How to Use Chalk Paint on Wood at Paint-A-Palooza

Just over a week ago, fifty crafters came together in sunny San Diego, California for a three day workshop called Paint-A-Palooza to create, share, and learn in the fabulously artsy Charity Wings Art Center. Our good friends at DecoArt® organized … Continue reading

It’s Time to Make Clocks!

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

It’s another Throwback Thursday Blog! Thought it would be a good time to review some things about making a clock. Clocks are great for the upcoming gift-giving season – they are easy and fun to make. Here are a few tips to help.

You can make a clock out of just about anything! The deciding factor is if you can cut or drill a 3/8” hole in the object you will use for the clock surface. Follow these easy steps and you’ll have a clock in no time (sorry….just had to say it!).

1. Choose a surface.

Wow – there are so many. Walnut Hollow has lots of wood surfaces http://www.walnuthollow.com/store/clock-making/surfaces/ with pre-drilled holes ready to use.

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However, there are also many other surfaces that simply need a 3/8” hole drilled.

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There are other ideas to consider also: straw hat, paper mache box, cake pan, teddy bear – or what about a flip-flop?

2. Choose a decorating theme.

If the surface hasn’t already determined the theme, you could wood burn, or wood carve.

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Use the Creative Versa-Tool® to create unique designs. Try decoupage with a beautiful gift wrap or scrapbook papers. Ribbons are terrific as well – or many fabric to cover the surface. Paints of all types work great and don’t forget colored pencils.

3. Choose the clock movement.

Make sure that the clock movement has a shaft length that is appropriate for your surface. Shafts come in three sizes: ¼”, 3/8”, and ¾”.  Determine the depth of the surface of your clock and then purchase the appropriate movements.

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There are also pendulum clock movements available.

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4. Choose a clock face or numbers and hands or just hands.

Use an adhesive clock face or adhesive numbers depending on your decorating theme.

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Some movements only include hands and some have numbers and hands.

You can also purchase hands separately.

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The hands are available in silver, black and gold. They can all be spray painted to make them a different color.

5. Once you have chosen a surface, decorated it, decided on the clock movement, face or numbers, and hands, it’s time to put it all together. Instructions for attaching the clock movement are found on the back of each package.

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6. Last, but a very important step – add the battery!

Choices, choices, choices! There are excellent ideas that can be found almost anywhere. Make your clockmaking decisions and begin making your clocks today. It’s fun to make clocks for your home – and don’t forget that they are great for personalized gifts. Everyone needs clocks – and every room does too!

Here are a few ideas to get you started –

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Being Thankful

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

We are excited to be blog hopping with Quietfire Design all this week. We have so many creative projects to share with you using Quietfire Design high quality rubber stamps with Walnut Hollow Wood Surfaces and Tools.

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We have a great prize to give away. Let us know what you think about our projects by leaving comments. We will choose a prize winner Monday, October 6. Leaving comments on all of the projects will increase your chance of winning! See where to go next at the end of my post!

 

Walnut Hollow Crafts | Being Thankful

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Suzanne Cannon’s calligraphy is truly beautiful and I’m “being thankful” that she made this Set for us to use.

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I used the Walnut Hollow Chippendale Plate and the Circle Thin Mini Plaque for my surface. The DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish, Vintage was perfect to enhance the colors of the wonderful Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Collection, Birds of a Feather paper. I used a large flat brush to basecoat both the Plate and the Circle with Vintage Chalky Finish. The paint is so thick and creamy, you’ll only need one coat. After the paint is thoroughly dry, lightly sand everything with fine sandpaper.

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I used Tombow® Xtreme Adhesive to adhere the paper to the center of the Plate.

To die cut the scallop circles, I used Spellbinders® Classic Scallop Circles with a matching blue and ivory cardstock.

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Using Clearsnap® Colorbox® Mudslide with a sponge applicator, I created more of a vintage look on all of the papers as well as the plate itself.

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I used the same ink pad to stamp the sentiments: “Being Thankful” on the ivory paper, “for family”, “for friends”, “for blessings” and “for you” around the Plate.

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To adhere the Circle Plaque to the Plate, I used Tombow® Power Tabs – they will do a great job of holding the wood plaque to the paper.

