A single of my preferred items about the holiday season—despite the truth that there are so several “favorite items”—is the Christmas cards. Each and every day brings a new batch of these colorful, cheerful paper goodies just brimming with hopeful wishes and updates from extended-distance family members and friends.
This year, instead of just filling the prime of our china hutch with the loose cards, I decided to take issues 1 step additional and developed a simple and straightforward painted show with the aid of ScotchBlue™ that can—really—stay up year round.
- ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Delicate Surfaces with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector 2080EL
- Birch wood
- Minwax® Stain (I utilised “Dark Walnut”)
- Gel topcoat
- Foam paintbrushes
- Paper templates cut into triangles
- Paint in a range of colors
- Binder clips
To recreate in your personal house, begin by painting a coat of Minwax® Stain onto your birch wood. Use an even back and forth motion to evenly distribute the stain, and be positive to go with the grain as opposed to perpendicular to it. This will guarantee a good and smooth finish.
Now use a clean rag to wipe off the excess stain, and let it to totally cure overnight. The subsequent day, go back over the wood with a clean foam paintbrush, this time with a clear gel topcoat. Permit the gel to dry overnight. This wipe on urethane will assist the paint take to the wood a lot much better later on.
Next, reduce a piece of paper into triangle-shaped templates (or what ever shape you choose) and lay them in a design or pattern across your piece of stained and sealed birch wood. I chose a random pattern, but you could do a a lot more symmetrical pattern if you’d rather!
After I was happy with my design, I took a nail and put little marks on the wood at all three corners of my triangles, laying the paper aside as I completed each and every set of marks. Right after guaranteeing that the stain had had a opportunity to dry for at least 24 hours, I then tore off pieces of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and connected the marks on all 3 sides. Ultimately, following repeating the steps across the piece of wood, it was time for paint.
I happen to have a number of tiny test pots of interior paint scattered throughout our home, so I utilized these to add colour to my wood. Almost any type of paint will do though—acrylic craft paint is yet another outstanding alternative. I added every color to the wood utilizing an additional clean foam paintbrush, taking care to brush away from the edges of the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape to keep away from uneven lines.
Right after adding all of my colors (it took about 3 coats for each to get good and strong), I instantly removed the tape and discarded it. After the paint was dry to the touch, I hammered in a set of nails and binder clips in a grid pattern. Finally, I hung an assortment of vacation cards from the binder clips and leaned the entire display up on prime of our china cabinet.
The pop of geometric colour and that wealthy dark stain add even more life and vitality to these pleased tiny cards. And the best element? I can very easily repurpose this paper display for any holiday or any time of the year, just by switching out the cards or adding every day photos to the clips alternatively. For now although, I’m thrilled to wish you and yours the very happiest of holidays and a fantastic start off to your new year!
I am proud to be a 3M sponsored blogger, and, as component of my responsibilities, I get the chance to evaluate ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. Opinions are my personal and extra goods utilized in the project were selected by me.
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