How pretty are these? Yes, I do realize it’s November, but the lovely Jenn Elwell got me thinking ahead about showing appreciation to friends and family who have supported me with Paradigm. Instead of Christmas cards, I wanted to do something different and creative. This is my first Paradigm Christmas and I was drawing a blank, so naturally I turned to Pinterest and found these little Hershey Kiss Christmas Trees. Adorable, right?
To make this project a bit more personal, I added my love for wood and created a centerpiece for the trees. The best part? This project cost me nothing but a bag of Hershey Kisses. It's probably because I’m a DIY-er at heart and hoard everything, but, hey, don’t judge!
Let’s get started.
For the wood centerpiece:
1x6” white board cut at 3”
1” spade drill bit (optional)
Stain + Polyurethane
I used a table saw to cut my 1x6” white board (scrap wood) into 3” pieces and ended up with 11 blocks. There's also the option to buy these "Rustic Wood Slats" at Hobby Lobby or your local craft store. Easy peasy. To add some dimension to the blocks (optional), I decided to use the 1” spade to outline 3 little circles for the trees. I was a bit lazy and eyeballed the spacing for the circles. It’s not perfect, but I think the little imperfections make it more personal. Some of the circles are rugged and uneven, but the dark stain did a good job of masking these imperfections. If you want to be precise with your drill, I suggest clamping the board to your workstation and marking your lines to drill for a more even look. Otherwise, you’ll end up with the board moving while you drill (like I did).
Next, I sanded down the blocks with an 80 then 120 grit sandpaper. I used a generous amount of dark stain and let it dry for 24 hours.
For the hand lettering, I used a medium point, white water-based Sharpie. I’m an amateur when it comes to hand lettering, but I’ve been practicing my doodles when my daughter wants to color.
Lastly, I sprayed the blocks with polyurethane to seal the stain and paint.
For the paper trees:
Pretty card stock
Head over to It All Started with Paint for the original instructions. I used card stock I had on hand. The trees measure 1.5” on the base and 3” tall. I used this fabulous tessellation to be efficient and save paper.
The instructions use scotch tape, which I didn’t have. Instead, I hot glued the toothpicks on. Scotch tape is probably the easier route, if you have it. Lastly, I used Hershey Kisses to stick these trees in, but I’m sure any other individually wrapped chocolate would be just as good.
Voila! I’m pretty proud how these turned out. I can’t wait to send them out!
What kind of behavior analyst would I be without a task analysis (aka how-to instructions) and a visual support to go along with this DIY?
I created these how-to cards available for print in our free Resource Library.
Make sure to check them out!