DIY hack for IKEA MARGARETA Christmas Tree fabric from VINTER holiday collection. It makes great wall art during the holiday season.
Hello friends! Today, I’ve teamed up with other bloggers to show you our Holiday DIY projects. So make read all the way to the bottom and click over to their sites and see what they created 🙂
A couple years ago, I started seeing this awesome Christmas tree fabric showing up all over in other bloggers’ Christmas home tours and on Pinterest. I was ob-sessed. Sure enough, it was from IKEA – woo hoo! I found the exact name – IKEA MARGARETA Christmas Tree fabric, and went searching online, and got the most traumatic news an IKEA enthusiast could read… they don’t carry it in US stores anymore! They sell it in stores for our Canadian neighbors, but not here. What gives?!
After wallowing in self pity for minute, I studied pictures of it online and decided I could DIY my own IKEA MARGARETA Christmas Tree! I can’t cook, but gosh darnit, I can paint 😉
My super secret tip to getting a perfect Christmas Tree… and not one that looks like Charlie Brown’s…
I used my old-school overhead projector! Yep, it’s magical for projects like this. I bought it at Goodwill years ago and I love it. I have box of transparency sheets that I bought off Craig’s List for a couple bucks, and can use my awesome printer I got for my Birthday (thanks Mom and Dad!) to print a saved image of IKEA’s fabric onto the transparency. It works beautifully.
Best part, you can adjust the projector to make the image as big or small as you want when you’re painting.
Setting Up the Fabric to Paint
I taped a painters tarp (it was really thin and light weight) on the wall first. Then I tacked up the canvas fabric I got at Hobby Lobby with my 40% coupon. It’s a heavy white canvas.
I knew I wanted to re-use the wood frame I made for another DIY project years ago. So that gave me an idea how big I wanted it.
Painting the tree…
I used a dark hunter green enamel paint. I bought a quart of paint and I only used about an sixteenth of the can. So in hindsight, I could have just bought a sample of the color and been good with that. I went through my basket of acrylic paints and dug out all of my greens, yellows, whites, browns, and blacks.
I used a styrofoam dinner plate with the dividers in it. I know styrofoam is bad for the environment, but this package has lasted me 20 years since I bought it for a college art class. I’m ashamed to admit they work great for painting.
I grabbed my stash of paint brushes. The stiffer the bristles the better! The one I used the most is that cheap wide wood one on the right in the photo below.
Start with the hunter green. You’ll add in the lighter and darker colors later. Have fun mixing colors on the plate.
The technique is important. You don’t brush on the paint, you dab/stipple it on with your brush perpendicular to the fabric. And don’t load too much paint on your brush! Start with a small amount and you’ll quickly figure out how much to use (and not use).
Tips for painting a natural looking tree:
- Don’t make the tree 100% symmetrical.
- Don’t paint actual branches
- Use the tiniest bit of yellow on the top branch that goes straight up and the tips of the outer branches that see direct sunlight.
I really thought I took photos of me painting it, so I apologize that I don’t have any! Here’s another tip – frequently turn the projector off and turn the lights on to check your work. I think I even left it up overnight so I could walk in the next morning and get a fresh perspective.
I reused the wood frame that I built for another DIY project. I stapled the fabric on the frame, starting in the middle and going down each side. I did two opposite sides first, and then rotated it 90 degrees and did the other opposing sides. I didn’t trim the extra fabric until after I had it all stapled. I used an electronic staple gun.
Make sure you click on over to the other ladies who also made Christmas DIY’s!
Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving this week,