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

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