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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

diy christmas carol art

Have you started putting up your Christmas decorations yet?  We have a few things out, but we will put everything else out this weekend when we get our tree.  One of the very first things I did on the day after Thanksgiving was put garland on the mantel. It was rather plain looking, and we knew we needed something on the barn door we made a few months ago.  So, I made this Christmas carol art with supplies we already had at the house.  This project is similar to the anniversary pillows I made last Christmas.
Remember that the amount of fabric, and size of your frame will depend on how large the piece of art will be. To make your own, you need the following:

Linen fabric - $3.99/yd at Hobby Lobby 
Black Fabric Paint - $2 at Hobby Lobby
Large Picture, or canvas frame - Look at Thrift Stores/ReStore for a couple dollars

Then, choose which lyric you want to display.  O Holy Night is both Matt and my favorite Christmas hymn, so this was an easy choice for us.  We chose the font Tangerine, and typed up our words.  Now, if you have a printer that currently has ink (unlike us), you can just print out your words, and skip this next step.

But, if you are like us, and you either don't have a printer or just don't currently have ink, you can place a piece of paper on your computer screen and simply trace the letters.
Then, cut out each letter.  You are essentially creating a stencil.  I used the little scissors that come in a manicure kit, and they work really well for a project like this.  Once all of your words are cut,  place your frame on top of newspaper, your linen on the frame, your words on the linen, and tape in place.
 Starting with the top line of words, paint where you cut the letters.  You will need to try to keep the paper as close to the fabric as possible, but the lines come out pretty clean every time.  
 This paint needs only about 15 minutes to dry since you're not using much, and then you can staple the linen to the frame.  The whole process is simple, but it definitely takes some time to cut all those letters out, and to paint them on.  Plan on spending a few hours on this.
 This art is the perfect for above our mantel for Christmas.  Don't mind the other items for now, still working on what will stay up here for December...
Love it! And the best part is that I already had everything I needed for this project, so it cost zero dollars! That's the best feeling!

Check out some of the other DIY Christmas projects I've made this year:
  

4 comments:

  1. Hi, love it! What kind of pen and or ink did you use? Do you just trace the letters and the ink gets absorbed underneath? Did you use regular printing paper for the letters? Thanks!

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    2. I used a pen to trace the letters onto printer paper. Then, I cut out the letters to create a stencil and used fabric paint on the fabric, using the stencil.

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