DIY Serving Tray Kitchen Organizer – A Pinch of This and a Dash of That!

It’s a New Year and time to take control of the clutter! In the Cochran house, that means the kitchen clutter.  I spend a lot of time running around my kitchen to gather the same supplies and ingredients every meal. Why not … Continue reading

What’s New? We’ve got Slabs!

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Basswood Country Slabs  Walnut Hollow

Our signature surfaces with the bark edges are so trendy. They are used for many DIY projects including home décor, wedding décor and centerpieces. We now have a limited supply of Basswood Country Slabs™ available – and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Due to the natural characteristics of these unique and one-of-a-kind slabs, the width, shape and depth will vary with each individual piece. These natural characteristics add rustic beauty and allow each Slab to have its own unique features.

Basswood Country Slabs™ are kiln dried to keep the bark intact and to prevent cracking. The rounded side is covered with bark while the bottom is rough-cut and rustic. We take great care to keep the bark intact during our processing and drying time.

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When I first saw the Slabs, I had all kinds of ideas running around in my head. They are perfect for centerpieces, tablescapes, DIY shelves and peg racks, bookends, table markers, rustic wedding décor, cabin décor and other creative uses.

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I made a holder for LED votives – just drill holes to fit. Note: All of the Slabs do not have moss on them.

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IMG_2281I made a shelf using both the 3” cuts that are sold together. Just attach with wood screws to a longer Slab. They are available in 3 lengths for you to choose from.

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IMG_2286I made a coat rack using hooks I bought at the store – the hooks are attached with screws.

40846 books and birdTo make bookends, you don’t need to do anything but place books between 3″ Wide Basswood Country Slabs (sold in pairs).

 

40846 table 5 2IMG_2284For the table marker, a slice out of the Slab was cut to hold the piece of foam core.

You can see more about the Basswood Country Slabs™ here. Take a look – I think you’ll agree that they would fit very well into a rustic Thanksgiving or Christmas.

 

Sky’s The Limit Plaque

“Sky’s the Limit”

Designed by Tatiana Allen for Walnut Hollow®

A new Designer emerging into the Craft Industry, Tatiana has created artwork on Walnut Hollow’s new Vintage Plaque. Tatiana wants to uplift and encourage others, creating art based on the words that can accomplish this. Her “Sky’s the limit” does just that!

You will find a link to a step-by-step tutorial on how to make clay banners using our Clay Embossing Set below the instructions.

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Supplies:

  • Walnut Hollow: Vintage Plaque #39813, Clay Text Embossing Set #29821
  • Plaid: Cloudless,Wicker White, Cayman Blue, Papaya
  • Fimo Classic: Gold Yellow
  • Fimo Soft: Sahara
  • Amaco: Poly Clay Blade
  • Wilton: Birthday Lollipop Mold
  • Bazzill: 25mm Heart Brad
  • Inkadinkado: Heirloom Type Cling
  • Deco Art: Lamp Black
  • Golden: Heavy Gel (Matte)
  • Ideology by Tim Holtz: Adornments (Wings)
  • StazOn: Jet Black
  • Rolling pin or pasta machine
  • 1” triangle cookie cutter
  • 26 gauge wire and 6 screws

Instructions:

  1. Wipe plaque down with a lightly moistened paper towel.
  2. Create a sky background on the Plaque by dry brushing Cloudless and White.
  3. Paint the border, edges and a little of top of the background with Cayman Blue.
  4. While paint is drying, knead Gold Yellow clay in hands until it is warm and pliable.
  5. Take the clay and press into the mold until it has taken on the form of the balloon.
  6. Remove any excess clay protruding from the mold with the Clay Blade.
  7. Gently remove clay from mold with fingers tips and place on a craft mat.
  8. Create lines in your balloon by pressing Blade into clay in a rocking motion.
  9. Paint every other stripe with Papaya paint.
  10. Open up Heart Brad and press into center of the balloon, set aside.
  11. Using Sahara clay, knead it until it is pliable.
  12. Roll clay with rolling pin to 2mm thickness or through pasta machine on setting #3.
  13. Place the rolled out strip of clay onto a baking sheet.
  14. Press cookie cutter into clay and cut out 15 individual triangles from it.
  15. Use Embossing Set to stamp the letters “SPREAD YOUR WINGS” into triangles.
  16. Poke holes into the top right and top left corner of each triangle.
  17. Heat all your clay pieces in a craft oven at 230* F for 30 minutes and remove.
  18. Once all your pieces have cooled, paint the letters with Lamp Black paint.
  19. Cut 3, 12” pieces of wire and use them to string banner letters together.
  20. Add 3 screws to both sides of the Plaque and wind wire ends around them.
  21. Apply Gel Medium to backside of Balloon and Wing Charms and affix to Plaque.
  22. Ink your letters with StazOn and stamp “Sky’s the limit, AND FLY” to Plaque.

