As I mentioned a while back, I am currently obsessed with the color gold! Naturally, I had to find a way to integrate it into my Christmas décor—which is primarily red and green. But, I didn’t want to buy all new stuff. I love the Christmas decorations I’ve accumulated over the past few years.
So, I decided to put most of the red and green stuff in the living room and sprinkle some gold throughout the office, where I spend most of my time anyway. I added some small, gold floral picks from Michaels to a mixture of cinnamon-scented pinecones.
Still, it needed something else. Something a bit more glamorous. 🙂
That’s more like it! And the best part is—it’s completely DIY.
Here are the supplies you’ll need:
- 4 small, glass cylinders (I found mine at the dollar store.)
- Acrylic paint (I used white and gold, also from Michaels.)
- 2 paintbrushes, one large and one small
- Washi tape
First, make a stencil for the word you want to use with Microsoft Word. (I chose, “Noel.”) Select a large, block font, like 200 pt. AR Julian. This will allow you to cut the letters out, making your own stencil.
Then, wipe down all of the cylinders with rubbing alcohol, which makes the paint adhere better, and paint them white.
Next, trace the letters of your “stencil” onto the cylinders with a pencil.
Fill in the letters with metallic, gold paint. I did two coats.
Outline the letters with a black Sharpie, to make them stand out a little more.
Along the way, I added some gold detailing along the top and bottom of the cylinder, but I wasn’t thrilled with how the bottom turned out. (In hindsight, I should have used painter’s tape to create a more crisp line.) So, I took some of the washi tape I had on hand, and placed it along the bottom of each cylinder.
All in all, they turned out great! Especially, with battery-powered tealights (also from the dollar store) illuminating the letters. The washi tape even added a special touch!
My favorite thing about this project is that it can be customized for any holiday. You can even spell out someone’s name to make a unique gift! It only took me an hour, using a hairdryer to dry the paint, and cost me under $10. (I already had the paintbrushes, Sharpie and washi tape.) Happy crafting!
What are some DIY projects you’re working on this month?