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A while back I picked up some old fencing from my neighbor’s trash pile. I created a beach sign from the gate but still had a piece of the fence in the garage. I liked my shiplap pumpkin picture so much that I decided to use an old piece of fence for a Christmas painting.
So I figured I would use the same basic concept that I did for the pumpkin and went shopping at Dollar Tree. Sure enough they were putting up the Christmas decorations so I bought the felt ornament and tree. I like both designs and couldn’t make a decision.
But first things first, I had to cut the fencing down a smaller size. I got out the dreaded circular saw and set up the saw horses and went to town. You know I am starting to get over my apprehension in using the circular saw so that is good.
After the pieces were cut I was able to fit them together. The two pieces were attached by using pieces of wood the same size as the wood on the back of the fencing. I also attached two pieces to mimic the two pieces that were sticking up although it was after I finished the painting. And to do all this was made possible by the compressor and nail gun.
The fence was sanded down to clean off the effects of age. You know I love to experiment and this project was no exception. I brushed on the crackle medium since I wanted the rustic look. After it was dry I painted the fence.
Using left over white I had mixed up using Poppies Paint Powder from another project the fence was painted. I love this product, not only can you get the effect of a chalky finish but it can be mixed with any latex paint which makes it very flexible. Now the paint didn’t crackle because the crackle medium soaked in but it did cause the paint to fleck off in parts which is fine by me since I was going for an old look.
I finally settled on the ornament. It was placed on the wood and I traced around it. I decided on red paint but isn’t that the beauty of creating your own Christmas artwork? You can decide on your favorite Christmas color. The top of the ornament is in a silver. Then I painted red glitter paint on strategic areas of the ornament and multi twinkle paint in spots on the top.
Then the piece got a sanding with the Mouse sander to distress the painting, causing the paint to fleck off and looked worn. To further age it I waxed it with clear and then dark wax and buffed it out using the drill and wax brush.
Cup hooks were screwed in the boards on top and I tied the red poly rope on it as the hanger. Make sure you use the hot glue gun and glue the end together to prevent the rope from raveling. But it was still missing something. It needed a frame, a red rope glued all around the fence. The rope did the trick and I was glad to use an old piece of fence a Christmas painting. And if you like the little red car ornament I show how you can make it here.