Personalize your Christmas tree with a handmade tree skirt and finish off your mantel with matching stenciled stockings! This tutorial was crafted with our Mix and Match Christmas Stencil Collection, however, you can use any stencil to create any style you want! Read below for expert tips and details on how to recreate our design or get inspired for your own project!
- Royal Stencils:
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®
- Canvas Corp
Handmade Tree Skirt
Step 1: To create this paneled tree skirt, start by measuring the canvas tree skirt in to 8 parts. The easiest way to create 8 equal parts is to fold the tree skirt in half 4 times while marking each fold. Then using a straight edge ruler, join the 2 points created by each fold in a straight line. Using a 1 ½” wide painter’s tape, tape over the lines to frame each panel.
Step 2: Paint every other panel using a large pointed sash brush. We alternated between the light and dark green blended chalk paint combinations. Allow to dry.
Step 3: While those panels dry, stencil the ones left using a stencil brush. Remember to off load excess paint onto a Bounty paper towel to avoid bleed under.
For our project, we alternated between Pine Forest Christmas Stencil with the dark green color combination and the Falling Stars Christmas Stencil with the light green on each panel. To add more detail, once your stencil was dry, we stenciled a few elements of the allover pattern with Emperor’s silk Chalk Paint and with the opposite shade of green used in that panel.
Step 4: The panels that were painted in Step 2 should be dry by now and you can add a motif stencil to finish it off. For our project, we used two motif stencils. First we stenciled the Holiday Garland Christmas Stencil with the opposite shade of green as the panel and used Emperor’s Silk for the berries. Once finished with the first side of the garland, we flipped the stencil over to create a wreath.
Step 5: Then, we placed the Peace Dove Stencil centered between the two garlands, and stenciled it with Pure White Chalk Paint for the bird and the opposite green blend for the leaves.
Step 6: Move the tape that was used to divide each panel to one of the sides of the border. You will cover the pattern now. Use a second piece of tape to mask the other side. This will leave an unpainted space with straight lines.
Step 7: Use a 1 ½” stencil brush to paint between the tapes with Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint. Remove the tapes to reveal the red border.
Stenciled Christmas Stockings
Step 1: Paint the canvas stocking with a base color using a Large Pointed Sash brush. Allow To Dry. We opted for Pure White Chalk Paint. Next, tape off 8” from the top of your stencil, to create a border.
Step 2: Using a common household circular object, like a plate, Tupperware lid, glass, etc., trace half a circle on the heel area of the stocking. Mask off with pieces of painter’s tape.
Step 3: Paint an allover stencil pattern or a motif stencil between the taped off areas. For this project, we used Zig Zag Tiles Moroccan Christmas Stencil, which is an allover pattern. Once you are finished with the first layer of the stencil, use a second color to stencil the second paste of the allover pattern placing your stencil in between what was previously stenciled.
Step 4: Move the painter’s tape on the heel of the stocking to cover the area you just painted and stencil your design. We used Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint to stencil the Falling Stars Christmas Stencil on the heel and the Marching Stars Christmas Stencil on the top border.
Remove the tape and use a small paint brush to paint a thin border at the top and the heel of the stocking.
If your stocking is unfinished at the top, fold inward the excess fabric to give it a nice finished edge.
What a beautiful sight! Your handmade tree skirt and stenciled stockings will be draped gracefully on the mantel and snug under the tree! We’d love to see what Christmas décor you are inspired to create! Email us your photos at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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