You can hand craft and paint unfinished wood shapes and vintage wooden objects to save money on gifts, decorations and tree trimming. Local craft shops typically stock an abundance of unfinished wooden shapes and objects that you can use for your wooden Christmas crafts. Alternatively, you can repaint existing wood pieces to give them a festive face lift.
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You can create personalised Christmas ornaments with a power jigsaw, power drill and a 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) sheet of pine. Draw or trace ornament shapes on your wood, and then cut out all your shapes. Easy-to-cut shapes include stockings, stars, hearts, birds, crosses and Christmas trees. Drill a hole one inch from the top of each shape, so you can string ribbon or add an ornament hook. Use spray paint or acrylic craft paint to cover the wood shapes with Christmas colours. If you're less than handy with power tools, purchase an assortment of unpainted wood ornaments, available at most craft shops, and decorate them to your liking.
Use wooden thrift store purchases to make your own Christmas decor. These can be cast-offs or unfinished wood objects. Turn a dilapidated wood chair into a Santa throne by gluing extra moulding and finials to the chair, and then covering it all with red and gold paint and tied-on jingle bells. Paint a large wooden shelf gold or silver, then hang it over your fireplace or gift area to function as a stocking mantle. To welcome visitors, paint "Merry Christmas" or "Seasons Greetings" message on an old wooden sign. Hang it across your door with a wreath hanger or wood glue a stake to the back and stick it in your lawn.
Make keepsake Christmas gifts from wood objects. Paint an elaborate Santa or nativity scene across the face of a wood tray, or paint a wooden desk set with monogrammed initials or personalised images. You could also customise wood frames or figurines with the recipient's favourite colours or symbols. Present your gifts in a hand-painted wooden box, or paint a large wooden crate to use for festive gift transportation. The large, even sides of boxes allow for more elaborate painted scenes, such as a scene set in the snowy woods or a nativity scene.
Make your wooden Christmas crafts last for several seasons by closely following accepted practices for wood crafts. If you're starting with an older wood object, first fill crevices and holes with wood filler. Always lightly sand before starting your project, and pick up any dust with a tack cloth. Apply sealer or primer, and then sand and wipe again. Now your wood object is ready to accept paint and far less likely to flake or scratch, especially if you seal your finished work with a coat of polyurethane.
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