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Farmhouse Style Christmas Decorations with Drop Cloth Tutorial
I’m guessing you’re here because you love the Farmhouse look and it’s that time of year again?! Or, perhaps you do actually live in a farmhouse and love to decorate in style for Christmas?! Well, either way,this series is for you…and for anyone else who loves to make homemade too 🙂
In this Christmas Series, I’ll be bringing you a few ideas for simple Christmas decorating with drop cloth that fits perfectly for a farmhouse look. I don’t know about you but I just love the rustic farmhouse style of decorating. It’s simple, imperfect, neutral and timeless, don’t you think?
When it comes to Christmas time, I am a traditionalist. I love the simple red and white against a beautiful green tree, but year after year I find myself wanting to dull it down a little, ie. not so much colour to really suit my taste in decor, and so I got to thinking, and came up with some ideas that I hope will inspire you!
As I said, I love simple and rustic, so this tutorial really is that. No measuring, no sewing, the more imperfect, the better…
Not on Fabric
Okay, so some of the drop cloth I used had previously been bleached and some was unbleached. If you’d like a tutorial on how to achieve this, please let me know and I will post on how I did it. I also used some white Italian linen I had here, but I wouldn’t recommend linen. It doesn’t have the flexibility in it to mould around the ball like the drop cloth does, and because it is very thin, it pretty much burned my fingers through the fabric as I glued, not good on either count (although a thicker linen might be okay, it still won’t mould as well). Here’s what you’ll need…
(I have linked to the products, and/or similar products, I used below.)
- Foam Balls (similar pack found here)
- Drop Cloth Fabric Scraps (similar Drop Cloth here)
- White Linen Fabric (optional)
- Hot Glue Gun and Sticks (you will need lots!)
- Some scrap paper (to protect your work surface from the glue)
- Alphabet Stamp Set
- Brown Ink Pad (any black or brown ink pad will do but I like and used the one linked)
And how to do it yourself…
Cutting and Gluing
To start off, you are going to need to setup your hot glue gun to let it heat up (remember to place some paper underneath to protect your work surface)
and then prepare your drop cloth… (note the linen on the top of the stack of fabric…I don’t recommend it after making these decorations as mentioned above).
If you’re using full size drop cloth pieces to start with, you may want to cut it down to a smaller size to work with. Drop cloth can be torn, however, for this purpose you will want to cut it using your scissors otherwise your fabric pieces will be a little bit too rustic! (unless of course that’s what you want, although I don’t recommend it for this project).
Cut your fabric into strips of approximately 1 inch wide. It doesn’t matter how long your pieces are for this as you will be wrapping the strips around the foam balls in any order just to cover the foam, and can add on new pieces whenever necessary. I didn’t get a picture of this because erm…this happened…ouchies…but you can just about see the strips of fabric in the background.
On that note, please please be careful not to burn yourself. I was trying to make this tutorial a bit too quickly and using my non dominant hand to glue (not clever). Seriously, it hurt for the rest of the day until I went to bed, far more than the picture shows so be careful!!!
Start by adding some glue in a line (anywhere on a ball) and place the beginning of a strip of drop cloth down smoothing the fabric tightly as you go, but remember how hot that glue is! Just keep adding lines or squiggles of glue in a line as you go, a few inches at a time and gently but firmly push the strips along with a slight tug each time to keep the fabric nice and snug.
Repeat the process around the ball until all foam is covered. Then repeat over however many balls you have or would like covered! Once finished, leave to cool and let the glue set.
Next, take your alphabet stamp set and ink pad and letter by letter stamp each ball with a different ‘Christmas Word’.
I used ‘Bright’, ‘Merry’, ‘Joy’, ‘Happy’ and ‘Jingle’ in lowercase. I may go back and do a couple more with ‘Love’ because I realised afterwards that, that was one of the most important words to use, duh!!
See how imperfect the stamping is. I actually was aiming for that, a little I guess, but because the surface of each ball was uneven from the fabric, it was even more ‘rustic’ than I planned! I still love them 🙂
And that’s it – as simple as that! Now your Farmhouse Drop Cloth Christmas balls are ready to sit on display in your home. I have considered putting some little lights in with them, but haven’t yet…maybe come December I might 😉
If you’re wondering where that little basket thingy is from, I have no idea where I bought it I’m sorry. I’ve had it for years and pulled it out from the craft room where it’s been sat unused for too long. I can only think I purchased it from a local newsagent or shop. I would have used a large white plate or bowl to display the balls in otherwise so that’s what I’d recommend.
If you do decide to use the tutorial to make your own, please do tag me on social media! I’d love to know if I’ve inspired you!!
Don’t forget to pin the tutorial for later…
I hope this post has inspired you and cannot wait to share the next edition in the Christmas Drop Cloth Decoration Series with you! If you haven’t already, subscribe to the newsletter to be the first in the know with the latest news, get your hands on farmhouse style freebies from me and more! You can also follow me on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook!