Taking down the Christmas decorations after the holidays always makes the house feel a bit empty so I love to decorate for winter. It helps keep that festive spirit going for a couple more months! I’m adding a new winter garland DIY to my decor this year and jumping on the buffalo check bandwagon as well!
- Birch Wood Slices, assorted sizes
- Picture Hanging Screws
- Acrylic Paint in White, Black, and Gray
- Dimensional Snow Writer
- 3/4″ Canadian Pine Garland
- 1″ White Pom Poms
- White Twine
- Large Sewing Needle
Decide how long you want your garland to be and select a handful of the larger wood slices to work with. The birch is soft enough to push the picture hanging screw into the wood without needing to pre-drill any holes. Avoid using the smaller wood slices as the screws may cause them to split.
Paint the front of the wood slices with a coat or two of the white acrylic paint.
Use a ruler and a pencil to lightly draw a grid on the wood. Use a fine tip paintbrush to paint every other square with black acrylic paint. Paint the squares under and above the black squares with the gray acrylic paint. Mix the gray paint with a little of the white to make a lighter shade of gray and paint all of the squares next to the black squares with the lighter gray paint.
Once the acrylic paint is dry, use the snow writer to draw snowflakes on the wood slices. Allow to dry completely. The snow writer will give the snowflakes a fun 3-D effect.
String the wood slices onto the pine garland through the picture hanging screws. Hang and trim the pine garland as needed.
I also made a “snowball” garland to go with the wood slice garland using white pom poms and twine. Thread the twine through a large needle and string on the pom poms. It’s that easy!
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