Rustic Merry & Bright Wall Hanging

This rustic wall hanging is the perfect addition to almost any style of holiday decor. The neutral colors and script writing could fit in with fancy gold and silvers, you could switch the paint to red to fit with simple red and greens, or give it a shot of glitter spray to glitz it up a bit! The best part? It's affordable!

Rustic Merry & Bright Wall Hanging

What You Need

  1. Drop Cloth (or Canvas)
  2. Scissors
  3. Pencil
  4. Black Fabric Paint
  5. Fine, Stiff Paint Brush
  6. Branch, Cut to Size
  7. Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  8. Leveling Hook and Hammer


  1. Start by cutting your canvas or drop cloth to the size you wish for your hanging. Make sure your branch is long enough to accommodate the size you choose. Drop cloth is an affordable alternative to traditional canvas and it has some flecks of color in it that can be charming.
  2. Once your canvas is cut to size, sketch your lettering directly on the canvas with a pencil. You can click here for our template, or make a design of your own.

  3. When you're happy with your sketched design, you can start painting! My all-time favorite fabric paint is this Tulip Soft paint in black. If you skip the ironing/setting step, it has the same appeal as graphite paint. Start by painting over your pencil lines lightly, then fill in the lines slowly. A stiff bristled paint brush will help you get into the weave of the drop cloth or canvas.

  4. After your design has been painted, you can dress it up a bit with snow-like dots and a pointed edge, like I did. Or, get creative and mist glitter over it, add trim to the bottom, or any other embellishment you'd like!
  5. The next step is to add your branch for hanging. Using a hot glue gun, work your way across the branch adding glue, then press the canvas on. Since the branch will likely not be flat/straight, it's better to press the canvas onto the branch so it adheres completely. When your branch is adhered to the canvas, trim the canvas as close as possible to the glue so no raw edge shows above your branch.

  6. Almost done! Now you just need to apply your hanging hardware. Using a small hammer, tap the nails of a leveling hook into the branch. This will make hanging a cinch! Alternatively, you could tie ribbon or twine to the edges of the branch to hang it.

  7. When you're done, hang it up and admire your handiwork!