How to make a painted wreath on a wood round surface. Learn how to paint a simple berry wreath with this step-by-step tutorial. A perfect decoration to last all winter long (and not just through the Christmas season).
Wood slices (AKA: wood rounds) are hugely popular in the DIY and crafting scene lately. Craft stores have caught on, and these unfinished pieces are available in tons of size and style options in the “unfinished wood” aisle.
Related: For a fun, everyday wood slice craft, check out this painted tree slice I made for my home office.
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- chalk paint or acrylic craft paint in: red, green, black, and white
- a 1 to 1 ½” wide flat paint brush
- a fine detail paint brush
- 10-12-inch wood slice, often called a “wood round” – found in the unfinished wood section of your local craft store or online here
- letter or phrase stencil for inside the painted wreath (optional)
I know it may seem daunting to paint a wreath, but trust me. It’s super easy. If you can paint circles and football, follow these instructions. You’ll have a painted wreath in no time! Not counting dry time between colors, I spent less than 30 minutes on this craft.
Tutorial – Wood Round Painted Wreath
- Start with a clean, unfinished wood slice. Using a 1 to 1 ½” wide flat brush, paint a layer of black paint. You can paint all the way to the wood slice edge, but I prefer to stop painting at the edge of the ring made by the bark.
- Let the black paint dry completely.
- With a pencil, sketch 3-4 overlapping rings around the wood slice. Leave enough room to add your text in the middle. I drew 3 ½ rings. Using a fine detail brush, paint over the rings with green paint.
- Next, paint small “football” shapes around the rings. These are your leaves. I recommend having one end of the “football” touch the ring, and having the other point face out at an angle. Let the green paint dry completely.
- Using a fine detail brush, paint small red dots around the rings. Intersperse these red dots between the leaves. They are your berries.
- Finally, using a pencil, trace a stencil with a favorite winter saying or image. Then with a fine detail brush, paint over the stencil with white chalk paint.
- P.S. – If you want to learn how to transfer words and images without a stencil or fancy cutting machine, follow the method I used on this decorative tray.
See, how easy was that?
Depending on your decor style, this painted wreath can stay up throughout the winter – and even year-round if you like! Try painting different color berries, or even clusters of 3-5 berries for something different.