Chippy Paint Finish on Shutters

How to do a simple chippy paint finish on shutters using petroleum jelly.

One of the prettiest ways to get organized is to use wood shutters. Today I’m showing you how to do a simple chippy paint finish on shutters to get that wonderful time-worn look using petroleum jelly. Get Organized with Wood … Continue reading

The Cutest Painted Pallet Wood Pumpkin Patch Ever!

Painted Pallet Pumpkin Patch

Do you love the wood pallet pumpkins you’ve been seeing all over Pinterest? Me too! Walnut Hollow has new pallet wood pumpkin shapes this year! No more cutting your own pallets up and getting frustrated when yours (mine) don’t turn … Continue reading

Hashtag Frame from a Walnut Hollow Rustic Frame

painted hashtag picture frame

A fun Summer camp craft is this painted hashtag frame. If you have tweens or teens at home, no doubt they spend some time on Instagram! And of course, so do we adults too, right? (Be sure to follow Walnut Hollow on … Continue reading


By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Take a deep breath…once again… R-E-L-A-X. I’m not speaking for everyone, but many of us do not do this enough. We get caught up in the rat-race of life and forget to RELAX.


This home décor piece is a reminder and provides inspiration for us to remember to relax. I used one of the NEW Rustic Pallet pieces now available – Rustic Pallet, 8” x 30”.

Use a large flat brush to paint the entire Rustic Pallet and each 5” Letter with DecoArt® Americana Décor®,  Chalky Finish. I used Serene for the Pallet and Delicate for each Letter. I love this paint! It’s so easy to apply and no need to seal the paint prior to using.


Once everything is thoroughly dry, use a sanding block or an electric sander to begin the process of a worn or vintage look. Sand all the way down to the raw wood here and there!


Use the Crème Wax in Deep Brown to antique the Pallet and Letters. Apply the Wax with a large flat brush and remove the excess with a soft cloth. Once all is dry, you can buff everything with a clean soft cloth.

IMG_2299Now it’s time to adhere the Letters to the Pallet. The best product to use is the Tombow® Power Adhesive Tabs. Place a few Power Tabs on the back of each Letter, peel off the little paper and press in place on the Pallet.

What I love about the look you achieve with the Chalky Finish on the Rustic Pallet pieces is that the wood still looks “rustic”, but the sanding makes it smooth to the touch. Perfect!

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.

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 | Being Thankful


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

Halloween Tree

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Walnut Hollow Crafts | Halloween Tree

Remember? I said I was going to doing something “un-traditional” with the Rustic Tree. This is just the first one and it was so easy to make!



You could use regular Black acrylic paint for the “branches”, but I used DecoArt® Americana® Chalkboard Paint™ so I could change the words from year to year if I wanted. Use a large flat brush to paint the Chalkboard Paint on the branches. Follow the instructions for painting 2 coats and letting it dry thoroughly.


Using a large flat brush, paint the “trunk” of the Tree with DecoArt® Americana® Chalky Finish, Heritage. By now, I guess you know that this new paint from DecoArt is a huge favorite. It’s nice and thick – you only need one coat.


The Marvy® Chalk Markers are great to use on the Chalkboard Paint. Usually I rub a regular piece of chalk over the dry paint to condition it for the Chalk Marker or for regular chalk. This time, I just left the paint as is and wrote with the Chalk Marker right on top.


I wanted to add a few things to the tree – like ornaments. I decided to paint clothespins and nail them to the branches here and there so I could pin a few things.


This is your early idea for the upcoming Halloween season. Better get started now – Happy Halloween!



Rustic Shield Plaque

Created by Sara Shirman for Walnut Hollow.

We are SO excited to team up with Tombow for another blog hop! Tombow adhesives are great for all types of projects and they stick especially well to our wood surfaces! Tombow carries a wide variety of products from double sided adhesive tabs/runners and liquid glue to artist pens and pencils. We can’t get enough of their products! Today is the second day of our blog hop- so come back tomorrow for more projects!


Be sure to visit all the blogs today and leave comments for your chance to win some great prizes!  One lucky winner will win this amazing prize package with products from TombowUSA and Walnut Hollow! Winners will be chosen from comments throughout the week, so make sure you check back daily to increase your chances of winning!  Also, please make sure you have popped on over to Facebook and “liked” each of the company pages ( Tombow / Walnut Hollow ), because really, what’s not to like?!

Prize Package includes:

1 – Tombow Power Tab 52135
1 – Tombow Foam Tab 52129
1 – XTREME Adhesive 62127
1 – Card Box 1704OP
1 – Shield Plaque 38824
1 – Rectangular Serving Tray 24648

Shield Plaque

I LOVE Tombow products so I was really excited to get another opportunity to Blog Hop with them! I decided to create a rustic wall piece using the Walnut Hollow Shield Plaque.

I started out by sanding the wood with a hand sander. I base coated the Shield Plaque with Americana Chalky finish paint in “Timeless”- a light cream color. Using a 1″ wide flat paint brush I brushed on the Chalky Finish paint. One coat covers the wood nicely and the paint dries with a matte finish. The chalky finish gives a nice shabby chic feel to the project. Once the first layer was dry, I took a bar of clear wax and rubbed it on the plaque. I went over random areas of the surface.


I then covered the main flat surface (not the edge) of the plaque with Americana Chalky finish paint in “Vintage”. I used a wide flat brush and pulled the paint towards me, lightly brushing it over the ridges on the side of the plaque. (Not covering the whole edge). This gave it a vintage feel.


Once that coat was dry, I sanded back the places that I had rubbed the wax on. The blue paint came off easily revealing the “Timeless” coat underneath.

I printed my Deer Silhouette and backed it with card stock. I used scissors to cut out the shape. The edges of my deer silhouette were white because of the thick card stock backing. I rubbed some ink along the side of the deer to darken the edges of the paper. I then planned out where I wanted all of the embellishments on my plaque.


I used Tombow Power Tabs to stick my Doily to the center of the plaque.


I used Tombow Foam tabs to adhere the Silhouette. The Foam tabs are VERY sticky and provided some lift and dimension to the Deer Silhouette. They come with 2 sizes. I used the larger ones on the body of the deer and the smaller ones on the antlers.



I used more Power Tabs to put the beautiful Prima Flowers on the plaque. I cut the power tabs into quarters and randomly added buttons to the bottom of the shield plaque.




This project was really easy to make! It would make the perfect addition to shabby chic mantel or a vintage floral room.

 Now that you have seen my Rustic Shield Plaque, be sure to check out of all of today’s posts!


Saturday’s Posts:

Tombow Blog:

Sara Shirman – <– you are here

Jennie Garcia:


In case you missed them, here are Friday’s Posts:

Chris Wallace –

Tombow Blog:

Debbie Fisher:

Melissa Cash: