My favorite Christmas project so far this year has been my wood tea light holders. I love the way they turned out, but I also love that they were completely free! Everything I needed, I already had in my garage.
I used leftover 4x4 blocks from when we built our new fence a couple years ago. I drilled the holes using a 1 1/2 inch drill bit (like this) for the tea lights, then stained the block of wood with a dark ebony stain.
When the stain was dry, I painted two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.
I printed the words onto a piece of paper, then traced over them with a ballpoint pen. I pressed just hard enough to see an outline of the letters in my wood. Then I used a tiny paintbrush and filled it in.
I don't have a very steady hand, so I was really disappointed with my paint job. However, a little distressing takes care of all the painting outside the lines. It also took care of all the paint marks when I dropped my brush!
I let everything dry, then started sanding away with my sanding block. I love how soft this paint is after you distress it. So soft and smooth. My girls kept "petting" the wood because they loved the way it felt.
I think this will make perfect hostess gifts this season.
Elizabeth & Co., A Bowl Full of Lemons, Coastal Charm