Hello! Sorry I’ve been MIA this week. I had a big photo shoot for the January/February issue of my magazine and there just weren’t enough hours in the day… fortunately the shoot went really well and I can’t wait to share it with you in the upcoming issue!! Before the week completely slips away I wanted to share this fun little project with you: How to Spray Paint Your Own White Christmas Tree. I have been searching and searching for a vintage white Christmas tree and have had the hardest time finding one…. even searching on ebay, I’ve not had any luck yet. Fortunately you know how much I enjoy a craft challenge so I decided to see if I couldn’t come up with a pretty (& fun!) plan B. And, it worked!! I transformed this inexpensive fake Christmas tree that I got from my local Michaels craft store into a wintery-white tree that has just enough creaminess too give it that slightly vintage feel. Here’s how I did it:
In the photo above you can see how my tree started out. A basic green tree, pretty but definitely not wintery-white! So, bring on the spray paint!
Be sure you are in a well ventilated area because there is just no getting around the fact that spray paint is smelly work! I recommend painting the tree while it is sitting on a surface that can get messy and let it dry for a few minutes. Then, hold the tree upside down and spray it again. That will help you get the best coverage in all those nooks and crannies of the branches. The photo above shows the tree with a coat of white spray paint. It’s looking more white but still not quite magical. So, I decided to coat it with a light layer of almond colored spray paint. The creamy color of the almond colored spray paint gives it warmth and lends to the vintage feel.
This closeup shows how the branches look. I love how this project turned out!! Be sure to let the tree dry completely before putting any ornaments on it. Also, my tree took a while for the spray paint smell to go away so, I don’t recommend doing this right before a party. Allow at least 48 hours for the scent to begin to go… and even then there could be a slight smell. I don’t smell anything now (a couple of weeks later) but it was a bit stinky for the first few days.
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