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.

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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.

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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…

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Modern Plaque Chalkboard Hanger

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I designed this Modern Plaque Chalkboard project for Walnut Hollow’s Make-and-Take at CHA back in January. It was a big hit! I will share pictures from our booth at the end of the post. This project was really easy to make. I started by sanding the Thin Modern Plaque and spray painting it with Krylon Spray Paint. I used Ballet Slipper on half of the plaques and Catalina Mist on the other half.

I conditioned chalkboard paper with the regular chalk and wiped off the excess with a paper towel. Then I cut the paper to fit onto the modern plaque (about 3″ x 5″) in the center of the plaque. I glued it down using a Tombow Stamp Runner.

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I added the trim around the chalkboard- cutting it down using the edges of the chalkboard as a guide for the length needed. I glued down the trim using Beacon Gem-Tac Adhesive. It will dry clear!

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Once the Chalkboard Paper and Trim were in Place I was ready to add the floral and button embellishments! I used Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs to attach the Prima flowers and the Buttons Galore and More buttons to opposite corners of the chalkboard.

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To write my message on the chalkboard, I first drew it out with some white chalk. It comes off easier than the Chalk ink because it does not need water. Then I traced over the design with the chalk ink pen.

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Finally I added a screw hook. The basswood is soft- you can just push the screw into the wood then turn. It will go in easily.

Here are some finished pieces from our CHA booth!

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Last week we went to Madison Mingle in Madison, Wisconsin to show the participants how to make the same project! It was really fun to work with card makers- and we got to make some cards too!

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Now go forth and make your chalkboard!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You is Kind Rustic Sign

I think there are just a handful of people who haven’t read The Help written by American novelist Kathryn Stockett. And of course, I think everyone loves Aibileen.

When it was time to design some of the many items in the new Rustic Pallet Program, I knew that I wanted to add a quote or two to a couple of the pieces. The lines from Aibileen had really stuck with me, so it was time to use her quote.

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I started the project by spraying the piece with Krylon Satin Leather Brown. I love the great coverage you get with the Krylon spray – it’s just not worth it to try to paint the slats with a brush. Spray a couple of coats onto the Rustic Pallet, drying thoroughly between coats.

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Now for the fun part! I used Walnut Hollow’s 1 ½” letters and punctuation to spell the quote. After positioning the quote how I wanted it on the Pallet,

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I placed the laser cuts from Michaels to add a nice touch. I used Tombow’s MONO Multi Liquid Glue to hold everything in place.

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To keep the rustic look to the piece, I used natural twill tied on the top slat so I could hang the quote on the wall.

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 A very easy project………with a great message for everyone from Aibileen!