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DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils (and a Giveaway!)

Disclosure: I was provided a free stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils in exchange for this post. Even so, all opinions are my own.

Hey friends! Remember the Paisley Drum Table, Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers, and The Stenciled Bookshelf? It's no secret that I'm pretty much obsessed with Cutting Edge Stencils! The stencils take an average piece of furniture and turn them into one-of-a-kind art pieces. Big news: they have a new Holiday Stencil Collection and they are oh-so-cute! This week I had the opportunity to try the Reindeer Craft Stencil and I made an adorable, huge "ornament!"

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils


What You Will Need:

1. Cutting Edge Stencils' Reindeer Craft Stencil

2. A large embroidery hoop

3. Burlap or a fabric of your choice

4. Paint. I used a red fabric paint that I had left over from my Paint-A-Pillow Stencil Tutorial, but any paint will do.

5. A small foam roller. I love the mini dense foam roller that Cutting Edge sells for only $1.95!

6. Two disposable plates or a paint tray

7. Glitter

8. School glue

9. Hot glue / hot glue gun

10. Scissors

11. Card stock paper


How To Do It:

1. Pour a little paint onto a disposable plate or paint tray. I like to have two plates -- one for loading paint onto my roller, and then another to "unload" a little paint from my roller. Unloading the paint before going over your stencil will help prevent bleed through. If you have too much paint on your roller, the paint will bleed underneath the edges of the stencil.

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

2. Position your stencil onto your fabric. I used paint tape to secure mine in place.

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

3. Paint it!

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

4. Carefully remove the stencil. Then, allow the paint to dry.

5. Once the paint has dried, put your fabric into your embroidery hoop and center the design in the middle of the hoop. Make sure the screw part of the hoop is at the top, too.

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

6. Now it's time to make the top of the "ornament." Simply cut your card stock paper into the shape of the top (I'm unsure of the official name of this piece of the ornament haha!).

7. Glitter it! I just used school glue and silver glitter that I had on hand. If you're not into glitter, you can skip this step.

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

 8. Hot glue the top of the ornament to your embroidery hoop. This will hide the screw part of the hoop, too.

You're done! Pretty simple, right? Now you just have to hang it up! I hung mine outside of my front door (pictured above) and I love the way it pops on the brick. For fun, though, I staged it above my faux fireplace mantle, too!

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils


Want to win a stencil of your own!? 

Cutting Edge Stencils is giving away one free stencil (up to a $50 value) to Revolutionaries readers! Enter through the rafflecopter below in order to win!



Giveaway Details:

The giveaway will end on December 1, 2015 at 12:00 am EST. After I announce the winner, the winner will have three days to claim their prize. If the winner has not claimed their prize after three days, I will choose another winner. The winner must be 18 years or older to win and a US resident with a US mailing address.

Linking up to these awesome parties:

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DIY Christmas Decor: Paper Mache Reindeer Makeover!

For those of you that believe Christmas decor shouldn't come out until after Thanksgiving, back away slowly and pin this post for later! In retail world, we've been decorating for Christmas for the past few weeks! I showed you guys my Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth for 2015 last week, and I showed you the adorable reindeer I had for sale:

DIY Christmas Decor: Paper Mache Reindeer Makeover!

DIY Christmas Decor: Paper Mache Reindeer Makeover!

Well, here's what they looked like before:

DIY Christmas Decor: Paper Mache Reindeer Makeover!


I snagged them at a garage sale for a fantastic price. I knew they had potential because I did another reindeer makeover last year -- DIY Christmas Decor: Glitter Reindeer -- and I loved the way they turned out. How did I get them to be so cute? It's super easy!


How To: A Paper Mache Reindeer Makeover

1. Spray paint the reindeer white.

DIY Christmas Decor: Paper Mache Reindeer Makeover!


2. Crackle it! I used Paint Couture's two step crackle product -- you simply paint step 1 on, wait 1-4 hours, and then paint step 2 on. Wait 8-10 hours before glazing (I normally wait over night).

3. Glaze it! I used Paint Couture's Zinc Glaze, which was perfect for making the crackle really pop!

DIY Christmas Decor: Paper Mache Reindeer Makeover!

DIY Christmas Decor: Paper Mache Reindeer Makeover!

The After:


DIY Christmas Decor: Paper Mache Reindeer Makeover!

Don't they look ceramic or like a stone of some sort? I love them so much.. and apparently someone else did too -- they sold just a few days after I brought them in!

DIY Christmas Decor: Paper Mache Reindeer Makeover!


Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.TManic Monday at Serendipity and SpiceWhat's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny SackWeekend Warrior Mondays at Ask AnnaMotivate Me Monday at Keeping it SimpleTuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a HousewifeTrash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's KornerWednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and Jellybeans;  Under $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket FenceWow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern StyleThursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at DomesblissityCatch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse InsideHookin' Up With House of HepworthsTransformation Thursday at Shabby Creek CottageEverything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick KnackFriday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant LifeFeature Friday at Blissful and DomesticA Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea PartiesTickled Pink at 504 Main;  Friday Frolic at Pocket Full of PinkWeekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello;  Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity NowFrugal Friday at the Shabby NestFunctional Friday at The Not So Functional HousewifeInspire Me Please at Liz MarieFurniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy ClutterHead to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop CraftingFunky Junk's Saturday Night SpecialGet Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My HandsSunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap TimeSunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and DreamingThink Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Hey friends! This week has been insane as we prepare for our Christmas Open House at Hodge Podge tomorrow, but I cannot wait to show you guys my booth! I'm really proud of the way it turned out and I hope you'll like it too. I'll post the pictures and go through the details as we go along. 

Drum roll please... 

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Something I added to my booth a long time ago (but haven't blogged about) is the large pallet display. I wanted to fill the wall and have a prominent and permanent display for all of my business information.

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

I also added a sign up sheet to receive my blog posts as well:

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

In each frame, I used brown craft paper (you can buy an entire roll for like $5!) -- I love how it adds to the rustic look, but it also helped me fill the frame without having to purchase big posters with my information on it.

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Next to this feature, I have my new prints! This was my first wholesale purchase and I'm interested to see how they sell. While I have them scattered throughout my booth, they're primarily displayed here:

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

I have them displayed on these painted plate racks too:

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

I've learned that it's so important to have some displays that are permanent. Otherwise, I'm scrambling to find another display once something sells and the booth looks a little unpolished.

On the back wall, I hung the shelves I used to have in place of the pallet wall. You can see how it used to look in this post: Craft Booth Tips: 10 Things I've Learned After My First Year. The shelves are a little high, but we can't screw into the brick and I love the way it fills up the dead space a bit. Pictured below is my two tone antique dresser, and a sign and window painted by my awesome Mom.

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

In the middle of my booth is this oh-so-cute tea cart! I hope to have the before and after posted next week. It sold within three days (yay!), so I have something different there now. I'll have a before and after of the paper mache reindeer up soon, too!

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

On the other side of the back wall is a rustic ladder display and my favorite part of the entire booth -- my rustic pallet Christmas tree!

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

I got the idea of a pallet Christmas tree from Crissy's Crafts. I simply added an electric spool that I used in last year's Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth and secured the two with screws. I also added screws to each tier to hang my DIY salt dough ornaments. Here's a few of my favorites:

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015


Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Some of them got a little toasty-er (totally a word) than the rest, but ehh.. it adds character, right?

I added "presents" underneath the tree just for fullness and fun. I wrapped them with the same brown craft paper and added pops of red. I also added a few paper doilies to the front of some of the presents.

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

The final wall of the booth looks like this:

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

I borrowed the mantle from my boss at Hodge Podge, which adds tons of warmth and makes it feel like home.

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

The paper flowers (which again, I used the brown craft paper roll) were made using this DIY Giant Wall Flower Decor tutorial from Bliss. (Side note: I had to use hot glue instead of a glue stick because of the thickness of the paper.) I originally put the flowers up for fall and then added the red flowers for Christmas. The red flowers are made with the same craft paper, but I painted the paper with General Finishes' Holiday Red before cutting out the petals.

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

You might notice that this booth is not "overly-Christmas" like my Christmas booth from 2013 and last year's Christmas booth. In my area, I've noticed that Christmas presents sell better than Christmas decor, so I've focused this year on investing in gift ideas (like the prints) rather than decor. I still wanted to decorate with red accents and a few Christmas decor items, but otherwise, that's why I've remained a bit more "neutral" this year.

So, what do you think?! I'm really loving it!

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.TManic Monday at Serendipity and SpiceWhat's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny SackWeekend Warrior Mondays at Ask AnnaMotivate Me Monday at Keeping it SimpleTuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a HousewifeTrash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's KornerWednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and Jellybeans;  Under $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket FenceWow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern StyleThursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at DomesblissityCatch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse InsideHookin' Up With House of HepworthsTransformation Thursday at Shabby Creek CottageEverything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick KnackFriday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant LifeFeature Friday at Blissful and DomesticA Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea PartiesTickled Pink at 504 Main;  Friday Frolic at Pocket Full of PinkWeekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello;  Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity NowFrugal Friday at the Shabby NestFunctional Friday at The Not So Functional HousewifeInspire Me Please at Liz MarieFurniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy ClutterHead to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop CraftingFunky Junk's Saturday Night SpecialGet Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My HandsSunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap TimeSunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and DreamingThink Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;