Primitive Wood Presents

The leaves are finally changing colors this week, a late peak in our area here in Western Pennsylvania.  Fall is my favorite time of year and we had some really nice, sunny days the past 2 weeks.  I even got some “fall” cleaning done! Washed some windows and even put up the “winter” curtains.  I like to change them to my heavier fabric ones for the winter. However, even though it is still fall, we need to be thinking about getting some Christmas crafts done, don’t we?  This is what we will be making today.

Primitive Wood Presents
 Primitive Wood PresentsSince the weather was nice, I incorporated the help of my son to cut a 2″ x 6″ board for me!  I’m sorry, I just haven’t got enough courage to run that rip saw yet!!!

You need to cut the 2″ x 6″ board into 3 pieces.  You will need a  10″, 8″ and 6″ piece.

After you cut them, take your hand sander and sand the edges.
I rounded mine so the edges were not too “square”.

Primitive Wood Presents

I spray painted them white with the cheap,
flat spray paint you get at Walmart for 96 cents.

Primitive Wood Presents

After they dried, I then painted around edges with beige acrylic craft paint.
I used Territorial Beige.

 Primitive Wood Presents

Then went over each piece with Antique White (or ivory)

 Primitive Wood Presents

Once they were dry, (you can use a blow dryer to speed the process) I sanded the edges to allow the beige paint to show through.

 Primitive Wood Presents

If you don’t want that distressed look, you can skip this part of the project and only paint your packages the one color.

Now it’s time to decorate. I ripped a piece of homespun material so the edges would fray.  Wrap the piece of homespun ribbon from the front, to the back, and then to the front again and tie a knot.  You could also use burlap ribbon.

Here is where your creativity begins.

Primitive Wood Packages

You can decorate the front of your packages with any embellishment you want. I had made this canning ring, rag wreath a few months ago. Just take the outside ring of a quart canning jar lid, cut  7″ piece lengths of home spun, fold in half, and wrap around the ring, bringing the loose ends up through the folded end of the material, slip it through and pull tight. Do this until the entire ring is covered.  I used about 15 strips, more or less depending on how tight you make them around the ring.
You can use one color of material or several colors, I used a homespun and a solid color. Then, I hung 3 bells in the center using some twine.

Primitive Wood Presents

You can use some fake pine, berries, bells, even some
Christmas picks you get at the dollar store.

 Primitive Wood Presents

If you sprayed your finished product with a sealer before decorating, you can even use these outside for your Christmas display.

 Primitive Wood Presents

I found this Santa at the Goodwill the other day for $3.99.
I like his Primitive look!  DSCN7768

 Primitive Wood Presents

Here is how I displayed them in front of my fireplace.

 Primitive Wood Presents

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