This year, I’ve been painting Poinsettia and Palmetto Tree Woodslice Ornaments and making ornament kits. They are easy to prep, easy to paint, and can be adapted to any Christmas tree theme. Wood slices have been popular in the craft world for quite some time. Versatile and inexpensive, wood slices can be used as ornaments, table decorations, wedding adornments, and even more. They can support mediums like paint, string art, and even woodburning. Go to Arteza (this is not a paid advertisement) for more Wood Slice ideas.
Choosing Patterns for Painting Poinsettias and Palmetto Trees
I chose a palmetto tree and poinsettia pattern for my woodslice ornaments. You can find pictures online, then print them as black and white wallet-sized pictures. Next, trace the outline of the photographed object onto the woodslice with graphite paper and a pencil.
The poinsettia is fun to paint and only requires a small paintbrush (for a 3″ woodslice) and four paint colors- Red, Yellow, Blue, and White. For the ornaments, I mixed my own version of green with the Blue and Yellow paint. If you’re painting a bigger poinsettia (like the poinsettia on a 4″ woodslice), you would need a small angle brush as well, to get in the corners of the leaves and give broader coverage of the surface. I adore painting the poinsettia flower. I’m thinking about including a small printed version of The Legend of the Poinsettia with my products. What do you think?
Painting Poinsettias and Palmetto Trees on Other Surfaces
I still have my poinsettia plants from last Christmas. All the leaves turned green as the warmer months progressed. I had to move them to bigger flowerpots because the smaller, original containers kept tipping over when the wind blew. They are very top heavy. I can’t wait until it gets colder and they turn red again. I will have to make a blog post about that, for sure. Click on the links under the flower pots below for full poinsettia and palmetto tree painting tutorials.
Last Christmas, I painted a poinsettia flower pot and a palmetto tree flower pot for the Love My Little Cottage Etsy Shop. They are a little tricky to mail, but terra cotta is a great surface for painting. It is pourous and smooth. I enjoy painting on wood, metal, terra cotta, and canvas.
The palmetto tree is near and dear to my heart because it is South Carolina’s state tree and the “Palm and Moon” (see the moon on the flower pot above?) is on our state flag as well. Palmetto trees are shorter, thicker and have woodier trunks than regular palm trees.
As I mentioned earlier, I love the palmetto tree, have painted it many times, and hope to paint it many more. The fronds are bushy and so much fun to capture on canvas, wood, or any other surface. Also, I especially enjoy painting it with different colors than expected.
Upcycling is an adventure, and also a good way to be a wise steward. The Hand Painted Coastal Christmas Cutting Board was one of the first palmetto tree projects I painted. I found that nifty little cutting board at a thrift store. It decorates my kitchen every year at Christmas.
I can’t wait to see what all of my blogger friends are creating for Christmas this year. It’s a great time to be a maker!
I hope you enjoyed, and were inspired by Painting Poinsettia and Palmetto Tree Woodslice Ornaments for Christmas.
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