On a shopping trip to Marshalls in early December I found a decorated Christmas box that I just fell in love with. It became the inspiration for a wall hanging that we made for the parents. My practice one kinda looked like one of those Pinterest fails but I tweaked a couple of things so the student ones turned out better.
Here are the steps:
1. I spray painted the edges of a 8 X 11 artist canvas. I found these in packs of ten at Michaels. They were on sale for $14.99 and I used my teacher discount for an additional 15% off. Also, I had asked each of the students to bring in $2 for Christmas crafts. The spray paint I used was a gold glitter color.
2. Then the students used white acrylic paint to cover the middle part of the canvas. I created a stencil to cover the top outside edges so they remained gold.
3. Next I used a gray fabric paint to make a border right along the edge of the white paint. The students used gray paint to sponge a tree in the center of the white. I found a tree shape online and adjusted the size to fit on our 8 X 11 canvas. After the sponge painting was dry, I used white glitter glue to make lines criss-crossing the tree to represent strings of lights.
4. Last, the students decorated the canvas with round silver and white glitter stickers, stars, and snowflakes. I had found these items at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnns - all on sale, of course!
The Final Product! The picture really doesn't do it justice - they turned out so cute!
Here is a picture of the box that was my inpiration -