Do you ever have an idea pop in your head, and you have no idea how it got there? Like, ummm that was kind of random!
Well, this sista did.
I kept seeing a lot of the stacked wood fireplaces and thought, hmmmm let’s do a farmhouse fireplace ornament with stacked wood cause ….well it’s me!
The thought was to make stacked wood from a stick in the backyard.
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:
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 (like this)
- Glue (this is what I used)
- Glue Gun
- Wire Ribbon
- Material/Ribbon/Paper for Stockings
- 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.
- 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.)
- Three sticks were placed at 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 non -painted 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. I folded 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 axe..hahahaha) 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?
This was a fun little project with materials I already had. It took a little time, but in the end, I have something I would actually hang on my tree…for FREE. What do you think?
Stay tuned, next week there is a special post of 12 ah-mazing upcycle ornaments.