Take a simple bare wood Christmas tree sign, and turn it into a custom piece of art for your home or front porch this Christmas season!
You all know just how much I love crafting for Christmas, and how much I love chalkboard art. I mean, I’ve shared a TON of chalkboard projects in the past years, like this Chalkboard sign, this DIY Chalkboard and this Christmas chalkboard sign. But what’s one more chalkboard project between friends? You can never have enough in my book.
I picked up this unfinished wood slat tree from Hobby Lobby several weeks ago, but I just now got around to finishing it. Have I mentioned just how stressful moving cross country can be? And instead of spending the last two weeks unpacking, I’ve been finishing up projects. The life of a DIYer is not for the faint of heart.
How to Make a Hand Painted Christmas Tree Sign
Item’s You’ll Need
- Bare wood Christmas tree (I got mine from Hobby Lobby but you could make one from unfinished craft wood slats)
- Painter’s Tape (Washi Tape works too)
- Chalkboard Paint (I used black and classroom green)
- Paint Brush
- Chalk markers
- 150 grit sand paper
- Burlap Ribbon
- Hot Glue gun
I started by painting 2 coats of chalkboard paint onto the bare wood tree, using black on the horizontal slats, and green on the vertical.
Then I typed out my message in MS Word and printed it out. You could use PicMonkey, Photoshop or another software too. I chose “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” because it was the perfect amount of slats to words for my Christmas Tree Sign. Cut out each word and lay out how you want it on each slat of wood.
Next, I used my font transfer method to trace the wording onto the Christmas tree sign. I shaded the backs of each piece of paper with chalk, then flipped them over and taped to the slats. Then all I had to do to transfer the font was trace over the words. When I peeled off the paper I was left with tracings of the words!
After that was done, all I had to do was fill in the tracings with the chalk markers. You could also use paint markers, but since I change my mind frequently I wanted the option of erasing in the future. That’s the beauty of chalk markers! You can wipe them away with a damp cloth (as long as you are on an erasable surface like chalkboards, dry erase or glass).
For a finishing touch, I sanded the edges a bit for a distressed look. Then, I added a red burlap ribbon to the top and secured the middle with a white and red polka dot ribbon for contrast. I am so thrilled with how this Christmas tree sign turned out!
My new hand painted Christmas tree sign looks pretty cute on my new front porch. And it fits in nicely with my Joy Wreath from last year!
What kind of items are you crafting up for Christmas decor this year? I’d love to know what you’ve been up to.
Don’t forget to pin it for later!