As I have mentioned before, I don’t buy a lot of new Christmas décor from year to year. I may add a new ornament or two that I bought in the after Christmas sales, but mostly I just use the same things with a new little twist here and there. This year, I created a NOEL pallet wood sign to add to the same Christmas garland I have used on the mantel the last few years.
Using the French horn as a guide, I determined the height I wanted, then cut the pallet wood to length. The first letter I put together with screws, but the wood is so brittle that it was difficult to keep it from splitting, even with predrilling the holes. Sooo, I just glued the other two letters together.
The French horn looked fine lying flat, but when I propped up the arrangement, uh-oh. The scale was way off.
I wandered around, looking for something round that I could use. A plate? Nah, too obvious. Wreath? Been done. Hmmm.
I headed out to the shop to look around. Jim suggested a hub cap. Looked really cool, but it was too small. That resulted in a temptation to “shop” in the parking lot for a larger one.
My friend Carolyn, another booth renter, suggested that I use her cheese box lid. It was the perfect size, but a little plain. I was beginning to feel like Goldilocks.
Theeeen, Richard said, “Why don’t you attach the French horn to the lid?” Ahhh, just right! I drilled tiny holes in the lid and attached the horn with wire.
I could have tried to match the weathered color of the other letters, but the lighter color of the lid highlights the French horn. No painting, works for me.
Close ups of the other letters:
A rustic and simple Noel- I like it! What is your favorite pallet wood project?