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…
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:
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:
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:
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:
Step 5: Leave it to dry overnight, then turn over:
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:
Step 7: Use a sponge to apply Mod-Podge through your chosen design on the stencil:
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:
Step 9: Shake off excess glitter:
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:
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:
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:
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!
I do love tinsel, except the little bits that come out all over the floor!
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!