I love making mixed media churches, y’all. There’s just something about it that makes me happy! You’ll see paper, wood, metal and paint in this one, and if you’d like to see the video, just click on it below!
This picture from Walmart just screams “mixed media church” to me. I keep it in my craft space for inspiration when I want to create a mixed media project.
Dollar Tree: Tumbling Towers game blocks, one wall tile, house shaped key holder, picture frame, craft sticks, mini ornament, moss, greenery, furniture marker and a sanding sponge.
Debi’s Design Diary White Swan clay paint
Walmart: Waverly antique stain
Hobby Lobby: Surface (was on clearance), Mod Podge, metal ribbon
Stash: hymnal from our friend Dawn, glass beads
Happy Mail: a friend sent a wood piece that will be the top layer of our church
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This is how it all looks before creating the church!
The “family” sign has hooks on it for keys. I removed those and sanded down any rough areas left behind.
The second sign has a glass insert, but I’ll take that out and the hole will be completely covered.
Those craft sticks are going to come in handy to create a door and the roofs for each layer.
Wait till you see how I use the Dollar Tree wall tile! It only took one for the whole project!
Let’s get started!
This is an old hymnal our friend Dawn found at a Habitat for Humanity store. It’s ok to use a hymnal in your crafts, but if it bothers you, just make copies and tea or coffee dye the papers.
I used the pages and tore enough to almost cover the surface. I left an area in the center without paper because the large house will be covering it. Once the papers were torn, I painted the surface with Mod Podge and then added the hymnal sheets to the project.
I removed the hooks from the large sign, and at this time I sanded behind them as there were some rough spots. I also removed the twine hanger since I won’t need it.
I then traced the house onto my wall tile.
I cut it out, checked the fit, and then trimmed just a teeny bit off the sides.
TIP: Before tracing, try to center your house so the pattern from the wall tile will look even.
TIP: If you use a heat gun to dry glue or paint, keep in mind the wall tiles are plastic and they can melt.
Do the same with the middle and smaller sized “house” shapes.
Cut craft sticks to serve as eves for your roof. Cutting one, then using that as a pattern may help to get the roof pitch right. Don’t worry if it needs a trimmy-trim!
I painted my “houses” with Debi’s Design Diary White Swan paint. Be sure to paint the sides, y’all!
And then I painted the eves of the roofs with Waverly antique stain.
To make the doors: These are just craft sticks, glued together and trimmed to an arch at the top. You’ll see in the pictures below that I painted them, gave them a little whitewash, and then added detail with my Dollar Tree furniture marker.
I used little snips from the metal ribbon for my door handles.
And I used beads on the back just to raise the door a little.
I sanded down the white just a bit.
I wanted to create a stained glass look, so this tiny ornament was just right for the job. I painted over the sentiment on the ornament so it wouldn’t show through, then hot glued glass beads on.
Now it’s time to pull everything together!
The bottom “house” needs two blocks stacked at the bottom on either end so it will be raised up enough for the middle “house” to slip under it.
The middle “house” gets just one block, and the top doesn’t need a block at all. Just be sure to add some glue where the houses touch one another.
Here she is, y’all! I used my metal ribbon to create a cross at the top, some planters at the bottom, and trim along the layers.
I may come back with some gold leaf later, and I may move the cross to the middle tier. I’ll enjoy it like it is for now!
I hope you enjoyed this craft and that you might make something with your stash! Let me know in the comments what you think of it. I read your comments and appreciate them so much!
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