Create DIY ornaments for an adorable tabletop display or to decorate your full-sized tree. You will need the following materials: 5 five-gallon paint sticks (about 1 1/2 inches wide), acrylic paint with brush or spray paint, black wire (available at craft supply stores), scrapbook paper (light colors work best), accents such as stars, snowflakes, etc. (available at craft supply stores, optional), Mod Podge, printer and templates (available free at Today’s Fabulous Finds).
Cut a length of wire 9" long. Gently push it through the hole in the stick from the back and through the paper about 1". It helps to put your finger over the hole where the wire is coming through so the paper doesn't tear. Bend the wire up in the back. If you are adding an accent, put it on the wire now. Use needle-nose pliers to twist the wire in a circle, then use the side of the pliers to push the wire down flat against the ornament.
Once you've determined the proper measurements for your runner, bundle a group of 14 sticks together and secure with painter's tape. This will make it easier to cut pieces to size. Step two of this step-by-step project requires you to use a speed square or ruler, measure out the desired length and mark with a pencil.
These easy ombre colors found at any hardware or home improvement store provide a splash of style to announce your next gathering. You'll need the following materials for this project: paint chips, printed or handwritten party invitations and change of address information, craft knife, scissors, metal ruler or straight edge, pencil and a glue stick.
Cut cross sections into a dead stick using a hack saw, hand saw or table saw. Use painter's tape to divide the face of the wood slices in half, then paint the exposed parts with a sponge brush. Get creative and use more than one hue and try out different patterns, too.
When choosing reds for your holiday decor, take a vintage-inspired approach by choosing weathered reds in brick tones. This jute-covered holiday star made from paint sticks adds a rustic kick to the porch decor. Get the how-to instructions.
Have guests write out a resolution on a note card and place in attractive envelopes. Then, have each guest choose a number. Here, we painted craft sticks with a number and placed them number-side down in a jar.
Chalkboard paint adds a splash of color and will help guests keep track of their drinks. For this project, you'll need: wine glasses, chalkboard paint, bucket or small bowl for the paint, chalk sticks, rubbing alcohol and paper towels or a clean cloth.
A small niche is transformed into a cool kid's work area with the addition of a simple built-in shelf. Cork board painted bright yellow brightens the space and provides a spot to stick artwork and reminders.