Skill Level: Easy
Time Required: Less than an hour of hands-on time
Project Cost: $0-$25
Kimberly has these colorful tree rings displayed on her living room wall, but suggests they would also make cute coasters for the nature enthusiast on your list, or charming reusable place cards when coated in chalkboard paint. To snag some rings for free, ask your local Christmas tree farm or tent.
- Tree rings
- Craft paint or chalkboard paint
- Sandpaper (optional)
- Sealant (optional)
- Circular object for tracing (optional)
- If you got your tree rings not from a store, make sure to set them outside in the sun for the sap to dry completely before painting.
- If you'd like a smooth tree ring surface, use 100 or 150-grit sandpaper to smooth the front side of your ring.
- Use a round object to trace a circle on the ring as a guide, if you are uncomfortable painting a circle freehand. I used a mason jar lid, which was the perfect size.
- Paint circles with alternate colors and varying thickness, allowing the layers to dry between each color. Alternatively, paint the entire front surface with chalkboard paint or paint the outer bark for a different look.
- If you are planning to use these as coasters, seal them with a clear spray paint sealant. I like Minwax's Polycrylic, which requires lightly sanding between each coat, but results in a durable, waterproof finish. To use them as wall art, drill a small hole in the back of the tree ring big enough to fit a head of a nail.
Thanks to Kimberly for sharing the Painted Tree Rings gift idea. Check out her blog, Turning It Home for more of her creativity and style.
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(Image credits: Turning It Home)