Looking for a fun and interesting way to display a Christmas poinsettia? This poinsettia Christmas decor project is it!
Poinsettia Christmas Decor Background
It all starts with this old wine box; the kind that holds one bottle of wine! In 2002, Hub’s coworkers gifted him a bottle of wine as congratulations on a new job. They all signed the sliding door, so I’m not going to alter that part in any way.
Milk Paint the Box
Natural wood is the ideal surface for milk paint so I’m going to use two colours just to get some practice in! I mix up some blue and green milk paint. I can’t remember which colour blue I used, but this Milk Paint by Fusion in Skinny Jeans is a beautiful one.
However, Waterloo Green is the colour I’m using for the inside of the box.
I’m putting the green on the inside bottom only, so I tape around the edges with painters tape to achieve clean lines.
But after painting the green, I decide to create a border just for fun. So I re-tape the bottom. Then I dry brush with the blue over the green before painting the rest of the box solid blue.
Then I lift the tape.
Stencilling Poinsettia Christmas Decor
This project wouldn’t be nearly as fun without a little stencilling! I’m using the second half of this Sleigh Rides stencil from Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils. If you missed the Christmas Sleigh Decor piece I created from it, you have to check it out!
I mask off the ‘S’, because I won’t be needing it, and stencil with PPG Break-Through in a colour called Carbon Black. Be sure to offload your stencil brush so it’s dry to the touch and you’ll get nice sharp lettering like I have here!
Off to the left, you can see a peek of a custom stencil I cut from a piece of acetate to compliment the Sleigh Ride stencil. It doesn’t look as nice as the high quality Old Sign Stencils of course, but it does the job! You’ll have to wait for the reveal to see it!
At this point, you can seal the milk paint with an clear coat like wax, hemp oil or a matte clear coat. My preferred finish is hemp oil; I haven’t sealed this project yet because I’ll be doing it together with some upcoming projects.
Vinyl Grasscloth Inset
Once the stencil is dry, I’m adding a piece of vinyl grasscloth, on what is now the top of the box, to cover the raw wood and give it some interest. I found a whole roll of it at Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store. You’ll be seeing more of it in upcoming posts!
Secure it with double faced tape.
The last step for the wooden wine box is to paint the remaining raw wood with black paint to match the stencilling.
To complete this project, I’m getting a little help from Randy. More specifically, Randy’s roller skates.
We found a complete set in its original box at Aberfoyle Antique Market last year and I couldn’t wait to upcycle them! Or at least one of them :).
Poinsettia Christmas Decor
I love Poinsettias at Christmas time! That’s because they add a pop of colour to my otherwise neutral decor! I strapped one poinsettia into the skate with the leather strap. The other poinsettia is on the wine box itself. The skate can’t roll off because there’s a lip around the entire edge. Isn’t it fun?
The other side of the box still opens and is functional so you can store christmas cards in it when the season is over as a sort of memory box.
Problem is, I turned my back for one minute.
Then Gabriola frog knocked that reindeer off the box and hopped right on. Silly frog; doesn’t she realized she just blends right in? I almost didn’t see here there!
Gabi loves rides of all sorts. She’s no stranger to sleigh rides either. But a joy ride? She obviously wants in on that fun too!
For the traditionalists, swap in a red poinsettia and bring back the reindeer!
Tiered Plant Stand
If you love poinsettias this time of year, I’ve got a special post coming out on Saturday that shows off poinsettias in all their glory! I rarely post on Saturdays but I’m joining a group of bloggers called the ‘Do It Over Designers’, so check back in then for another fun upcycle.
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Should you Keep Poinsettias All Year Round?
Poinsettias are native to Mexico, but you can keep them year round if you know how to get that colour back to enjoy them through the holiday season! This article has some tips to keep in mind.
Pin Poinsettia Christmas Decor
Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils has some great options for Christmas decor. I’ll have more stencil projects coming up leading to the holidays so stay tuned.