It’s time to bring a dash of Christmas cheer to every nook and cranny in the house. This season take on a new look with the unexpected hot pink, lime green and brilliant blue. This color scheme is bound to create a stir and light up the joy of the season with family and friends. Here are the supplies needed and instructions for canvas. For Garland instructions go to www.lizbushong.com.
1-16 x 20 inch primed canvas
1-16 x 9 inch wooden cut-out tree
1-package 35 mini clear lights
1- Star ornament for tree top
18- Mini Styrofoam-glitter ornaments cut in half for wooden tree
3 yards lime green small pom-pom garland and rickrack
Acrylic paint- Folk Art- Wicker White, Light Peony, Metallic Blue Pearl, Yellow Citron
Martha Stewart Crafts- Glitter in Tourmaline, Sour Apple, and Blue Raspberry
Paint brushes- medium and small with fine point for lettering
Stencils- lettering for Merry and Bright
3 x 2 inch small wooden block with flat picture hanger
White electrical tape-optional
Scissors, Awl, Staple Gun
Paint canvas with Light Peony, let dry.
Paint wooden tree cutout- Folk Art Wicker White, let dry.
Lightly trace wood tree cutout on center front of canvas with pencil.
Trace or freehand lettering -Merry and Bright as shown with pencil.
With small tip paint -brush, paint every other letter with colors as shown.
Paint one letter color at a time, while paint is wet, sprinkle with same color of glitter, then shake off. Repeat with all paint colors. Allow to dry.
Position wooden tree cutout on traced front of canvas. Using the awl, poke opening holes through the canvas in the body of the wooden tree cutout openings. With E-6000 adhesive, glue tree to canvas.
Turn canvas over and using staple gun, staple tree from the backside of canvas.
Cut a small opening in the canvas front above the tree point for a single light to shine through.
On the back of the canvas, starting at the top of the tree, poke mini lights into the canvas tree openings. To keep lights in position, tape wires with white electrical tape to hold on the backside of the canvas if desired. I only taped the top light with the tape, and then carefully stapled the lights to the tree from the backside of the canvas being sure not to catch the wire in the staple. End of lights should be at bottom of canvas. This will plug into an extension cord and hidden by the mantel garland.
On front of canvas, using E-6000 attach star ornament to top of tree, rick rack around edges of white tree, and pom-pom garland around perimeter of canvas.
Attach wooden block with picture hanger to the upper back of canvas with nails.
Cut Styrofoam mini glitter ornaments in half and glue to front of tree as desired, attach the ornament top onto the ornaments to complete the look.
A couple of stockings that aspire to hang on this cute mantel will complete the look. This Christmas make a statement, make it sassy and make it yours. May your Christmas be Merry and Bright!
PROJECT DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY, and ARTICLE BY LIZ BUSHONG