When one thinks of Christmas decor, it’s no surprise that red, green and gaudy come to mind. And while there’s a time and place for everything (we happen to like a little kitsch here and there), there’s also time for something a bit more subtle.
Enter Marcy Mussari, aka Canada’s Next Designer. We were lucky enough to spend some time with the budding designer, who along with sharing her favourite tips (“Everything looks better painted gold!”) shared with us her Pinterest favourites when it comes to Christmas decorating. With Marcy’s advice in mind, we tackled two very special Christmas DIYs that look deceptively complicated but are totally easy. Best of all, we’ve broken it down step by step so you can follow along.
Grab your glue gun and let’s get Christmasy.
Two Easy Christmas Decor DIYs with ‘Canada’s Next Designer’
Felt TreeYou will need: a glue gun, cinnamon sticks, felt (we used 10 paper sized sheets), a wooden base, and a pair of scissors. The Loop
Step oneGlue two cinnamon sticks together to create the Christmas tree trunk. The sturdier, the better.The Loop
Step twoFind a tree stencil and print it out. We used this one, but you could also go freehand. Live a little.The Loop
Step threeFold the felt and template in half and start cutting out your tree (no trunk, just leaves).The Loop
Step fourCut a whole bunch out (we did 10).The Loop
Step fiveFold the felt in half and glue along your cinnamon stick trunk. Repeat with all felt tree pieces until the tree is full.The Loop
Step sixGlue the cinnamon stick onto your wood base.The Loop
Finished!Enjoy your pretty little Christmas tree (that smells good too). Want more? Keep clicking to find out how to make a gorgeous wood Christmas tree on canvas.The Loop inspired by Little House of Four.
Wood Tree on CanvasYou will need: wooden discs in various sizes, glue gun, cork pieces (we used tags), paint brush, a canvas, gold paint, two shades of brown paint, and cinnamon sticks.The Loop
Step onePaint your canvas gold. The Loop
Step twoKeep painting. It'll probably take a couple of layers before you achieve your desired result. Put canvas aside.The Loop
Step threeTo make your wooden discs (readily available at craft stores like Michael's) look even more rustic, paint them lightly with brown paint. Only a touch will do. We found that diluting the paint with water gave us the perfect subtle effect.The Loop
Step fourRepeat.The Loop
Step fiveTo create a variety of textures, cut out some more circles from your cork. You can use the existing wood discs as a guide.The Loop
Step sixCut out a few more pieces.The Loop
Step sevenArrange the discs into a Christmas tree shape and glue onto canvas. The Loop
Step eightGlue down the cinnamon sticks to create the base of the treeThe Loop
Finished!Display wherever you like!The Loop, inspired by Pinterest.
Marcy MussariMarcy Mussari was crowned Canada's Next Designer, winning a coveted contract with Ikea Canada.
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