Keeping it Simple: Easy Christmas Decoration- Christmas 2x4's

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Easy Christmas Decoration- Christmas 2x4's


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It's Christmas time!!! I LOVE decorating for Christmas, it is my favorite holiday! I love the feel of the season, everyone seems to be so much happier :).


I made some 2x4 snowmen last year, but sadly they didn't survive our move. I was bummed!


So I made this for my front door step. I made it for Christmas but plan on keeping it out all winter long!





This is how I made it:


1) Using my Silhouette, I cut out my vinyl for the faces. I used colors: light brown, black, white, lime tree green, red, orange, yellow, and black in the outdoor vinyl. I got all of my images off of the Silhouette online store and the font used is called second breakfast.

For the tree:
2) I cut a 2x2 piece of wood into 4 pieces. 2", 4", 3" and 2". I painted them green and brown.

3) Next I used patterned vinyl. Because this is going to be outside, I needed it to be vinyl and not paper. I cut three strips of the vinyl and then the laminate (to protect the vinyl from fading).

4) I carefully placed the laminate onto the vinyl. I used an applicator to make sure there were no air bubbles.

5) I then applied the vinyl to the wood. This stuff is awesome!! It's so much easier than using paper and mod podge!

6) I glued the tree together with wood glue. I sanded the edges and put a wood star on top.

For the snowman:
7) I cut a 2x4 10" long and then painted it white.

8) I added the face with vinyl. Then I cut a fleece scarf and tied it around the wood.

9) For the hat I took a normal glove.

10) I glued the thumb shut and then cut it off.

11) Then I placed it onto the snowman and tied the fingers with the fleece.

For the reindeer:
12) I cut a 2x4 9" long and painted it brown.

13) I put vinyl on it for the face.

14) I painted some popsicle sticks brown and glued them on for the antlers.

For the penguin
15) I cut a 2x4 8" long, painted it black and then decorated it with the vinyl.

For the base:
16) I cut the 2x4 18" long and then painted it red. I cut the letters out with the Silhouette and then transfer it with the transfer paper.

17) I glued it all together with wood glue. For extra support, I screwed them on the bottom. I love how they turned out!! I love how the vinyl looks :)



I made a couple extras, to put in my house. For the tree, I didn't use the laminate because it will be indoors.




36 comments:

Cristan said...

These are SO ADORABLE! Great Job! Makes me want to go out and get the Silhouette today! Lol! :D

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Virtuous Woman Exposed said...

I'm in love with this craft!I'm your newest follower:>
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Kyra @ RACKS and Mooby said...

I LOVE it!!! fabulous!

Cheryl said...

Cuteness!!!

Q @ JAQS said...

Oh those are awesome - epsecially the glove as a hat idea :)

If you get a chance - love for you to link up to my "Made by ME" linky party: http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2011/12/made-by-me-9-linky-party-and-features.html

Crafty Mischief said...

Love it!

fromgentogen said...

So cute --- thanks for sharing!
Blessings, Becky
www.fromgentogen.com

Feral Turtle said...

This is such a cute idea! The Silhouette machine looks like a pretty cool tool. Great idea!

June Scott said...

Adorable, Kaysi! Love the penguin!

Tenille said...

These are so cute. I love them and love the saying. THanks for sharing. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.

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Jam Dalory said...

These look fantastic, what a great idea for something original. Love it. x

Erin @ Simply Frugal Mom said...

So cute! And further evidence that I NEED a Silhouette!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

Adorable!! Love them!
Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party! I'll be featuring this tomorrow.

rebekahdawn said...

How cute!

Redo 101 said...

Absolutely adorable, you are so creative. I found your link at Turnstyle Vogue's features, congrats!

Mary

Redo 101 said...

Oops, make that "A Glimpse Inside"s features :)

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Adorable!! Love! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI! Don't forget to put the button in your post or sidebar! Don't want you to be disqualified!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

These are adorable. I love them!
Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

Lindsi B said...

I love them! So adorable and festive! Everytime see someone post projects they've made with their silhouette I get a little green with envy! I'd love for you to share this with my readers for our Fun Stuff Fridays linky party. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2011/12/fun-stuff-fridays-3.html

Denyse@Crazy Beautiful Life said...

I am just in "Awe"...I want one of each...I even had to "pin" them so I wouldn't forget about them...Thanks for sharing at my "18 Days of Christmas" linky party...


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Mindie Hilton said...

I love your Christmas decor'. You are welcome to link up anytime at Bacon Time. I have a weekly linky and an ongoing Winter linky (see right side bar for photo link) that I am sure you have some amazing stuff to add to. I think the snowman is my favorite.

Jenn "Rook No. 17" said...

Sorry to hear that your original decorations didn't make it. Both the originals and the new versions are darling -- great details and creativity. I especially love the snowman's glove hat!

So glad we were "neighbors" at The Southern Institute's linky party. Cheers! Jenn/Rook No. 17

Pickle Lily said...

Love them - very simple but effective!
Jo x

SarahinSC said...

These are so cute. I could even make them with the wood scraps in my garage and the paint in my closet. Great project!

Kellie said...

i LOVE this!! it's awesome and totally made me smile.

Kelly said...

These are cute! Thanks for linking up at Here Comes the Sun!

Mindie Hilton said...

Featuring on Thursday at Bacon Time.

Amanda K @ Every Creative Endeavor said...

These are so cute! I love that polka dot vinyl - i bought some and cannot wait to try it! Thank you for linking up!

TheCraftBarn said...

Adorable!! I posted a link to this on my blog: http://thecraftbarn-ny.blogspot.com/2011/12/crafty-friday-121611.html thru my pinterest board.
Thanks!
Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

Liz @ Here's to Handy Andy said...

This is so adorable and creative! Thanks for sharing! I found you from Nap Time Crafters and am now following! :)

city said...

thanks for posting.

The Parkers said...

Not sure if you still get messages from here but this is so cute. I am doing them one by one and was curious how you did the star? Did you buy it or make it? Just curious....so in love with this!!

Amy said...

Do you know the name of the designs you used from Silhouette and how big you cut them out by chance? If so, would you mind emailing me at davidandamy99@gmail.com please?

Emily @ LaForce Be With You said...

Hi there, just wondering where you bought the wooden star?

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Cottagemuse said...

Love it! - do you still have the file for the Penguin? I have a Silhouette Cameo and would love to make my own wooden penguin sign. - Christina