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Rustic Christmas Art

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only a few weeks away…where did time go? If it wasn’t getting dark crazy early and making me feel like I’m cooking dinner at midnight, I almost wouldn’t believe it.

Today I have a simple Christmas craft to share with you. It’s the only one I have planned for the year because I’m not one of those organized bloggers that’s good at planning ahead. Also, I’m busy turning food into a human…that’s a legitimate excuse, right? It feels legitimate to me. Here is what I made…how to make rustic Christmas decor


It started with a pallet…


Which was made into three little wooden canvas’.

pallet canvas

I chose one stencil for each…the Winter Cardinals Stencil, Pine Cones Stencil, and Snowflake Stencil from Cutting Edge (all between $8.95 and $10.95).

You may recognize the snowflake stencil, it’s the same one I used last year to make these (which are my favorite Christmas craft to date)…

Snowflakes in a Frame

I can’t even help it, I think snowflakes are my favorite winter decor. They’re just so pretty and, well….foreign. Quick rabbit trail – The other day I found Elijah silently sitting by the window, staring outside for an unusual amount of time. I asked him what he was looking at and he said “It’s almost Christmas so I’m waiting for the snow!” Poor kid, everywhere he looks Christmas is tied to snow and he is so excited about it…but it doesn’t snow here in south Texas. I am really hoping we get a flurry or two or a good ice day so that he can enjoy it, but until then snowflakes crafts will have to do.

Anyway, if you’ve been reading for any amount of time you are pretty familiar with the process of stenciling…tape down stencil (spray adhesive is never a bad idea either), add paint…

Stenciling snowflakes

Even Elijah is becoming a pro. #lifeskills

adding glitter

I experimented with the other two stencils by adding layers of paint and they turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself.



Winter tree with birds

I only got to hang two of them though, since I jacked up the pine cone one by trying to handwrite “Season’s Greetings” on it with a paint pen. I got cocky after my layered paint technique worked out and forgot that free-handing stuff isn’t quite as simple.

DIY rustic Christmas art

This weekend we finally decorated for Christmas, tiny tree and all. I usually spread decorations throughout the house, but this year I decided to keep things simple and concentrate everything within about a ten foot radius in our entry/main hallway. I love Christmas decorations, but I get tired of them really quickly when you have to move furniture around pack up normal shelf items. This solves that problem and I can fully love them until they come down!

Christmas decor

Also, please don’t be fooled by the apparent cleanliness. It’s a mess just beyond the camera lens, just like in my Christmas house tour last year.

Also, closer inspection will reveal stuff like this…

classy christmas

Oh yeah…just like in the magazines. About two years ago all our thresholds came unglued and we have yet to fix them. Admit it, you have easy little maintenance items that get put off for years as well. If you don’t fix them right when they break they get put off…then one day (probably when you’re about to sell your house) you fix everything and wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.


Christmas pallet art

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  1. you are definitely NOT alone…when I pulled up the carpeting in my house, it took me at least a year to get around to getting a new threshold for the hallway/kitchen transition. I just stepped over the kitchen flooring edge that was starting to peel up further and further and really just didn’t care. One random day when I was at Home Depot (for something completely unrelated) I happened to be browsing around the store (like I usually do!) and noticed the thresholds and was like huh, maybe I’ll get one since it’s been who-knows-how-long since I’ve actually needed one!

  2. Oh yes. And also, how do magazines deal with cords and such anyway? Mine are totally out of control! I like your stencils, and your Christmas decor looks great. How have you been feeling these days? When’s the due date again?

    1. After seeing behind the scenes at Better Homes and Gardens this summer I can guarantee you they have way bigger cord problems than we do….but they also have photoshop.

      I’m feeling pretty good these days! I’ve lost sight of my feet, look like I’m hauling around a basketball, and sleep with about four pillows…so right on track. I’m about 28 weeks now and am due March 5th, though I feel like I could go anytime. This kid is super active borderline violent, and I can sit down at night and watch my stomach move around. Hard to believe I have nearly three months left!

      1. Wow! I guess this is the time the baby is most active – he or she will have less room to move around as time goes by. Still, that sounds pretty extreme! I guess they are all different. :)

        1. When I went in for my 20 week ultrasound the doctor told me that the placenta is up against my back and the baby is up against the front, just under the skin and without much of a buffer. He said I would feel and see lots of crazy movement. He was right!

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