The first thing I did was paint my truck with my English Navy color and the tires with Jet Black. All of the colors I used on this project were the Apple Barrel brand.
Next I used Christmas Green for the trees and then used some of the Antique White to highlight the trees a bit.
While the paint was still wet I sprinkled on some green glitter.
I then used my POSCA pen to highlight my truck. If you do not have one of these you can just use a small paint brush and your white paint to get the same effect. Once dried I then took my sanding block to it to add a rustic touch to the truck.
Lastly, I glued one of the these rustic snowflakes on the door and went back with my POSCA pen add added a little more highlighting to the truck. You can find these snowflakes at Hobby Lobby.
I forgot to mention the truck lights up! How stinkin’ cute, right?
-letters to spell “ho ho ho”-I got mine at Hobby Lobby
-Apple Barrel paint-I used “Tuscan Red” and “Christmas Green”
-Embellishments of choice-I found the truck I used at Hobby Lobby
-Ribbon if a bow is desired
-Hot Glue Gun-Click HERE for the affiliate link for the one I use on my live videos.
The first thing I did was paint all of the “H” letters with my “Tuscan Red” color and all of the “O” letters with my “Christmas Green” color. Any paint will work for this.
Once my letters were dry I used E6000 and hot glue to secure them down. If you don’t plan on using your sign outside then you would be fine just using the hot glue, however, if you plan to use your sign outside, you will want to use the E6000 to adhere your letters. The reason for me using both is so that the hot glue will secure the letters down while the E6000 cures as it takes up to 24 hours to fully cure.
Once I had my letters and my truck glued down I moved on to the bow. You can watch my bow tutorial HERE or you can follow the pictures below to make it also.
Once I had my bow made I stapled it to my sign! If your not a bow maker or just don’t want to take the time to make one you could certainly just buy one to use. They have some super cute ones at the store for sure!
And just like that you have an adorable Christmas sign you can use outdoors as porch decor or indoors for wall decor.
*Paint-I used Waverly chalk paint “Celery”, Apple Barrel “Tuscan Red”, “Black”, and “Pewter Gray”.
*Embellishments of your choice
Now, don’t get me wrong, this little truck is cute as it is but just wait until you see it after I get done with it!
To start off I removed the tree from the back of the truck. Next, I painted the body of the truck with my “tuscan red” paint.
Next, I painted my tires with my black paint and the fenders with my “celery” paint.
Once those were dry, I took my gray and added some highlight color to the tires. I also, took my “celery” color and added some highlights to the body of the truck.
Next, I added a little mini ornament embellishment on the door of the truck. I found these in the Christmas section at Wal-mart.
To finish off the truck, I used a Christmas pick to replace the tree that was in the back of the truck. I found my pick at Wal-mart. I simply cut down the stem and hot glued the top of the pick to the back of the truck.
Well, what do you think? Quite the transformation, right? I just love how it turned out!
*Apple Barrel Paint-I mixed Kelley Green and White
For those of you who love to decorate your porch for the holidays…you can never have too much porch decor can you? I absolutely LOVE how this porch sign turned out!
The board I used for this project came from Menards. It was a 10 ft. board that we cut in half to get two 5ft. boards. Once my board was cut to my desired length I then painted it. I mixed “Kelley Green” and “White” Apple Barrel paint together to get a sage green color.
While my board was drying I began tracing my letters and using mod podge to adhere my scrapbook paper and wrapping paper to my letters. The scrapbook paper I used came from Hobby Lobby and the teal plaid is Pioneer Woman wrapping paper that I got at Wal-mart. Both worked great for this project.
Once I had my paper mod podged on the letters I also went over the top of the paper again to seal the letters.
Once my board and letters were dry I used E6000 to adhere the letters to my board. If you plan to use this sign inside you could also use hot glue for this step. You will want to be sure and let your E6000 set up for the recommended time to ensure your letters stay put.
I used my staple gun to wrap some jute twine around the top and bottom of my sign and added a cute home made bow to the top and voila! Stinkin’ cute, right? So excited to add this to my porch! If you wanted to spruce it up even more it would be super cute to add some lights around it.
If you plan to put your sign outside you will want to spray it with a clear coat to seal it from the weather!
Every year when we get our live Christmas tree I make a holiday porch pot for my deck. As I was starting to make mine this year it dawned on me that I should do a blog post on how to make your own pot instead of spending $20-$50 on buying one! So, I am doing just that.
Like I said, each year we get a live tree so I just use the branches we cut off of our tree to make my porch pot. Now, if you don’t get a live tree don’t worry. You can buy bundles of live tree branches at certain stores. I have seen these at Menards or any place that sells live trees.
I like to start off my sticking my bigger, taller branches towards the back of my pot. I then fill in all of the bare areas with my remaining branches, saving the shortest pieces for the front of my pot.
I know it doesn’t look very pretty just yet but once you start adding in your picks it will all start coming together! I like to use several different sizes and styles of picks. I found mine at Hobby Lobby and Menards. These work great as fillers so don’t be afraid to use several to make your pot look fuller.
Once I had all of my picks stuck in where I wanted them I decided my pot needed a bow. I simply took a bow that I had on hand and used the the twisty tie on the back of the bow to secure it to one of my pine cone picks and stuck it in the front of my pot.
Can you believe what a difference adding the picks can make? I used some flocked branch picks to add some dimension to my pot but if you can’t find them you could just lightly spray over your branches with the fake snow spray that you can buy almost anywhere in the Christmas section.
I also like to add a solar light or two to my porch pot to light it up during the night time. I found this cute solar light at Menards last year and love how it looks!