Simple DIY Christmas Decor – Burlap and Glitter

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 in Do It Yourself, Holiday, Home Decor | 0 comments

Well last weekend was eventful in our house, as I’m sure it was in lots of yours too.  After a couple days of food and family, we got the house all decked out for Christmas.  It is one of my favorite family activities of the year, and the kids love everything about it too!  This year I added a few new Christmas decorations that I made myself with a few simple, and inexpensive supplies.   This one includes a scrap piece of burlap, some red craft paint, glitter, and a thrifted embroidery hoop.  This project was super cheap but has a big impact in our living room.  A simple, sweet message in glitter to remind us what the season is all about.

Right now I am loving things that are simple, natural and easy when it comes to holiday decor.  Burlap, greenery, candle light and simple ornaments are what my Christmas decor style has evolved into.  Over the next week I have about 5 great, simple DIY Christmas decorations to share with you. All of them involving one of those 4 things.  They are things that we all have already, or are super inexpensive and easy things to add to our homes for the holidays without breaking the bank.  This DIY peace sign is one of my favorites, and I love how simple, but special it is hanging in our living room.

Let me tell you a little bit about how this sign came to be.  In August I was shopping at a local thrift store when I spotted this huge wooden embroidery hoop (at least I think that is what it is).  I immedietly thought it would be beautiful with a black and white photo in the center, o maybe a simple fabric.  Because it was 18 inches wide – it was a great large scale object that I knew would make a great piece of home decor with a few tweaks.  I paid the $2.00 price tag for the beauty and took it home.  I hung it in our bedroom, and have been waiting for some inspiration ever since.

When I hauled the Christmas stuff out for the year I found some cool wall decals that I had bought after the holidays last year at one of those 90% off clearance sales.  The decals were pretty large, and had a great font, and the best part is that it cost me less than $1.00.  So, after placing the decals in our home I was inspired to use the beautiful font to create a sign for our living room.  We have an entry wall that was lacking some Christmas spirit so… insert that embroidery hoop and a new found stencil with the word peace on it.

I used a piece of burlap that I had on hand and stretched it inside the embroidery hoop.  I then laid my wall decal “stencil” onto the fabric and positioned it in the center.  Using a red permanent marker I traced the word peace onto the burlap from my decal.  I then used red craft paint and a brush to fill in my traced letters.  I decided it needed just a little more so I glittered each letter with red glitter.  I painted and glittered one letter at a time to ensure that the paint was wet enough for the glitter to adhere to it.  I used a small round cake pan under the burlap to catch any extra glitter that might go through the fabric.

When I was all finished I was very pleased with how simply beautiful my sign turned out.  As with most projects, I just make it up as I go, so I never quite know what the end result is going to be until I am finished.  I debated adding a little something else, but instead am enjoying the  simple splendor of  this sweet sign.    This was a great easy DIY project and took very little time to create.  The most time consuming part was filling in the letters with paint, which I enjoyed doing while the kids watched a fun Christmas movie.

Nothing like a little Christmas crafting to get yo in the spirit.  Like I said earlier, this was the first of many simple (and burlap) projects that I dove into over the last week, and I can’t wait to share them all with you.  Something about the simple natural texture of burlap, makes me want to create everything that I can with it.  I love how my old wooden hoop has transformed into a piece of Holiday decor with a little help from some burlap and glitter, and it was well worth the $2 that I spent on it.  The best part is, when the holidays are over I can just remove the fabric from the hoop, store it away for next year, and use the hoop for another project that I can keep up all year.

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