Merry Christmas

This year, for some crazy reason, I thought it would be fun to do a homemade Christmas. I started back in November and my easel, my sewing machine, the glue gun, and other craft items were constantly cluttering the house (much to Philip’s dismay). Since everything I was making was for Christmas, I couldn’t post any of the fun things I was making.

Well still most of it is wrapped under my tree, but one thing I made has been given away so now it’s time to share.

My parents came to Utah over Thanksgiving and one of the things we did was visit a little store called “The Wood Connection.” It was one of those stores that you walk into and are so overwhelmed at first, but then suddenly, even if you’re not crafty at all, all you want to do is make crafts! Needless to say, all of us walked out with paint, wood, scrapbooking paper, and many other fun craft ideas floating around in our heads. (need I give you more proof?)

Feeling all motivated, I set to work that week and busted out a few of these:

And before you think how hard to make they look, let me just tell you that it was one of the easier Christmas projects I did this year. The wood, and both green and cream paint was bought from The Wood Connection (and let me just tell you that everything from that place was CHEAP). Then I printed out the words I wanted in the size and font I wanted. After that I took two sheets of carbon paper and placed them between the printer paper and the (already painted green) wood, and then simply traced the letters. Even though the paint was pretty dark green, the carbon tracing showed up great. Once the tracing was complete, I set to work with a tiny brush and just colored in between the lines. As easy as that.

I think out of all the presents I did this year, this one is close to my very favorite. Maybe next year you can try it too…or if I have an Esty shop up and running you can just buy one 🙂

Merry Christmas to all — we’re off to Las Vegas so the blogging will recommence next week (in which I promise to show you lots of other homemade gifts!)


  1. Miriam says:

    I'm hoping next weeks blogs will be full of everyone's fun christmas gifts that they don't dare show now! I SOOOO want to visit that wood shop, you'll have to let me know where it is! And, I'm impressed with your painted words, I assumed they were those stick on things! (excuse me, you're an artist, what would I expect!) Have fun in LV, your mom must be busy preparing, I haven't heard a word from her in a week!!

  2. Janssen says:

    Are you planning on opening an Etsy shop? That would be fun!

    I can't wait to see all the things you made for Christmas (and I had a quiet giggle about Philip's dismay with the crafts taking over the house).

  3. Camille says:

    Love it! And hope you don't mind but I have every intention of stealing this very crafty idea… 🙂

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