Back to School Faux Painted Book Boxes

My teacher friends are always looking for new ways to stay organized in the classroom and these Book Boxes will do just that, PLUS look stylish on a desk or shelf! Paint the ” book covers” to match your classroom … Continue reading

An Apple for the Teacher

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Teacher Desk SignNeed a gift for your child’s teacher or a sign for your desk if you are a teacher? Here’s a really easy project that’s sure to please any teacher.

40189 side 2Begin the project by spraying the Walnut Hollow Tabletop Sign with 2 coats Design Master® Turquoise. Dry thoroughly.

IMG_2037For the apple design, trace one you find on the internet, trace a stencil or draw one on the Sign with a pencil. I used an apple design that was in a stencil packet with all kinds of fruits and vegetables. I used DecoArt® Americana® acrylics to paint the apple, leaves and stem. Use a medium flat brush to apply 2-3 coats of True Red for the apple.


Use the same brush to paint the leaves with Sour Apple. You’ll need a medium round brush for the Dark Chocolate stem. I used the wooden handle of the brush to place descending dots of Warm White on the left side of the apple for a “shine” area. Simply open the lid and dip the end of the handle to pick up the paint and lay the dots down (without re-loading the handle). The dots will descend in size as the paint comes off the handle. Let dry.

After the dots are dry, a nice addition is 2 coats of satin varnish. Only varnish the apple, leaves and stem – nothing else on the sign.

IMG_2041I used plastic adhesive letters to spell out the name and room for the teacher.


The final touch is to glue Wrights® Rick Rack around the bottom of the Sign. I used white glue to first adhere Yellow Jumbo Rick Rack, then Red Medium Rick Rack over the Yellow. Let everything dry.

This is Mrs. Walker’s first year of teaching. She’ll love placing it on her desk! Remember a special teacher this year as the teachers and students head Back to School.


Getting Ready for School

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

It’s that time again! Seems like summer always flies by too fast. Well, there is still time to make a box with your child to use in a desk or school locker.

Locker BoxIt’s fun to personalize crafty projects and so easy to do.


Using this Roomy Box – it measures 3.33” x 8.21” x 5.44” – you’ll have plenty of room for note paper, pencils, pens, markers, etc. Begin the project by spraying the entire outside of the Box with Krylon® Glitter Blast™ Spray Paint. I used Orange Burst. Let dry thoroughly. I used a large flat brush to apply one coat of DecoArt® Americana® Satin Varnish over the Glitter paint to keep the glitter from rubbing off.

Drill a hole in the top of the lid and attach a knob with a screw. I used a Tim Holtz® Classic Knob to open the Box.

DCWV® has some fun decorative paper – The Homeroom Stack® and I found the perfect paper to add around the bottom of the box. You’ll need 2 pieces trimmed to 1 ¾” x 5” and 1 piece trimmed to 1 ¾” x 7 ¾”. Tombow® has a new tape runner – Xtreme Adhesive. It’s perfect for attaching the paper over the Glitter paint because it’s 5 times stronger than standard tape runners so it will stay in place!

There are many styles of adhesive alphabets in the craft stores. Choose a font and style you like to personalize with a name.

Locker Box inside

Of course, the inside of the Box should be as fun as the outside. I used a large flat brush to paint 2 coats of DecoArt® Americana® Blue Harbor acrylic paint to cover the inside of the Box. After it’s dry, add some more papers, stickers and embellishments using the Xtreme tape runner.

Done! And there is still a little time to enjoy some more summer fun before school begins…