Birch Pin Ideas

When I paint for my bazaar every year, I try to include pins that are quick and easy and fun to paint. Our Birch Value Bag of 20 Pieces is perfect for pins or even gluing a few together to make a snowman. There are so many possibilities, you just have to let your creativity go.

I sat down with one bag and thought, what could these become, besides a snowman face (which I did paint one of those), they could be pumpkins, or you can paint a wreath on them, a reindeer face, you could also just paint them with inspiring words. I wanted to give you a variety of ideas and show you what I created and I hope that these might inspire you to create something as well. My next idea will be to maybe paint a Santa face on one…who knows, you just have to be willing to think outside the box and give it a try.

Make sure to share what ideas you come up with, I would love to see them. Share them on our Facebook page, or leave a comment to this post.

Happy Painting and Creating!

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Turkeys with a Touch of Gold

Painted resin turkeys

We have another turkey craft project for you! This one uses our Turkeys—Set of 2 #80840 that look like little pilgrims. I kept the painting simple on this one, even though the leaves/tail feathers were tempting to make more colorful. I found that when I tried to do that I wasn’t getting the effect I wanted, so instead I used similar colors on those areas to help mask mistakes.


Basic supplies and brushes:

Paints only used on the turkey with hat:

Paints only used on the turkey with head scarf:

Paints used on both:


I started by giving the turkey with hat‘s body and head with two coats of Spiced Pumpkin. Then I added random patches of Cadmium Orange to just the body. Next, I painted two coats of Camel onto all of the leaves/feathers areas and then used the Filbert Comb brush to add 24K Gold in a somewhat random way so that it had more gold on some feather areas than others. I also used 24K Gold on the trim of the hat, the beak, and the corn kernals. I used Bright Brass on just the corn husks. I finished by painting the collar and hat with four coats of Asphaltum, and then dotted the eyes.

I began painting the turkey with head scarf‘s body and head with two coats of Cadmium Red. Then I added random patches of Cadmium Orange just like the turkey with hat. Next, I painted two coats of Dusty Rose onto all of the leaves/feathers areas and then used the Filbert Comb brush to add Rose Gold in a somewhat random way so that it had more gold on some feather areas than others. I also used Rose Gold on the trim of the scarf, the beak, and the pumpkin. I finished by painting the head scarf with four coats of Asphaltum, and then dotted the eyes.



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Quick and Easy Wood Pumpkins

Fall is my favorite time of year, and I love painting pumpkins, and when you can paint 5 little wooden pumpkins in a short amount of time, it makes me even happier! Our Chunky Pumpkin Cutout is a great piece that you can paint as detailed or as simply as you want. One pumpkin I shaded and highlighted, all the others I used stencils I had on hand.

Here are the basics with what you will need:

Chunky Pumpkin Cutout

DecoArt Americana:
Burnt Sienna
Georgia Clay
Spiced Pumpkin
Hauser Dark Green

Torrid Orange

Identi Pen Black
Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray
FolkArt Paisley Delight Stencil
Fall Word Mix Stencil
Checkerboard Stencil
Polka Dot Stencil

Paint all pumpkins Persimmon and all stems Avocado.

If you want to shade your pumpkins, shade around the outside edge of the center section and below the stem with Burnt Sienna. Paint in the grooves with either Burnt Sienna or Georgia Clay, this depends on how dark you want the grooves to be. Highlight the center of each pumpkin area with Torrid Orange. Shade the stem with Hauser Dark Green at the base, and highlight the top with Margarita. (this is the first pumpkin on the left in the picture)

All the other remaining pumpkins, I did not shade or highlight, I left them rather simple and added stenciled details. The polka dot pumpkin, the dots are Avocado; the fall word pumpkin, I traced the word onto the pumpkin with a pencil and then out lined it and filled it in with the Black Identi Pen. The paisley pumpkin, the paisley design is stenciled with Spiced Pumpkin. For the checkerboard pumpkin, I used a large and small check from the stencil. Line the stencil up with the bottom edge of your pumpkin for the larger checks and repeat for the smaller checks at the top using Georgia Clay.

For the finishing touch, I added a squiggly outline with two dashes using the Black Identi Pen. When all details are done, finish with your favorite varnish.

These pumpkins are great for a grouping on your table this fall or even on your mantel. They are quick enough that they would be great for bazaars and craft shows as well.

Let your creativity go, and create some quick and easy pumpkins this fall!

Happy Painting and Crafting!


