I mentioned recently when discussing Choosing A Christmas Decor Theme how I’ve been on a vintage travel trailer kick for much of 2016.
In September, I went to a friend’s decorator shop in Oxford (Mississippi) that has a lot of painted door decorations made from wood. I asked if whoever cuts their wood could possibly cut a vintage travel trailer for me.
The young girl that makes the cut-outs was there, and she agreed to make me one. Two weeks later, I picked up the plain wood board. I snapped this picture from across the room of another one she made and painted. (Sorry for the blur!) Pretty cute, huh?
I didn’t notice the trailer hook before cropping in on this image, so I need to go back in and add that to mine. 🙂
I painted my board white on both sides with Wal-Mart chalk paint. It was a test since I’d not used it before.
i placed some things on top just for fun and mystery…. 😉
THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE WITH LITTLE ARTISTIC ABILITY DO FOR PAINTING A VINTAGE TRAILER CUT-OUT
Step One: Paint the Entire Thing White and Drill Holes for the Rope Hanger
See above, painted but no holes yet..
For side one, this is my example.
Step Two: Draw Lines
Yes, with a ruler or yard stick. Paint pens work great for this!
Step Three: Paint Over Some Lines
You heard right. Looking at my example, I used the drawn lines as a guide for my blue section. Re-trace your drawn lines around the blue section when dry. Easy-peasy.
Step Four: The Wheel
With black paint pen, draw a line at the blue and white joining line there. Then place something round over the tire as a template.
Fill in with black paint.
If I can do this, anyone can!
Step Five: Detailing
Use the ruler to draw a front window. Color it in with paint.
Looking at the example, draw the door and handles and the other things you see there. I wasn’t happy with how messy mine looked.
Pretty papers to the rescue!
Glue the squares with a mixture of half school glue and half water – home-made Mod Podge.
Oh, and I drew two circles in the tire with blue paint pen and added some stickers from the paper pack. How appropriate for HH and I!
I added a pennant banner cut from the paper pack (details later on that). Also notice I added a paper circle for the tire center. Better?
Now for the polka-dots – the easier side. Here’s our example by someone experienced with paint. You cannot compare mine to this one! But, hey, I tried.
Paint the tire and hitch end black. Cut a door template out of cardboard and trace around it. Right about here is where we sing the theme song to the Flintstones.
Using a canning lid rim, draw circles with paint pen and then fill them in with regular paint and a small brush.
Notice my decorative door? Ha! I later used a red paint pen and ruler to “clean” the lines a bit. This whimsical side allows for a lot more error.
I had too much fun to think of taking pictures along the way. I circled each dot, with off-set lines for whimsy. Draw one or two lines around the entire trailer. I added the white paint highlights last.
This banner turned out too small, so I did another one. I show you here how to make the pennant banner for both sides using one continuous strand of twine.
Here’s the finished polka-dot side dressed for Christmas on our front door.
Yikes, don’t stand too close. My whimsy is showing!
I’ll soon add different ribbon or something to help marry the themes.
PIN for later. 🙂
Which side do you like best? The Flintstone side, or the fifty’s style side?