My family just loves decorations and I especially love Do It Yourself presents, I feel they are more personal. My step mother loves candles so I thought this Holiday Yule Log would be perfect for her! These instructions were offered to us from ScotchBlue and I wanted to share them!
First thing you have to decide is which kind of paint you wish to work with.You can chose aerosol paint or brush on paint.
Primer: White Aerosol Matte Primer OR White water-based Brush/roll on primer.
Base Coat: White Aerosol Spay paint – Matte or Satin Finish…to your liking. OR White water-based Brush/roll on Paint – Matte or Satin Finish…to your liking
Stripes: Aerosol Spray Paint: Your choice of red tone – Matte or Satin Finish…to your liking. OR Water-based Brush/roll on Paint:
- 1.5″ Scotch Blue Edgelock
- Red & White Paint
- Ruler or smaller t-square, 12” framing Square is helpful
- Measuring tape, pencil
- 1” & 2” angled paint brush, 2” square brush
- Paint Tarps & Paint Rags
- 6” Foam roller, 9” roller, Paint tray, can opener
- 1 ¼” or 1 ½” Paddle/Spade or Forstner bit
- Electric or battery operated Drill
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
1. Start with logs of your choice. Decide if you want to keep the bark as part of the effect or if you want to remove the bark. Rove any small branches dirt or debris. The drier the logs selected the easier it will be to remove the bark.
2. Measure your log and determine how many candles you desire, as well as, the distance for placement of each candle. Mark a center point for each.
3. Using the drill and Paddle/Spade or Forstner bit to drill holes – using center mark as the guide for each candle. Drill approximately ½” – ¾” for each whole – but make them all consistently the same depth.
TIP: Use a piece of Scotchblue tape on the drill to mark the desired depth of your holes and use as a visual depth gage when drilling.
4. Dust off logs to insure there is no loose dust on the pieces before painting.
5. Set yourself up for painting by laying out a tarp.
Remember: If choosing Aerosol spray paint…paint your project in a well ventilated area, be sure to use a respiratory mask, and be aware of what may be damaged with spray off – those small particles of paint that stay in the air and drift off leaving a light dusting of paint.
6. Prime the logs all the way around. Building up light coats of paint is always better to avoid drips and splatters. Allow paint to dry well before going on to applying the base coat.
7. Using desired base coat of white, paint the log all way around. Allow to dry and rotate the log as you go…the same thing goes – less is more…let the paint to build up and don’t force heavy coats of paint for a nice even finish – this goes for aerosol and regular paint.
8. Lay out your stripes using a pencil to mark and define lines. You may choose to measure the layout to insure you have even spacing for the stripes. However, if you really look at a candy cane – they are rarely very even in the spacing and size of the stripes.
TIP: Visually – the most important part is the stripes must square up with each other for the log to appear level when placed. If stripes are angled up or down from each other it will visually be very noticeable. Using the speed square or tee square will help you achieve nice even and “level” lines. Take into account the natural slant of the log and compensate your lines so they appear level when you place the log on a table or on top of your mantle.
9. Once lines for your stripes have been laid out, use Scotchblue Delicate surfaces Edgelock tape to mask off the stripes you want to paint Red. Dedicating the 1” and 1 ½” tape to the size of the stripe make the whole process much easier. If using Aerosol paint: be sure to mask off all the areas you wish to remain white in order to avoid “spray off” from ruining your crisp white line.
10. Paint stripes with your choice of red paint. Don’t be surprised if you have to do a bunch of layers.
TIPS and more TIPS: Here is a decorative painters trick: Paint stripes grey or black as a tinted base over the white base and before the red – to help you achieve a rich red and avoid the white paint underneath from reflecting out. This will also save you time and paint, by getting you to a solid red much quicker.
Paint a couple of stripes at the same time – let them dry and build up the color as you go. Try a foam roller for a log with out the bark or paint brush for a log with bark for a nice even application. Foam rollers don’t pick paint back like a regular nap roller. Let paint dry well before applying next coat. It’s always better to build up coats as opposed to applying a thick layer of paint. Paint applied in one thick coat will have a tendency to sag or droop or drip.
11. Once paint has fully dried, gently pull tape back by angling the edge back at 45 degrees to reveal crisp lines.
These will make wonderful homemade gifts this holiday season. Just think you and your kids could make these for their teacher this year, what a unique and personal gift! I wish I could’ve shown you my personal pictures but as we started my camera died and when I went to take pictures of the finished product the next morning, I discovered my dog thought it was his new chew toy! We do plan on making another one for grandma though!