DIY Leather Woven Mini Wood Crate

Make a beautiful multi-texture Woven Leather Wood Mini Crate with Walnut Hollow #leather #crate

I love to combine beautiful wood textures with other media! Wood and leather go particularly well together I think.  Varying thin leather straps woven through the slats of a Walnut Hollow Mini Crate creates a fun texture combination.  You can … Continue reading

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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