Today I decided that my home needed a little bit more holiday cheer. I had a spot of my wall that was still bearing the sign I made for Thanksgiving, but I had nothing to replace it with. I decided to head of to my local craft store with the kids and see what inspired me. I knew that I wanted something natural looking, but really I had no idea what to create.
First I found packages of burlap pendants. They were on sale, sweet. I grabbed those. Then I found a plaque that was on clearance. It was actually a base for a handmade clock, but no matter. . it would work. Then while I was browsing through the scrapbook paper I found the coolest thing. . corkboard paper! Awesome. I headed home with my new found treasures and set to work.
First I began with the sign. I had modge podge on hand (always) and a black and red sharpie marker. I started out by lightly brushing some white paint on the sides of my plaque, just to give it a snow-kissed look. Then I brushed modge podge onto the front of the plaque and laid my cork board paper on top to dry. Once it was dry and attached, I took an exacto knife and worked my way around the plaque cutting off any excess cork board.
After removing the paper from the plaque, I could fill in the entire deer with a thick tipped sharpie marker. To finish it off, I used a red sharpie to make a nose on Rudolph.
Finally, I added the words “Jingle all the Way”. I free-handed the writing, but using a stencil would probably work better. That was it for the plaque. I hung it up on my wall to enjoy and then realized it needed something more. So I pulled out my burlap pendants and got to work on them.
I laid out a piece of bakers twine that I had across my dining room table. I measured and laid out each pendant into the right spot. Again, using my sharpie marker, I wrote one letter on each pendant. Next, I used my hot glue gun to place a dot of glue on the back of each letter pendant and glued it into place on the string. Finally, I hung the banner beneath the sign and it all started to come together. Its rustic and chic. . I love it.