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Rustic Merry Christmas Barnwood Framed Artwork “How To”

This is a fun piece of Christmas wall art that anyone can do! 

Step One:

Find an empty 11” x 17”  barn wood frame ( you can find them at Michaels or Hobby Lobby or maybe a local framer.

Cut a piece of masonite 11” x 14” in size.  Check to see if it fits the frame.  Sand the rough edges of the masonite.

Step Two:

Paint a layer of green or red acrylic paint on the entire board.  Let the paint dry thoroughly.

Step Three:

Then paint a layer of crackle medium all over the board.  Let the medium dry thoroughly. 

When the crackle medium is completely dry, paint over it with a cream or white acrylic paint being sure to cover the whole board.  Let that dry and set it aside.

Step Four:

At the craft store you can find unfinished wooden Christmas signs or quotes.  (You can find them in the Christmas section of the of most craft stores.)

Paint the letters with a green or red paint and let dry.  Then cover the entire wooden quote with glue and put green or red glitter all over it.  When the letters are dry gently bump off any extra glitter.  (Be careful to just glitter one side of the wood so it will glue flat on the masonite).  Set the letters aside to dry.

 Step Five:

Next cut four to eight strips of ribbon in 11” and 14” pieces.  Glue those down around the outside edge (see picture).  Be careful to come in enough so the edge of the frame doesn’t cover the ribbon. When the glue from the ribbon is dry cover the entire piece in a mat gel medium and let that dry. 

Step 6:

Glue down the glittered letters centering them in the frame.  (I use a strong wood glue for that) When everything is dry insert the finished piece in the frame using framer’s points, a staple gun or small framers nails.  Put a hanger on it and you have a very vintage style rustic Christmas decoration. 


You can embellish with old buttons or use colorful ribbons or even stain the frame a different color. 

Happy Crafting Everyone!!



I am an interior designer with over 27 years of experience in both residential and commercial design. I love the "do it yourself" person because I am a do it yourself person and I very much identify with making old new again. I believe that our spirits are rejuvinated and inspired when we relect who we are and what we believe in and are not afraid to face the harder parts of our lives. This blog will be dedicated to that purpose. I am also a survivor of domestic violence. I have an insatiable desire to grow and learn about myself in both spiritual and emotional ways. I love being a guest speaker for events in self-growth with the idea of hopefully inspiring others that past traumas can be over come and life can be terrific or at the very least good!

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