I know what you are thinking.
But let me assure you…..no paint sticks were mooched in the making of this paint stick Christmas tree.
No-mooched paint sticks.
It’s kind of my thing.
The first time I saw a project on Pinterest made from paint sticks, I was so excited.
I ran to the home improvement store and asked the paint team member for some paint sticks.
He handed me two.
I needed 47 paint sticks to make a mirror.
So I stood there awkwardly trying to figure out what my next move was. Did I ask for 47 paint sticks and then change my name and make a run for the border? Did I travel all over town in search of free paint sticks….wandering from store to store until 7 hours later I had triumphantly amassed my paint stick empire? Did I write the big box store and tell them how amazing I was and that I lived to create paint stick projects and could they send me some for free?
Paint stick dilemma 101.
And then one day the stars aligned and the heavens parted and the angels sang the hallelujah chorus right there in the middle of aisle 27 at WalMart.
Because WalMart sells paint sticks. And these are the cadillac of paint sticks. They are extra long and super thick and they don’t have any writing on them and they’re located next to the paint.
And at .34 a piece….you can buy buckets full and still have enough left over to send your children to an ivy league college.
Merry Christmas to you.
Paint Stick Christmas Tree Project
long skinny metal with screw fittings all over it (I forget what this is called but just ask about it at the hardware department)
nuts (to fit the long skinny metal thing)
Step 1: Cut your paint sticks into varying lengths.
I used approximately 14 paint sticks for this project.
The longest paint stick is 8″ long and the shortest is 2″ long.
I just started with the 8″ pieces and then measured an inch in for the next piece.
I cut about six of each of these lengths.
If it’s not exactly perfect….no worries. When you twist them you won’t even notice.
Step 2: Drill holes
Mark the approximate center and drill holes into each piece.
Again…if it’s not exactly the center….no worries.
It’s called character.
Step 3: Paint the pieces
I used Americana Decor Chalky Paint from Deco Art.
I love it.
It’s not too overwhelming and comes in small bottles that are easy to work with and I love the colors.
Follow directions on the label when painting.
Let the paint dry.
You can also add a coat of wax for a smoother finish.
Step 4: Add the nut and washer to the bottom of the metal pole
This will help to anchor your paint sticks.
Then begin stacking the paint sticks on the pole.
Begin with the largest at the bottom and twist as you go.
When you finish stacking the paint sticks, add a nut and washer to the top to hold all the paint sticks together.
Tighten the nut to finish.
Step 5: Add a star and feet
I cut a star from silver paper and glued pieces of wood to the bottom for feet.
Then I finished off the tree by dry brushing white paint on the edges to make it look like snow.
I added some snow and put it on the pallet table next to the collection of wood trees.
And it totally held its own.
No-mooch paint sticks have never looked so good. 🙂
disclaimer: A giant shout out to DecoArt for asking me to create a project with their amazing paint. I was compensated for this post, but
my opinions on not mooching paint sticks and chalky finish paint are completely my own.
Please see my disclosure page for more information.
It’s day nine of the twelve days of Christmas.
Can you even believe it?
And now here’s some more Christmas inspiration from some of my favorite people.
Just click on the links below to take you to the projects.