For a few years I have wanted one of those gorgeous rustic front porch Christmas decor displays with beautiful rustic skiis, and this year its going to happen. For Christmas in July I love to find something to upcycle, then I hide it away until the holidays. My family thinks its hysterical that I work on DIY Christmas decoration in July. I tell them don’t laugh, it makes perfect sense to do one or two Christmas themed ideas in July. There are loads of garage sales, items like well worn skiis are so cheap, and its perfect weather for puttering outside in the garage.
My inspiration for these particular skiis were a very antique pair of skiis I saw this winter at an antique store for $235. I had them in my hands but could not talk the price down, now someone with a bigger budget then me has them to love. Undaunted I kept looking and eventually found modern fiberglass skiis for ten bucks and upcycled them.
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Welcome back to Waste Not Wednesday! For those who have been following along for a while, you’ll know Waste Not Wednesday as a linky party. But Sam and I have decided to change things up a bit. Each Wednesday, we will be bringing you fun projects from us and some of our favourite bloggers. This week’s theme is about Christmas in July.
Make sure to check out Sam’s Santa Bags at the end of my tutorial.
Christmas Skiis Decor Upcycle Tutorial
I have seen lots of beautiful Christmas porches featuring painted skis, with various signs and decor hanging on them, but those vintage Christmas skiis I wanted were wood so these ones are mod podged with wood grain paper. You can use them with any colour of Christmas decor you love, blue, red, white, green, I just love them.
80 grit sandpaper
Wood filler, or drywall patch
Wood grain paper
Zinser 123 primer
Brown paint (sample size)
For my wood grain paper I used a bulletin board backdrop I found I found at Michaels for $10. But you can use wood grain drawer liner as well, or even contact paper. Just make sure the roll is long enough to cover the entire length of your skiis.
Removing the Skiis Hardware
In order to make the skiis appear vintage begin by removing the modern hardware.
Begin by removing all existing bindings with a screw driver.
Lift off the hardware, if you find a second layer remove those screws as well.
Take a hole punch or a screwdriver and pound down any high edges around the holes.
Preparing the Skiis for Mod Podge
Give the skiis a thorough cleaning with hot water, vinegar, soap and a scrub brush. Let dry.
Fill the holes in your skiis with filler, let dry,
Sand both sides of the skiis down really well with 80 grit sandpaper to remove any ski wax.. Mine also had lots of packing tape residue. Wipe down to remove the sanding dust.
To ensure the paint and modpodge sticks to the fiberglass paint the front and back of each ski with a layer of paint primer. I don’t typically sand and prime but I haven’t mod podged anything fiberglass and I wanted to make sure it adhered.
Painting the Underside of the Skiis
In order to make the sides of the skiis as smooth as possible paint the back of the skiis (only one layer of paper on sides). I chose light brown paint I had on hand, but dark brown exterior paint would work better.
Paint the underside and both edges of the skiis. Let dry. Apply a second coat.
Applying Mod Podge and Wood Grain Paper
Cut two lengths of paper a little bit longer than your skiis. Make sure the paper is wide enough to cover the top and both sides of each ski. Roll the cut strips up and set aside.
Work on one ski at a time. Apply a thin layer of modpodge to the top and side of the ski. Start at the pointed end.
Apply a thin layer of mod podge as you work down the ski, unroll the paper a little bit at a time and smooth down to remove all wrinkles.
Fold over the sides of the paper to cover the sides and make sure it sticks well.
Once dry double check all the edges and add extra mod podge if needed.
Using scissors trim off the edges of the paper and touch up the paint if necessary.
If you decide to place your skiis in a criss cross pattern. Cross them to see where you want the cross position to be. I chose mine to fit a small wreath or maybe a farmhouse sign.
Hubs predrilled them and then put them together with a nut and bolt.
I admit my front porch picture is rather Ba Humbug, what can I say its for Christmas in July, but it does show you now nice the faux vintage skiis turned out. I will have a much nicer complete Christmas porch display for you in December.
Let’s check out my friend Sam’s Farmhouse Stamped Santa Bags. Christmas themed projects can feel out of place in July, but creating some simple gift bags to stash away for a few months is a great idea, especially when supplies can behard to find during the Christmas rush.
Christmas Vintage Farmhouse Santa Bags from Sam at Raggedy Bits
Some More Christmas in July Upcycle Ideas
There are many talented bloggers who are able to upcycle nothing into something spectacular. There are so many ideas you can find for Christmas in July upcycling ideas. Make sure to check out these blogs for all sorts of different and amazing ideas for Christmas. The best part in July we still have the time to look for the thrifted items and have some fun crafting them.
Stenciled Vintage Ice Skates from Organized Clutter
Creating White Christmas Junk Creek Cottage
Christmas Tree Made with Spindles by Country Design Style
Upcycled Toy Truck as Christmas Decor by Sadie Season Goods
Milk and Cookies Tray for Santa from Marie at the Interior Frugalista
Upcycled Clock Winter Wonderland by Little Vintage Cottage