Woodland Fun Wreath

Reminiscent of the woods on a snowy day, a snow-tipped faux wreath features hand-painted folk art ornaments and a twig bow.


What You Need:
Enlarge Image This wreath's rustic charm gives a feeling of cabin comfort to holiday decor.
  • 18 inch artificial evergreen wreath
  • Accent Design star, house, and moon wooden cutouts
  • Crafters Edition wooden skate #524-0924 and sleigh #524-2292 and rusted-metal star #RM35055
  • Aleene's Premium-Coat Acrylics: Black 176 (BK), Burnt Umber 185 (BU), Deep Mauve 104 (DM), Hunter Green 188 (HG), and Yellow Ochre 184 (YO)
  • Paintbrushes: #16 flat, #4 flat, 10/0 liner, and spatter brush or old toothbrush
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Stencils: 1/8 inch stripe, 1/8 inch check, and 1/4 inch circle
  • Wedge-shaped cosmetic sponges
  • Epoxy
  • 22-gauge wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Darice grapevine bow #2810-76
  • Aleene's True Snow
Instructions:

1. With the large flat brush, base-coat all surfaces of the skate and the house, and the edge of the sleigh seat DM. Base-coat all surfaces of the moon and star YO. Use HG to base-coat the top and bottom surfaces of the sleigh seat. When the paint is completely dry, lightly sand each piece. Remove the sanding dust with a tack cloth.

2. With the large flat brush, paint the roof and logs on the house BU. Let the paint dry. Use the #4 flat brush and BK to add the windows and door. Thin BK with water to ink consistency; use the liner to paint wavy lines along the top and bottom edges of the logs, on the roof for shingles, and on the chimney for bricks. Dip the handle end of the liner brush into YO, and dot the doorknob.

3. Paint the top 1/2 inch of the skate HG. With the 1/8 inch stripe stencil, YO, and the sponge, add stripes to the front surface of the skate below the HG and angled across the heel and toe.

4. Stencil HG stripes on the front surface of the moon. Stencil DM circles on the front surface of the star. Stencil YO checks around the edges of the sleigh seat.

5. Thin BK with water to ink consistency. Use the liner to add "stitch" lines around the moon, star, and skate. With a spatter brush or an old toothbrush, spatter (flyspeck) all the pieces.

6. When the paint is dry, epoxy the rusted-metal star to the moon. Wire the grapevine bow to the top center of the wreath. Wire the painted wood pieces on the wreath, referring to the photograph for placement. Apply snow randomly to the wreath and bow, following the manufacturer's instructions. Use the snow sparingly on the edges of the painted pieces. Thin the snow with water and lightly spatter the front surfaces of all the painted pieces.

7. When completely dry, make a wire loop at the top center on the back of the wreath.


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