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Christmas Decorations - Tole Painting

This adorable Christmas elf free tole painting pattern will be a delightful addition to your decorating!

Designed by:

Tinlily Lane

by Michelle Wolfmeier



    Fabric Scraps
    Jingle Bells
    1" Wooden Plug
    Ultra Fine Sharpie
    Acrylic Paints
    1/8" Birch Plywood
    1/2" Birch Plywood
    3/4" Pine
    1/4" Dowel Rod
    E6000 Glue
    Hot Glue
    Clear Acrylic Matte Sealer

Cutting instructions:
Cut the base (5 1/4" x 3 1/2") from 3/4" pine. Cut the elf's body from 1/2" birch plywood. Cut the hat brim and the sign with hands from 1/8" birch plywood. Drill all holes. Sand smooth and wipe with a damp cloth.

Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic paint:
Barn red, butter cream, pine green, black, dark brown, Santa's flesh.

Painting instructions:
Paint the elf's hat and shirt pine green. Paint the border on the sign and the elf's shoes barn red. Paint the pants midnight blue. Paint the elf's face, hands and nose Santa's flesh.

Painting details:
Shade the face, hands, hat brim, and the sign with dark brown. Shade the shoes and the border on the sign with a mix of barn red and a drop of black. Shade the hat, shirt and pants with black. Paint the candy cane barn red. Paint the plaid on the hat, stripes on the pants and the candy cane with butter cream. Dry brush the elf's cheeks and nose with barn red. Do the lettering and the elf's mouth with an ultrafine permanent marker. Dot the lettering with black.

Glue the elf to the base using dowel rods to make it more secure. Hot glue the bow and the bells on. Glue the sign, hat brim and nose to the elf. Spray with clear acrylic matte sealer.

Copyright TinLily Lane 2021
May be used for fun and profit and teaching in class.
No mass or commercial reproduction without consent from Michelle Wolfmeier.