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 with any other stencils for a year round look. A Fleur de lis (or a variety of them) would work beautifully.
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.
When 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.
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 have 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.
Merry Christmas and Happy Stenciling,