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DIY Colorful Holiday Garland
Guest Blog by Bethany Joy
Happy December, sweet friends! 
    
It’s a fabulous time of year for DIY projects, wouldn’t you agree? I’m just loving so many of P Graham Dunn’s amazing DIY craft decor items...they make it so easy to customize and create with! 
    
Today we’re going to use both their wooden Christmas craft ornaments and their wooden snowflake ornaments to make a super cute inspirational garland for the holidays! When you visit their shop, you’re going to want to use the code JOY during checkout for 15% off, then follow the directions below to create a garland you will LOVE!
     
        
Here’s my supply list for this project: 
    
-Wooden ornaments from P Graham Dunn (one for each letter of the word you’re using...I used joyful but there's so many cute phrases/words you could use!)
-2 snowflake ornaments from P Graham Dunn 
-Acrylic Paints
-Paint brushes (one tiny brush and one medium brush)
-Canvas Pad (like the one linked here)
-Elmers Glue
-Scissors 
-Pencil
-Hole Puncher (my favorite is linked here)
    
    
Once you’ve gathered all your supplies, just follow the easy steps below to create your fabulous new garland! Don’t you think this would make a cute gift as well?!
   
   
Step 1: Paint your canvas
   
Using acrylic paint, cover a sheet of canvas paper with the colors of your choice. This step is really fun! I like to paint the colors randomly, with different colored brush strokes and splatters all over the canvas. I used shades of pink, red, green, and blue but you could do this with any color combo. You’ll be cutting this paper up into smaller works of art, so each one will look cohesive but unique! 
    
   
Step 2: Trace, cut, and glue your ornaments
    
Once your painting has dried, flip it over to the blank back side and use a pencil to trace around the wooden ornament shapes. Then you’ll want to cut each shape out...don’t forget to use a hole puncher to cut the holes for ribbons.  I simply used Elmers glue to adhere the canvas to each ornament and it worked great! 
   

   
   
   
Step 3: Paint your letters
   
I used a tiny paint brush and some white acrylic paint to add a letter to each ornament. I had enough ornaments to spell out “joyful” which is perfect for Christmas and will also be nice to leave up for the following winter months as well. 
   
   
Step 4: Decorate snowflakes
   
Now let’s decorate your snowflakes to add to both sides of your garland! I simply gave each snowflake a base coat of acrylic white paint and then used some spray on silver glitter to make each snowflake extra shimmery! If you’re not a fan of glitter, pearl/metallic acrylic paint would be another nice option to make your snowflakes glisten. 
   
   
Step 5: Tie it all together
   
Now it’s time to add your ornaments to some string to create a garland! I used black and white baker’s twine for this step, but you could easily use jute, yarn, or some pretty ribbon instead. In order to make sure my ornaments were hanging correctly on my string, I tied a small loop on each ornament and then hung them on a main string, making sure to secure the snowflakes with knots since they’re on either end. I chose to tie some little bows on either end as well. 
   
   
That’s it! Another easy, beautiful DIY project thanks to P Graham Dunn! You’re sure to wow your family and friends with this unique piece of handmade Christmas decor. Don’t forget to tag us in photos of what you make so we can share! You can find us both on Instagram @Pgrahamdunn and @Bethanyjoy_art.  We’d love to see what you create! 
   
Merry Christmas!
   
   
   
   
   
   
DIY Christmas Ornaments
Guest Blog by Bethany Joy

Hi friends! I’m so excited to share today’s lovely, simple DIY project in collaboration with P Graham Dunn! If you’re like me, this time of year makes you want to craft even more. You love giving handmade gifts and are always looking for fun and easy projects to make for your loved ones. 

    

Ornaments are the perfect solution! Easy to make and customize, something you can be proud to gift, and something to be oh so cherished by the recipient. Today I’m going to show you how to easily customize these wooden Christmas tree ornaments from P Graham Dunn. Be sure to check out this link to grab your fabulous trees before we get started. (P.S. you can use the code JOY during checkout for 15% off your purchase...isn’t P Graham Dunn the best?!) 

    

I’ll share my supply list below...the good thing about this project is that I used a lot of little supplies that you probably already have at home!

   
   

You will need: 

-Wooden Christmas Tree Ornament Blanks from P Graham Dunn 

-Acrylic Paint (I chose blush, pink, coral, peach, and metallic gold...oh, and white for lettering) 

-Paint Brushes (one medium brush and one tiny brush for lettering)

-Mini White Pom Poms (mine are from JoAnn)

-Metallic Silver Pipe Cleaner

-White Yarn

-Gold Metallic String

-Metallic Gold 3-D Heart Stickers (also from JoAnn)

-Hot Glue

-Gold Glitter

     
       

     

    

I’m going to be showing you the exact steps I took to make my set of 5 ornaments, however, this project is completely customizable...I’m sure you have some fun ideas for decorating your trees as well so feel free to use different colors, etc. and show us how you made yours!

   

Alright, let’s have some fun and create! 

   

Step 1: 

The first thing you’ll need to do is to paint each tree a base color using your acrylic paints. I decided to paint two coats for each and also decided to paint the front side and the back (even though I only decorated the front side of each...the backs of each ornament are still painted too). Allow your trees to dry before moving to the next step.    

  

Step 2:    

Use your tiny brush and white paint for this step. I chose 5 different words that I love for Christmas and lettered one word on each tree using the acrylic white paint. If you’re not a pro at lettering (yet...practice makes perfect!) then feel free to use small letter stickers for this step (available at any craft store). If you did choose to paint your words on, set the ornaments aside to dry before moving on to step 3.

 

Step 3:   

Now it’s time to add embellishments to our trees! This step is my favorite for sure.   

