November 22, 2011

CHRISTmas - eighteen25

Welcome to Day 2 of CHRISTmas here.  We have the incredible ladies of eighteen25 here today!  

If by some chance you haven't visited their blog you'll definitely want to check it out.  These ladies have a great eye for clean, beautiful design.  Their ideas are awesome and they are always sharing a fun printable or gift idea.  They have a gorgeous project to share with us today.  Welcome eighteen25 ladies!

we're the girls from eighteen25 and we are so happy to be a part of 
i am momma's CHRISTmas series today. 

we wanted to make something kind of BIG to help remind us of the true meaning of christmas.
using the nativity and one of our favorite christmas sayings, we came up with this fun project. 
it only looks like a lot of work. we promise it was pretty easy.
especially if you have a silhouette to help you cut out the vinyl stencils.
(of course, you can always make your own stencil by printing out an image found on the internet and cutting it out with an x-acto knife.)

  • 4 - 6x1 boards cut down to 20" each
  • 2 - 19" - 5/8 x 1 3/8  strips of wood
  • wood glue
  • sander or sand paper
  • screws + screwdriver
  • stain (we used a dark walnut)
  • foam brush + old rag (for the stain)
  • vinyl + transfer paper
  • nativity (we cut out the nativity silhouette from the silhouette online store)
  • acrylic craft paint (the colors we used are martha stewart - jonquil and surf)
  • brushes
STEP ONE: sand down all of your boards to get rid of any rough edges.
STEP TWO: line up your 20" boards. then attach your 5/8 x 1 3/8 strips with wood glue and screws. screwing into each of the boards to hold them securely in place.
STEP THREE: using a foam brush, brush on the stain then wipe with an old rag. 
STEP FOUR: while that is drying, cut out your words onto the vinyl. the Christmas font is lobster and size is 400pt. the pure & simple font is acknowledgement and the size is 155pt. remove the words and cover with the transfer paper. apply the vinyl to the bottom board using a scraper. remove the transfer paper.   
STEP FIVE: paint over your vinyl stencil, let dry and then remove vinyl. 
STEP SIX: we got the nativity silhouette from the silhouette online store. we made it about 14.5" x 14" and since it wouldn't fit on one sheet of vinyl, we cut it out twice. first the left side and then the right. remove the nativity part and line the two pieces up, attaching them together with the transfer paper. then apply the vinyl to the boards and remove the transfer paper.
STEP SEVEN: paint over your vinyl stencil, let dry and remove vinyl.
then all that's left...
is to find a spot to display it so it can remind you and your family of the true meaning of the season.
Merry Christmas everyone!
thanks for having us today cheri!!

I love this idea.  It's beautiful, simple, and meaningful.  Thanks eighteen25!  Feel free to leave the girls a comment here or you can go check out their fantastic blog HERE.  (Also, I received an email from the woman who designed the nativity scene the girls used.  She wanted to let you know you can get the image to use as with other cutting machines as well.  It's right HERE.)  


Anonymous said...

Now this is a lovely idea. The simplicity completely conveys the true spirit of Christmas.

~april said...

i love this idea! now if only i had a silhouette! i don't think i have the patience to cut out all that beautiful font! looks lovely ladies and the meaning is even more lovely. thanks cheri for putting the CHRIST back in CHRISTMAS!

Christie // lemon squeezy home said...

Beautiful! I love those girls at eighteen25!

From Adam's Rib said...

Ive been out of town and just caught up on your posts. I miss the old layout! I hate having to click through to "read more." Not as user friendly and definitely a big bummer! :(

Unknown said...

I love EVERYTHING these girls do! Another one bookmarked for me to do! I'm loving this event Cheri!

Lisa said...

Dear Cheri,
I love your idea.
I hate the "word" X-Mas.
Are we celebrating the birth of a X?
I think there are children who don't know what CHRISTmas is for... and think it's for the presents, that's so sad!
You are on the right way :-)

StacyC said...

This is beautiful... Love it!!!

Monica said...

I absolutely adore this! Sooo beautiful!!

Rachael said...

Great ideas to keep Christ in Christmas. You might want to check out something I did!

Kelly Maatman said...

I think it's a great idea, but seems that you need tons of product to actually accomplish it. Bummer.

Anonymous said...

Love this! So pretty and rustic. My favorite.


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