafts. ¬†I saw this pin, but it was a dead link:

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So, I decided that it looks easy enough to do it myself, and that’s exactly what I did! ¬†They are so cute, but they are also extremely easy to make! ¬†The best part is that they can be made from old materials that you just have around the house that would probably otherwise be thrown away. ¬†Here is how I made them!

WOOD SNOWMAN CRAFTS

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Materials:

  • A block of wood
  • Acrylic paint – white, orange, and black
  • paintbrush
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • tape or glue
  • some material for the hats and scarves – this can be an old shirt, rag, blanket, etc. ¬†I used three old blankets that I have been using for scrap material on my crafts.
  • string, twine, or ribbon

Directions:

1.) Start with a block of wood.  Paint the entire block of wood white.  Let dry.

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2.) Once dry, using your pencil, sketch in the snowman’s face – 2 round eyes, a carrot for the nose, and a squiggly smile. ¬†Also, if you want to you can write a Christmas saying on the bottom of the piece of wood instead of having a scarf. ¬†It’s up to you. ¬†I did two with “Let it Snow” and “Frosty” on them and then did one with a scarf. ¬†After sketching the face, paint the face. ¬†Use black paint for the eyes and mouth and orange paint for the nose. ¬†If you did lettering, you can choose whatever color you would like for the lettering. ¬†Let dry completely.

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3.) Once dry, you now want to add the hat and scarf.  For the hat, cut a square piece of material that is large enough to wrap around the top of the piece of wood.  For the scarf, just cut a strip of material long enough to wrap around the wood.

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4.) For the hat, wrap the material around the head of the snowman, then tape or glue the ends together and to the wood. ¬†Gather the material in a bunch on top of the wood and tie a piece of twine around it in a bow to make it look like a hat. ¬†For the scarf, just wrap around the “neck” of the snowman and tie in a knot, then tape or glue it into place.

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Ta-Da! ¬†Told ya it was simple – but they look great! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā