This Christmas tree is unlike most. It consists of individual flat pieces of wood, much like a signpost, ready for your painted decorations and inspiring words.
Most of my craft projects do not call for poetic or inspirational words. Grab a piece of paper and a pen and scribble down some possibilities. Take as much time as you need. Listen to song lyrics, read poems, or notice seasonal phrases from movies, books, or advertising.
Christmas Magic Sign
You will need to consider how many words/lines will fit.
Santa Christmas Sign
Use any fonts you like. You could use stencils for the lettering or freehand.
Merry Christmas Sign
Add decorative painted accents such as holly leaves and berries, or enhance your project with accessories like garland, and lights.
Decorated Christmas Tree
Even though this Christmas tree is made with flat pieces of wood, you still need to consider how to decorate it, starting with a color scheme.
The warm color palette consists of reds, oranges, and yellows.
The cool color palette includes greens, blues, and purples.
With a monochromatic scheme, all decorations are the same color, and the variety comes from unique designs.
Create a festive atmosphere with all the colors of the rainbow.
Christmas Tree Lights
Instead of painting Christmas ornaments, you may want to paint lights with metallic acrylics. Another option is wrapping the tree with mini, battery-operated string lights.
How to Paint a Wooden Christmas Tree:
Raw Wood Tree
This freestanding, raw wood tree may need light sanding, especially the edges.
Wooden Signpost Tree (28-1/2” high x 10-1/4” wide x 1/4” thick) (base 8”x4”x1/2” thick)
Acrylic Paints – green, yellow, brown
6) Bottles fabric paint: black, purple, blue, orange, pink, glow in the dark white
Paint the Tree & Star – Front
Using acrylics, paint the star, the “branches” and the trunk. You will need a thin brush to paint the trunk between the slats of green. Paint both sides of the tree, the base and all the edges.
Paint the Tree & Star – Back
Because this tree is meant to be seen from both sides, I came up with a finished design for the back. Paint the trunk brown from the base to the bottom “branch,” and green for the remainder.
Paint Details – Back
Apply fabric paints in thick dots to resemble ornaments upon the tree.
Repaint Star – Back
I didn’t like the look of the squared off piece of wood on the back of the star and thought it would better to see the full star on both sides. To accomplish this, I extended the star shape and filled it in with yellow as shown. A smiling face was added to the star, using black fabric paint, to give it personality.
Finished Tree – Back
The back of the tree is now complete. Only two more steps to complete this project.
Finishing the Tree – Front
Using black fabric paint, write the words you have chosen upon each board. Finish by giving the star a cute face. Allow it to dry overnight.
Finishing the Tree – Front
Using glow in the dark white fabric paint, trace the black letters to make them stand out better against the green tree. Every night, when you turn out the lights, the glowing words will make you smile. And what a nice way to fall asleep with inspirational thoughts floating in your dreams.
I hope you enjoy this project and are inspired to explore your creativity. Good luck in all your artistic endeavors and have fun decorating for the coming holidays!
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & Happy Crafting!