BOO Time!

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Time for some Throwback Thursday Blogs! Hope you enjoy appropriate Blogs that we will repeat and hope you enjoy one more time………pun intended!

Boo Clock

It’s getting to be a scary “time” of the year and “time” for Halloween! So…….I thought it was “time” for a  Halloween Clock. I saw these great Halloween buttons by Buttons Galore & More many months ago and wanted to use them to make a Clock. They have lots more Halloween styles and Buttons Galore – check them out here: http://www.buttonsgaloreandmore.com/

I started by misting a small wood clock with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Black Magic. Great name for the color. Look closely at the finished clock and you can see the gold glimmer. Love using this mist – so easy and there is never a need to seal the wood first. In fact, you shouldn’t seal the wood before using Glimmer Mist.

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While the mist is drying, choose the button pieces out of the package that you want to represent the numbers. Once you have them picked out, you’ll need to cut the shank off the back of the buttons.  I used a heavy duty pair of scissors or use a wire cutter tool. It is a good idea to also use a sanding stick to sand down more of the shank to get the back of the button as flat as possible.

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sanding shanks

Once the buttons are prepared, place a Power Tab from Tombow® over the cut shank. Power Tabs really work the best for embellishments and things like this. Remove the backing from the Tab and press the button in place.

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I used this clock movement since I already had my “numbers” on the clock. Follow the manufactures directions on the back of the package to attach the movement and hands on the clock surface. Add an AA battery, set the time and you’re ready to hang your clock.

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Have a safe and spooky Halloween!

Hope you enjoyed our Halloween Clock again………..check back tomorrow for a great new, and EASY, Halloween project – I think you’ll like it!

Modern Plaque Chalkboard Hanger

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Materials:

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I designed this Modern Plaque Chalkboard project for Walnut Hollow’s Make-and-Take at CHA back in January. It was a big hit! I will share pictures from our booth at the end of the post. This project was really easy to make. I started by sanding the Thin Modern Plaque and spray painting it with Krylon Spray Paint. I used Ballet Slipper on half of the plaques and Catalina Mist on the other half.

I conditioned chalkboard paper with the regular chalk and wiped off the excess with a paper towel. Then I cut the paper to fit onto the modern plaque (about 3″ x 5″) in the center of the plaque. I glued it down using a Tombow Stamp Runner.

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I added the trim around the chalkboard- cutting it down using the edges of the chalkboard as a guide for the length needed. I glued down the trim using Beacon Gem-Tac Adhesive. It will dry clear!

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Once the Chalkboard Paper and Trim were in Place I was ready to add the floral and button embellishments! I used Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs to attach the Prima flowers and the Buttons Galore and More buttons to opposite corners of the chalkboard.

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To write my message on the chalkboard, I first drew it out with some white chalk. It comes off easier than the Chalk ink because it does not need water. Then I traced over the design with the chalk ink pen.

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Finally I added a screw hook. The basswood is soft- you can just push the screw into the wood then turn. It will go in easily.

Here are some finished pieces from our CHA booth!

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Last week we went to Madison Mingle in Madison, Wisconsin to show the participants how to make the same project! It was really fun to work with card makers- and we got to make some cards too!

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Now go forth and make your chalkboard!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Letters

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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!

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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” —

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Here are some close-ups of the “K” –

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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:

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What 18″ letters would you choose? Please show us what you make!

BOO Time!

Boo Clock

It’s getting to be a scary “time” of the year and “time” for Halloween! So…….I thought it was “time” for a  Halloween Clock. I saw these great Halloween buttons by Buttons Galore & More many months ago and wanted to use them to make a Clock. They have lots more Halloween styles and Buttons Galore – check them out here: http://www.buttonsgaloreandmore.com/

I started by misting a small wood clock with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Black Magic. Great name for the color. Look closely at the finished clock and you can see the gold glimmer. Love using this mist – so easy and there is never a need to seal the wood first. In fact, you shouldn’t seal the wood before using Glimmer Mist.

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While the mist is drying, choose the button pieces out of the package that you want to represent the numbers. Once you have them picked out, you’ll need to cut the shank off the back of the buttons.  I used a heavy duty pair of scissors or use a wire cutter tool. It is a good idea to also use a sanding stick to sand down more of the shank to get the back of the button as flat as possible.

cut shanks

sanding shanks

Once the buttons are prepared, place a Power Tab from Tombow® over the cut shank. Power Tabs really work the best for embellishments and things like this. Remove the backing from the Tab and press the button in place.

cover shank

I used this clock movement since I already had my “numbers” on the clock. Follow the manufactures directions on the back of the package to attach the movement and hands on the clock surface. Add an AA battery, set the time and you’re ready to hang your clock.

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Have a safe and spooky Halloween!