I don’t have a lot of extra space in my home for bulky side tables. Unfortunately, this meant that I could snuggle up on my couch with a hot cup of coffee, or a book, but not both. My days … Continue reading
I love making big projects and Walnut Hollow wood shapes are the perfect surface to work big with. Their Halloween shapes make a great top border for my rolling gate and the large pumpkins layered with skulls and the letter “B” can be combined to spell the word “BOO”.
This decoration looks great during the day (both from the front and back) and super cute at night lit up with twinkle lights and battery-powered tea lights in the eyes of the skulls.
Tools and Materials
2- Bat signs
2- Cat Signs
2- Ghost signs
Optional: 4 Tea lights, twinkle lights
This project is perfect to get the kids involved with as there is lots of painting that no special skills are needed. I really enjoyed the time I spent first giving everything a coat of base color with the DecoArt paints.
Next I added dimension to the pumpkins with brown paint on the edges and in crescent moon shapes on the pumpkin to shade in the curves.
For the black cat and bat I used white paint on the edges and to give the bat details on the wings.
For the ghosts and skulls I brushed a bit of black paint on the edges.
To decorate the fence I simply slid the picks of the signs between the top pole and the chain links.
The attach the pumpkins, letter “B” and skulls I used a bit of floral wire to wire them to the fence.
To attach the tea lights in the skull eye holes I used a bit of double stick foam tape.
I hope you’ll try your hand a painting up a bunch of Walnut Hollow shapes and sharing your Halloween spirit with your neighbors.
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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.
My niece’s birthday is coming up next month and I wanted to send her a personalized gift to match her under the sea bedroom decor. This 18″ wooden K was the perfect solution and was very easy to create! Here … Continue reading
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!
If you are coming from Chris Wallace’s post then you are in the right place! Thank you for following along with the Walnut Hollow®+ Ann Butler Designs™ Blog Hop!
Be sure to leave comments on the Walnut Hollow Blog to enter to win this prize! We’ll chose a winner Wednesday, May 28th for our Blog Hop prize randomly drawn from your comments. The winner will be announced via the Walnut Hollow Facebook Page.We invited our young, crafty designer, Emma, to join us for the Walnut Hollow and Ann Butler Designs Blog Hop. Emma is 12 years old. You can see some of her artwork on www.walnuthollow.com in our project Gallery under Emma’s Creations.
Emma’s Blog Hop project is one of our new large 18” letters – an “E”. And this is how she created it.
By Emma for Walnut Hollow
First I painted the “E” with DecoArt® Americana® Warm White. After it was dry, I used a pencil to draw an octopus on the “E”.
I used Earth Safe Finishes Aquamarine Iridescents to paint around the pencil lines of the octopus.
Once the background was painted and dry, I used one of the 2” Unity Stamps with ColorBox®Crafter’s Ann Butler Designs Ink Pads, Lilac to stamp over the entire “E”. I heat set the stamped images with a heat gun so the images were permanent.
Next I painted the octopus with DecoArt® Americana® Purple Pizzazz. After the octopus was dry, I painted the octopus with Berry Iridescents for the shimmer.
For the final step, paint the eyes with Warm White. When dry, put a large drop of glue on the eyes and fill with Black Diamond ss20 flat back crystals.
There are keyholes on the back of each letter to make it easy to hang this in my room!
Emma < YOU ARE HERE
Jennifer Priest < GO HERE NEXT!
I think large letters are so much fun to use for decorating. When I found out that we were going to manufacture 18” letters, I was excited to create something different – happy that we included an Ampersand in the program!
This is what the letters look like – they are made from Baltic Birch Plywood. They are ½” thick and very durable. They also include keyholes in the back of each letter so they will hang flush on the wall.
I used Krylon Chalkboard Spray (http://www.krylon.com/products/chalkboard-paint) to basecoat each piece. Krylon also makes a brush-on chalkboard paint, but I thought it would be easier to spray. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the label. I lightly sand between each coat and cure the paint for 24 hours. After the paint is thoroughly dry, rub the letters with regular chalk and wipe off the excess chalk with a paper towel.
Now you are ready to start decorating. I used Marvy/ Uchida Bistro Chalk Markers (http://www.uchida.com/p-243-bistro-chalk-marker-fine-point.aspx). The Chalk Markers are so easy and fun to use. I used white, blue, green and pink Chalk Markers. For the “S” and the “K”, I began by making straight horizontal lines using a 12” ruler. The lines are randomly spaced, but make sure you go across the entire letter regardless of the letter shape so that the lines are kept straight from the bottom of the letter up and also line up across the letter.
Once all the lines are drawn, it’s time for the fun stuff – doodling or whatever you want to do. Just drawing lines, flowers, x’s, or adding dots makes it fun to fill in the spaces. It takes a short while for the Markers to dry, so be careful not to drag your hand or sleeve through them until they are finally dry. Wonder why I know to tell you that?……yes, I messed up a couple of times! If this happens to you, use a damp paper towel to wipe off a mistake, or try Windex wipes – they work well too.
Here are some close-ups of ideas for what you can do between the lines. For the “S” —
Here are some close-ups of the “K” –
For the Ampersand, I rubbed it with regular chalk, then wiped it off. Using the Chalk Markers, I made scallops and dots around each edge. Then came the buttons – lots of buttons. You can get lots of buttons at Buttons Galore & More (http://www.buttonsgaloreandmore.com/buttons-by-the-pound-s/1632.htm) I used white buttons purchased by the pound. I also added Classic Circles, which are circles of pearls . http://www.buttonsgaloreandmore.com/product-p/4207.htm). I adhered the buttons and pearls with Tombow’s MONO Multi Liquid Glue. (http://tombowusa.com/craft/adhesives/mono-multi-liquid-glue.html ) Simply place the Multi Glue here and there for the button placement. You will need to add the glue to the back of the pearl circles, then place on the Ampersand.
To add a little sparkle, I used the Creative Versa – Tool® dialed to the Yellow-Orange Zone to adhere clear hot-fix iron-on crystal embellishments. Some of the crystals were placed in the center of the pearl circle, some were randomly place here and there between the white buttons.
Here are some close-up photos to show you some button/ crystal placement:
What 18″ letters would you choose? Please show us what you make!