I’m so excited about this crafting project we did for the holidays this year. (And now I can safely share about it here- yay!) I had an inspiration, and told Jeff that I wanted to make wood garlands for gifts for family, and that I wanted to put the words Love and Joy on them. He sliced and sanded a bunch of wood rounds for me. The wood was cedar from our yard, and I’ve always been especially fond of it. I used a tiny paintbrush to paint the white letters, and was surprised by how challenging it actually was to stay in the lines.
Painting them all ended up taking much longer than I’d expected, and I worried I wouldn’t finish them in time. Jeff said he would be happy to help me. (Very kind of him since he had quite a few other things he needed to be working on that day.) I warned him that it was really challenging to keep the paint in the lines. Hilariously, he didn’t struggle with staying in the lines and he painted them much more quickly than I did. (He’ll tell you it’s thanks to wearing his optivisor while he did it.) I really appreciated the help, as I watched our stack of painted rounds grow.
I drilled two holes in each round, and for the twine we used rustic garden twine from the hardware store. I loved the look of it. I was going for rustic with this project, and didn’t oil the wood either because it would have deepened the color too much and I liked the way it looked as it was. I did a loop on the end of each side to hang the garland from. I figured that some family might save the garlands for their holiday decorations each year, but I love the garlands so much that I picked out a spot on the wall where I’m hanging a Joy and Love garland up year round. So, that’s my holiday crafting project to share for this year. I thought some of you might enjoy seeing the wood garlands, and feel inspired for your future creative projects. Did you guys work on any fun projects for the holidays? I’d love to hear what you were up to.
P.S. That white background you’ve been seeing in my recent pictures? Jeff built a wood platform for me awhile ago to bring outside to take pictures. We painted it with chalk paint (first time using it) and I did a sand through, I love the way that looks. I enjoyed working on it, and I’ve been appreciating having it around.