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A Simple Project and Winners...

Have you started any Christmas decorating yet? I am slowly adding some Christmas decorating into our home and am giving some things I already have, a makeover for a new look!

Last year we decorated in a very neutral decor, but this year I am finding myself drawn to red!  I decided to take a wooden crate from out in the garage and gave the front panel a rough coat of DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting.

Then I went onto PicMonkey (affiliate link) and, using 
the Design feature, made the "Be Merry" graphic above, 
and printed it out on my printer.
You can choose a font and make whatever message you want.

I used one of my simplest pattern transfer techniques...
rubbing a pencil over the backside of the design,

then simply positioning it, pencil-side down 
on the crate and tracing the letters.

It leaves a nice pattern that you can fill in with paint or marker.

I used DecoArt's Media Fluid Acrylic in Cadmium Red Hue.
It's a nice bright red with a cheery look!

After a light distressing with a sanding block, I finished the piece with DecoArt's Americana Decor Light Satin Varnish.

I am using the crate in our entryway with a vintage plaid throw...

I love the look! 

I am a member of the DecoArt Blogger Outreach Program and received product used in this project. All opinions are my own.

Before I go thank you for all of your nice 
comments about my Thanksgiving Hutch!

The winners of the the vintage turkey candles are~

Debra of Common Ground
Cecelia of My Thrift Store Addiction
Cecelia of The B Farm

Until next time...
Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. well gobble gobble to the winners of the vintage turkey candles

    Like your Be Merry box also

  2. Linda, I love how that looks like a vignette from times gone by. The red does pop just enough. Congrats to the winners of the candles. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  3. Very cute! Now tell me how to do this. Do you do each letter on a separate piece of typing paper???

    1. I made one single graphic and printed it to 8x10. That way you don't have to space patterns's already done on the design you made.

  4. You're looking very festive in your entryway!

  5. Love your pretty crate makeover! Plus I like that you created it just using your printer; no silhouette machine needed! :-)
    So excited about my turkey! Can't wait to get it. Thank you so much!

  6. Linda, that is so cute! Congrats to the turkey winners! LOL!!

  7. Really nice makeover! Congratulations to your winners!

  8. Fun crate and I love red for Christmas! Keep warm and cozy this weekend.

  9. Linda, I love that font and your crate is darling! Thank you so much for the turkey! Hugs, Cecilia

  10. That is a really cute idea, Linda. I do 'transfers' the same way a lot of times. Aren't we clever? lol Cute crate. I won't do anything for Christmas until after we have Thanksgiving here though. xo Diana

  11. Love this project! You are super clever and the pop of red is perfect!

    Happy day to you friend!

  12. Love your Be Merry crate. Sweet! Happy Thanksgiving Linda. Enjoy the week ahead.

  13. Love the crate. I am drawn to red this year too. xo Laura

  14. I love pops of red, year round. I won't start Christmas decorating till after Thanksgiving. It's just what I do. This year might be a little off as I will be having new carept installed in my living room and master bedroom. I know, what timing! Sale at both Lowes and Home depot so I need to do it NOW.

    I love your little stencil. I hope I can find some time, to do at least 1 crafty thing this holiday.

  15. That is so sweet... and very welcoming :)


  16. Your home is already looking festive, Linda! I love the painted box holding the Charlie Brown tree!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  17. I love it as well. A great start to your decorating season.

  18. Lovely idea! I love red and white too...and this little crate looks so festive!
    Helen xox

  19. What a lovely idea! I have just started to decorate...I will keep it calm and natural this Christmas, green and some flowers.
    Have a beautiful weekend, take care!

  20. So pretty and homey for Christmas. I love that little tree! Where did you find it? I love red too. I have been adding poos if red to my decor for a few years now... Of course I live it at Christmas too!!


  21. That turned out great, very cheerful. I havn' t decorated atall yet, but probably will hang up the Advent star this weekend, and a few hyacinths in pots. They are always in my house at Christmas, smell so lovely. Blessings,Pam in Norway

  22. Your box turned out really nice and such a easy project to do. I've got my christmas decorating almost done...yippee first time in years I've been this far ahead!

  23. It's very sweet, Linda! Love the whole vignette! I do think that is the perfect Christmas 'red'! xx Karen

  24. The crate is so cute. It looks great in your vignette.

    xo Dianne

  25. I'm so trying this. I didn't even think about doing the rubbing pencil thing.It it turned out so cute.


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