I love cutting down my own Christmas tree each year! With that comes a lot of extra pieces of tree that can be re-used in so many ways. This log banner is one of my favorite ways to use up parts of the tree trunk!
- Log rounds (approx 1-2cm thick)
- Paint (I used: DecorArt Acrylic Craft Paint, $2, Amazon).
- Small paint brush or foam brush
- Stencil (I used: Martha Stewart Alphabet Craft Stencil, $4.75, Amazon).
- String (I like: Sugar Paper Gold/White Baker’s Twine, $8.25, Target).
- Mitre Saw
- Drill & Bit
- Using a Mitre Saw, cut the tree log into pieces that are approximately 1-2cm thick. Cut as many as you will need for your banner message.
- Allow pieces to dry (this make take quite some time!). To speed up the process, I put mine on a parchment-lined baking sheet and baked until they started to dry out.
- Drill small holes through the top-centre of each round (large enough for your string to pass through).
- Align stencil letter in centre of round. Dab paint through the stencil on each piece. Allow paint to dry.
- Cut pieces of string (each of an equal length) for each letter round. Run the string through each hole.
- Tie each piece of string to a long, large piece of string in the correct order. Loop ends of the long string and hang in desired place!
- To ensure the string of each letter-round stays in place on the large string, I dabbed a bead of hot glue to hold them in place.
- Store in a ziplok bag to keep nice for seasons to come!
See our post on Christmas Tree Crafts for other great ways to use pieces of your real tree!
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