Make your own Christmas sign for decorating or gifting using the iconic song lyric, “Good tidings of comfort and joy.”
Is there anything better than Christmas songs? I mean, they are the epitome of all things Christmas. Today, I’m going to be showing you how I made a Christmas sign using the song lyrics, “Good tidings of comfort and joy.” This is a fun one that will impress as home decor or as a handmade holiday gift. Let’s get started!
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Supplies you’ll need for this Christmas DIY:
- Faux Shiplap Blank Sign
- Wooden Star Cutout
- Wooden Triangle Cutouts
- Stick, Cinnamon Stick or Popsicle stick for the trunk.
- Caviar Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Fluff Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Best Dang Wax by Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Tobacco Road Gel Stain from Dixie Belle
- Dixie Belle Moonshine Metallics in Gold Digger
- Crimson Shimmer Chalkology Paste
- “Comfort & Joy” Chalk Couture Transfer
- Scrapbook Paper
- Modge Podge
- Chip Brush
- Painter’s Tape
- Sawtooth Picture Hanger
- Rust-Oleum Clear Coat Spray
This project started with some scrap pieces of wood that I cut in half to create triangles for the Christmas tree portion of the sign.
Next, I gathered the rest of my supplies including a this Shiplap Sign Blank from Twin Knobs Wood Works. You can shop all of their sign blanks and wooden project pieces HERE.
To create a distressed look on the shiplap sign base, I started by painting the entire surface with the color Caviar.
Once the Caviar is dry, add clear wax to make distressing easy. Focus on the edges and where the piece would naturally chip.
Now paint over the entire surface with the color Fluff.
Once the paint is dry, use masking tape or sandpaper to distress the surface.
If using tape, apply the tape to areas you want to distress and peel back. Otherwise, use sandpaper to distress.
Next, I added a layer of Tobacco Road Gel Stain.
Since I wanted to use the gel stain as a glaze, I added a bit of water before brushing it on my project.
Cover the entire surface with the watered down gel stain.
Then, wipe back with a paper towel.
Now it’s time to work on the triangles for the tree.
Start by painting the edges black. This doesn’t have to be perfect because we will be using Modge Podge to add scrapbook paper to the surfaces.
To Modge Podge on wood, start by cutting your scrapbook paper to the shape of the surface.
Once your scrapbook paper is cut, you can glue the pieces on with the Modge Podge.
To do this, apply a thin layer to the surface of the wood and place the piece of scrap paper on top.
Once dry, use a piece of sandpaper to clean up the edges.
Finally, paint the wooden star with Dixie Belle’s Moonshine Metallics in the color Gold Digger. Once dry, use the watered down gel stain that we used above to age the star.
Once all of the painted pieces are dry, it’s time to add your Chalk Couture transfer.
Start by placing your transfer onto your surface.
Then add a thin and even layer of the Crimson Red paste to the entire transfer.
Once you are finished applying the paste, peel away the transfer.
Time for the finishing touches. First, add a sawtooth style hook to the back for hanging.
Then, flip the project over and tack on the star, triangles and trunk.
You can either stack your triangles straight or give the piece some whimsy by stacking them wonky.
To preserve the piece, I sprayed the entire thing with a clear coat spray.
Now, you’re all finished!
You can see how I stacked the triangles straight here ~
ANd you can see them stacked wonky here ~
As you can see, my finished sign has a vintage Christmas feel because of the scrapbook paper I used and distressing. Feel free to change up the scrapbook paper and painting finish to match your style.
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