Today I have a baby shower for a friend of mine that I met in college a couple years ago. We've stayed in touch even after graduation. She will be having a baby girl named Milly before too long. Her nursery is done in red, white and black with a cute country theme. When I went to Brandi's baby shower she really liked the first stackable wooden cross I made with turquoise and zebra print (click here to see it) so I made a personalized one just for her and Milly.
Below are my materials. Two wooden crosses (I can only find these at Hobby Lobby, not Michaels). Red paint for my large cross, ceramic stucco paint (in paint aisle), black and white paint (all paint acrylic), paint brush, and peel and stick jewels to embellish.
First I painted the large cross with red. I did two coats to really make the red pop. :)
While the red paint was drying I painted on the ceramic stucco. I used globs of this glue and just brushed back and forth because I really wanted a messy look. I have seen pictures of this stucco used to make swirls, a rough surface and looks similar to my own. I have always wanted to try using it and was so excited to get to use it today. It's in the paint aisle in a cylinder bottle.
This took a good two hours to dry. When it was ready I painted the the small, stucco-ed, cross completely white. Then I went back over with black and made it look like cowhide. Originally I wanted to just use scrapbook paper to mod podge on but I couldn't find any. Then I realized, hey... Why not do it myself? It gave me a reason to buy the stucco. :)
When the paint was dry I used wood glue to glue the little cross to the large cross.
Then I peeled off the jeweled stickers and placed them on top. I played around with the stickers for a while before deciding on a look that I liked.
Then, I took some scissors and cut parts of the jewels off that hung over the sides of the small cross and stuck them to the red cross. Here is a side picture to kind of show that.
Here is the finished product! I love it and I can't wait for Emily to see it! :)
You could play with many different kinds of paint colors. The stucco was really fun to use too. You could use different embellishments found in the scrapbook aisle. You could use different scrapbook paper. I have also seen these made with mosaic tiles. These are so fun and easy to make, one of my favorite crafts. I also made her a cute black tutu to go with her gift following the same steps I did in January. Click here to see it and the instructions.
Have a great Sunday! :)