Last summer I spent some time playing around with natural wood stains. I used steel wool, coffee, tea and a variety of juices and, as one might expect, the results varied pretty wildly. Some of the colors had a bit more kick than I was looking for at the time (I referred to the beet juice stain as “Barbie Doll Pink”), but as we set up this year’s Christmas tree it occurred to me that the bold colors that didn’t hold much appeal for me as stain for household trim would look downright spectacular as tree ornaments.
Boy was I right. This easy project took just a few minutes of effort and I love the splashes of color we got on our tree from using fruit juice to stain simple wooden cutouts.
Ornaments were soaked overnight in juices including blueberry, cranberry, carrot and beet (and a terrific shade of yellow by stirring turmeric into a cup of water). I love the “ole-timey” look they give our tree, and I’m already wondering what else I can use to stain future homemade ornaments. Red wine, anyone?
Click through the simple steps below to learn how to add bold, natural colors to your holiday decorating tradition.