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Turkey Time

For me, resin is fun to paint and sometimes I use it as a break from painting more complex projects. Sometimes I choose to paint it and do full shading and highlighting, other times I don’t do any shading and highlighting and sometimes I just add highlighting, like I did with this version of Mr. Turkey.

Here is what you will need:

DecoArt Americana
Honey Brown
Celery Green
Burnt Orange
Country Red
Lamp Black
Neutral Grey
Light Buttermilk
Extreme Sheen Metallic:
DecoArt Neons:
Fiery Red
Torrid Orange
Acrylic Sealer Finisher Gloss Spray
Papillon 4 Piece Highlighter Set
Papillon 10 Piece Resin Brush Set

Turkey – Honey Brown, highlight with Marigold
Pumpkin – Persimmon, highlight with Torrid Orange
Base and Hat – Lamp Black, highlight with Neutral Grey
Feet and Beak – Marigold
Waddle – Country Red, highlighted with Fiery Red
Hat Band – Light Buttermilk
Buckle – Bronze
Eyes – Light Buttermilk, center is Lamp Black
Tail Feathers – Celery Green, highlight with Lemonade; Burnt Orange, highlight with Jack-O-Lantern; Camel, highlight with Buttermilk

Tips for using the highlighter brushes: Choose the brush size that is appropriate for the area you want to highlight. scrub the paint into both sides of your brush, then scrub on a soft towel to remove excess paint. With a light touch, start scrubbing the brush over the areas you want to highlight, you can use a back and forth or circular motion. If you want your highlight brighter, go through the steps again. It is always good to start lighter with less paint.

Happy Fall and Happy Painting!

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Plaid Pumpkins

I love plaid, and I couldn’t resist giving our resin pumpkins a fun look for fall. Although, trying to figure out the placement was first tricky, and took me several attempts, I am happy with how these turned out. Feel free to do your own version or make the sections smaller for a more detailed plaid look.

For the black and grey pumpkin, I divided the vertical lines into four sections…roughly about 3″ apart. Painted those alternating Titanium White and Neutral Grey. The horizontal stripes are done free handed with a 1″ Glaze Wash Brush and Neutral Grey. Each grey stripe is roughly 1″ apart or close to that. You do not need to repaint the white stripes. Where the Neutral Grey stripes overlap each other, paint those sections Lamp Black. The stem is also painted Lamp Black.

This pumpkin isn’t perfect, but you get the idea….taping it off would be difficult and you can spend as much time as you would like measuring and painting as you would like. My plan is to finish this pumpkin with a fun black and white plaid bow, or if my husband has his way, some ribbon that says Oakland Raiders…LOL

Now for the orange plaid pumpkin, I divided this one into 6 sections vertically and alternated the colors with Titanium White and Jack O Lantern. These sections are roughly 2″ apart measured at the top of the pumpkin. The horizontal stripes are painted with Jack O Lantern and your 1″ Glaze Wash Brush again. I chose to eyeball these roughly again around 1″ to 2″ apart. Where the orange sections overlap, paint those areas with Georgia Clay.

Once the pumpkins were dry I used DecoArt Acrylic Sealer Finisher Gloss Spray to give them a glossy look.

For the finishing touches to the orange plaid pumpkin, I added some silk leaves and a plaid bow that I had in my stash of craft supplies.

These pumpkins were fun, and a bit challenging, but I am pleased with how they turned out, I will probably give them another try to perfect my plaid painting skills.

Happy Painting and Crafting!


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Spider Pumpkin

Dark painted pumpkin with spiderweb

I decided to make a fun and spooky decoration for the Halloween season! I wanted it to be very dark but a bit sparkly at the same time. I created this dark and alluring look using these products:


Pumpkin #80848

Americana Acrylic – Lamp (Ebony) Black #13067

Dazzling Metallics – Black Pearl Dazzling Metallic #14085

Americana Acrylic – Graphite #13161

Dazzling Metallics – Zinc Dazzling Metallic #14220

Glamour Dust Glitter Paint – Silver Bling Glamour Dust Glitter Paint 2 oz #13591

DecoArt Media Liquid Glass #87406

Deerfoot size 3/4″ (from set #20167)

Midliner size 10/0 (from set #20171)

Liner size 10/0 #20145


I began painting by focusing on the areas with light gray. I used a mixture of Graphite and Silver Bling, then blended outward adding a mixture of Graphite and Zinc, and continued outward by adding a mixture of Lamp (Ebony) Black and Black Pearl. I chose to use a Deerfoot brush for all of the blend work, but you can use whatever you want. After creating the gradient areas of gray to black I covered the rest of the pumpkin with a mixture of Lamp (Ebony) Black and Black Pearl. Using this same mixture I used a Midliner and Liner brush to create the spiderwebs and the spider.

