How I made a simple DIY Christmas Cheer Canvas in July!
I am not going to lie...Christmas is usually the last thing on my mind this time of year. Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas and all of it's joy and cheerfulness. I love the spirit of giving and the get-togethers with family and friends. All the treats people share aren't bad either. Most of all I love the meaning behind Christmas.
But I also love Summertime and this time of year my thoughts are more likely on hanging at the pool on a sunny day, or having a picnic at the beach, or getting into a water fight with the family. So when Claire from A Little Claireification asked if I wanted to be a part of a 'Christmas in July' series my first reaction was to tell her NO WAY. I've got summertime going on full swing! Why would I want to stop doing all of that fun summer stuff to work on something Christmas related?
Well, here's the reason why....
When Summer ends then it's time for the back-to-school rush...and then it's Halloween...and Thanksgiving. Before I can even blink it's THE CHRISTMAS SEASON and I'm counting down the days I have left to finish my shopping. Yikes! The weekends quickly fill up with parties and there are houses and trees to decorate and out of town visits to make and...well...you get the picture, right? Christmas sneaks up on me and takes me by surprise every. single. year. How does that happen? (Tell me I'm not the only one this happens to?) And there will be that inevitable moment when I'm looking at somebody else's beautiful handmade Christmas decor and thinking to myself...why didn't I take the time to make some Christmas decor for our home when I had the time???
Well, not this year!
1. Discount canvas (12"x12")
2. Die-Cut Letters (mine came from a big stack I bought at Joann's)
3. Glue Letters to canvas
4. Create the word "Cheer" (or whatever Christmas themed word you prefer)
5. Paint canvas edges with silver or gold craft paint
6. Cover entire surface with acrylic glazing liquid
7. Hang a glitter coated star "ornament" from a string and hot glue over the edge of the canvas
And now I think I'll help myself to a little "Christmas Cheer" since I'm hanging at the mini bar already!
And now for the best part! Here's your chance to win $100 gift card that could be used for getting a head start on Christmas this year! Good Luck and Merry Christmas...I mean Happy Christmas in July ;)
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Make sure you don't miss any of the other Christmas in July posts by these ladies who really seem to know how to celebrate Christmas:
Claire @ A Little Clairification
Cindy @ Little Miss Celebration
Jamie @ C.R.A.F.T.
Sharon @ Mrs Hines Class
Karon @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza
Kristi @ I Should Be Mopping the Floor