Here are a couple little crafts that you can do yourself and these are nothing brilliant, just some fun ideas for making thing more personal around your house. Using metallics during the holiday season is nothing new either, but it’s always been something I enjoy bringing into my house for Christmas.
This idea is nothing new and has been around for a long time and certainly not started by me. In fact, I spray painted these nuts and acorns probably 5 years ago and didn’t even blog about it at the time, but I thought I’d share a really easy and simple idea to use natural elements and to add just a bit of glitz and gleam to them. Gold and silver are my choices, but you could use copper or pewter, any tone of metallic spray paint will work. There are all sorts and brands of metallic spray paints out there and you probably have some in your paint stash like I do. I know I have several gold spray paints somewhere around here that I’ve had forever. You could also use Rub N Buff, but spray paint is fast and quick. I love fast and quick!
I picked up pinecones years ago and embellished the tips of a few of them with craft glue and glitter in silver and gold. These make a fun statement during the holidays, mixed in with mercury glass or other elements and adding naturals from outdoors is a way to add some great textures to your table or mantel. I love the shape of pinecones and they are fun to decorate with. Grapevine balls also got spray painted with metallic gold and silver and these add a natural twist with just a little sparkle to a Christmas or Fall vignette. I’ve had all of this stuff for years and just store it away in a box every year.
Acorns are abundant in most neighborhoods and when I was in Birmingham, I picked up many in the backyard. They are such pretty natural elements too and are equally beautiful with a little metallic spray paint.
I had these spray paints on hand, but use whatever you have for that metallic gleam on naturals.
A quick and easy way to decorate for the Holidays and what is easier than going outside and picking these up? There are many trees that drop nuts and any of them are fair game to spray paint. I love mixing these together in a bowl with pretty dainty ornaments also in silver or gold. Mercury glass mixes in well too and there’s nothing better than the sparkle of glass mixed with a little shimmer on nature pieces.
Here’s an old pic from Christmas 2010 and you can see I used a mix of naturals, with some left as is and the gold and silver ones mixed in. All of this is a wonderful mix with green, white and naturals. That little gleam of metallic shows up so pretty in candlelight too.
Here’s another little project that takes little time to do. If you have any of these signs on wood, you can easily make a DIY frame for it. I picked up this beautiful scripture verse last year at the Country Living fair in Stone Mountain (which is coming up again next month). My pretty sign came from Pine Designs, in Dahlonega, GA, so check them out online. I love this piece and it’s still available. They had some of their signs mounted like this and I knew I could do my own. I just got this done at the end of my porch project and it took about 5 minutes to put together. I paid $10 at the fair for this and it’s sold for $12 online. I’d much rather pay that than try to do this myself. I know my patience level! These have a pretty hand painted look to them and I loved the distressed edges. They have no idea I’m blogging about them, by the way.
I simply painted a scrap piece of beadboard that was cut 1” bigger than my sign board, which is 12×12”. I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White and covered up the beadboard, let it dry and then simply used hot glue to attach the verse to my beadboard.
That’s it! A quick little project that looks great and adds a little more dimension than just the verse board alone. You can barely see a little hot glue peeking under the board.
I just love this scripture verse and the beadboard backing just gives it a really great look!
So, there’s 2 little craft projects that you can try too! I’m joining Layla’s Fall Craft party and hope you’ll check it out for LOTS more Fall inspiration!