Growing up in our house, it was never too early to start Christmas shopping. Just ask Mama Susie! Let’s hope the same is true for Christmas crafting!
This super easy craft can be knocked out faster than you can say 141 days until Christmas.
Here is everything you’ll need for this craft…
- 8″ x 10″ canvas from Dollar Tree
- Red and green Christmas craft stick pack from Dollar Tree
- Plain craft sticks
- Skewer or small dowel
- Star (I ordered mine in bulk from Amazon)
- Waverly antique wax
- White paint
- Paint brush
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- X-Acto knife
- Aviation/tin snips (from Lowe’s)
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Here’s how I did it…
Start by cutting the canvas off of the frame. An X-Acto knife is handy for this! We’re just using the wooden frame here. Save that canvas for your next artistic endeavor! 🙂 You can use some plyers or a staple remover to get the staples out.
Use enough plain sticks (about 10) to cover the length of the frame, and (before you glue them to the frame,) glue 3 or 4 other sticks on top to hold them in place. Take a look at the picture for reference.
Once you’ve got that bunch of sticks glued and dried, paint them with a thin layer of the Waverly Antique Wax. Paint the frame and wooden star the same way. As always, us impatient ladies can use a heat gun to speed up the drying process.
After the brown paint layer, dry brush on a thin layer of white paint onto the craft sticks. This gives a nice, rustic look to your background. Do the same thing for your little star.
Use hot glue to place this white background into the frame as seen below.
Now we’ll start building our tree using the green craft sticks. An easy way to do this is to line up a bunch of green sticks, and trace a long triangle on top, so that they will make a nice even tree when you cut them. It’s hard to cut these with scissors, so I recommend using some tin snips. You can find them at any hardware store and you will be amazed how useful they can be!
After cutting out the tree pieces, line them up and use a skinny dowel (or a wooden skewer) to form the spine or trunk of the tree. Use hot glue to fix the dowel to the green sticks. Cut the dowel to fit within the frame.
Now, just take your tree and glue it onto the white background, adding the star on top. I also added a brown craft stick as a trunk at the bottom.
It’s that easy! Of course, you could embelish with some rafia or whatever you’ve got around. Let us know in the comments how you personalized your tree.
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