Hope you had a lovely weekend…..or still are if you are in the USA 🙂 I have been busy on not only blog posts, but a huge project for a wall in my new office. It is a project I keep uming and ahing about as I am not sure if it is going to look as good as it does in my head. Does that happen to you when you are working on something? I am finding it incredibly frustrating! This is a big part of the room and I want it to work out soooo bad. Next week I will be giving you a peak into the room with a furniture makeover reveal that is destined for the office, I cannot wait to show it to you, it is such a special piece.
But today I am bringing you another DIY Easter decor item, this time something that will help remind us of the real reason Easter is such a important time of the year. Easter can be very commercial (like Christmas) and I like to have something to remind not only us but our daughter that Easter isn’t just for the Easter Bunny.
What I love about this DIY is that it could easily be used at Christmas as well and you could easily hang this on the wall instead of making it stand up………it is so versatile.
You will need:
- Wood (the wood I used was 42mm x 20mm) this was cut into the following pieces:
- 4 @ 130mm long
- 6 @ 100mm long
- 2 @ 200mm long
- I used two pieces of salvaged wood (read as I found it around the farm somewhere) as a base which I cut into two 130mm lengths (you just want something with weight)
- Dowel (10mm diameter) you only need about 100mm
- Wood Glue
- Drill & Drill bit slightly bigger than dowel (not shown)
- Paint (I used milk paint in three colours to create a distressed look)
- Paint Brush (not shown)
- Sand Paper (not shown) – I used 120 grit
- Masking Tape (not shown)
When cutting your wood you want I cut it at 45 degree angles, use the picture below for your cutting guide, some pieces are cut with opposite 45 degree angles while the rest are cut with the same angle on each end. When I cut mine I used a drawing as a guide.
Once all the wood pieces are cut you need to glue them together. I always glue little projects like this on baking paper as the glue doesn’t stick to it and I use masking tape to secure the points while the glue dries.
Once your glue is dry give the whole thing a good sand to remove any rough edges. You can also use wood filler to hide the joins but that is personal taste, I think the joins give it a more vintage feel when distressing.
I had to glue together two pieces if salvaged timber, but this step depends on what you use. If you are gluing together pieces use a clamp to hold them together while the glue dries.
Once all the glue is dry you will need to drill a hole into both the salvaged wood base and the bottom of your cross. Drill about halfway into the wood. Go slowly with the Drill or the bit will seize in the wood.
Insert the dowel into the reclaimed wood base with a little wood glue and leave to dry.
While the glue dries you want to paint your cross. You can leave it natural wood or stain it also, it all depends on the look you want. I painted mine first in MMS Milk Paint in Trophy.
Next a layer of MMS Milk Paint in Ironstone.
Next I distressed it which is where you could also leave it and get a nice neutral looking cross. But, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t add some colour. So in keeping with my Easter colour scheme I painted a layer of Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Marigold Yellow. (Same colour I painted the Easter Sign)
Then I distressed again.
Finally, once your cross is painted (however you like it!) you need to simply insert the cross bottom onto the dowel. You can glue it but I chose not to.
I also made a smaller cross a bit differently (slightly easier) and painted it my other Easter colour. I also made the Bunny Art the same way I made my DIY Vintage Sign but this time I cut out a bunny shape from masking tape, it was really easy and looks really cute.
My Easter decorating is coming along nicely, I am loving the colour it is bringing to my kitchen….now I just need to decorate my table and I will be done. Have you started thinking about decorating for Easter?
I hope you have a wonderful week this week and I will see you Wednesday for another DIY (something super colourful – shocking, right?) and Friday I am starting my series on How to Refurbish Furniture. See you then.
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