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DIY in a BOX: Santa Belt

Posted by Kristina Lough on

Thank you so much for bringing our Santa Belt DIY in a BOX Ornament or Starter kit into your home!  (Don't have your kit yet?? Click HERE to order.) 

We're super excited about our new Collection, & to be crafting with everybody this fall/holiday season.  Don't forget to join our Private DIY in a BOX Group on Facebook (click HERE to request access) & tag @paintedbytheshore with all your DIY photos on Instagram!

We suggest reading this full post before beginning (including the section about mistakes & tips/tricks at the bottom):

This step-by-step applies to both colors of our Santa belt design, the red for the starter/ornament plus black for the ornament set (see below).

The first step to create this design it is to cover the base of your piece in red (or black).  With the wood slice you want to start with the edge line about 1" in from the bark.  I like to use the flat brush turned on it's side, the smaller round brush works for the edge lines as well, & then use the large flat to fill in the rest.  When filling in it helps to add a couple drops of water to the paint & mix it in to get smoother easier brush strokes in the large middle area.  

For the ornaments you'll use the round brush to create the outline 1/4" in from the edge of your piece to get that rustic wood border.  You shouldn't need drops of water for the ornament, solely because you're covering less surface area.  Then fill in.


Next up is the stripe.  Using your flat brush (or round for the ornament) start with one slightly arched line across the center.  The idea is starting with 1 line in the middle will help you gauge how wide you want the final stripe without starting by making it too large & then needing to make it smaller. 

With the belt buckle, you'll also want to start with one line & add additional brushstrokes to widen.  See example below.

The final step is to add the stitching to the belt.  With this, if you'd prefer, you can add light chalk (not included) lines to give a rough outline for spacing.  As each wood slice is a natural piece, they'll all vary & counting those seen on our sample may not apply should your piece be slightly bigger/smaller.

Mistakes: If you make a mistake on the wood, let it dry & go over.  It's easier to give it a few minutes then go over the paint while wet which leads to mixing.  If there is a raised bit of paint on your piece dot it with a towel while it's wet so when you do a coat over it it'll lay flat.

Tips & Tricks: If you notice the edges of your stitching on the buckle feathering out, take your brush & go the opposite way to get a nice clean edge.  When you need a fine point it helps to push your brush down on a paper plate while spinning it & then paint.

Final note: We're here for any & all questions!  Email or post in our DIY in a BOX Facebook Group. - Kristina

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