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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.

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Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!

(Disclosure: Cutting Edge Stencils sent me a free stencil in exchange for this post. Even so, all opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.)

Happy Friday, friends! I cannot waittttt to show you all of the furniture pieces I've been working on this week (5 pieces in total -- yes, I'm exhausted)! My favorites, though, are these mid-century dressers:

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!
Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!

I got ahead of myself and forgot to take a picture of them with the hardware, but you get the idea.

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The Details:

Stencil paint: a simple bright white from Behr
Hardware paint: Semi-Gloss White from Rustoleum and spray Polycrylic to seal and protect them
Stencil: Herringbone Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils
Top Coat / Sealer: General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat
(which I sprayed with my Earlex HV5500 paint sprayer)

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After painting the entire piece with General Finishes Driftwood, I took the top two drawers from each piece and stenciled them! I've used Cutting Edge Stencils for my DIY Paisley Drum Table, The Stenciled Bookshelf, and The Paisley Painted Cedar Chest, so to say I love their stencils is an understatement. When I saw this stenciled dresser on Pinterest with only the top drawer stenciled, I knew I had to do the same technique on these mid-century cuties! 

(Note: make sure you put the drawers in the dresser to confirm that they are in the right spot. You don't want to stencil the wrong drawers.)

I wanted the main part of the stencil to go through the middle, so I measured each drawer and made a small pencil mark at the middle.

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!

After this point, I was up to my eyeballs in white paint and a stencil, so I stopped taking pictures. It's easy peasy, though, so bear with me!

1. Carefully line up your stencil. I used painter's tape to keep it in place.
2. Pour a little bit of white paint on a tray or plate (I used a foam plate).
3. I suggest using a small foam roller to paint on the stencil. Roll the roller in paint like you normally would, and then "unload" (roll) it a bit on an empty plate or cardboard. It seems silly to do this, but it will help the paint go on evenly and will prevent bleed-through under your stencil.
4. If the stencil doesn't cover your entire drawer, wait until the first section dries and then move on to the rest.

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!
 
When I finished stenciling, I wasn't sure if I liked the stark contrast between the gray and white. I decided to distress the white a bit to tone it down. I loved it!

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!
 
I distressed it even more after that picture, and I was finally happy with the result! I finished both pieces with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat to seal and protect the paint.

While I failed to take a picture of them, the original hardware was gold and the paint was worn off. I painted them a bright white and sealed them with spray Polycrylic.

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!

The After:

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!
Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!

What do you think!?

Before and After: Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers!

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Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

Creating Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!

Creating Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!

(Disclosure: Paint-A-Pillow gave me a free pillow kit in exchange for this review. However, all opinions are my own.)

You guys know I'm all about an awesome stencil, right? I've created a paisley drum table, paisley cedar chest, stenciled bookshelf and more with the help of Cutting Edge Stencils. Now, they've created a sister company called Paint-A-Pillow, which combines their awesome reusable stencils with pillows! I've been looking for pillows for my living room for a long time, but couldn't find anything that I loved and went with the color theme. The concept of receiving a fluffy pillow insert, a lovely linen cover, choosing an incredible design, and choosing beautiful colors that match my decor perfectly -- um... am I in heaven? You can add more than one color at checkout and you can add embellishments like tassels, rhinestones, flowers, and studs, too!

Creating Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!

I chose the Indian Arrows stencil with Ruby Red, Turquoise, and Black fabric paint. This isn't just any paint -- it dries soft and it's washable once you heat-set the paint, which is totally awesome if you have a crazy pup (like me) or kiddos.

Once I ordered my pillow, I received the cutest stencil kit! Even the packaging was impressive! I love it when companies care about the "little" details.

Creating Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!

The cardboard frame around the pillow cover holds the stencil in place while you're painting away!

Creating Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!

Follow the simple directions included in the kit and you'll have a custom pillow in no time. I did one red/black:

Creating Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!

And the other one turquoise/black:

Creating Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!
(Side note: a typical kit comes with one pillow cover, but you can order additional blank ones like I did to create multiple pillows.)

Don't they go beautifully with my embroidery hoop collage?

Creating Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!

Creating Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!

Creating Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!

From start to finish (including the time it took for them to dry), I had new pillows in less than 2 hours! Yippee!

So, who wants to win their own Paint-A-Pillow kit?! 

Simply enter through the Rafflecopter below and the winner will be announced next week!

(Giveaway is only open to those in the US.)