CHRISTMAS CRAFT CHRISTMAS IS A TIME FOR GOOD CHEER, CELEBRATING…AND CRAFT. Going to town on home-made decorations is a great way to get the creative juices flowing over the Christmas break. There’s something about decorating your home with hand-crafted items that really captures the spirit of the season. But finding inspiration can be daunting. A quick search of Pinterest reveals thousands of Christmas-themed projects created by some very keen crafters. But, choosing the wrong project can be expensive, and easily lead to you into Pinterest fail territory. So, this year, we’ve made it easy for you. We’ve picked two easy, affordable Christmas projects, simple enough to pull off in one sitting, and charming enough to give the Christmas spirit a boost at your place. And the best part – you can complete them with products available at Paint Place! PROJECT 1: SNOW-KISSED PINE TREES These pine cone Christmas trees are cute as a button and look great around the home or as place holders for Christmas feasting. Just follow the simple steps to have yourself a merry little Christmas crafting session. EQUIPMENT: Pine cone Gloss Forest Green Spray Paint New Look Low Sheen Interior Paint -Colour ‘Infinity and Beyond’ Paint brush Glitter Hot glue gun Mini terracotta pot PVA glue Mini star (optional) STEP 1STEP 2STEP 3STEP 4STEP 1 Spray the pine cone with the green paint and leave for five minutes to dry. Once dry, paint the tips white. STEP 2 Once all of the paint is dry, it’s time to create the sparkling snow effect. Just apply a dab of PVA glue to each spine of the pine cone and sprinkle with your glitter. STEP 3 Once dry, use your hot glue gun to glue the pine cone tree into the terra cotta pot. STEP 4 OPTIONAL- Glue a mini star to the top of your pine cone using a low sheen interior paint PROJECT 2: MASON JAR CHRISTMAS TEA LIGHT HOLDER There’s no debating it, mason jars are still a thing. And if you’re looking for last minute Christmas decorations that catch the light (and your guests’ attention), a quick dig into your mason jar collection will have you covered. Or you can pick some up from your local discount store. In this project, you’ll use some simple painting techniques to turn your jars into stand-out tea light holders, guaranteed to get your friends and family talking over your delicious Christmas roast. EQUIPMENT: Mason jars or similar New Look Low Sheen Paint. Colour; Brazilian Beat New Look Low Sheen Paint. Colour; Drama Queen Painters tape Scissors Paint brush Rock salt or Epsom salts Bakers twine Jingle bells Christmas tree stencil (optional) STEP 1STEP 2STEP 3STEP 4STEP 5STEP 6STEP 1 Lay three pieces of painter’s tape onto a flat surface and draw the outline of a Christmas tree, just shorter than the height of the mason jar. You may use a stencil to help if you don’t want to go free hand. STEP 2 Using the scissors, cut the Christmas tree shape from the painter’s tape and apply it to your jar, ensuring all parts of the Christmas tree are stuck down firmly. STEP 3 With a craft paint brush, apply one coat of paint to the mason jar. Leave until dry to the touch. We used two complementary Christmas colours to really make our table scream CHRISTMAS! STEP 4 Once dry, remove the tape to reveal a Christmas tree shaped window STEP 5 Pour a few centimetres of rock salt or Epsom salts to fill the bottom of the jar, and place a tea light candle inside. Wind your baker’s twine around the lip of the jar, attaching jingle bells before tying. STEP 6 Then light the candle, sit back and enjoy the warm glow flowing from your illuminating little creation. For more DIY projects of all shapes and sizes, don’t forget to join Yes Club, its free and we will deliver regular DIY & crafty ideas straight to your inbox.