Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Christmas Pickup Truck with Shaker Greeting - DIY Home Decor (With Instructions)


Christmas Pickup Truck - DIY Home Decor

Hello friends.  Today I'm in the Christmas decorating mood.  I created a wooden home décor piece  for my front door using Creative Embellishments wooden Home Décor pieces.  Scroll down to see the tips and DIY instructions to make these pieces.  

 The Creative Embellishments wood décor collection has a wide variety of  original designs ranging from holiday to coastal.  If you have not seen them yet, take a moment to check out the amazing selection of unique designs ready to be decorated.  

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The Pickup Truck Back 

Let's start with the wood home decor Truck Back.  This is laser cut and etched 3/16" thick plywood and is clean, smooth and ready to be altered any way you choose - paint, paper, whatever. It's also quite large measuring 11.9"w x 10.7"h making this perfect for front door decor, as a wall hanging, table top conversation piece or gift.  

This was painted with basic acrylic paints then sanded in places to add back the worn rustic look.  Next step in the process - inking with Black Soot and Walnut Stain distress inks to create shading and depth.  I do love  using Blending Brushes for shading the wood decor pieces because the blending brushes provide a smooth feathered transition on the project.  

Chipboard Decorative Pieces  - The Trees and Wreath

The following chipboard pieces were used to decorate the truck: Christmas WreathsMini Wreaths, and tall pine trees.  The pieces were painted with acrylic paint and texturized by mixing Forest Moss Distress Paint with clear 3D Gel or Heavy Body Gel  ( or clear translucent molding paste).   

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Creative Embellishments Chipboard - Tall Pine Trees

Before adding the trunk layer to the wood base, the trees were glued down and brown/black gingham fabric tucked into place for vintage appeal.  
To compensate for the extra bulk  of the trees and fabric, and allow the trunk piece to lie flat, I added a large piece of cardboard  for support and level out the trunk piece. 

Creating the Wreath Shaker
I added a fun shaker to the trunk by combining two of the chipboard pieces from Creative Embellishments:  Christmas Wreaths and  Mini Wreaths.  While these are not shaker sets, they are easily transformed into shakers by cutting a middle layer of foam and adding an acrylic window.  

Special Note:  Do not stress over matching up the berries on the wreaths.  The wreath looks fuller and more dimensional when the berries on the bottom layer do not align with the berries on the top layer.  

Below is a photo showing the process.  

The Shaker Mix and Button Embellishments

The secret to a fabulous shaker is the magic of the shaker mix. The wreath shaker is filled with Buttons Galore DooDadz in Merry MimosaDooDadz are new at Buttons Galore and spectacularly fun.  They combine iridescent "confetti" pieces with beads and flat diamond cut gems.    

I tossed a few buttons from Buttons Galore Shaker - Dragon Fire Bottle Mix  into the shaker before closing up.  

Finishing Touches

Finishing touches on the shaker wreath include adding some gems from Merry Mimosa DooDadz , some red buttons from the Dragon Fire Bottle Mix, and a small gingham bow. 

Special Note:  I used wire to attach the buttons to the shaker wreath for durability. 

Thank you for stopping here today.  I appreciate your time.  


  1. WOW! This looks AMAZING! What a great idea.

  2. What a phenomenal project. It abounds with the spirit of winter, a beautiful sense of nostalgia, and oodles of chilly weather fun.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life