Today is a fun day – 12 of the Behr DIY Experts are sharing holiday painting projects – a perfect kick start to the holiday season. I hope you’ll make your way around and check out all the inspiration. You are going to want to get a roller out and start painting by the end of today. Promise.
Plus, Behr is even giving two of you the chance to take home 3 gallons of Behr paint for your own projects!
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If that’s not enough to get you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what is.
Christmas decorating in the barn is going to be a challenge. There’s not a lot of space. And I looooooove to decorate for Christmas.
There may not even be room for one tree (SOB!). I’m still working on that.
But, I’m turning my sights to the outside of the barn
before it snows. (Nevermind. It already snowed here.)
I’m starting with this giant (and simple) star marquee. It’s the perfect addition to the outside of the barn.
I’ve been seeing these rustic/primitive stars all over the place lately. But, I just couldn’t justify the $20-$30 when I thought I could make it myself. So my friend Shannon and I had a crafternoon in the barn while the kiddos played with trains. (Best idea ever.)
We started with five yard sticks (less than $1 each at Home Depot), Behr MARQUEE exterior paint in Caicos Turquoise, and a strand of patio lights that were on clearance at Target.
First, I painted the yard sticks. After one coat, they were totally covered. (I’m serious about that one-coat coverage.)
Then, I laid them out on my workspace and arranged them into a simple, primitive star. This is when we had to figure out the lighting layout. There were 25 lights per strand, so we put five lights on each yard stick, equally spaced. (Tip: Make sure that you mark out the light placement while they are in the star shape so you don’t put a light where the sticks intersect.)
I used my drill with a spade drill bit to make a larger hole for each light. We tested a few sizes to find the correct one for light bulb.
With a scrap board underneath, I carefully drilled holes on the yard sticks. Pretend like I’m wearing safety goggles. And makeup. And also pretend I actually brushed my hair that day. Isn’t pretending fun?
This is how the yardsticks looked after drilling.
Once the holes were there, we adhered them together with hot glue into a star.
Now, just put the bulbs through the holes and attach to the back socket.
It took a little fiddling to make sure the lights were in securely and would turn on.
I hung this huge star right outside our back door, and it’s the perfect addition. (We also got a new barn light hooked up and a simple little vinyl “hi.”
I actually made a few more stars without lights and may move them to another area. But, I think it’s the perfect first foray into holiday decorating. Turquoise and red may be my holiday decorating colors this year.
There is something special about the glow of Christmas lights at night..
Hope this inspires you to paint something for your Christmas decor.
And take some time to check out some of the amazing projects from my fellow Behr DIY Experts. There are some awesome and inspiring projects here that I’m adding to my must-make list.
1. All Things Heart and Home
10. A Pop of Pretty
12. Sugar Bee Crafts
Thanks to Behr Paint for providing the Behr MARQUEE paint for this project. And thanks to you for supporting sponsors who make projects like this possible.