A Nativity Christmas Mantle

I haven't been very much on the ball with Christmas this year.
In fact there is still a box of decorations in my dinning room and a decor meltdown happening in my kitchen with our church group's Christmas Party happening on Thursday.

Yea... but my dishes were done! Priorities.

But I did somewhat plan ahead. I knew I wanted to make a giant sign for my mantle.
My mantle space is HUGE.

Everything I put on it always looks super tiny so I decided to make something that would finally fill the space. It ended up being 4ft tall and 3 ft wide.

It was a beast.

It doesn't photograph well but it's beautiful in person. Promise. :)

The Star I made from Lowe's yard sticks using this lady's adorable tutorial from the 20 Minute Crafter.

I wouldn't recommend using Lowe's yard sticks because Lowe's painted numbers and etched on their yard sticks so I actually had to put like three coats of primer on it to cover their imprint.

The swag is just from Michael's. I added an extra pine cone swag to it that you can see by itself in my Thanksgiving Mantle. They look fantastic together! I want to keep it up all year long.... sigh...

We hung our stockings with command hooks cause seriously the person who made those is a genius.

You can never go wrong with red berries in green bottles. I collect bottles all year long that are random sizes or colors. You can spray paint them, glue on them, etch them, ect. They are a fun versatile decoration you can pop in anywhere.

Bryan added his family's antique nativity set, way out of reach of tiny little hands.

The rest of the house may be in chaos but the mantle is shining bright!

God bless and Much Love,


Easy DIY Wooden Christmas Sign

I like making things that last.

Do it once and use it forever right?

While styrofoam trees and painted pine cones are AWESOME they never look the same when I pull them out the next year. (Usually cause I didn't pack them properly the year before...)

I wanted to make some lasting items this year and the first one on my list was this bad boy:

That is just a plank of wood and some white and red paint.

Talk about super easy and about $6 for two.
That's right... for TWO.

Make one for you and ya momma!

Stop by Home Depot and pick up a pine 6ft board that's about seven inches wide.
(Home Depot you need to sponsor me and give me tons of wood and products. Please. :) ) 

I had the happy people in the orange vests cut it in half and VIOLA... two signs.

I took my new signs home and pulled out my mouse sander. I sanded down the corners a bit then made sure the wood was smooth all around so when I painted or stained it the color would go on smooth.

Then I grabbed whatever paint I had lying around. You can use paint samples you've acquired, a grey paint you used in your Living room or any color you like.

I grabbed my trusty gallon of Kilz Primer paint and painted both sides white.

I was going to use both the sides of my sign so when I got bored of one side, I would just flip it over!

After I let it dry I pulled out my Classic Grey Minwax stain and a cheap pair of rubber gloves. I used a Q-tip dipped in the stain and just rubbed it into the corners and along the edges.

Stain is a fickle friend. It adds instant change but even when you think it looks bad, it actually doesn't.
So, use as much or as little as you like or just keep your board painted the color you choose!

It will be in your house. Do what you like.

While it was drying I decided what I wanted my signs to say and opened a Word Document and just put it in.

Since the board was only 7in wide I could use regular printer paper. Score.

I had to print out the JOY twice just to get it the size I wanted.
You can measure it all out or just wing it. I wing it and pray for the best.

On the other side I wanted O Come Let us Adore Him with the Nativity star.
I found a star jpeg I liked online, printed it out the full size of a page and then the rest of the words.

To transfer your print outs to your wood all you have to do is flip them over, shade the back of the text with a pencil then tape it onto your project:

Trace and voila! 

I have a more detailed tutorial here if you'd like: DIY Easy Hand Painted Wooden Signs

After I finished with my JOY sign I took my mouse sander to it again to rough it up and age it a bit.
The other side though I used glitter and had a bunch of fun with it. 

Here are my finished products:

What do you think?

I'd love to see what Christmas sign you make!

God bless and Much Love,