Rustic Tree

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

RawI was so excited when this Rustic Tree became part of our Rustic Pallet Program! I thought of many ways to use it, but decided that I’d better create one for the upcoming Holiday Season before moving onto other ideas that are a little less traditional. On Facebook the other day, I was reminded that there are only 16 weeks until Christmas. Yikes! Time to get things started……….

IMG_2110Paint the trunk of the Tree with a large flat brush and a wash of color – I used DecoArt® Americana® Dark Chocolate with water. Paint the green branches with DecoArt® Americana® Hauser Green.

IMG_2115After the branches are dry, use a sanding block or an electric hand sander to sand back the paint on the edges and other places on each slat to be antiqued later.

IMG_2116Antique each slat with a mixture of Americana® Staining/Antiquing Medium™ and Dark Chocolate. Brush the mixture onto each branch and wipe off the excess with a soft cloth.

40701Your plain Tree should look like this.

IMG_2138Take the clothespins apart. Use a medium flat brush to paint all sides of each clothespin with Americana® Décor™ Chalky Finish Rouge. Once dry, put the clothespins back together – I find using a pair a needle nose pliers helpful for this step.

40701 With CardsStart clipping the Christmas Cards that you and your family receive as they arrive so you can enjoy them throughout the Season!