Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Craft Stick Christmas Wood Art Tutorial

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Hello, and welcome to day 2 of the Frosty Festivities event! I hope you are enjoying yourself so far? There’s lots more inspiration in store for you today!

We’re kicking things off with a sparkly decoration, a piece of Christmas Wood Art…

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ve seen a few great wood art projects lately, like THIS ONE by Marie of Blooming Homestead. I thought this kind of thing would be amazing to make, but I wasn’t likely to be cutting up wood planks and getting out nails any time soon. So when I saw THIS PROJECT by Dawn Nicole for  coasters using craft sticks, I was so excited – a wood art project I could do straight away with items I had already – hooray!

The craft (lolly/popsicle) sticks I had were the larger kind, so they’d be too big to make coasters. But I wanted mine to be wood art Jennifer-style anyway, with some pretty sparkly bits on top!

Here’s how to put one together…

Step 1: Grab some craft sticks – mine are by Craft Planet:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Lay out the sticks horizontally for the main part of the art piece, making sure the good sides of the sticks are facing down, and any sides with imperfections are facing up – as this will be the back of the art eventually:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Spread PVA or similar sticky glue onto another craft stick – but leave an un-glued bit at the top and bottom of the stick, where it will hang over the edge of the other sticks:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Adhere the glued stick vertically to the back of the other sticks, and repeat with another stick, so there are two back supports:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Leave it to dry overnight, then turn over:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Use removable spray adhesive to stick a stencil at the top of your wood art piece. I used the Deck The Halls Paperchains Stencil:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Use a sponge to apply Mod-Podge through your chosen design on the stencil:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Liberally sprinkle fine gold glitter over the Mod-Podge. Leave it to dry for about 20 minutes before pulling the stencil off to clean it (you might have to scrape some Mod-Podge off the stencil), and then leave the wood art piece to dry for another 30 minutes again:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Shake off excess glitter:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Choose some embellishments. I used The Jolliest Time Ephemera Card Shapes, plus a couple of wood veneer shapes that I coated with the same gold glitter:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Some of the ephemera pieces are stuck flat onto the craft sticks, and some are added on with 3D foam dots.

Step 11: Wrap some ribbon or twine around the bottom ‘rung’ created by the craft sticks, tying it at the back of the art piece to hold it in place:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 12: Check your composition and see if you want to add anything else. I decided it looked a bit heavy on the right hand side in the above photo, so I moved the red&white polkadot flag down a little, and added a couple more embellishments on the left, to balance it all out:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

That’s it! Now you can prop it up on a mantlepiece or other display area this Christmas! Or your could glue a bit of string to the back if you want to hang it up. It will look pretty either way!

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

I do love tinsel, except the little bits that come out all over the floor!

Be Inspired:

Get out some craft sticks or cut wood-patterned paper into strips to line up

Put three bits of ribbon/string together to tie around a project

Use glitter through a stencil

Have you seen any good wood art projects? I’m sure I will attempt one on a larger scale one day!

See you again at 11am!

Jennifer x

15 Comments
  • Jackie Edwards
    Reply

    That is super Jennifer!! I am sure my grandchildren will want to have a go at something like that!!! Will have to watch them with the glitter though!!

    November 8, 2014 at 10:24 am
  • That’s really cool! Love the glitter through the stencil!! It looks so effective!!
    thanks for this!

    November 8, 2014 at 11:00 am
  • LesleyG
    Reply

    So simple and very clever – just playing catch up after selling poppies for the morning 🙂

    November 8, 2014 at 1:49 pm
  • Great project….I would never have thought of using the lolly sticks like that.

    November 8, 2014 at 2:50 pm
  • Your creativity never fails to amaze me.

    November 8, 2014 at 3:08 pm
  • Jean Bullock
    Reply

    Very cute. This would be a great project to make with my granddaughter.

    November 8, 2014 at 3:28 pm
  • A FUN piece of holiday decor! I especially like the idea of putting three bits of string/ribbon together & may try that on a layout.

    November 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm
  • oh wow, seeing you use the stencil, you have given me an idea with the stars and circles stencil..love this and all the inspiration. Great idea x

    November 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm
  • ooh I knew it was wood from the sneak peak tho not sure you will let me have wood card…but I am chuffed I was so close!

    November 8, 2014 at 6:34 pm
  • Love the idea of the glitter on the modge podge – will have a go at that! Great little decoration 🙂

    November 8, 2014 at 7:13 pm
  • Really cute with the craft sticks!! Love the glittery gold string of ornaments at the top!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

    November 8, 2014 at 10:21 pm
  • The only thing I have done with lolly sticks is make jigsaws.
    Also, the prompt ‘use three bits of ribbon together’ makes my heart happy!

    November 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm
  • Sue D
    Reply

    How cute and festive. I like the glitter.

    November 9, 2014 at 9:15 pm
  • Sarah
    Reply

    This looks fab Jennifer! Love all the glitter and different textures!

    November 9, 2014 at 9:48 pm
  • Julene
    Reply

    When I was teaching we made these as teapot stands. I love your extra trimmings,they look so cute!

    November 10, 2014 at 1:40 am

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