Create an evergreen centerpiece for Christmas and provide a short update with paint!
I’ve had this reindeer sleigh, Dasher, for numerous years. He changed into a gift that I *deerly* love using at Christmas as a centerpiece full of greenery and / or embellishes. You can see him at a Merry and Bright Plaid Table, HERE.
I determined he should use a makeover to heat him up and blend with the wood tones of the room and marry the rusty sleigh bells at the garland and wreath I’m using this yr.
I picked a few acrylic paint from the craft save in diverse shades of brown. I used four shades of FolkArt Matte Acrylic Paint and a few antiquing medium I already had. The 2 oz. Bottles of paint run around $1.69 every, however the day I stopped in Michaels to buy the paint, the bottles had been on sale for fifty seven cents each! Tip: Download Michaels mobile app in your smartphone to access their weekly coupons while you store.
Dasher had a matte finish so I didn’t have to do any surface prep earlier than portray, however if your object has a glossy or vibrant end, you would want to sand it first so the paint will adhere.
The matte paint dries fast, prepared to recoat in an hour. After an preliminary first coat of paint, I used a dry brush approach to layer the alternative brown sun shades and cowl the unique grey tones and end.
If you’re now not familiar with ‘dry brushing’, it’s a paint approach the usage of an almost dry brush to apply paint:
Dip the ends of your brush inside the paint, then blot your brush on a a few paper towels or newspaper (I used a chunk of cardboard), wiping most of the paint off, earlier than gently dragging your brush over the floor. Experiment your dry brushing method on a scrap piece of timber or on an not noticeable spot earlier than beginning.
After Dasher changed into dry, I crammed a plastic box I had with moist floral foam to vicinity in the body of the sleigh. Plastic luggage from the grocery keep assist maintain the container in region and offer a few protection from any water spilling.
Wet floral foam is to be had on the craft keep with the floral supplies. It can be trimmed without problems with a knife to the scale you need.
Tip: When the usage of moist floral foam, use the “waft soak” approach and region the floral foam brick on pinnacle of the water. Let the floral foam progressively take in the water until it’s completely saturated. Plunging the floral foam in the water traps air bubbles and could limit the transfer of water from the froth to the flower stems.
Dasher is full of a mixture of evergreens clipped from the shrubs and trees. . . Cypress, juniper, boxwood, magnolia leaves. . . Along with a piece of pink plaid ribbon, red embellishes and pine cones. Nandina berries reduce from the shrubs provide an extra pop of seasonal crimson.
Here is Dasher his makeover and greenery for Christmas. More photographs of the wreath and garland on the blog link underneath.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!