Now it’s just a matter of display – you can hang it on a wall, or place it on an easel. Either way it’s a welcome addition to any home décor. For the Fall Thanksgiving Holiday or year round.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by to see my “Being Thankful” Plate! Now go see what Yogi and Holly have created! http://quietfirecreations.blogspot.ca/

Thanksgiving Coasters

By Sara Shirman for Walnut Hollow

We are excited to be blog hopping with Quietfire Design all this week. We have so many creative projects to share with you using Quietfire Design high quality rubber stamps with Walnut Hollow Wood Surfaces and Tools.

Walnut Hollow + Quietfire Design Prize

We have a great prize to give away. Let us know what you think about our projects by leaving comments. We will choose a prize winner Monday, October 6. Leaving comments on all of the projects will increase your chance of winning! See where to go next at the end of my post!

Walnut Hollow Crafts | Thanksgiving Coasters

Quietfire Designs has some of the most beautiful stamps that I have ever seen. The delicate Calligraphy is so well done and the stamps themselves are very high quality. It was really fun to work with Suzanne in deciding what the stamps should say for this Thanksgiving themed blog hop! It took me a whole 5 minutes to decide that I was going to make coasters for the blog hop. The size of the Quietfire Design stamps combined with Walnut Hollow’s 4.5″Circle Mini Thin Plaque were perfect for coasters on a Thanksgiving table setting!

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I started preparing my Circle Plaques by sanding them and putting 2 coats of Light Buttermilk Americana Acrylic Paint

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Once the paint was dry I used Coffee Bean Archival Pigment Ink to stamp on this Sunflower stamp that was purchased at Michaels.

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I used a heat gun to set the ink then colored in the sunflowers with Tsukineko® Memento Dual Markers. The brush tip worked well for filling in the petals and the center of the sunflower with loose strokes.

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I stamped the beautiful Quietfire Design stamp that is a part of the Give Thanks set onto a thin piece of white paper. I love the quality of these stamps! They are so clean and crisp!

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I centered the paper in the center of the sunflower.

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I mixed up some Ice Resin (it is so easy to use!) Here is a video that shows how to mix your Ice Resin properly.

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I poured the ice resin over the stamped paper and spread it all the way to the edge. The Ice Resin is thick enough so that it does not run over the edge of the piece of wood. Ice Resin is very easy to use on wood!

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I let the Ice Resin dry for 24 hours. They turned out really nice – now I can’t wait for Thanksgiving!

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Thanks for stopping by to see my Thanksgiving Coasters! Now go see what Kathy Jo and Sherry have created! http://quietfirecreations.blogspot.ca/

Paper Quilt Blocks

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

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As you know by now, I’m a quilter. It would have been fun to sew quilt blocks and adhered them to the Wood Panels for display, but I thought it would be more fun to make them out of paper. Just as I like all the different lines of fabric as they become available, I like the different lines of papers too!

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It all begins with a 10 x 10 Wood Panel. The papers and embellishments used for these Panels were from Pink Paislee. I would suggest choosing a pad of coordinating papers you like with coordinating embellishing products. I chose to make a Churn Dash Block, a Pinwheel Block, a Double Four Patch Block and a Nine Patch Variation Block. Once you choose the blocks you would like to make, just eliminate any measurements for seams and you’re ready to trim your papers to fit.

Since the Churn Dash Block is one of my vary favorites, I’ll tell you how I made this one. I used a paper trimmer to cut the following:  (1) 3 ½” Pink Square, (2) 2 ¼” Green Squares cut diagonally for 4 triangles, (2) 2 ¼” Dark Print Squares cut diagonally for 4 triangles, (4) 3 1/2” Green Rectangles, (4) 3 ½” Dark Print Rectangles.

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I painted the edges of the Wood Panel using a medium flat brush and acrylic paint to coordinate with my paper.  Once dry, I used Tombow® MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the papers, Power Tabs to adhere the wooden thread buttons and FoamTabs to adhere the “Friends” embellishment.

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A final touch to each Panel was added with stitch lines made with a Black Tombow® Dual Brush Pen Marker.

These would be great to make for your sewing or craft room or, if you know a quilter, make one as a gift! I’m sure they will love it…

Made in America

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

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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.

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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.

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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.

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These are photos of our factory where the wood products are manufactured.

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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.

WHLogo_PMS202We 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!