A really popular trend this year is red truck Christmas decor. I LOVE vintage inspired decor, so this is definitely right up my alley! It seems like everywhere you go there’s an old red truck with a Christmas tree – pillows – throws – table decor – kitchen towels – place mats and wall art. So, I took a ride to Michaels and found a wood plaque to use as a base to create a piece of red truck Christmas decor of my own and that I could add to my “anything but a card” series.
The Plaque Base
The plaque came with a rope tie so before I started I cut if off to make it easier to apply the falling snow for the background. I knew I could easily add a colorful ribbon that would be a prettier hanger than the rough rope. The plaque is 7 inches tall and 5 inches wide.
- Apply white pigment ink to the Splatter Background stamp and stamp it on the wood plaque. Repeat the process until you are happy with the snow coverage.
- Lay the plaque on a large piece of scrap paper and pour out white embossing powder to cover.
- Tap off the powder and heat with the heat gun.
- Cut four snow layers using white cardstock.
- Attach the snow layers to the plaque using hot glue. Note: I normally pop the front couple of snow layers out with mounting tape when making a card. For the plaque I wanted all the layers to be very secure so I attached them all flat to the board base.
The Scenery Elements
- Cut the truck, barn and cardinals using red cardstock, black and white cardstock.
- Use two different colors of green cardstock to cut the evergreen trees and greenery.
- Stamp the truck and barn sections with the Splatter Background before assembling the pieces together and emboss with white embossing powder.
- Attach the white roof, windows and doors to the barn using glossy accents.
- Use a rolled up 1/8″ double stick tape strip to attach the truck fender section.
- Attach the wheels to the truck using glossy accents.
- Apply snow and icicles to the barn roof and truck using white pigment reinker and a thin paint brush.
- Sprinkle the barn and truck with white embossing powder and heat with the heat gun.
- Attach the Christmas tree in the back of the truck using strips of mounting tape.
- Color the beaks of the birds using a black marker.
Create the Scene
I attached pieces of mounting tape to the back of the barn, truck, trees and cardinals so they could be popped away from the scene base. But to make sure they were well secured to the wood base and would stay in place for years to come I applied hot glue to the pieces of mounting tape before attaching the pieces.
- Apply hot glue to the back lower portion of the barn, tuck it in behind the back snow layer and attach to the plaque base. Leave the top section of the barn free to slip trees in behind it.
- Slip trees in behind both sides of the bard and secure in place with the mounting tape and hot glue.
- Attach a piece of mounting tape to the top back portion of the barn, apply a little hot glue and then attach it to the wood base.
- Continue to fill in the scene by attach the trees using pieces of mounting tape and hot glue.
- Tuck greenery pieces in between the snow layers and attach using hot glue.
- Apply touches of white snow tips to the greenery using a tiny brush and white Gesso.
- Apply pieces of mounting tape and hot glue to the back of the truck and attach it to the snow layers.
- Finish the scene by applying pieces of mounting tape and hot glue to the back of the birds and attach to the snow layer and wood base.
Creating this piece of red truck Christmas decor was so much fun. I have a long love affair of using red trucks with my paper crafting and this may be one of my all time favorite projects. I can’t decide if I can part with it to give as a gift but I do know I can always make another if I do give it away. Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a good day.
The stamp and dies used for this project.
The supplies used.
Red truck Christmas decor projects are fun to make and add a pop of color to your Christmas decorations!