Every year I think, “ I’m going to make everyone homemade gifts this year!” Then one week before Christmas I’m struggling to finish up or start projects!
My first project here is very simple, easy, and fast! Also a great tradition to start with your lil babies! We made 5 this year and 8 last year. Great for last minute gifts! You can make them more rustic chic or very kid friendly!
- Paint – green, red, orange, yellow, brown, white, and cream
- Paint brushes
- Water for rinsing
- Baby wipes for easy, fast clean up
- Puppy dog pads (if you have some) or trash bags, etc to keep your floor/ table dry and clean
- High chair or bumbo seat – keeps lil feet still
- Wood pieces – you can use blocks, rectangles, or more fancy ones
- String for hanging
- Drill for making a small hole to hang
- String, poof balls, yarn, twigs, hot glue or anything to be more creative – we didn’t use any of this this year but we did last year
- Paint, stain or leave your wood pieces natural
- Paint lil feet and press the wood onto them
- Let dry
- Add faces, decorations, hats, antlers, berries, etc. with paint
- Let dry
- Add embellishments like twigs for snowman arms or matted string for deer tail with hot glue
- Drill one or two holes in the top
- Add string to holes and tie
Christmas Tree Sconce / Picture Frame
My next project takes a little more time but still very easy and doable. I followed
plans and she does a great job of explaining and doing the math for us!
I decided to add a picture clip on the back with hot glue so you could use it as a picture frame or sconce. I also added rubber circles to the bottom so it wouldn’t slide around. If it’s not perfectly flat it keeps it from wanting to tilt (Which happened to a couple of mine.) I used pocket holes on the bottom of some just to add more strength incase they wanted to hang them.
The funnest part to me is the staining and painting. I stained them all with different stains. Then went back and dry brushed some with white and some with green. Let them dry and sanded the crap out of them. On the lighter ones I used a dark wax to make the crevasses stand out more. They all turned out great. Not one is the same. I think the dark stain with the white paint is my favorite. It looks like old barn wood.
Reindeer Feed Onesie
Last I did these onesies for my son and his lil girlfriend. We both have farms and farm names. So I made a silhouette cut diagram. Cut it out on vinyl that I never use and laid it on the onesies (prewashed and dried with no softener.) I used black fabric paint and a makeup sponge to stencil it on. Let it dry 48 hours. Added another coat. Took the vinyl off let it dry for 72 hours. Then washed it!