We’ve had a big pile of twigs sitting in our house, waiting for the Christmas crafts, for the past few weeks. The kids went out to collect them on a beautiful day a few weeks ago, and I’ve had a few ideas about just how to use them in our crafts. Last night when the kids went to sleep, I used a couple of the canvases we’ve chosen
You Will Need
Canvas or heavy paper
some kind of scraper to apply the paint
or you can use a brush
This started out as a project that I was going to work on with the kids – they went to bed and I applied the paint on the canvas but thinking of it now, there is very little technique to the application of the paint, so armed with the color choices that are complimentary, kids can easily apply the paint to canvas. Give them something to scrape it with, or even brushes, and let them go to town on the small canvases.
Tip: I found the canvases at the dollarama, along with the gold, silver + teal paint. For $2, they were an inch thick, and a great size for mantle displays.
Let it dry overnight, and if you want to create a more textured appearance you can put on a second coat of colors to the canvas. Once you’re happy with the color of the canvas, you can start to break apart the twigs, placing them from the top to the bottom, smallest to largest is easiest, and use a hot glue gun (or regular white glue for children) on to the canvas.
Now, it’s a gorgeous addition to mantle, and would make a lovely Christmas gift. Now that we’ve done the twig trees, we’re going to create a couple of them with a button tree, a layout that we tried last year and has become one of my favorite things about the Christmas season, displaying something that the girls worked together on to create.