Wooden Winter Wonderland Porch Decor

Winter is quickly approaching, so it’s time to change out my seasonal porch decor. I created a whimsical colorful Winter wonderland using Walnut Hollow Large Snowmen, Rustic Sled, Open Stars, and Rustic Stars. I used DecoArt paints and chalkboard coating to decorate … Continue reading

Joy to the World

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Joy to the World Centerpiece and FavorsThis centerpiece is a holder for favors you can give your guests or visitors when they are in your home for the Christmas Holidays – you could also create another, more generic, one that could be used throughout the year.

23876I began the project with 3 Mini Crates and 6 small Ball® jars. Using a large flat brush, paint the slat sides of each Crate with DecoArt® Americana® acrylic Holly Green and the ends with Tuscan Red. I used 2 coats of each color, sanding lightly between coats with fine sandpaper. Let dry thoroughly.

IMG_2337IMG_2342Use a piece of chalk to write the words “Joy to the World” on the ends of the Crates. Use a medium round brush with DecoArt® Americana® Warm White to paint the worlds.

IMG_2341Use a thin liner brush to paint thin lines to make snowflakes on the side slats. Add dots to the snowflakes and all over the Crate using the wood end of the brush handle.

When the Crates are thoroughly dry, use a large flat brush to paint 2 coats of Americana® Matte Varnish for a protective finish.  Let dry.

IMG_2339Attach chalkboard stickers to each jar. Use a Bistro Chalk Marker to write your guest’s names on the labels and fill the jars with goodies. Tie a knot with red tulle at the top of each jar.

IMG_2338Using 3 types of ¼” ribbon (I used red, green and gold), tie the Crates together in 4 places. Place 2 jars in each crate.

Send the jars home with your guests or visitors as favors! Enjoy your Holidays with family and friends.

Christmas Pallet

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Christmas PalletNeed to decorate a small area in your home? Don’t have a mantel to hang those Christmas stockings? Well, there might be other reasons you need to make this. 40180Starting with a raw Pallet, basecoat – every other slat – with DecoArt® Americana® Tuscan Red, using a large flat brush.  The other 2 slats are basecoated using the large flat brush and Holly Green (DecoArt® Americana®).

Once the paint is thoroughly dry, use a medium-coarse sanding block or an electric sander to sand the edges of the Pallet for a vintage or worn look.


I used a 2” alphabet stencil to trace the letters “M-E-R-R-Y” with a pencil onto the Pallet. I used chalk to hand-letter the word “Christmas”.  Use DecoArt® Americana® Light Buttermilk with a medium flat brush to paint the stencil letters.

Use a medium roung brush to paint “Christmas” with Light Buttermilk. Thin the paint with water to make it easier for paint to flow off the brush as you paint the letters.

IMG_2336IMG_2335Drill holes from the back for each knob with the appropriate size bit for your knobs. Attach knobs.

Now you are ready to hang anything – small decorations, stockings, etc.