Here is a link for the tutorial for how to make clay banners like the ones Tatiana used in this project:

http://blog.craftycutie.com/clay/diy-clay-banner-tutorial

Stacked Plaques

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It was fun to help with the product development of the new Modern Plaques. They are modern, but with a vintage touch that makes them very on-trend. There are 6 shapes available in 2 sizes of each. The Plaques are approx. 9 x 12” and the smaller Thin Plaques are approx. 5 x 7”.  What has been even better is to create designs using both sizes and finding that stacking them is terrific!

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Products used

As I said before, I like to have everything ready when I begin putting a project together. I wanted to cut paper to go onto the Medallion Thin Plaque and was having trouble getting the shape just right. Lucky me……I have access to our graphic designer, Sara, who could resize the shape for me. Now you have the shape ready to print or trace onto your paper…and we’re all lucky! Just cut the paper out and you’ll be ready to go.

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The Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists are great to use. We found them a couple of years ago and haven’t stopped using them. In the past, I would seal any wood project before painting on it. Glimmer Mists can be sprayed, or misted, directly onto the raw wood with no wood sealer necessary. In fact, they work best when the wood isn’t sealed – that sure saves a lot of time and they are so easy to use. Just shake the bottle from side-to-side to get the glimmery, shimmery stuff all mixed up in the bottle. Make sure you cover your work surface so that the mist doesn’t get anywhere you don’t want it.  Spray the entire Medallion Plaque with Mallard Glimmer Mist.

1 Spray Plaque

Use a large flat brush to paint the Medallion Thin Plaque with DecoArt® Americana® Hauser Medium Green. Once it is dry, you’re ready to decoupage the cut paper onto the Thin Plaque with Mod Podge®, Matte.

2 Decoupage

Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the back of the paper, flip it over and press it into place on the Plaque with your fingers, smoothing the paper out. You don’t need to wait for it to dry to apply another coat of Mod Podge to the top of the paper. After that dries, apply one more coat over the entire top of the Thin Plaque. Even though I used a matte version of the Mod Podge, it is a little shiny and looks great next to the Glimmer Mists on the large Plaque.

3 Adhere paper

Apply a heavy coat of Mod Podge to the back of the Thin Plaque to adhere it to the top of the large Medallion Plaque. The Mod Podge works as a glue. Press the Thin Plaque in place and press again to secure it. Let it dry thoroughly.

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The chipboard letters I used have a sticky back. Peel the back off and press onto the Thin Plaque.

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I thought you might like to see the other Modern Plaque that we placed on the label. It’s a Monogram Plaque. It was so simple to create. Just basecoat with paint, mount a favorite photo onto decorative paper and add paper flowers under the photo.

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Crackled Clock

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA It’s always fun to design on newly developed products and this Square Modern Clock was no exception. I wanted to show off the circle groove and using a crackle technique is always interesting – especially when you can see it happening. Supplies I like to have everything ready to create a project, so I cut out a circle from the 12 x 12” paper first with the scallop-edged scissors. 1 Cutting with scalloped scissors If you place the paper over the clock surface, you can feel the groove under the paper. Use the eraser end of a pencil to press down into the veined groove to “mark” the paper. Cut out the circle with the decorative scissors. Note: I’ve never had a “favorite” paper for too long because there is always another “favorite” that comes along quickly to replace it. However, I really, really, really like this – it’s called Que Sera Sera. 8 Que Sera Sera Paper I found it several years ago and used all of it! That has never happened with the other papers that I’ve bought. I was delighted a while back when I found it again – guess they brought it back for another round. Hope I never run out again (I’m not telling how many paper pads I bought!).

2 Basecoat with Lemonade3 Apply Crackle Medium4 Topcoat with Indian Turquoise You can create the crackle effect with 3 easy steps. First step is to basecoat with Lemonade using a large flat brush. After that dries, use the flat brush again to apply a thin coat of Weathered Wood (it’s a crackle medium). After that dries, the 3rd step is to use a large flat brush to paint a contrasting color. I used Indian Turquoise. It’s fun to watch the crackle happen right before your eyes! Use a medium round brush with Lemonade to clean up the veined groove on the top of the clock surface. 5 Touching-up groove I like using Tombow’s MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere paper to wood. Squeeze it out on the back of the paper, then flip and press it well with your fingers to smooth it out on the wood. 6 Glue paper to center From the back of the clock, poke the pencil lead through the paper so you can attach the clock movement. Use your fingers to press the paper out of the hole. Just follow the directions on the back of the package. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The numbers that come with the clock movement have an adhesive on the back so they are easy to press in place on the paper. So that the numbers are placed as evenly as possible, I like to start at 12, go to 6, then 3 and 9. After that you can easily eye-ball the other 2 numbers that go in between each space. 7 Adding numbers All that’s left to do is to insert the AA battery, set the time and you’re ready to hang your new clock on the wall.