Christmas is slowly creeping up on us! Do you have your shopping all done yet? Don’t worry, we’re still working on it too… In order to spread the holiday-hoobidy-whatidy we’ve decided to dedicate a few posts to this fabulous holiday and will be sharing some fun crafts that are simple and cheery. First up… a noel sign made out of scrap pieces of trim, and free hardwood flooring samples!
Growing up we had a Merry Christmas block sign that we loved, so this year we wanted to add a little similar warmth through using wood tones in our current home’s decor. We first thought about using scrap wood to cut the blocks from and staining them different colors, but realized the far easier solution would be to use some of the scrap hardwood pieces we already had laying around.
They lock together perfectly, and you don’t need to own multiple types of stains to re-create the look. Plus, even if you don’t have them hanging around your house, a lot of hardware stores offer the samples for free. We like that word! For the bottom ledge (to make it pretty and to make it more stable) we found some sale pieces in the odds and ends section of the trim aisle. We picked up two from The Home Depot and went home to get to work.
Once we determined the layout that we wanted (which colors we wanted where) we set them all up and started painting.
The letters were done by hand using a small foam brush and leftover paints- a white acrylic and a red Behr sample pot.
The bottom trim we decided to give a “north pole” look by painting the pieces white, then adding the red striping by marking the pieces at every inch with a ruler on the top and bottom, half inch in the middle, then connected the dots.
The curvy end details then got painted with a silver acrylic paint, and to finish off the hardwood samples, we also painted the edges in the same silver.
Last but not least, we glued them all together! We glued each hardwood sample together by putting glue on the sides that “clicked” together, and then the trim went directly on top of the sign.
We let it dry overnight, and ta-da! For a grand total of $4 ($1.99 per piece of trim and we already had the paints on hand) we had a cute noel sign that now resides on our desk!
We’re big fans of homemade decorations like this, and our Christmas tree pillow, and love how they could also be given out as gifts! Plus, at $4, you could make multiple and of course switch up the wording to anything you’d like. Just make sure your trim piece is long enough to fit across the bottom of it so the sign will be sturdier and won’t fall over : ) Check out more holiday posts below, and make sure to subscribe for more holiday goodness!