Rustic Christmas Charm

Rustic Christmas Charm
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 I love rustic crafts for the holidays. They are usually quite easy, but really reflect a simplicity that add something special to the holidays. These fun ornaments look great on the tree below, plus I give you a few other ideas. Make a few of them!

Animal Cracker Ornaments

You'll need:

Animal Crackers
Acrylic paint in shades of gray, tan and brown
Acrylic paint in red or blue
small flat paintbrush
small stencil brush
small round paintbrush
small piece of screen
hot glue gun
glossy clear acrylic spray/sealer
jute string or twine

Using the gray color and the flat paintbrush, paint each animal cracker and allow it to dry. Take your lighter tan/beige color and using the stencil brush make an up and down stamping motion on the cracker to make it look mottled or sponge painted. Cover most of the gray. Dip the tip of the toothbrush lightly in the darker brown paint and brush downward ON the screen held over the crackers. (You will be able to do more than one at a time if you position them correctly.) Wait for all the crackers to dry and then using the small round paint brush paint hearts or other folk art type symbols on each cracker and allow them to dry again. Spray each ornament with the acrylic sealer. When dry, cut a 4 inch piece of jute for each ornament, looping it and gluing it to the back of the cracker.

NOTES: You can vary the colors, but try to keep it in shades that compliment each other-the darkest one to splatter, and a dark color to paint the hearts. You can use raffia or thin ribbon as hangers if you wish. A neat idea is to use the same technique on plastic ball or heart ornaments. The steps are the same, and you can decorate an entire tree with them! Use torn country themed cotton as garland and for bows as accents on the tree.

Simple Wooden Christmas Tree

This easy all-purpose wooden tree is perfect for the holidays. Make a few of them!

You'll need:

4 inch wooden circle-3/4 inch thick pine or any wood
14 inches of 1/2 inch dowel
24 inches of 1/4 inch dowel
drill with 1/4 and 1/2 inch bits

Cut the 1/4 inch dowel into three pieces-6 inch, 8 inch and 10 inch lengths. Set aside. Take your 1/2 inch dowel and use the 1/4 inch drill bit to drill a hole every 3 1/4 inches along the dowel. In the center of the top of your wooden circle drill a hole with the 1/2 inch drill bit. Glue the 1/2 inch dowel (in which you've already drilled the holes) into the hole in the base. Take the three dowels and insert them into the three holes-placing the longest piece in the bottom and the shortest in the top hole. This forms your tree! the dowels don't really need sanding, but the base should be sanded to round the edges. You can stain the tree, paint it or leave it natural.

Decorating ideas for your tree are endless. You can hang homemade cookie ornaments on the "branches" or try decorating it with gingham bows, raffia and dried orange slices for a neat country look. Tiny pine cones with red ribbons glued to the top combined with red gingham strips wrapped around the tree branches is pretty too. Try staining the tree and hanging antique ornaments combined with small red satin or velvet ribbons for an elegant look.


About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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