Make a beautiful Ocean Waves inspired Serving Board

Creating a serving board inspired by the Ocean Waves is easier than you might think.  The gorgeous new Walnut Hollow Serving Boards are a beautiful canvas for these amazing ocean waves.  With just a small amount of resin (you only need 2 ounces), some craft paint, and a heat gun you can create a magical ocean scene of your own to wow your guests.

Create a beautiful Ocean Waves Serving Board

Here’s what you’ll need to create your own Ocean Waves Serving Board:

  • Walnut Hollow Serving Board 
  • Epoxy Resin
  • Acrylic Craft Paints in Shades of Blue and White
  • Heat Gun (Or Hair Dryer)
  • Disposable measuring cups
  • Wooden Stir Sticks
  • Gloves

Ocean Waves Serving Board Supplies

Step one:

Always wear gloves and protect your work surface when working with Resin Epoxy.

Measure and pour the two-part epoxy. You only need 2 ounces of epoxy for this project.  It’s very important to follow the brand-specific instructions on the packaging as each brand is just slightly different.  The epoxy I am using requires equal parts of the resin and the hardener.  Stir the parts to combine for the specified length of time on the packaging.

Measure and Mix the two part epoxy

Pour the epoxy into a second container and stir again if required by the type of resin you are using.

Step two:

Separate your resin out into smaller amounts.  I used three shades of Blue and a White.  Keep a small amount of clear epoxy without any tinting.

separating the epoxy for coloring

Set the clear epoxy aside.  Add a drop of paint or two to each smaller cup of epoxy.  Mix thoroughly.

add color

 

Step three:

Place several empty cups on your covered work surface, and set the serving board on top of the cups.  This allows the excess epoxy to drip off of the sides rather than pooling around your serving board.

elevate the serving board on cups

 

Step four:

Starting at one edge of the serving board, pour each of the blue colors in straight lines.  Start with the darkest blue shade on the outside edge. Adding a thin stripe of untinted epoxy between each color stripe helps with blending.

Epoxy color lines

 

Pour small lines of white along with your colored stripes.  Vary and break the lines throughout.

white epoxy lines

 

Step five:

Using your heat gun (or hairdryer) gently blow the epoxy to move it.  The warm air will make the epoxy move a little bit better.  Use the air to push some of the darker blues into the lighter blues, and to disperse your white.  The white, when it blends, will look like the tips of waves.  Don’t overdo this step or all of your colors will just blend together into one blue blob.  That will look beautiful too, but it won’t look like the Ocean.

Making waves

 

Step six:

Allow the excess epoxy to run off and drip for approximately 30 minutes.   Use the side of a craft stick to scrape underneath the edge of your serving board to remove any drips that have formed and not dropped off.

Scrape off the drips

 

Allow your Ocean Waves Serving Board to cure for at least 24 hours.   Once the resin has hardened and cured,  you can use or display your beautiful new serving board.  Adding a coat of food-safe mineral oil to your serving board brings out the gorgeous wood grain even more, which compliments your lovely ocean waves so beautifully.

Create a Resin Poured Ocean Waves Serving Board

 

Resin makes these Beautiful Walnut Hollow serving boards even more beautiful, don’t you think? Which serving board shape is your favorite?

 

 

 

Reversible Fall and Winter Wood Burned Sign

Reversible Fall and Winter Woodburned sign

I have focused a lot this year on downsizing in many areas of my life.  One of my favorite ways to downsize and declutter is to keep things that are multi-functional.  That includes seasonal decorations.  I love that these beautiful … Continue reading

15 Easy To Make DIY Wood Signs You Will Love

In this article: We are featuring 15 of the coolest DIY wood signs and tips to help you make your own sign.

One of the easiest ways to make your house feel like a home is to add handmade touches such as DIY wood signs.

It can be overwhelming if you’ve never made one before, so we are sharing some easy tips to help you get started.

How To Make A DIY Wood Sign

Step 1. Choose Your Wood Style

The first thing you need to decide, is what kind of sign do you want to make for your home.

There are so many to choose from and it all depends on your preference.

Here are some examples of DIY framed signs:

Wood Framed Signs Walnut Hollow

Step 2. Choose Your Quote

Once you choose the type of sign that you want to make, next up is choosing your quote. Pinterest will be your best friend for this!

Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board which has hundreds of inspirational words and messages. You can find the board here.

You may also find inspiration from these beautiful DIY wood signs:

Inspirational Quotes For DIY Signs

Step 3. Paint or Stain

Now that you have the type of sign that you want and know what quote you are placing on it, it is time to paint or stain the frame.

You can check out this article, which has some helpful tips for making wood signs.

These creative wood signs will also help you determine what finish you want to go with. See what inspires you and go for it!

You may end up making one for every room in your home!

Stained or Painted Signs

We hope you found this article helpful. For over forty years, Walnut Hollow  has been dedicated to bringing you the absolute best in fine wood surfaces.

You can check out our selection of wood surfaces here.

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diy wood signs

 

Mini Crate Rotating Craft Storage

You can make this super cute and functional rotating craft supply storage crate with just a few supplies.  It’s an easy way to get a lot of craft supplies stored in a unit that has just a 12″x12″ footprint! These Walnut Hollow Mini Crates and a 12×12 wood panel are perfect for the project.  I only stacked my rotating tower two levels high, but you could go several levels higher I think, creating even more space!

DIY Rotating Craft Storage that holds a lot of supplies while taking up a very small amount of space! #craftorganization #craftstorage #craftroom

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

Rotating craft storage supplies

Step one:

First, you need to attach your lazy susan swivel plate to the center of the smooth side of the 12×12 wood panel.   To do this, I glued the plate to the panel.  You could use hardware to do this as well, however, the wood panel is quite thin, and I didn’t want screws poking up through the other side.  A good quality multi-surface glue that is rated for both metal and wood will attach the plate just fine.   *Optional: Glue felt or cork to the bottom of your swivel plate to keep the metal plate from scratching your surfaces!

Lazy Susan Swivel Plate

Step two:

Glue four crates together to form a square configuration.  The best way to see how to arrange them is to see the picture included. Lay the crates on their sides with the openings facing out, and glue the handle sides together to the bases. Use wood glue, and clamp the crates in place until they dry.  Repeat this with as many levels as you want for your rotating storage.

Mini Crate Glued Configuration

Step three:

Paint or stain the pieces of the storage unit.  I used simple white spray paint to paint the wood panel and the crates.  You could stain them, leave them natural, or paint them bright colors if you prefer! Whatever matches your space.  Customize them to be perfect just for you!   Whichever you choose, allow the crates to dry completely before moving on.

Paint the pieces

Step four:

Glue the parts together.   Add a line of glue around the frame of the wood panel.  Note that the smooth side of the panel with the swivel base is face down.  Stack your first level of crates on the wood panel base.  Place something heavy on them while the wood glue dries.  Repeat with each additional level you wish to stack.  I varied the configuration of the crates so that the solid sides didn’t line up.

Use wood glue to attach the pieces together

Step five:

Fill up your new craft storage!  Acrylic paint bottles fit perfectly in the cubbies.  As do pint size mason jars!

Rotating Craft Storage Cube

Fat quarters sit nicely, as well as thread, small wood slices, and my glue gun! So many possibilities! The center hole in the middle of the crates was great for paintbrush storage. *Tip: If your tower is more than 1 level high, you will need to place something in the bottom of the hole to keep the paintbrushes from falling through too far. I used an empty water bottle turned upside down and pushed into the hole before placing the paint brushes in.

Rotating Craft Storage Cube

What will you store in your awesome rotating craft supply storage tower?

 

You can check out some more awesome wood storage ideas here.

organizing ideas with wooden storage

 

 

 

After studying Culinary Arts in Portland Oregon, Kelli went back home to the sunny South West where she decided she wanted to do different kinds of Art. This busy mom of three spends all of her available free time creating in her Craft Shack “she shed” where she can be found burning wood, repurposing old stuff, crafting, and painting just about anything she can get her hands on.

 

Faux Headboard Hexagon Accent Wall

Create a renter friendly faux headboard accent wall with these Walnut Hollow Hexagon Shapes! #hexagon #renters #accentwall

Create a Hexagon faux headboard accent wall for your bedroom quickly and easily with these amazing Walnut Hollow Paneled Hexagon Shapes! This Hexagon statement wall is renter friendly. And since it costs quite a bit less than any headboard I’ve … Continue reading