Simple Craft – A farmhouse fireplace ornament to make for your tree or to give as a gift.
Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitatlity in the hall, the genial flame of chairty in the heart. – Washington Irving
Do you ever have an idea pop in your head, and you have no idea how it got there? Like, um that was kind of random!
Well, this Salvage Sister did.
I kept seeing a lot of the stacked wood fireplaces and thought, hmm logs from sticks.
I then needed to make a farmhouse fireplace and turned to popsicle sticks.
Since the popsicle sticks are smooth, and that doesn’t equal farmhouse, I roughed them up a bit with a screwdriver…..true story!
Well, I guess I better get to the full tutorial so you can make your own or whatever pops into your head.
Supplies for Fireplace Ornament
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- 16 popsicle sticks
- White paint
- Paint Brush
- Dark paint or antiquing glaze
- Stick (from your backyard)
- Pruning Shears
- Glue Gun
- Wire Ribbon
- Material/Ribbon/Paper for Stockings
FIREPLACE ORNAMENT INSTRUCTIONS
- I cut 6 of my popsicle sticks to 3 1/4 of an inch. These are for the sides.
- Remember to take that screwdriver and rough them up, if needed.
- 10 sticks were painted front and back with white paint.
- I antiqued by taking glaze, or dark paint, and gently wipe off with a paper towel, to your desired patina.
- 6 plain sticks were hot glued to make the back (flat – see pic)
- I took the cut end of the 6 sticks and placed three on each side for the ends.
- One popsicle stick was at the bottom flat for the bottom of the fireplace (you could do two if you wanted something wider).
- Next, I took three sticks and placed them at the top (lengthwise) for the “mantel”.
- Glue the painted pieces onto the flat back (non-painted popsicle sticks)
- Now with the plain opening of the fireplace you will add the cut pieces of the stick with pruning shears. Cut a lot of these babies before you start to glue.
- Take glue and cover the back of the fireplace (the unpainted part).
- Add the cut stick rounds on to create the faux stacked wood.
- Cut out stockings from whatever you have on hand or like. I used some stray ribbon and folded it at the top over to make a cuff.
- I glued on some raffia to the stocking top where the stocking was folded over to.
- For the wreath – I took some more leftover WIRE ribbon and twisted it into a wreath shape. I then glued a green ribbon around it. I added the red ribbon to the bottom and that same ribbon was used for the hanger (glued on back).
Since I was winging this, I learned what not to do:
- Everything else can be hot glued but the wood. Those little guys are tiny and I found hot glue to be a painful endeavor.
- Chop (with a little ax..hahaha) up all your “wood” before you start gluing. Since glue will dry quicker than you can cut all those little guys out, it’s best to get a bunch of those rounds ready to go first.
- Hold the shears down when cutting, and cup your hand, cause those babies like to fly all over the place!) “Mom, why are there stick pieces all over the kitchen?”
- If you got any popsicle sticks showing at the top, that you don’t want, you can cut off any edges with some good scissors.
- Make it your own. Wouldn’t it be fun to do this with others and everyone could make their own?
It took a little time, but in the end, I have something I would actually hang on my tree…for FREE.
MORE CHRISTMAS PROJECTS
- Cricut Christmas Place Card Setting; Believe
- Charger Plate Christmas Craft
- Decorative Painted Farmhouse Christmas Books
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