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…

Heart String Art

Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow Have you ever tried String Art? Or, I guess I should call it Yarn Art. This was my first attempt! supplies I wasn’t quite sure how to go about doing this type of Art, so I spent a little time looking around the internet to see some ideas. After that, I gathered my supplies and was ready to go. dry brush I wanted to add some color to the Rustic Pallet piece (I used the Rustic Pallet 11 1/2″ x 11″), but didn’t want it to be a solid color. First, I dry-brushed the slats with DecoArt Americana Poodleskirt Pink. After the Pink was dry, I dry-brushed the slats with Light Buttermilk. nailscomplete I folded a piece of copy paper in half and traced ½ heart pattern, then cut it out with scissors and opened the paper for “whole” heart. I used a tape runner to add a little adhesive on the back of the heart and positioned it on the dried Rustic Pallet. Using gold linoleum nails and a hammer, I secured 53 nails all around the paper heart shape. Once all the nails are in place, remove the paper heart. tie knot stringing yarn Next it was time to add the string/yarn. I used Lion Brand Fun Fur Red Yarn and it was lots more fun to use rather than plain yarn. Begin by securing  the yarn with a knot on the bottom center.  Working from top left down to bottom right, I strung the yarn back and forth until I had gone around the edges of the entire heart. Things got a little thick in the very center, but it also gave me a place to tie a knot at the end and hide a small piece of yarn at the end inside. stringing yarn endfinished I was happy with the end results – and it was easy! I liked the way it turned out using the Fun Fur Yarn. Have you tried String or Yarn Art? If so, send us photos – we’d love to see your artwork.