My friends over at DecoArt asked me to create a Holiday project using some of their Americana Acrylic paints and I just couldn’t resist. I love anything that has to do with the holidays! So here is another fun holiday craft for all of you…
From young to old, everyone loves to dream about the place Santa makes his toys. Every time I watch Elf, The Santa Clause, Polar Express or any other Christmas movie that shows Santa’s Workshop, I secretly wish that I could visit this magical place. Yes, I BELIEVE that all of my big girl toys are made there too, like my power tools, hot glue guns and cutting machines. :)
The vintage-inspired sign is a fun take on a piece of Christmas décor. Hang it on the wall, prop it up on a mantel or place it on a stick for outdoor décor.
Americana Santa Red
Americana Snow White
DecoArt Multi-Purpose Sealer
DecoArt Satin Varnish
16” Wooden Songbird Arrow (found at Michaels)
Small Tip Brush
Pencil for sketching or letter stencil
Palette or plastic plate for paint
#220 grit sandpaper
Start by mixing a 1:1 ratio of Santa Red paint and Wood Sealer.
Using a foam brush, apply 2 coats of the mixture onto the wooden arrow, allowing the paint to dry between each coat.
Using the smaller tip brush, apply 2 coats of Snow White paint onto the trim of the arrow. If a little paint gets onto the edges it can easily be removed when distressing later on in the process.
For the lettering, using the smaller tip brush and Snow White paint, you can either paint the letters directly onto the sign by hand or use a stencil.
Allow the paint to dry completely then remove the stencil.
Using 220 grit sandpaper, gently sand the edges of the sign and the surface. The more you sand, the more distressed the sign will appear.
Wipe the sign with a damp paper towel to remove excess dust.
Wash your foam brush. Apply a thin layer of Satin Varnish to the entire surface of the piece and allow to dry.
And just to be safe, you should probably point that arrow NORTH :)
Disclosure: DecoArt provided the materials used for this project, you can also read my full disclosure policy here.
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Ashley C. says
Haha – super cute! I love your last little line “and just to be safe, you should probably point that arrow NORTH :)”
Love this sign. I finally figured out how to grab your button!! Yay! Me!! Lol
What an adorable idea! Too cute! :)
I love this!!!! SO cute!! I’m a sucker for hand painted signs.
I’d love if you linked this up at my party going on now!
Brooke Duncan says
I LOVE this! Thanks for the great tutorial on painting and distressing. You’ve made it look so easy. I need to make me none. I really like the cute wooden arrow. Thanks for sharing!
Jennifer Ferrell says
How fun! I love it!