A few weeks ago, our church hosted a ladies’ holiday craft night, and I was asked to come up with one of the projects. Funny how people assume you’re crafty because you write a blog. . . Although I’m more keen on the fellowship part of craft night than the actual crafting, I came up with a simple Christmas wall hanging that could be created while doing lots of talking at the same time.
Another great thing about this project is that there’s a lot of creative freedom involved. I painted a tree as an easy example, but I loved seeing how others came up with their own designs.
We also had two other craft stations set up: a painted wood sign with nativity decals and a pair of mossy topiary trees. By the way, if you’re thinking of hosting one of these events for your church or neighborhood, we had everyone sign up, pay and choose one of the three crafts ahead of time to make everything easy to manage. We also encouraged everyone to bring a dessert or appetizer (because eating is equally as important as what you make).
Signs of a successful craft night: smiling faces and dirty floors.
If you want to make your own wall hanging, it’s an easy and pretty quick project. I like that you could make this way bigger, depending on how much fabric you buy and could really customize it for any season. (I’m thinking of experimenting with some botanical painting. You know, in my “free” time.)
I bought a yard of black duckcloth fabric and folded it in half before I cut. (So, my overall hanging was about 26 x 36 inches.) I had to trim the square dowel rods down to about 28 inches before I stained them. Instead of sewing anything (because I don’t), I just hemmed the sides with hot glue and left the top and bottom of the fabric alone. That’s where I hot glued the dowel rods. (Go lightly on the glue, and reinforce with thumbtacks on the back.)
To tie on the twine for hanging, just wrap it around the two end thumbtacks (on the back) before pushing them in.
Once my fabric was ready, I lightly outlined the shape of my tree with a pencil before I started painting and then went to work. The brush strokes automatically made the tree look a little three-dimensional.