Are you stuck finding a last minute holiday hostess gift or you need to make the house look more festive for your dinner party the next day? Maybe you don’t want to go out and fight the traffic and the long checkout lines. Have you looked around your house to see what you might already have to DIY? That is exactly what I did.
Here are the supplies needed for 3 last minute DIY Holiday Crafts:
1. Vintage Wooden Holiday Sign
Small piece of scrap wood
2. Hand Lettered Ornaments
Solid color ornament ball
3. Holiday Plate
Solid color plate (heat stable to 350 degree Fahrenheit)
Black and/or Gold Metallic Sharpie pen (medium tip)
Vintage Wooden Holiday Sign
- Apply mod podge to your scrap piece of wood
2. Separate your napkin so that you have just one thin sheet. Most napkins are made 2-3 ply.
3. Cut napkin to fit over the scrap wood. I centered the words in the middle of my scrap wood and cut solid colors of the napkin to cover the rest of the wood. You may have seams but that is OK because you will use the sand block to blend.
Don’t worry about edges hanging over the sides. You can cut or sand those off. If you want you can modpodge the sides of the wood and apply the napkin to the sides. Another option is to stain or paint the sides. For a vintage look, do not apply modpodge over the napkin because it will be more difficult to sand. Let this completely dry.
4. Sand off the edges to remove excess napkin then lightly sand over the entire napkin on the wood until you get the look you desire. Again, make sure the modpodge is completely dry before sanding. I didn’t wait long enough and the napkin tore in some spots. Since I was going for the vintage look it was fine.
This can make a nice addition to a hostess gift or you can use it in your own holiday home decor.
If you have several plain ornament balls this will work perfect. All you need is a gold paint pen or white paint pen. The white paint pen that I used is actually made for lettering or painting on wood but it worked fine here. Remember, the idea was to use what I had and NOT stand in lines at the store and fight traffic. You will simply just write a holiday word or saying. Don’t worry about messing up your lettering as you can just take a damp paper towel or rag and wipe of before it dries.
Display your ornaments in a centerpiece or if you have enough ornaments you can write your dinner guests names on each one and use as name plates.
Writing words or phrases on plates happens to be popular right now in the DIY craft world. Solid color plates will work the best. You can write on a set of appetizer plates or you could write on a serving platter to display your dessert.
I happened to have a solid color appetizer plate that I used but the options are many. You can write on the bottom of a casserole dish that you fill with brownies or banana bread for your neighbors or give your boss a pecan pie in a pie plate that you wrote the recipe in the bottom of. Sometimes you can find great dishes at the thrift shop that you can reuse and give away, just be sure they are oven safe to 350 degree Fahrenheit.
Now is the time to design and write. If you are in a hurry which I am assuming you are if you are reading this, then use your best hand writing and write directly on the plate. If you have a little more time and want to be sure your letters are more uniform and the spacing is better then here is a great tutorial from The Frugal Girls.
Here are just a few holiday phrases and word ideas to get you started. Joy, Noel, Silent Night, Holy Night, From Our House To Yours, December 25, ____ and Pecan Pie Recipe and instructions. The last thing you need to do is put it in the 350 degree oven to set for 15 minutes then let cool.
And there you have it. 3 last minute DIY holiday crafts you can use as hostess gifts or holiday decorations on your table or use as centerpieces on the coffee table. Feel free to “Pin Away” the image below to help others.