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Create your own triangle Christmas trees and painted baubles

Habitat bright ideas with Fleur Thorpe – DIY projects

Fleur Thorpe shows you how to make your own triangle Christmas tree and painted baubles.

Triangle christmas trees with golden baubles
Wall colour: Resene Cararra, Wallpaper: Resene Anaglypta 2011 Wallpaper Collection RD0151

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Step 1:  Cut the wood into lengths to form 3 triangles.

Step 2:  Using a ruler and pencil, make a mark on the inside at the top of each of the two upright pieces of wood, for each of the triangles. Use a saw to notch this out so that a small eyelet will fit into the notch. Check that the eyelet will fit and then put the eyelet aside for later. Prime the front and backs of the wood, but not the edges, with Resene Quick Dry. Once this is dry, lightly sand the primed wood with fine grit sandpaper.

Step 3:  Apply two coats of Resene Half Forest Green to the outside surface of the wood for one of the triangles. Paint the next triangle in Resene Surf Crest and the remaining triangle in Resene Paper Doll. Take care not to put too much paint on the edges of the wood.

Step 6 - Glue triangles Step six

Step 7 - add gold paint Step seven

Step 4:  Once this paint is dry, flip the wood over and paint on one coat of Resene Apache on to the inside surface of all three triangles. This is the base colour for the metallic gold and helps to intensify the gold colour. Apply two coats of Resene FX Metallic Gold Dust.

Step 5: Once the paint is dry, use medium grit sandpaper to carefully sand off any paint that has gotten on to the edges of the wood and so that the transition from wood to paint on the corner edges is nice and crisp.

Step 6:  Using wood glue, glue each of the triangles together, remembering to glue in the eyelet at the top (this is so much easier than trying to screw it in later). Use masking tape to hold the triangles together while they dry.

Step 7:  Remove the tops off three clear glass Christmas baubles and with an old medicine syringe, squirt some Resene FX Metallic Magma paint into each of the baubles and rotate the baubles from side to side to that the paint runs up the sides.

Step 8:  Reinsert the tops of the baubles and either hang them up or sit them in an egg cup while the paint dries.

When the glue on the wooden triangles has dried, use cotton thread or thin string to hang a bauble from the eyelet of each of the triangles.

Top tip: Use Resene FX Nightlight glow in the dark for some of your topcoating so that your decorations softly glow at night.

Resene Gold Dust

Styling and images by Fleur Thorpe, 2017.

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