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Fun Christmas Arts and Crafts Projects

I want to show you how I used stencils to create this Christmas Arts and Crafts festive Candle Holder. The stencils used are of an ornament and a candy cane.

 

This project has a Holiday theme, but keep in mind that the same process can be used Stenciled Candle Holderwith any other stencils for a year round look. A Fleur de lis (or a variety of them) would work beautifully.

The stencils we are using come from our Free Christmas Stencils Page so after you finish reading this, head over there to get your free printable Christmas stencils.

You can read through the instructions but don’t miss the video below. It’s great to see it in action!

I found this tall, straight glass vase at a local thrift store (one of my favorite craft supply outlets). I started by cutting out nine patterns of the ornament stencil from contact paper. To make this go a little faster and limit the work I cut out three squares large enough for the stencil pattern, stacked them on a cutting board (back side up - glossy side down) and taped all sides with masking tape. Then I traced the Christmas Ornament stencil onto the back of the contact paper and with a craft knife cut along the lines (that way I am cutting three at a time). I removed the backing of the contact paper ornament cut-outs and smoothed them out on the glass vase. Then I spray painted the entire outside surface of the vase with gold. After the paint thoroughly dried I removed the ornament contact paper stencils.

Making Wax Coated Pine Cones for Christmas DecorationsWhen you use a stencil pattern in the negative like this it’s called a mask. Experimenting with this alternative opens a lot of windows for creating.

Next I used the Candy Cane from our Free Stencils to Print Collection and while firmly holding onto the surface of the vase I used acrylic paints to dab on a little red. I didn’t want to use a sticky back stencil because I was worried about it picking up the gold paint from the surface. Don’t worry about overlapping the candy canes with the ornaments. This will create a nice effect.

(Hey! Since you are just about to finish this Fun Christmas Arts and Crafts Project, I thought I would suggest another one. You can take pine cones from the yard and cover them with melted wax from old half burned candles taking up space in the cupboard. Read all about Making Christmas Wax Pine Cones plus discover some of the inventive ways they can be put to use.)

Well, I always find that seeing the procedure is very helpful. I created a video for the Christmas Arts and Crafts Candle Holder so that you can follow along with the action. Enjoy!

Another idea that I wand to share with you for this project is from a very creative friend of mine. If you have some concerns about having lite candles around the house (maybe you Candy Cane Stencil Candle Holderhave small children), just fill the vase up with a short string of white Christmas Lights (like in this photo). It sure does show off those ornament designs, doesn’t it?

I hoped you enjoyed this Christmas Arts and Crafts project and the video. Now you’re off to the start of a new hobby.

Don't miss all the other Christmas Art Projects and Christmas Craft Activities that we have prepared for you.

Merry Christmas and Happy Stenciling,

Penny

 

 

 

 

We are thrilled to introduce these downloadable and Printable Stencils (click here for more). Instant gratification at its finest! You don't need a special printer - these designs are specially formatted to print straight from your home computer on standard letter sized paper. Once downloaded, you will have your complete stencil booklet with patterns and instructions. Just click, buy and print!

Each book will come to you as a down-loadable pdf file in your e-mail. Just check your e-mail after purchase for the link to connect to your file and print or save. It's that easy!

All designs can be adjusted to fit your project size. Instructions are included. Pages are 8.5” x 11”.

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Fleur de lis Stencils

Fleur de lis: Book of Stencils

This collection includes 22 designs. Ten are easy single overlay. Six have 2 overlays and six have 3 overlays.

This purchase is of a PDF file which has 63 pages.
Price: $9.95

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Oriental Stencils

Oriental Designs: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 16 designs- Chinese Dragon, Bamboo, Oriental Figure with Coolie Hat, Ying Yang Koi Stencils, Bonsai Tree Stencil and 3 Cranes plus 10 Chinese Symbols (Eternity, Friendship, Happiness, Harmony, Long Life, Peace, Prosperity, Tranquility, Truth and Dragon.

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Antique Door Stencils

Antique Door Hardware: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 5 designs- Lion Head Door Knocker, Key Bow, Lock Plate and Mail Box Plaque (with two word options). These images should add a little fun and even some humor to the doors in your home while they introduce a touch of the past.

This purchase is of a PDF file with 25 pages.
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Princess Stencils

For a Princess

This collection includes 7 designs- Royal Carriage, Knight in Shining Armor, Castle, Dragon, Sceptre, Tiara and Pillow plus the word "Princess."

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Zoo Babies Stencisl

Zoo Babies: Stencils for a Nursery

This collection includes 7 animal stencils - an Elephant, a Giraffe, a Hippo, a Lion, a Monkey, a Tiger and a Zebra.

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Secret Garden Stencils

The Secret Garden

Create your own private wall mural garden retreat. This collection includes 12 stencils -fountain, bleeding heart, iris, bee, butterfly, foxglove, grasshopper, hummingbird, trumpet flower, morning glory, stone wall and stone path.

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