Update Your Old Christmas Decorations
I'm sure many of us have old Christmas decorations that could stand a little bit of updating. Especially some of those that were from a number of years ago that no longer fit in with our decor. This is a really easy and inexpensive way to update your old decorations.
I'm starting off by showing my updated decoration, which looks so much better than it did before.
This isn't the best photo, but it gives you an idea of what it looked like. It had a very old outdated look to it. The edges were raw pine and the letters had speckled paint which didn't look good.
I started off by using painting Gesso over everything, and when dried, I painted white craft paint over all. The original decoration had three red berries and natural wood leaves. I replaced the berries with gold ones I found at a local craft store and I painted a gold border around each holly leaf.
The original was also hung with twine. I removed it and replaced with a sawtooth picture hanger.
Depending on what your old decoration looks like, you could use old book pages or sheet music. The latter can be found in antique shops, flea markets or use scrapbook paper which looks like sheet music. I traced around each letter, cut it out and then using Mod Podge, I applied the paper to the letter and smooth out using a brayer.
After the paper is on, apply another coat of Mod Podge to the top of the paper and sprinkle with gold glitter or any other glitter of your choice.
Let dry and then hang up or put out for display.
The glitter adds just enough to make it really sparkle and look festive for the holidays.
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Published November 16th, 2016 11:47 PM