If you loved our Homemaker Icon feature on Annie Sloan in issue 37, you’ll be inspired by this easy festive project. Paint yourself a faux Christmas tree for an oh-so-stylish take on the classic and you could end up with a whole houseful of rustic decorations. Don’t forget to enter here for your chance to win a copy of Annie’s latest book Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint Workbook - we’ve got three to give away to budding upcyclists!
- Christmas Tree from timbatree.co.uk in plain pine
- Annie Sloan French Linen Chalk Paint™
- Annie Sloan Pure Bristle Brush
- Discarded wooden tree branches
- Tealight candles
- Wooden decorations
Use a pure bristle brush to paint the tree, working from the top ‘branches’ to the bottom. Paint two coats if necessary and leave to dry.
As soon as the paint is dry, start decorating by placing tealight candles, mini crackers and baubles on the end of the branches. You can even paint the wall behind the tree to give a dramatic backdrop - above, the wall is painted in Graphite Chalk Paint™ and the floor in Burgundy Chalk Paint™.
For the decorations, be creative! Find discarded tree branches and paint them thoroughly in Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint™, then source some plain wooden Christmas decorations and paint each of them using small artist’s brushes to achieve a folky effect. Suspend the branch from the ceiling above your Christmas table for an eye-catching centrepiece!