Feel free to customize these embellishments to fit your needs as well of course! 

  1. This might be the easiest of the 5 tree decorations. Add the gold 3-D heart stickers to your tree wherever you see fit. I added mine to the tree that says “love”. 
  2. Cut a small piece of white yarn and tie a bow, add the bow to your tree using a small bit of hot glue. 
  3. Use hot glue to add mini white pom poms on one of your trees! I chose to add the poms to my “joy” tree because pom poms just make me smile. 
  4. Draw lines with hot glue and add gold glitter on top. Be sure to do this step over top of some scrap paper or a plate so that the glitter doesn’t get everywhere when you brush the excess glitter off. 
  5. Bend a sparkly pipe cleaner around your tree to measure and cut. You should have enough for three pieces from one full sized pipe cleaner. I made sure each piece had enough to fit around the sides but not the back. I used hot glue to secure each piece into place to make some cute garland for my tree! 

Step 4:

Thread some ribbon or string through the holes of each tree so that you can hang them up! You could choose any type of thin string for this step, I chose some sparkly gold string and tied in a knot. You could also tie each one in a bow if you wanted. 

Step 5: 

Hang on your tree or gift wrap them up! (stay tuned for a fun blog post coming soon to add some joy to your gift wrap, too). These ornaments are sure to delight your friends and family as you share them this year! 

 

P Graham Dunn truly has some amazing products for all your crafting needs this season and we love seeing what you create! Be sure to give their website a visit and share what you make by tagging us on social media: @pgrahamdunn and @bethanyjoy_art

We are both always so thankful for your support!  Happy creating!

 

 

 

     
    

    
    
    

DIY Carved Inspirational Sign
Guest Blog by Bethany Joy

I just know you are going to love my next DIY project showcasing another wonderful product from P Graham Dunn! This month, I’m going to walk you through my process of creating a fabulous “Love Always” wooden sign for your home. 

  

   

Let’s get started with the list of supplies you will need:

-Acrylic paint in assorted colors of your choice - I used: grey, white, hot pink, peach, light blue violet, bright aqua green, and lime green. 

-Paint brushes: I used a 2 inch brush for the background and a smaller brush for the letters

-Mechanical Pencil

-Sawtooth hanger (to add to the back for wall hanging) + hammer + nails

-Clear Coat - I used Kamar Varnish Spray.

-“Love Always” Carved Wood Sign from P Graham Dunn (or word sign of your choice from P Graham Dunn*)

 

*Did I mention that you can choose from a wonderful selection of word signs from P Graham Dunn? Their word signs are truly awesome because the letters are uniquely CARVED into the wood! Here’s a list of words available with the links to the product: blessedyou & megatherlove alwaysfamilyhome, and welcome.

   

     

When you’ve got all your supplies, we’ll get started! Please keep in mind that you most definitely can customize your project with the colors of your liking. I used my personal favorites, but think of how cool this sign would be in shades of blue for a beach home or in neutral-toned colors for a more simple feel...the possibilities are endless and oh so beautiful!

Oh, and just in case you were wondering, I’d definitely say that this is an easy project that anyone can do! You’re going to love the process and the results.

    

     

Step 1: Paint entire sign one acrylic paint color, (for this step, I chose grey).

Make sure the paint goes inside the carved letters and remember to paint the sides, too!  Allow time from the paint to dry. 

      

       

Step 2: After the first solid layer of color dries, use 2 inch wide rough bristle "chippy" brush to paint the second color of acrylic paint, (I chose white).

This brush will allow you to “see through” to some of your base coat color because the bristles are more spread apart. You can see the details of what I’m talking about in the image below. This brushing method allows for more of a distressed/rustic look. Once you’ve got this coat painted to your liking, you’ll want to set it aside to dry completely before proceeding.

   

    

      

Step 3: This is where the process gets really fun! Choose several acrylic paint colors for your letters. 

The paint colors I chose are hot pink, peach, light blue violet, bright aqua green, and lime green, along with white for mixing shades of each color. You should select a small/medium sized brush to add your colors to the carved letters. It can get tricky keeping the paint from getting “outside the lines”, but we’ll touch it all up later. Begin painting with one color, adding brush strokes throughout each letter. I continued adding each color until all the letters were filled in with all of the colors. I ended up painting a second coat of each color as well to blend my brush strokes making everything look more smooth. Once you’re satisfied with all the colors in your letters, set it aside to dry once more.

 

Step 4: Touch ups + details!

You’ll want to grab a small brush and your second base color (white for me), to go around the edges of all of your letters and touch up any spots where the colors might have gone outside the lines. Bet you were wondering what that mechanical pencil on the supplies list was for, too, weren’t you? This is my favorite tool for adding tiny white polka dot details to my paintings! You’ll want to make sure the led isn’t in use, then dip the tip of your mechanical pencil into the white paint (or whatever color), and add dots wherever you’d like to create extra whimsy in your letters! 

 

Step 5: After your sign is completely dry, spray on a coat of Kamar Varnish just to be sure your sign is sealed and protected. 

You also might want to add on some wall hanging hardware to the back of your sign. Pictured below are some options you could consider, depending on how you’re planning to display your sign. The sides of this sign are thick enough, however, that it could stand alone on a shelf, too. 

    

       

    

      

That’s it! I told you this project was easy! Do you love your new hand-painted home decor? P Graham Dunn truly has some amazing craft decor products for easily creating unique pieces of art for your home. They’re so generous as well and are offering all of you 15% off their entire site! Just type the code JOY in during check out to enjoy their sweet gift. If you create this project, please be sure to share and tag us on social media: @pgrahamdunn @bethanyjoy_art. We’d both LOVE to see your artistic creations!