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Scrap Wood Holiday Decor Ideas

Because we are constantly doing DIY projects, this is what my garage looks like - ALL THE TIME (sigh). I thought I could accomplish two goals at once, by taking some of this scrap wood and turning it into some easy fun holiday decor, and also start cleaning the garage.

a pile of scrap wood

I rummaged through the pile and found a few that were consistent in size and shape.

pieces of scrap wood

They were super long so I trimmed them all down to about half the length.

using a circular saw to trim a piece of wood

Once I had the pieces trimmed, I assembled and glued them together using Titebond Quick & Thick, so there wouldn't be any nails sticking out. I glued two more pieces of scrap wood perpendicular to the frame for support. Next, I screwed in two picture hooks and added a wire for hanging.

attaching a wire to the back of a painting for hanging

Once all the wood was securely in place, it was ready for paint. My husband is the artist in the family (seriously - he's so talented! Check out his work at Red Brick Barn Art) so I left the actual artwork to him, and just told him what I wanted it to say. He painted it white first as a base layer, to even out the color variations in the wood with acrylic paint before doing the red background color. After he was done painting with the acrylic, he sprayed it with clear matte spray paint to prevent peeling.

paint and art supplies

And here's the finished product!

art made from scrap wood for the holidays that is painted red with the words Eat, drink and be Merry

My decorations go in a different spot every year, but I think I found the perfect spot for this one in the kitchen ❤️

a kitchen decorated for Christmas with a wreath, garland

a reindeer painted on wood with gold glitter

These were so easy to make, we wound coming up with a few more scrap wood holiday decor ideas. For this one, he used a stencil for the reindeer and filled it in with gold acrylic paint. Next he added a bit of spray adhesive before sprinkling on the glitter - super cute!

a purple, white and gold candy cane painted on wood

I'm a big believer that Christmas decor does not always have to be red & green, and I would rather it match the decor of the room it's going in, so my husband made a quick purple and gold candy cane to match the family room colors.

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