A Craft Wood Block Stenciled Christmas Tree, A Blog Hop, And Stencil Giveaway

A Craft Wood Block Stenciled Christmas Tree #woodblocks #fusionmineralpaint #oldsignstencils #Christmasdecor #stencil #Christmastree #alternativeChristmastree
Today, I am joining five other bloggers with fun Christmas project ideas to share, as well as a stencil giveaway!
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My project started out with wooden 1 1/2" blocks or cubes given to me by my aunt.

Here, I laid out the blocks trying to see if a Christmas tree stencil would fit.

Next I painted just the tops of the blocks with one coat of Fusion Mineral Paint in Champlain I used a foam brush.

Then I laid the blocks out flat in a drawer to try and keep them in place while I stenciled them.

Isn't this a fun Christmas tree?  The shape is so awesome.

I chose Fusion Mineral Paint in Bayberry to stencil my tree.

Here is the stenciled tree.  

I taped the stencil in place with blue painter's tape.  I was worried that the blocks would move during stenciling, but the drawer really helped keep them in place.

I added the bow to the treetop using Fusion Mineral Paint in Fort York Red.  Then I rotated the stencil and pounced on the popcorn and bead garland with Fort York Red and Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in White.

I removed the blocks from the drawer, coated them with one coat of General Finishes Flat Out Flat Topcoat. 

I considered leaving the blocks loose, like a puzzle, but soon discarded that idea when I realized putting it back together wasn't all that easy.  So, I glued them all together with Titebond Original Wood Glue. 

I didn't use a vise, and I was super careful not to get too much glue on each block, and very little squeezed out between the blocks.  I wiped them with a damp rag right away before the glue dried. 

My husband helped add a section of 1" x 6" cedar picket from Menard's to the bottom.  I brushed a coat of Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator on the board to age it.  Then the board was screwed into two of the blocks from the bottom.

I had about a 2" edge on the board on all sides of the tree.

Next it was time to make a few block presents for under the tree.  For this, I pulled out the Old Sign Stencils Mini Christmas Patterns stencils from last year.

The stencils were perfect for patterned gift wrap.

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*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples. All opinions about these fabulous stencils are my own.

A Craft Wood Block Stenciled Christmas Tree #woodblocks #fusionmineralpaint #oldsignstencils #Christmasdecor #stencil #Christmastree #alternativeChristmastree
I painted two more 1 1/2" blocks and one 1" block with Fusion Mineral Paint in Champlain.  Next I stenciled them with the mini tree and polka dot stencils.  More Fusion Mineral Paint in Bayberry and Fort York Red.  The bows were stenciled with a Hobby Lobby Christmas gift stencil from last year.

A Craft Wood Block Stenciled Christmas Tree #woodblocks #fusionmineralpaint #oldsignstencils #Christmasdecor #stencil #Christmastree #alternativeChristmastree
Originally, trying to keep the project linear, I didn't paint and stencil the sides of the gift blocks.  The tree was just painted and stenciled on the front side.

A Craft Wood Block Stenciled Christmas Tree #woodblocks #fusionmineralpaint #oldsignstencils #Christmasdecor #stencil #Christmastree #alternativeChristmastree
After 24 hours of this look, I made a few changes.

A Craft Wood Block Stenciled Christmas Tree #woodblocks #fusionmineralpaint #oldsignstencils #Christmasdecor #stencil #Christmastree #alternativeChristmastree
Yup.  Just too blah.

A Craft Wood Block Stenciled Christmas Tree #woodblocks #fusionmineralpaint #oldsignstencils #Christmasdecor #stencil #Christmastree #alternativeChristmastree
So I added three more gift blocks all painted in Fort York Red.  They were stenciled in Bayberry and Champlain, AND I painted the sides of the first three gift blocks and stenciled them on all sides too.

A Craft Wood Block Stenciled Christmas Tree #woodblocks #fusionmineralpaint #oldsignstencils #Christmasdecor #stencil #Christmastree #alternativeChristmastree
 Much better!  A few more pops of red saved the day!

A Craft Wood Block Stenciled Christmas Tree #woodblocks #fusionmineralpaint #oldsignstencils #Christmasdecor #stencil #Christmastree #alternativeChristmastree
DIY Decor - Use what you already have, what you can find, and what is given to you!

Stenciled Christmas Projects #oldsignstencils
Other recent stencil project links:
1.  Christmas Bingo Countdown Corkboard, 2. Christmas Crates Stencil, 3. & 4. Stenciled Outdoor Christmas Decor

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Now continue on with the the Christmas Blog Hop and Stencil Giveaway!

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Giveaway ends Sunday, Dec 15, 2019, midnight Pacific.

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  1. SOOO adorable! You took the stencils to a level I would never have thought of. Those presents are darling!

    But that tree on blocks is so epic and unique! I'm with Becky... I want a version too!

  2. This is so fun! Love the tree with the popcorn strand and the cute presents you made for around the bottom. The different squares definitely add texture and dimension to the whole project! Fun hopping with you!

  3. I love your sense of style and color, and your verve. Great idea. Tree was amazing unique. Thanks for sharing. Love from Fabrics World USA

  4. This is such a cute idea - makes me want to go out and buy some blocks! Love the graphics used and the color scheme too. I love all the stencils I've seen you use but I guess i would choose the Bingo Calendar one.

  5. This is great! I Love it! You always come up with the most creative ideas!
    I think the Christmas crate stencil is my ne favorite!


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