We are all on a budget. But sometimes you need some extra large high impact art for your home. I have the solution to getting huge wall art on a budget. You are going to love this project. You can customize the letters, the paint color, and the stencils to whatever will match your home decor. This one is super easy to create and will leave you with some high impact art that costs you very little. This tutorial was originally posted over at Consumer Crafts where I am compensated for my participation in their design team.
I had this idea to cover barn wood with some metallic gold paint. It turned out awesome. But I just couldn’t stop there. This rustic gold centerpiece was the result. Use this for a dinner party or even for Thanksgiving. A few bottles and some barn wood can become this rustic beauty in just a few minutes. This post is a part of my design team status with DecoArt. I am compensated for my participation however all projects and opinions are my own.
Do you love vintage labels on old bottles and containers? Grab some kraft paper labels from Online Labels to make your own vintage look-a-like labels in minutes. I have the free printables for you below and you can use some ink to distress the edges. Follow along with the instructions below to make your own vintage labels.
- Cover a large cone with wood grain contact paper. I picked up mine at the dollar store. Trim any excess with a pair of scissors from the side as well as the top.
- Add reindeer moss to the top of your cone with hot glue.
- Add in these great burlap flowers from Consumer Crafts randomly in the top. Secure with hot glue.
- Form an 18 inch piece of floral wire into a handle like shape and turn it in (90 degree angle) about 2 inches from both ends. Push those ends directly into the cone at the top through the contact paper. Push into the cone about 1 inch down from the top on both sides.
- Add a ribbon to the top and you are ready to hang this one on your door.
- Assorted metal decor items from Consumer Crafts (I used the following: diamond tin tart, heart tin tart, tin plate, heart cookie cutter, oval tin tart, 3 1/4 in cream candle plate, and 3 1/4 in tin candle plate.)
- Mod Podge (gloss or matte would be acceptable)
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- Red Ribbon
- 24″ Pine Tree
- Rusted Tin Stars (for tree top)
- Rusted Star Garland
- Rusted Jingle Bells
- Jute twineThe supplies for this project were provided to me by Consumer Crafts but all opinions are my own.
The pictures did not sit all the way down inside of the metal objects. I made them where they would sit slightly inside but not all the way on the bottom.
First up is to coat the pictures with two coats of Mod Podge (matte or gloss). Allow them to dry in between coats. Note that I also used the Mod Podge to hold the picture inside of the metal object, so I used excess Mod Podge where ever the picture touches the metal. This is shown in the picture below. I allowed the Mod Podge coats to cure overnight before going onto the next step.
After both coats of Mod Podge have dried completely, it is time to use Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. This product will add a dimension and luster to your project not found with regular Mod Podge.
The ornament on the left below only has two coats of regular Mod Podge applied. The ornament on the right has the Dimensional Magic. This is what it will look like wet. Apply an even coat on all of your ornaments and allow to dry. I find that leaving it to dry overnight is preferred.
I added a ribbon to each ornament. Either threading it through the already present hole, or using hot glue to adhere to the back.
I then pulled out my mini tree and decorated it. First layering on rusty stars and jingle bells tied with jute cording. Then adding on all of my family tree ornaments.
I made my little tree tell the story of my husband’s family. From years gone by all the way to present day. This is a fun and memory filled addition to our Christmas decor.
Each ornament in this collection has a special meaning to us. I can imagine giving a collection of these to someone for Christmas. You know the gifts that make the recipient cry….this would be one of those.
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I just added in the quilt squares then put my art on my bathroom wall. They live right beside my vintage cabinet in that room and I love the quirkiness that this area gives to my home. It is the perfect place to display some vintage treasures.
Lets get this straight right now. We have more rustic wood on our farm than I could probably fit in my house. I posted the picture below on Instagram asking for ideas for these tobacco sticks. They are old, worn wood that look amazing. That natural beauty and patina just sitting in a pile waiting for a project. But what project?
The ideas posted on my Instagram picture really got my wheels to churning. I came up with the idea for a rustic arrow and I could not shake it. I had to make a rustic wood arrow….had to. I broke out my Styrofoam and made some templates from paper.
I used an electric Styro-cutter given to me as part of the Craft Test Dummies team to cut the arrow shapes as per my templates.
I then glued together my Styrofoam pieces using toothpicks inside to help secure together.
I painted my entire arrow using a dark brown paint. I knew that there would be gaps in the rustic wood and I didn’t want white Styrofoam to show through those gaps.
I then grabbed a saw, some tobacco sticks, and a whole lot of patience. This project was sort of like a jigsaw puzzle where the pieces did’t exactly all match up. I wrapped my entire Styrofoam form with wood first then used tobacco sticks to fill in the front portion.
I used the natural shape of the worn wood to work my “puzzle”.
I literally just used LOADS of hot glue to secure my pieces to the Styrofoam. Seriously there are quite a few glue sticks in this one. After I got the project to this point, I flipped it over and used even more glue on the Styrofoam seams on the back.
I used my arrow standing up in front of one of the gallery walls in my foyer.
This is a great way to add a rustic touch to any space. My rustic wood arrow is the star of my entryway. Now off to figure out more things to do with those tobacco sticks. What would you make with them?
Boy it doesn’t look like much there does it? It was right out of the 1970s and was in need of a new home. I first painted the entire thing with an off white paint from DecoArt. The lid received a coat of the same color paint just a very light coat. Then it was time to paint that decorative detail on the front.
I printed out an extra large copy of the PB version and grabbed my graphite paper. I traced the PB image right onto the front of my canister using the graphite paper. No it is not perfect but the lines are close enough for me to paint in a facsimile of the original.
I play around with blues and blacks until I landed on a paint color I loved. I then started filling in the lines I made on my canister with paint. I kept my picture of the original version close at hand and tried to mimic the brush strokes. The writing at the very bottom was hardest of all. I actually traced the letters with a blue fine line marker before painting them.
I am using my Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister to store the dog’s treats. Stay tuned tomorrow as I show you where this one ended up and the changes I have made in my kitchen organization.
I am a member of the DecoArt core blogger program and I have been compensated for my participation. However the project and opinions are all my own.