How many pieces of flair do you need to express yourself? Button badges like this are one of my favorite craft embellishments. I was surprised to find out just how many flair buttons I had in numerous locations in my … Continue reading
Adult coloring is a wonderfully relaxing trend right now, but what can you do with all of those beautifully colored pages? Create home décor items, like my Coloring Page Decorated Rustic Pallet Birdhouse, the perfect way to greet visitors at your front door or … Continue reading
I am in love with the ombre effect, especially in art. Wood burning is an easy way to make an ombre effect. For this art project I chose one of my favorite art themes, letters, to use the ombre wood burning technique on. All that is needed is the point tip on the wood burning tool and you too can make an ombre effect on any wood surface.
Materials and Tools
Thin strip of wood
I arranged the letters on the Basswood canvas and included an ampersand.
Once I had them arranged I glued them down using a scrap of wood as a guide in between rows.
Then all that was left to do was make lots and lots of dots with the wood burning tool. The row of letters on top were almost completely filled with dots and then they were spread out a bit more for each row until the bottom row was loosely dotted. This image shows the letters about 1/2 filled in from the final. The process was a bit like needle felting.
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Thanks for taking time to check out this wood burning tutorial and if you’d like to see more of my crafting with a re-purpose and adult coloring pages pop on over to my blog Sweater Surgery.
Stefanie Girard is a crafter with a re-purpose. She has been cutting stuff up since she was old enough to hold a pair of scissors in her tiny hands. She earned her degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and move to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry first as a Set Decorator and Prop Master then onto TV Producer specializing in How-To TV shows for HGTV and the DIY Networks. After writing 5 craft books for the Quarto Publishing Group she now spreads the crafty word online through book reviews and original projects with a focus on recycled elements.
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By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow
The Rustic Pallet Collection’s Rustic Tree is not just for Christmas! You can create Trees to celebrate many occasions – Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Birthdays and Special Occasions! I’m sure you can think of a few more.
Begin by basecoating the Tree, Ledge and Letters with DecoArt® Americana® Cranberry Wine and Terra Coral. Alternate the colors so you have nice contrast for the wood pieces.
I added Graphic 45 paper (Botanical Tea) to the front of the 5” letters – it’s simple, just trace around each letter with a pencil, cut and adhere with Tombow® MONO Multi Liquid Glue. I used the same glue to adhere the 1 ½” letters to the squares and circles of burlap. I used Tombow® Power Tabs to adhere the burlap pieces to the Rustic Tree. If you use Power Tabs, you can change the burlap attachments or move them around when you wish. The Power Tabs hold extremely well, but can be removed when needed.
The burlap flower at the top of the tree was purchased at Joann Stores – it’s a David Tutera flower that has a stem. I wrapped the stem around the very top of the Rustic Tree. Love the flower!
The Rustic Tree was nailed to the inside of the Rustic Ledge. Use Tombow® MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the 5” wood letters to the front of the Ledge. Fill the Ledge with Valentine Kisses – they are in the stores now so go get some.
I used small clips to attach the valentines to the Tree.
This is a great piece of home décor for Valentine’s Day – save it to use from year to year. Fill with vases and flowers, candy, cards or whatever else you might like!
By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow
Since today is July 4th and we are celebrating Independence Day, I thought it would be appropriate to share something important to Walnut Hollow. If you never know anything else about Walnut Hollow but one thing, I hope you know that all of our wood products are Made in America. And that is something the Ladd Family and all the Walnut Hollow employees are very proud of.
Walnut Hollow was founded 42 years ago by Dave Ladd. When Dave saw his wife Nancy decoupage crosscut pieces of wood, it sparked an idea that became a well-respected, international corporation. We manufacturer various styles of wood products sold throughout the United States, Canada and foreign countries.
All Walnut Hollow wood products are made in the heartland of America. Our factory in Dodgeville, Wisconsin employs local folks and most of them have been part of our company for many years. Our hard-working employees take exceptional pride in their work to bring the best and innovative products to market for our valued customers.
These are photos of our factory where the wood products are manufactured.
We also take pride in safety. This is a photo of our President, Sandra Ladd-Bartelt, Dave’s daughter, thanking all Walnut Hollow employees. The 2013 Outstanding Manufacturing Safety Performance Award was presented to Walnut Hollow by Acuity Insurance. It is a great honor to be recognized for working safely.
We take great pride in producing products that are not only environmentally friendly but are also highly adaptable to many different markets. Our commitment to quality products and our environmental initiative are beyond compare. We help to keep America strong and employed. Always remember, Walnut Hollow wood products are Made in America.
Happy 4th of July!
By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow
A few Blogs ago I talked about some products we have at Walnut Hollow and the differences and similarities. I thought I would do that again – this time with our Letters & Numbers. Because people have always liked to personalize craft projects and individual letters and numbers are so popular – they are all over Pinterest – it might be a good idea to show you what is available. We have 3 different sizes.
Let’s begin with the smallest. They are 1 ½” and are laser cut. They are thin (.15”), made from plywood and come 2 in a package with edges that are brownish because of the way they are cut. We have the alphabet, numbers 0-9, an ampersand and a punctuation package with bars, commas, period and asterisks.
I like that they are on the small size and fit perfectly on our Rustic Pallet items. Here, I used them for a quote by the fictional character in The Help, Aibileen Clark.
These are our 5” letters. They are made from pine and are ¾” thick – so they will stand on a flat surface. We have the alphabet and ampersand in this size. They are perfect for painting, staining, decoupage, glitter, buttons, wood burning, stamping and adding other embellishments.
This is a great project made with the 5” letter and a Wood Panel (we used the reversed side that is like a frame) for Ethan’s Room – you can tell that he loves cars!
The third set of letters are 18”. They are made from Baltic Birch and are ½” thick. Each letter includes one or two keyholes so they can hang flush on a wall. We have the alphabet and ampersand in this size also – perfect for personalized home décor, wedding décor and fun mixed media projects.
I sprayed these 18” letters with Krylon® Chalkboard Spray and decorated them with the Marvy/Uchida® Bistro Chalk Markers. They were fun and easy to make and Sara and Kenny loved them in their home.
Hope that helps to clarify any questions about our Letters & Numbers – they are all great to use for your crafting and Pinterest projects!