Christmas Jingle Art
Recently, I was invited to a “Pinterest” party. We were told to bring a dish (with Pinterest recipe) and a craft we would re-create from Pinterest. I have just starting using Pinterest in the past few months. It is a fun site, a great place to organize ideas and find inspiration for new ones. I am always swirling with ideas and have a long list of “plans.” I was really looking forward to sitting down with some creative friends, eating snacks, talking and creating something fun for the holidays. I brought my own idea to work on that evening.
My friend, Carissa, created the perfect crafting environment. She had long tables, lots of extension cords, craft supplies, and a separate table for food and drinks. I had my own working space set aside for me. I put down all of my supplies and set up for crafting. I then went to the snack table.
Out of the 4-5 hours set aside for this event, I spent maybe 20 minutes on my plan. I have officially labeled myself “does not craft well with others.” I visited the snacks often, talked even more often, browsed the other crafts, adjusted the music station, laughed hysterically and crafted a little. I was unable to focus. I believe I spend too much time alone in my own crazy, craft, lair. The excitement of socializing was too much! I need solitude and focus….. I guess?
So finally, here is my Christmas art project. It really is very simple and I could have made a few of them in the 5 hours allotted to this craft.
-16×20 Plywood (Approximately)- I used a blonde wood. It is very uniform and light in color, sanded and smooth. I had this left over from another project. I asked the guy at Lowes Home Improvement store to cut the left over pieces into this size for me. They will for you too and it is inexpensive.
-Black matte spray paint
-White spray paint
-Jingle Bells (3 bags from the Dollar Store)
-1-2 inch thick ribbon
-Upholstery stapler or thumb tacks
-Acrylic paint and brushes
-Hot glue gun and LOTs of sticks
1-Spray paint the wood with the black spray paint. Make sure to cover well. Set that aside to dry.
2-Next, lightly spray the pine cones with the white spray paint. I just kind of “misted” over them. I wanted them to look kind of frosty, not white.
3-When everything is dry, you can get started on the assembly. Find the center of the top. Use your upholstery stapler to staple your ribbon in the center. I made a big loop and then tied a bow at the top. This is how you will be hanging you artwork, so you won’t it to be strong and secure. A regular stapler won’t work, but you can use thumb tacks instead.
4-Now you can hot glue the jingle bells. You want them to be close together with no gaps.
5-Take your mini pine cones and start filling in between the jingle bells. You don’t need to put pinecones between every one. Just where it looks “right.” I did the inside first and then went back in filled in on the outside.
Now your frame is done. At first, I planned to do my artwork first and then do the frame afterwards. Because I started this at the party, I did the frame first. I thought it was easier to do with everyone instead of focusing on the art. I am glad I did! I sketched a tree first and after I did the frame, my free would have been off center. The pinecones and jingle bells changed the “center” of my tree.
6-Pre-sketch your idea and the font lightly with pencil.
7-Go back and paint your design in white. You must paint everything in white first, then go back over with the colors for the tree, etc. . If you don’t create the white base, the colors wont show up on the black.
8-Let it dry and you are finished! Hang your project proudly.
Please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions or ideas.