Remember when I made a free Christmas tree by collecting branches from a tree stand? Well, when I collected those branches I also snagged some Christmas tree rings and have had them laying around ever since. So when I saw that Sherry and Katie from Young House Love and Bower Power were doing their quarterly Pinterest challenge, I hopped right on the opportunity to get this little project done.
I saw these painted tree rings on Pinterest for $75-$150 almost a year ago and have been jonesing to make some of my own. You’ll need tree rings that have been seasoned, which means air dried so that they are no longer moist, craft paint and paint brushes of various sizes.
Then I just picked out a color and painted away, letting the layers dry before painting another color.
It was pretty cool to watch them transform. I wasn’t very happy with the hot pink so I mixed the pink with some yellow to make a coral and I love it. I wasn’t digging on the lime green either, but nothing a little gray paint mixed in couldn’t fix. It really did make a difference.
I also changed it up a bit and painted the outer bark on three of the rings. I like ’em!
I know, they aren’t perfect but I am only perfect every other week and this isn’t one of those weeks. Give me a break.
I still can’t decide which ones I like more but it is fun to see all the different color combinations side by side. Which one is your favorite?
Oh, and for some added durability, it helps to seal these by spray painting them outside with some clear Polycrylic – not to mention it keeps the bugs out. I don’t mind house guests… just not the crawling kind, unless we are talking about babies.
As for where I will hang them, it’s a toss up. I am thinking either in the children’s room or above the gray dresser I refinished once I am done painting or maybe even under the shelf in my living room where the pear lamp used to be. Perhaps they may even serve a purpose of holding hot or cold beverages, if the day ever comes that we set down drinks within a child’s reach on a coffee table…
They could really fit anywhere, they are just so colorful and make me happy. Don’t tell but I am a little fearful of color… but these are making me loosen up a bit.