This year I’m putting up a small artificial coastal-themed Christmas tree and a larger traditional tree. The coastal-themed Christmas tree is sponsored by Oriental Trading, for the 12 Days of Christmas Ideas Blog Hop. If you like coastal Christmas decor, be sure and pop back in on December 6th to see my Christmas tree, and all the Christmas trees decorated by my fellow bloggers.
Although I’ve been blogging since late 2016, I didn’t start posting DIYs, recipes, or tutorials until Christmas of 2018. Last year, I was mad for buffalo plaid. I still am. But, this year, I’m also going to explore all the things I can make to reflect the beauty of my South Carolina Lowcountry home. In honor of South Carolina’s state tree, I featured a palmetto tree hung with Christmas lights on my Hand Painted Coastal Christmas Cutting Board.
- Apple Barrel paints 20774E Aquamarine, 2608 Country Tan, 21396E Sublime Lime, 448485 Milk Chocolate, 20503E White, 44845E Light Yellow, 21977E Wisteria, 20404 Black, 20589E Harvest Orange, 20424E Real Blue
- DecoArt American paints Santa Red, Kelly Green
- Aleene’s acrylic gloss sealer
- Elmers Glue -All (extra strong formula)
- paint brushes- 1” sponge brush, 1/4 angle brush, liner brush
- painters tape
- wooden cutting board
- wooden “merry” letters (you can see the wooden “Christmas“ letters in the picture below)
- starfish (provided by Oriental Trading)
The cutting board I bought from Hobby Lobby was already painted with black stripes. I placed a strip of painters tape over the top black stripe before I painted the background, and removed the rope handle.
Paint the cutting board (above the painters tape) with the 1” sponge brush and Aquamarine. Add the palmetto tree trunk with the 1/4” brush and Country Tan.
Make sure the Aquamarine background and Country Tan tree trunk are opaque. You may need several coats of paint. Use a hair dryer to dry the paint faster in between coats. Mix Country Tan and White for the sand.
Use Milk Chocolate and the 1/4” angle brush to paint darker streaks on the palmetto trunk. Add more White highlights to the sand with the 1/4” angle brush.
Paint in the marshy shore with Kelly Green and the 1/4” angle brush. Add palmetto tree bark with Country Tan and White.
Use the 1/4” angle brush to paint water below the marshy shoreline. Highlight the shoreline with Sublime Lime and the 1/4” angle brush. Mix Aquamarine and White, then use the 1/4” angle brush to highlight the water.
Paint in marsh grass with Chocolate Brown, Kelly Green, and Sublime Lime with the liner brush. I painted each color one time, then painted in more grass (with the same colors) a second time.
Paint palmetto tree leaves with the liner brush and Kelly Green. Add a few Milk Chocolate leaves/fronds. Highlight the Kelly Green leaves with Sublime Lime and the liner brush. Use Country Tan to highlight the Milk Chocolate fronds.
Paint in the light string with Black and the liner brush. Paint little black squares with the liner brush to make the light plugs.
Add the lights with the liner brush and Harvest Orange, Real Blue, Santa Red, Light Yellow, and Wisteria. Highlight the bulbs with the liner brush and white. Sign your work using your initials and the last two digits of this year with White and the liner brush.
Paint the “merry” letters with Santa Red and the 1” sponge brush. They may need a few coats of paint. Once everything is dry, use Elmers Glue All to adhere the starfish and “merry” letters. After the glue is dry (use the hair dryer to hurry things along), take the sign outside and spray it with acrylic gloss sealer. After it dries, reattach the rope hanger.
You’re all finished! I hope you enjoyed my Hand Painted Coastal Christmas Cutting Board!
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Enjoy the Season,
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I have several art print items in my ETSY store featuring the coastal Christmas scene in this tutorial. Order a coffee mug (the one below looks black until you add hot liquid, then the coastal scene appears), phone case, or t-shirt from my ETSY store.