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When I finished up this holiday craft project I couldn’t help but do a little happy dance. I fully admit to not being very crafty, but once in a while I surprise myself and make something I am really proud of and not totally embarrassed to share. I thought up the idea for this project after a trip to Lowe’s last year while wandering the aisles of the lumber section. I spotted this unfinished round wood table top and thought it would be fun to try to make it look like a giant wood ornament! The creativity wheels were seriously spinning on my drive home, but sadly the table top and all that creativity that was whirling around in my head both sat tucked away in the garage until now. Coming up with an idea and finding the time to actually do it just don’t always work out as planned. I was finally determined to not let another year go by without finally making this project!
If you read my blog regularly then you know that I am big fan of RECLAIM paint. I have used several of their colors on different projects around the house, but had not yet had a chance to try out one of their newer colors, Poppy, until now. It is the prettiest red color and I think was the perfect choice for this project!
So here is how this fun, inexpensive and very easy to make craft project came together. First, I painted two coats of the RECLAIM Poppy onto the unfinished wood table top. I can’t remember exactly what I paid for the table top, but it was no more than $10. Next, I applied one coat of the RECLAIM Antiquing Glaze which gave the Poppy a deeper red color. Then, I traced the wood letters which spell out JOY (one of my all time favorite words) onto the table. I found the wood letters at Michaels for around $3.00 each and they can be used again for another project.
The next part is where it all really started to come together! After painting the letters with some RECLAIM Bright White that I had left over from another project, I gently sanded the entire piece to give it a distressed look. I then added an additional layer of the RECLAIM Antiquing Glaze. This step also helped to create an even darker red color which I was hoping for. I was so happy with the way the project was looking, but I wanted to make it a bit more distressed. So, I mixed together a small amount of some antiquing and staining mediums, randomly dry brushing it on and then wiping most of it off. To make it look like an actual ornament I added large gold hook that easily screwed into the wood. Finally, I outlined the letters with some gold paint to make them pop.
It’s always so exciting to see an idea that you dream up turn into something better than you imagined and hoped it would. I seriously love this project and I’m already thinking a few of these may get wrapped up for Christmas gifts for family and friends next year.
To make the ornament look a little extra special I added a touch of greenery , gold ribbon and a few gold ornaments, for a perfect holiday touch!
If you like this project I really hope you will give it a try! I promise if I can do it you can too! This will be my last post for a while as I am looking forward to spending some time with my family during the holidays. I want to thank you all so much for all of your very kind comments from my last few posts where I shared tours of our home decorated for the holidays. You all seriously always leave the nicest comments and I am truly grateful and feel so honored when you take the time to stop by to visit. Wishing you all a very happy holidays and I will be back again soon with lots more projects to share!