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Apple Barrel Colorful Christmas Village

Take an unconventional approach to creating your snow village this year with items from your garden! Then use Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint to make your village come to life with color.

At a Glance:

Project #16320 Skill Level: Intermediate

This project features these great brands:

supplies

Plaid Supplies

Apple Barrel ® Colors Acrylic Paint 18 Color Set - PROMOABI

Number Needed: 1 $18.99
Item not for sale on Plaid Online.

Folkart ® Brush Sets - Artist Variety Set, 10 pc. - 50536

Number Needed: 1 $8.99
Item not for sale on Plaid Online.

Plaid ® Wood Surfaces - Birdhouses - Large - 97874

Number Needed: 1 $7.39
Item not for sale on Plaid Online.

Plaid ® Surfaces - Terracotta Flower Pot, Small, 3 pc. - 44904

Number Needed: 1 $0.00
Item not for sale on Plaid Online.

Other Supplies

  • Small birdhouse
  • Medium size terracotta pot
  • Small paper mache cone
  • Silicone mat
  • Hot glue

instructions

  1. Use your hot glue gun to create a scalloped pattern detail on the roof of your largest birdhouse.
  2. Basecoat your houses, cone, and upside-down pots with your favorite festive colors from the PROMOABI kit. Let dry.
  3. Paint doors, snow, windows, candy wreaths, and solid green trees, wreaths, and bushes on your dry houses. Let dry.
  4. To make a more realistic foliage detail, use a dry flat brush to spounce a lighter green color on top of the dark green foliage.
  5. Use a thin liner brush to paint a Black string on your houses and christmas tree and let dry. Paint small dots on your black line to make Christmas lights.
  6. Apply irregular, icicle shapes onto your silicone mat and let harden. See project photo for reference.
  7. Glue your icicle strips onto the trim of your roof and paint it White. Let dry.
  8. Use the same dry brushing technique from step 4 with White to add snowy details to parts of your village.

resources

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Related FAQs

Proper cleaning and care makes brushes last longer and perform better. Wood and paper are hardest on brushes and will tend to make your brushes wear faster.
  1. Thoroughly rinse the brush with water, using the grid at the bottom on the Brush Basin®.
  2. Squeeze Brush Plus® brush cleaner or FolkArt® Brush Cleaner & Conditioner into the bristles and work it in with your fingers all the way to the ferrule. Rinse with water. Repeat if needed.
  3. After you have cleaned your brushes, use Brush Plus or FolkArt® Brush Cleaner & Conditioner to resize them. Work it in back and forth to get enough cleaner into the bristles to reshape them.
  4. Pull the bristles between your fingers to re-shape a chisel. With a flat brush you may need to do this a couple of times for the medium to start to set up.
  5. Make sure that your bristles are not touching a surface when drying.
  6. Store brushes with bristles upright in a cup or brush caddy.
Here are some other tips for making your brushes last longer.
  • Don't allow paint to dry in your brush.
  • As you paint, occasionally rinse the bristles with water.
  • Store brushes in the Brush Basin® or in a container that allows brushes to retain their form and be separated from each other.
Proper cleaning and care of brushes will not only make them last longer but also make them perform as they were designed to perform.
  1. Thoroughly clean the brush with water using the grid in the bottom of the Brush Basin®.
  2. Squeeze a small amount of Brush Plus Cleaner & Conditioner onto your brush.
  3. Place the brush scrubber in the palm of your hand, choose the correct height of scrubber teeth for your brush, then move the brush back and forth under the running water until the water runs clear.
  4. After cleaning, apply a small amount of Brush Plus Cleaner & Conditioner and reshape using your thumb and forefinger. Store with bristles upright in a cup or brush caddy.
More brush tips:
  • Do not allow paint to dry in the brush.
  • As you paint, rinse bristles out occasionally with water.
  • Store the brush upright in the Brush Basin® or in a container that will allow the brushes to retain their form and to be separate from one another.
Yes, it is advisable to clean your paintbrush when changing colors as well as after each painting session.

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Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

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