To finish the piece, I added little drops of Liquid Glass so that the spiderwebs looked like they were covered in dewdrops after its rained. To protect your finished pumpkin you can use a sealer. Note: If you want the dew drops to really stand out use a matte sealer first all over the pumpkin before you add them.

This project was really fun and now I have an awesome pumpkin to put on my porch every year that won’t go bad!

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Pumpkin Candle Holders

I was trying to think of a quick Halloween project that used minimal colors and could be completed in just a few hours. When I looked at our candle holders, I knew exactly what I would do…turn them into Jack-o-Lanterns! With just a few colors, a stencil, and some basic highlighting and shading, these two candle holders were done and ready to use in my home. Even if you are a beginning painter and don’t know how to shade or highlight, you could even skip those steps, they are just as cute without that.

Here is what you will need:

Traditional Candle Holder
Round Vase Candle Holder

DecoArt Americana Paint:
Lamp Black
Hauser Dark Green
Burnt Sienna

DecoArt Neons:
Torrid Orange

Identi Pen Black
Jack-o-Lantern Faces Stencil – Large
Americana Acrylic Sealer Finisher Gloss Spray

The first thing to do is paint the main portion of the tall candle holder and then entire small candle holder with Persimmon. Paint the top of the tall candle holder with Avocado, the base is painted Lamp Black. Let dry and then do any touch ups that you may need to do. Shade around the top and bottom of the orange sections with Burnt Sienna. Using Hauser Dark Green, shade the top and bottom of the green candle cup. Highlight the center of the green candle cup with Margarita. Highlight the centers of the orange sections with Torrid Orange. Let dry.

Pick your face that you want from your stencil, and with a pencil, trace the face onto the center of each candle holder. With the Identi Pen, trace the outline of the face and then fill in with Lamp Black, or you could even fill in the shapes with the bold side of the Identi Pen…the choice is up to you.

When dry, finish with a coat of gloss varnish for an extra shine. Add a raffia bow to the top of the large candle holder, or you could use some festive ribbon as well.

Now they are ready to enjoy for Halloween!

Happy Painting!

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Classy Halloween Candles

I was in the mood to do a project using black paint and chose to paint some candles. What’s great about the candles we carry is that they are LED lights, so when you light them your design won’t melt away.Painted candles with black pattern

6″ White LED Candle w/ Timer #82226

4″ White LED Candle w/ Timer #82225

DecoArt Paint Adhesion Medium 2 oz #84185

Delta Stencil Magic Stencil Adhesive #70268

Classic Quatrefoil Stencil #71915*

Americana Acrylic – Lamp (Ebony) Black #13067

3/8″ and 3/4″ Deerfoot brushes (from set #20167) or you could use Laurie Speltz Stencil Brushes

Acrylic Sealer Finisher Gloss Spray #70835

*The smaller version of the above stencil is discontinued, but to be honest you’re not missing out that much because it was pretty tedious due to its size and the process of wrapping it around the candles.


I highly recommend you mix the adhesion medium with your acrylic paint in equal parts before just jumping into the painting process. If you don’t use it you’ll find your acrylic paint will flake off easily after drying and be bummed.

The process for making these was very simple. Use the stencil adhesive to keep your stencil in place. Then mix equal parts of the adhesion medium with black paint and use a Deerfoot brush or a stencil brush to lightly tap the acrylic paint through the stencils. When you’re done painting you can use a sealer for extra protection. Have fun!

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Traditional Santa

I love Santas and I love snowmen…and I have a huge collection of both at my house during the holiday season. My mantel is usually filled with Santas and Snowmen are usually scattered about my family room shelves. Each year, I seem to add new ones to both collections and I think the majority of my Christmas decor are items that I have painted.

Our Santa with Tree is a great piece to add to this collection and to my stash to sell at my upcoming Holiday Bazaar…so, I think I may be painting more than one…maybe one in a dark Christmas green…we shall see, but here he is decked out in a traditional red color scheme.

