Merry Christmas Sign

Merry Christmas Sign

The holidays will soon be here, and that is just crazy to think…I mean, where did this year go? Anyway, with the holidays just around the corner, it is time to get cracking on all of those holiday projects! This Merry Christmas sign that I created is quick and easy and is great for gift giving or to sell at your next bazaar or craft show. With just three stencils and some paint, you too can create this festive sign.

Here is what you will need:

Narrow Table Top Sign

DecoArt Americana:
Antique White
Light Buttermilk
Santa Red
Hauser Dark Green
Snow White

Identi Pen Black
Americana Doily Stencil
Christmas Curly Words Stencil
Pines & Holly Background Stencil
DecoArt Sealer Finisher Matte Spray

I chose to reverse the sign so that the base is at the back, that way it was easier to apply the stencils. First, sand your wood and then wipe the dust away. Paint the entire sign with Antique White. Let it dry. Lightly sand again with a piece of brown paper bag to smooth out the grain after painting. Wipe off surface. Paint a second coat of Antique White and let it dry. take the doily stencil and lay it on one side of the sign…lightly stipple over the stencil with Light Buttermilk. You just want a hint of the design, so make sure to tap out your paint on a paper towel before going to your surface. Carefully lift your stencil up and move it to the center of the board, overlapping is fine. Repeat the stippling again with Light Buttermilk. If you have a small odd space that the stencil didn’t reach, lift the stencil up and move it again to fill in the space. Let it dry. Shade around the outside edge of the sign with Cocoa.

When the background of your sign is dry, lay your stencil with the holly branch onto the right side of your surface.  Make sure to check your placement with the words “Merry Christmas” on your Words stencil. Then stipple/stencil over the holly and stem with Avocado. Then pick two holly leaves to stencil in the upper left corner and repeat the stipple/stenciling process with Avocado. Shade one side of your holly leaves with Hauser Dark Green. Highlight the other side with Margarita. When dry outline your leaves and add a vein down the center of each leaf with your Black Identi Pen. Lay your stencil in place for “Merry Christmas”, make sure you have it positioned where you want it and then stipple/stencil the words with Santa Red. Carefully lift your stencil up. Remember when stenciling to not have your brush heavy with paint. Using the back of your paint brush, add dip dots in Santa Red to create the berries. For the berries in the upper left corner, use a larger paint brush handle. Let the berries dry completely and then add a highlight dot to each one with Snow White.

Finish with your favorite varnish.

Now you have the perfect holiday sign that can be completed in just a few hours.

Happy Painting!

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