TO DO Clock

Walnut Hollow

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

To Do ClockI thought that this would be very appropriate for my final blog post – a “To Do” Clock! I’m retiring and I hope “to do” more of what time hasn’t allowed for before.  I hope I have time to do more creating – it’s at the top of my list.


You will need 2 Modern Plaques for this project. Both of them are Savannah Plaques – one is larger and one is smaller and thinner. They work well together because they have the same shape. Decide where you will place the clock movement on the large Savannah Plaque. Mark the hole location with a pencil. Use a drill with a 3/8” drill bit to make the hole.

Using a large flat brush, apply DecoArt® Americana® Chalkboard Paint in Black to the large Savannah Plaque. Use a large flat brush to apply DecoArt® Americana® Indian Turquoise to the smaller Savannah Thin Plaque. To make the turquoise plaque ready for chalk, apply DecoArt® Americana® Chalkboard Paint in Clear to the top surface. The Clear Chalkboard paint is great because you can turn any color into a chalkboard.

Use Marvy® Chalk Markers to add clock numbers and details to both plaques. I used white on the black chalkboard and red on the “To Do” list. Use Tombow® MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the Savannah Thin Plaque to the large Savannah Plaque.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAttach the clock movement (TQ700P – with the 3/4″ shaft) and hands following the manufacturer’s instructions on the back of the packaging. Insert an AA battery and set the time.

I hope you have enjoyed creating with me. It has been my pleasure to share with you what I love to do. Now I’m off to retirement and to do more of what makes me happy!

Rustic Bride and Groom Plaque

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Wood Burned SignLooking for ideas for a wedding gift? This bark edged plaque is unique – you can easily make it for the bride and groom even if you have never wood burned before!

Basswood-Country-Round-Natural-Craft-Panel-Group[1]The Basswood Country Rounds® come in various sizes so you can choose the perfect size you need. Look for a font that you like on your computer for the initials and wedding date. Enlarge it to size and print. I chose Perpetua Titling MT.



Before using the Creative Versa-Tool®, read all manufacturer’s instructions found inside the package. Attach the Universal Point on the Versa-Tool with pliers. Secure the tool stand to your work surface with tape. Place the Tool on the stand and plug it into an electric outlet. Turn the Versa-Temp control to the Red Zone and heat for four or five minutes.38283 _versa temp control

While the Tool is heating up, use a pencil to rub on the back of the printed copy to prepare for tracing it onto the Basswood Country Round. Position the copy on the Round and tape it in place. Use a stylus or ball point pen to trace the initials and date onto the wood surface.

To wood burn all of the outside lines of each part of the copy, begin by placing a metal rule on any areas of copy with straight lines. Use the straight edge of the Universal Point to create the straight lines by following along the ruler edge.

Add all other curved lines of copy using the tip of the Universal Point following the traced lines until all outside lines are wood burned.

Use the side of the Universal Point to burn all solid dark shading in the initials. Use a lighter touch to lightly shade the ampersand.

Use the metal ruler to create lines across each letter and number in the wedding date.

2253866P243[1]Use a pencil to mark holes for the twine. Drill holes and insert twine to hang.

Sometimes it is better to actually see how to use the Universal Point – we made a video with some tips and techniques. If you’d like to see it, please view the video here:



Rustic Serving Tray

Walnut Hollow

We’re celebrating National Craft Month all month long here at Walnut Hollow. Here is an easy-to-make piece for your home décor.

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Rustic Serving TrayWell, this is going to be very short and sweet! This project takes just a little time to create – actually the drying time is the longest part. I would suggest that you create a “set” if you love these like we do.


IMG_2392Begin with the raw Rustic Serving Tray. Use a soft brush to apply any stain you like – we used Rustoleum® Golden Oak. Wipe off the excess stain with a soft cloth. Dry thoroughly. That’s it!

These trays would be great for so many things – breakfast in bed, filled with sewing handwork to carry to your favorite chair, lunch outside on the deck, organizing craft supplies for your next project, etc. If you hang it on the wall vertically, you could add a knick-knack collection, create a painting, etc. If you hang it on the wall horizontally, it could hold a story on the smaller side and photo memories on the other…….oh, my, there are many more ideas. What would you create?


Rustic Cork Tray

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Cork Tray with logo

Start saving corks from wine bottles now!  They are fun to use just as they are, or, in this case, I cut them down the center so I could adhere the flat side to each long edge of a Basswood Country Plank®. These Rustic Cork Trays would be perfect to use as a serving tray, tabletop display or to actually use for a buffet table filled with food.


IMG_2386I used a Basswood Country Plank, Medium for my project. It measures approximately 13” long and 10” or so wide. The Basswood Country Planks come in a variety of sizes, so choose the best for your project.

To stencil the design down the center of the Plank, use a pencil and ruler to mark the center and tape the stencil template in place. I used a DCWV 12” x 12” Stencil. It included a variety of stencil designs and I liked the arrows. I used a soft sponge to stencil arrows with DecoArt® Americana® Burnt Orange and Slate Grey. Notice that the Burnt Orange arrows go in one direction while the Slate Grey arrows go in the opposite direction.

The trick to successful stenciling is to use very little paint on the sponge. It’s always best to apply two light coats of paint rather than one heavy coat that might “leak” under the stencil surface.

Now for cutting the corks in half – following the manufacturer’s instructions on the outside and inside of the Creative Versa-Tool® packaging, tape the Tool Stand to your work surface. Use pliers to attach the Hot Knife Point in the tool and place the tool on the stand. Plug into an electric outlet and dial the Versa-Temp control to the Orange Zone. Let heat for 4-5 minutes.

Use the Hot Knife Point to slice down the center of each cork to cut it into2 sections. For a strong adhesion between the cork and Plank surface, use Tombow® MONO Multi Liquid Glue. It’s the best!

For a protective finish on the wood surface, it’s a good idea to varnish the Planks well with either 2-3 coats of spray or brush-on varnish.

If you plan to place food on the surface of the Plank, use paper doilies or some type of covering so the food doesn’t stain the wood.


By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Take a deep breath…once again… R-E-L-A-X. I’m not speaking for everyone, but many of us do not do this enough. We get caught up in the rat-race of life and forget to RELAX.


This home décor piece is a reminder and provides inspiration for us to remember to relax. I used one of the NEW Rustic Pallet pieces now available – Rustic Pallet, 8” x 30”.

Use a large flat brush to paint the entire Rustic Pallet and each 5” Letter with DecoArt® Americana Décor®,  Chalky Finish. I used Serene for the Pallet and Delicate for each Letter. I love this paint! It’s so easy to apply and no need to seal the paint prior to using.


Once everything is thoroughly dry, use a sanding block or an electric sander to begin the process of a worn or vintage look. Sand all the way down to the raw wood here and there!


Use the Crème Wax in Deep Brown to antique the Pallet and Letters. Apply the Wax with a large flat brush and remove the excess with a soft cloth. Once all is dry, you can buff everything with a clean soft cloth.

IMG_2299Now it’s time to adhere the Letters to the Pallet. The best product to use is the Tombow® Power Adhesive Tabs. Place a few Power Tabs on the back of each Letter, peel off the little paper and press in place on the Pallet.

What I love about the look you achieve with the Chalky Finish on the Rustic Pallet pieces is that the wood still looks “rustic”, but the sanding makes it smooth to the touch. Perfect!