Yes it’s only mid-October but it’s time to start thinking about handmade gifts. I have a great gift idea for the tea lover on your list: a wood burned tea box. I’m a tea lover myself, and I’d love to … Continue reading
The Autumn and Winter holidays are quickly approaching, full of large festive parties and lots of guests. If you’re in need of custom tableware for a gift or your own home, this tutorial will help you. Trivets are used under … Continue reading
Day of the Dead is rapidly approaching. To prepare, I created a painted wood sugar skull trio, for my front porch. I love bright and colorful decorations for Day of the Dead. This is a great piece of home decor, … Continue reading
I love making big projects and Walnut Hollow wood shapes are the perfect surface to work big with. Their Halloween shapes make a great top border for my rolling gate and the large pumpkins layered with skulls and the letter “B” can be combined to spell the word “BOO”.
This decoration looks great during the day (both from the front and back) and super cute at night lit up with twinkle lights and battery-powered tea lights in the eyes of the skulls.
Tools and Materials
2- Bat signs
2- Cat Signs
2- Ghost signs
Optional: 4 Tea lights, twinkle lights
This project is perfect to get the kids involved with as there is lots of painting that no special skills are needed. I really enjoyed the time I spent first giving everything a coat of base color with the DecoArt paints.
Next I added dimension to the pumpkins with brown paint on the edges and in crescent moon shapes on the pumpkin to shade in the curves.
For the black cat and bat I used white paint on the edges and to give the bat details on the wings.
For the ghosts and skulls I brushed a bit of black paint on the edges.
To decorate the fence I simply slid the picks of the signs between the top pole and the chain links.
The attach the pumpkins, letter “B” and skulls I used a bit of floral wire to wire them to the fence.
To attach the tea lights in the skull eye holes I used a bit of double stick foam tape.
I hope you’ll try your hand a painting up a bunch of Walnut Hollow shapes and sharing your Halloween spirit with your neighbors.
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Thanks for taking time to check out this tutorial and if you’d like to see more of my crafting with a re-purpose and adult coloring pages pop on over to my blog Sweater Surgery.
Stefanie Girard is a crafter with a re-purpose. She has been cutting stuff up since she was old enough to hold a pair of scissors in her tiny hands. She earned her degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and move to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry first as a Set Decorator and Prop Master then onto TV Producer specializing in How-To TV shows for HGTV and the DIY Networks. After writing 5 craft books for the Quarto Publishing Group she now spreads the crafty word online through book reviews and original projects with a focus on recycled elements.
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By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow
I thought that this would be very appropriate for my final blog post – a “To Do” Clock! I’m retiring and I hope “to do” more of what time hasn’t allowed for before. I hope I have time to do more creating – it’s at the top of my list.
You will need 2 Modern Plaques for this project. Both of them are Savannah Plaques – one is larger and one is smaller and thinner. They work well together because they have the same shape. Decide where you will place the clock movement on the large Savannah Plaque. Mark the hole location with a pencil. Use a drill with a 3/8” drill bit to make the hole.
Using a large flat brush, apply DecoArt® Americana® Chalkboard Paint in Black to the large Savannah Plaque. Use a large flat brush to apply DecoArt® Americana® Indian Turquoise to the smaller Savannah Thin Plaque. To make the turquoise plaque ready for chalk, apply DecoArt® Americana® Chalkboard Paint in Clear to the top surface. The Clear Chalkboard paint is great because you can turn any color into a chalkboard.
Use Marvy® Chalk Markers to add clock numbers and details to both plaques. I used white on the black chalkboard and red on the “To Do” list. Use Tombow® MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the Savannah Thin Plaque to the large Savannah Plaque.
Attach the clock movement (TQ700P – with the 3/4″ shaft) and hands following the manufacturer’s instructions on the back of the packaging. Insert an AA battery and set the time.
I hope you have enjoyed creating with me. It has been my pleasure to share with you what I love to do. Now I’m off to retirement and to do more of what makes me happy!