We are on Day 3 of Jenna's 4th Annual Commenting Challenge. The topic for today is Pinterest. A Pin you have actually completed or ones that you want to complete.
I tend to Pin a lot but rarely complete them... I am trying to get better at it, I swear. (You can follow me on Pinterest HERE. I have made some recipes off Pinterest but there is actually 1 project that I pinned and completed.
It was around Christmas time and I was trying to find something to go up on our mantel with the Nativity scene. I came across this on a blog that I follow, I heart nap time, and fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. I HAD to have it in my house. Here is the pin.
I love the rustic nature of the stained pallet and the sparkly star about the nativity scene. It was just what mine was missing.
This is a fairly easy DIY and only took me 1 night to complete. All you need is some spare wood. I actually went to Lowes and just got some flat pieces of wood (they were really cheap). I already had the dark stain (I can't remember the name). I picked up some Martha Stewart craft paint at Michael's. I got a gold and a gold glitter for this project.
I had my husband cut the boards all the same length and then we nailed them together alternating the way they lined up. I them used my stain and put about 4 coats on the wood until I got the look I was going for.
When it was time to add the star, I went online and googled "star stencils" and picked this one:
I printed it out on regular printer paper and went to work. I used a straight edge knife to cut out in the inside of the star; then I taped it onto the wood where I wanted the star positioned. Here is how mine looked:
|I apologize for the awful photography. This was taken late at night with my phone.|
I then painted the star with the plain gold craft paint. I did several coats so that it would be really gold. Make sure that you tape the pictures down tight. I got the picture as tight as it would go without ripping and I did not have a problem with paint bleeding through or going outside the desired area. Once that dried I put the gold glitter paint in the center of the star. I wanted it the glitter to make the star appear to sparkle and add movement like the star was still guiding the wise men.
Here is my finished product:
|Seriously, please ignore the mustard looking walls (they are not mustard) and the awful photography.|
I am extremely happy with the finished product. I love it and can't wait to get it out of the attic at Christmas and put it up again. Every time I look at it, I smile :)
So... that is my most successful Pinterest project!
Have you had any success with a Pinterest Project or recipe lately?