While I really am a one holiday at a time kind of gal, I must confess that I have been doing a bit of Christmas crafting lately...and I am so excited about this DIY that I just had to share it with you before the turkey is served.
Remember those old ceiling fan blades I found in the trash and decorated for Halloween?
Well, look what I've done with them now.
I have taken those same fan blades, added a Christmas tree and a snowman to the back of them and transformed them into two perfectly charming pieces of holiday decor.
Ho Ho Ho.
If you remember, I started with an old ceiling fan blade. I removed the bracket, roughed up the surface with a nail file (yes, a nail file, it works! 😉) and started painting.
This process was essentially the same, except that I was using my Halloween blades. So I just flipped them over and roughed them up.
My blades are a faux wood tone, which was perfect for the rustic, country style I was going for, so I left them unpainted.
I sketched out a tree on paper for scale and composition. I did not transfer my tree to the blade, but you could if you wanted to.
I kept the drawing next to the blade and used it as a guide. I started with a long thin line of mixed green paint to create a trunk and then carefully added branches. I basically made a few upside-down V's that crossed the stem at the center, in a graduated pattern, smaller to larger, from top to bottom.
Like painting pumpkins, trees are very forgiving...and not perfect in nature, so they don't need to be perfect in your artwork.
When I had a pretty good framework of V's, I used my brush to fill in the tree, using dabbing motions in the same variety of green tones.
Of course Christmas trees are naked without snow, so when the green paint was dry, I went back and added white paint to the branches where I though snow might sit. Again, I used dabbing motions with a straight stiff, bristled brush to get the desired effect.
When I was happy with my tree, I set it aside and moved on to my snowman. He was super simple to make. Three circles and a hat...nothing fancy.
To dress up the boards and add to the design, I decided to put snow on the bottom and border of each fan blade. I used a round bristled brush and just pounded it around the board, with a small amount of paint, to get that fluffy snow look.
It's hard to see in the photos, but I also added some large, white glitter to the hat and the snow under the tree.
The snowman's face was made with a pencil eraser dipped in paint. It is by far the easiest way I have found to make perfect circles.
The extra snowflakes were made with a very thin, straight edge bristle brush. I dabbed the paint on in an X shape and then added one or two lines to the center of the X.
The holes from the bracket are still visible. Like I said, I am really not in Christmas mode yet, I am feeding a crowd on Thursday, so I haven't decided what I am doing with these pieces. (Come see where they ended up!)
I may add string and hang them or I may pop a few lights into the holes and have them twinkle on my mantle.
Or frankly, I may do nothing and leave them as is. I like the rough and rustic look. It suits my home and makes them feel a bit older...like they might have a really good where'd they come from story.
You know, other than I picked these out of my neighbor's garbage and painted them up last night in between carpooling.
Not a very Christmasy tale, now is it?
That's my Christmas reality, though.
Well, that and the fact that there's a ghost hiding on the back of the tree.
Oh...I mean gobble, gobble.
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