Hi friends! Today I have a fun DIY and exclusive giveaway for my blog readers! My grandmother had a ceramic tree that she would put out every year and I just loved it so I was so excited to find a seller on ETSY who makes the blank ceramic trees to decorate!
Creativity happens is also offering 20% off to all of my viewers with the coupon code thefrugalcrafter and just so you know the DIY Tree ships free! While you are at it check out the other fabulous gift ideas they have, from coffee mugs, ornaments, pet dishes and bakeware to beautiful glazed yarn bowls they will have the perfect gift for many on your holiday shopping list!
Let’s Paint a Ceramic Tree!
My DIY Ceramic Christmas Tree came smooth and ready to paint. Carefully unpack the tree and set aside the lamp part and the plastic bulbs. Protect your work surface with newspaper or a drop cloth. Gather your supplies. You will need:
- DIY Christmas Tree
- Acrylic paint (I used Turner Acryl Gouache in Red, Green, Gold, Pearl Green, Pearl White and Green Lame’)
- Paint brushes: 1″ flats for base coating, 2″ hog fans for dry brushing & 1/2″ hog for accenting with the glittery lame’ paint.
- Bucket of water for cleaning brushes and a rag for wiping them dry.
- Glue: Beacon 3-in-1
Step 1. Paint the base of the tree bright red and the tree dark green.
I recommend setting the painted ceramics on a piece of waxed paper to dry so they don’t stick.
Step 2. Use a clean fan brush to swipe gold paint on the red base, it will give it a festive, yet rustic look. Use a clean dry fan brush to dry-brush the pearl green paint on the tree branches. Don’t cover it completely, you want some of the darker green to show in the creases and shadows.
Step 3. Repeat the dry-brushing on the tree branches with pearl white paint but do not cover all of the pearl green, you are applying less paint. Think of adding a bit of frost or snow to the tips of the evergreen boughs.
Step 4. Once the tree and base are dry insert the bulb into the tree base using the attached clip and place the green tree on top. I decided to glue the lightbulbs in on mine because I was afraid of them getting lost but you could also leave them loose and decorate it every year! For the above photo I turned on the tree and turned off the overhead lights, the photo does not do it justice, it is so pretty lit up!
Would you like to win one of these DIY Christmas Trees? Simply visit Creativity Happens ETSY store and let me know what item she sells that you think would make the most amazing holiday gift and let me know in the comments below. I will pick a winner on November 9th, Good luck! Oh! and if you want to take care of some of your Christmas shopping while you are there be sure to use the coupon code: thefrugalcrafter to save 20% on your order at Creativity Happens. It is so nice to check off a few people on the gift list! Hmmm, my sister would love one of those yarn bowls…
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!