It is a little hard to think about Christmas when it's almost 100 degrees outside, but the Holidays will be here before you know it. So why not stay out of the heat and have fun making some Christmas crafts.
I am a bit of a vintage and thrift store junkie, and I love combining old and new in my decorating and my art. Today I'm going to show you how to make this charming vintage style Christmas Tree wall decor. When I go thrift store shopping I have a few things that I always look for. One of those being vintage embroidery hoops. There is just something heartwarming and comforting about these simple little wooden hoops that just makes me smile. I think the memories of my grandmother and I working on stitching projects together has something to do with the attachment.
For this project I decided to use this awesome oval embroidery hoop that I had in my stash of hoops. Embroidery hoops make great frames that you can change out for the seasons. This is a simple and quick project that will add handmade charm to your Christmas decor.
Let's get started!
- Embroidery Hoop - Can be vintage or new. Make sure it's big enough for your stencil design.
- Fabric for the background (I used vintage fabric) - Size: Big enough to fit in your hoop
- Canvas or duck cloth fabric
- Antennas 6" Stencil by StencilGirl
- Broken Circles 6" Stencil by StencilGirl
- Fabrico Marker Set in Gemstones from Imagine Crafts
- All-Purpose Ink in White from Imagine Crafts
- Paint brush
- Embroidery thread to match your project
- Embroidery needle
- Seed beads to match your project
- Pen or pencil
- Glue Stick
- Masking tape or all purpose glue
Step 1: Cut the background fabric to be about 1.5"- 2" larger than your hoop. You can leave it square for now. We will trim it at the end.
Step 2: Trace the inside of the hoop onto the canvas fabric with a pen or pencil.
Step 3: Draw hash marks 1"-2" inside the circle or oval that you just traced to form a smaller circle or oval. This is going to be the smaller piece of canvas fabric that you will do your stencil art on. I measured in 2" because I wanted 2" of the vintage fabric to show. You can adjust your measurements to your liking.
Step 4: Cut along the hash marks.
Step 5: Using the Green Apple Marker from the Gemstone Set and the Antennas Stencil color in the "trunk" and "limbs". Leave off the top ones as shown.Step 6: Color in the "ornaments" with the Cherry Pink Marker from the Gemstone Set. Skip the top branch but color in the very top one.
Step 7: Your tree should look like this.
Step 9: Your tree should look like this.
Step 10: Add details around every other "ornament" with the Cherry Pink Marker.
The canvas piece is all finished. Let's move to the next steps.
Step 15: Center your canvas piece in the middle of the hoop. Tack down to background fabric with a glue stick to hold in place.
Step 16: Thread an embroidery needle with embroidery floss to match your project.
Step 17: Straight stitch around the edge of the canvas piece. Add a seed bead to every other stitch. The stitches don't have to perfect. We are going for a handmade vintage look which mean "perfectly imperfect".
Step 18: Add a seed bead to the top of the tree .
Step 19: Insert the finished fabric piece into the hoop and adjust the tightness. Trim the fabric around the hoop leaving enough to fold over the edge.
Step 20: Fold over the edge of the fabric to the inside of the hoop. If you want to be able to switch the fabric piece out for different seasons then you can just tape the fabric edges to the hoop. Not pretty but it works and it won't show. If you want the fabric to be a permanent piece in the hoop you can use craft glue to adhere the fabric to the hoop.
And now you are all done and ready to hang it up for Holidays.
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