Here is what you will need:
Santa with Tree

DecoArt Americana:
Neutral Grey
Raw Sienna
Coral Rose
Snow White
Uniform Blue
Lamp Black
Light Buttermilk
Santa Red
Black Plum
Bleached Sand
Mink Tan
Hauser Dark Green
Honey Brown
Soft Black
Milk Chocolate

Americana Neons:
Fiery Red

Extreme Sheen:
24K Gold

Glamour Dust Glitter Paint:
Gold Glitz
Ice Crystal

I always start by painting Santa’s face…for me, once the face and beard are done, the rest comes easy. Paint Santa’s face and lip with Mocha. Shade under the hat brim and along the side of the face where it touches the hairline, lightly down the sides of the nose, and inside the eye sockets with Raw Sienna. Blush the cheeks and the tongue with Coral Rose. Paint the beard, mustache, and eyebrows with Neutral Grey. Using a Comb brush and Light Buttermilk, stroke in the beard, mustache, and eyebrows. Then add a few highlight strokes with Snow White.

Santa’s eyes are painted Snow White. When dry, add Uniform Blue for the iris of the eye. Then a touch of Lamp Black for the pupil. Add a highlight dot to each eye with Snow White.

Paint the hat, and coat with Santa Red. Shade above and below the belt, around all of the fur trim and above the fur brim of the hat, next to the ball of the hat, around the bag, and in the deep folds of the coat with Black Plum. Highlight the center of the hat and around the folds of the coat, center of the arms with Fiery Red. Santa’s belt is Lamp Black, buckle is 24K Gold. Boots are Lamp Black and highlighted with Neutral Grey. Mittens are Hauser Dark Green and shaded with Soft Black. Highlight the center of the mittens with Margarita. Paint the base with Snow White.

Fur on the hat and coat is painted with Bleached Sand. Shade where the fur touches the mitten, along where it touches the coat, on the hat brim close to the face, and on the collar along the hairline and around the ball of the hat, and where the ball touches the hat with Mink Tan. Highlight the fur with Snow White.

Santa’s bag is painted with Honey Brown. Shade the bag straps at each end, under the flap of the bag, around the mitten, and the top and bottom of the grooves of the side of the bag with Milk Chocolate. Highlight the center of the sides, straps, flap of the bag, and bottoms of the bag with Marigold.

Tree is Avocado. Shade under the snow drifts and branches with Hauser Dark Green. Highlight the tips of the branches with Margarita. Snow is Snow White. Star is 24K Gold. Trunk is Milk Chocolate. When the snow is dry, add a touch of Ice Crystal for a shimmering snow look. Paint Gold Glitz onto the star for a little extra holiday sparkle.

Finish with your favorite spray varnish.

Now Santa is ready to come and join you for the holiday season!

Happy Painting!

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I love our Pilgrim pair, I don’t know how many times I have painted them…but each time I try something new. This time I chose to use a minimal colors and antique them for a more vintage look. Here is what you will need:

DecoArt Americana:
Burnt Umber #13064
Light Buttermilk #13164
Mocha #13060
Jack-o-Lantern #13229
Purple Cow #13262
Milk Chocolate #13174
Avocado #13052
Lamp Black #13067
Snow White #13001
DecoArt Weathered Wood #84146
Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray #70836
Acrylic Sealer Finisher Gloss Spray #70835
DecoArt Staining & Antiquing Medium #84126

First paint both pieces completely with Burnt Umber. Once dry, then cover with Weathered Wood. Let dry completely. Next, paint both Pilgrims with Light Buttermilk. Do not over work the paint as that will affect how the Weathered Wood will crackle, remember you are going for an aged look so it does not have to be perfect. Let dry. Paint the faces with Mocha. Eyes are first painted with Snow White, then paint the iris with Burnt Umber. When dry, paint a small iris with Lamp Black, add a highlight dot of Snow White. Basecoat hair and beard with Milk Chocolate. The cornucopia basket is painted with a light wash of Milk Chocolate. Both Pumpkins are painted with a soft wash of Jack-o-Lantern. Grapes are Purple Cow, stem is Milk Chocolate. Pumpkin stems are Avocado. Once all colors are dry. Spray with Matte Finishing Spray. Then mix Burnt Umber with the Staining & Antiquing Medium (per the instructions on the back of the bottle) and apply with a brush all over the pilgrims, working on one pilgrim at a time. Wipe of the medium where you don’t want it to be with a soft cloth. If it does not remove easy enough, dampen your cloth with a little water and try again. Let them dry completely and then finish with Acrylic Sealer Finisher Gloss Spray. If you don’t like the gloss spray, you can finish with the matte, the preference is yours.

I think these guys will look great tucked into some fall foliage on my mantel or Thanksgiving table this season.

Happy Painting!

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