this darling sign from Peabody and Sassafrass. Did you click over? Isn't it gorgeous? The whole look they create is just fabulous.
When I was contacted by Royal Design Studios about creating a holiday project I was excited for a reason to create some new art inspired by their gorgeous creation. And when I went to Pinners Conference and saw this deer head from The Wood Connection- I knew exactly what I was going to do.
Here's how it came together.
I started off with a piece of wood. This one is 15 1/2" square. It actually part of another project that I never put together so it was already cut with the holes drilled in before I started. I started with a coat of dark gray paint. Once it was dry, I used this Photo Texture Cream from Poppy Seed Projects and layered on a thick coat that was full of strokes and peaks. This will make sanding in some texture at the end much easier. Allow to dry thoroughly. I let it dry overnight because I really did lay it on thick.
While my paint was drying I prepped my deer head. I traced the shape onto the paper I wanted to use, cut it out and mod podged the paper to the head. Then I let it dry. Once it was dry I sanded the edges of the deer to get rid of any extra paper that might hang over the edges.
The final step before assembling is to distress our board. I used a fresh piece of sand paper and sanded over the whole thing. You will see that the raised parts exposed the gray underneath.
As I said in the beginning, I was loving the look of the Peabody and Sassafrass piece and the thing that really sent their piece over the top was the felt flowers on the bottom. So I pulled out my bucket of felt and went to work.
pom pom flowers using strips of felt that were about 6" long and only 2" wide.
The next flowers I made were these pinched posies. I cut out small irregularly shaped circles and put a dab of glue in the centers and pinched them up. I used about 6 circles per flower. Once the glue dried I glued all the pieces together. The last flowers are just strips of irregularly cut felt rolled up into a flower, super simple. I cut out some holly leaves and ran a line of glue along the center then pinched it in half. Once the glue cooled I opened it back up and it it had this great ridge in the center.
Let me know if you have any questions. Do you change your holiday decor every year? I like to add a few new pieces each year, and I try to retire others too, just so I don't have a gazillion boxes to store from year to year.
Have a fabulous Friday!