Hi, my name is Vanessa (Tried & True) and I’m thrilled to be here sharing this craft tutorial on making a “Believe” Rustic Christmas Art. With Christmas just around the corner, now is a perfect time to start thinking about home decor options. I’m planning on going a different route this year and decorating with a Rustic Woodland theme. Think forest creatures, flannel, wood logs, and tons of rusted metal and hot chocolate. Sounds cozy, right? This framed rustic art will fit right in!
“Believe” Rustic Christmas Art
- Unfinished Wood Shadow Box – 8.5×11
- White Wood Stain
- Chestnut Wood Stain
- Red Paint
- Rustic Jingle Bell – 2.5″
- Jute Rope
- Decorative Ribbon & Small Pinecones
- Staple Gun
- Hammer (or anything else heavy to antique the frame)
Step One. First things first, unless you’re using a thrifted frame, you’re going to have to add some dings and scrapes to the frame to make it look aged. I used multiple sides of a small hammer to achieve the look. Get creative! Apply a couple layers of white wood stain and allow to dry completely according to manufacture’s instructions.
Step Two. While you’re waiting for the stain to dry, you can start embellishing your rusted jingle bell. I went minimal with just a couple small pine cones and berries. The vintage-looking ribbon (reminiscent of a flour sack) adds the perfect touch!
Step Three. When the stain is dry, either free-hand the word “believe” or use some carbon paper to transfer a printed out version. Use a thin paintbrush and red paint to color in. Don’t worry too much about trying to make it perfect. We’re going for that homey, rustic look!
Step Four. Ok, now the scary part! Apply a thin layer of the chestnut stain over a section of the frame and then quickly wipe away with a cloth. I love how the chestnut give the whole piece a bit of that grayish, aged wood look!
Step Six. If you want, you can take a piece of sandpaper to the whole frame to distress it even more. I used a medium weight sandpaper mostly around the edges and corners. When you’re happy with the look, just hang it up in your house and have a great holiday season!
Hope you all enjoyed this fun rustic tutorial and a special thank you goes out to Mique for letting me participate in this year’s Holiday Bake Craft Sew! If you liked this holiday tutorial, check out Tried & True for more crafty goodness, including the Retro Space Age Stockings, Happy Holiday Gift Wreath, and my personal favorite, the Santa Christmas Countdown!
Vanessa Brady is the mother of two small boys and a lifelong craft junkie. Vanessa’s craft tutorials can be found at numerous blogs, publications, and her mother’s brag book. Visit Tried & True for more original projects and free printables! Keep up to date with Vanessa and her projects through Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+.