Pallet Pumpkin

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Pallet Pumpkin

Pallet PumpkinNeed a very easy and fast Fall idea? This is great for outside and would be fun to use several bordering your walkway or driveway.


I started the project by spraying the Rustic Pallet with Krylon® ColorMaster™ Pumpkin. While the Pallet is drying, spray the 36” Wood Stake with Krylon® ColorMaster™ Leather Brown.


Once the Pallet and Stake are dry, attach the Stake to the back of the Pallet with a hammer and 4 nails.

IMG_2229I used an Offray® 1 ½” Green Burlap ribbon tied to the top of the Stake.

That’s it – you’re done. Go on………….DIY. You can make several at the same time!


Valentine Treat Stand

Walnut Hollow DIY Plate Cake Stand My favorite part about Valentine’s Day is the excuse to eat sweet treats! Going with that idea I decided to create a treat stand for this Valentine’s Day! I know that not everyone likes the Hallmark Holiday- but who could argue with cupcakes and cookies?? This project was very simple to create and could be applied to any holiday with a simple change of color. I started with both sizes of Walnut Hollow’s Round Plates. We carry the plates in 11.5″ and 9.5″. They are made of Basswood and are made in America. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I sanded both sides of the plates with a hand sander then sprayed the 9.5″ plate with Krylon Gloss Ballet Slipper spray paint and the 11.5″ plate with Krylon Gloss Mambo Pink spray paint. Sanding Plate Krylon Spray PaintI sprayed the basswood plates and let them dry. I sanded the surface of the plates a little more to make sure they were smooth then added two more coats of spray paint letting the pieces dry in between coats. Spraying Mambo Pink onto Wood Plate Spraying Ballet Slipper onto Wood Plate Once both plates were shiny and fully coated, I turned them upside down to paint the flat surface of the bottom of the plate with Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint. Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard Painting It took 2 coats to cover the Mambo Pink and 3 coats to cover the Ballet Slipper. I let the paint dry overnight then conditioned the surface with a stick of white chalk. To condition: rub chalk all over chalkboard surface then wipe off with a dry paper towel.

Be sure to read the manufacturers instructions on the chalkboard paint. If you use a different type then it might advise you to do something differently.

I added some chalk embellishments to the chalkboard surface of both plates. I used a Chalk Ink marker. These are great! They look like paint but are actually chalk! That means you can erase it! IMG_2688

Plates and hearts

Plates with hearts

After I was happy with my hearts I used E6000 glue to adhere my dollar store candle sticks to the wood plates.


I put the glue along the rim of the candle stick then pushed it into place on the wood surface.

Gluing the Cake Stands

After I finished assembling my stand and let the glue dry I filled it with Valentine’s Day treats… and there it is… the perfect excuse for some sweet treats!
Cake Stand


Rustic Wedding Sign


Is it just me, or are wedding décor ideas taking over Pinterest? It could be attributed to the 20,000 wedding boards that I follow… Or it could be a national epidemic? Regardless, a trend that I am particularly drawn to is “Rustic Style” wedding accessories. Walnut Hollow carries a lot of items (such as our Rustic Pallet Program and Basswood Country Rounds and Planks) that work very nicely with the Rustic and Shabby Chic wedding trends. They inspired me to create this Ceremony sign!

I wanted to showcase the Rustic Market Sign as Stylish Do-it-Yourself Signage for a Rustic Wedding.


I started by spraying the Rough-Hewn Pine with Krylon Gloss Ballet Slipper Spray Paint. I sprayed 2 coats. I liked the way that the natural knots in the wood were still visible through the paint.


Then I painted the stake with Americana Mississippi Mud. (Luckily, the mud in Mississippi is a beautiful shade of brown. Not like the mud up here in Wisconsin.)


I measured out some Simplicity Trim using the signboard as a guide in length.


Then I applied Aleene’s Fabric Fusion directly to the signboard and pressed the trim into place.



I found some more scraps of trim and added them for a little bit of extra embellishment. I liked the way the heavier trim looked around the border.

C8I applied the 1.5″ letters using Tombow 3D Foam Tabs. They were the perfect fit behind the wooden letters and added a little bit of dimension to the sign.



Using a hot glue gun, I applied some gorgeous Prima Flowers to the upper left and lower right corners of the sign.


I drew my arrow using a pencil then traced over it with a small paint brush and the same paint I used for the stake. I used a Gold Permapaque Opaque Pigment Marker to add some subtle sparkle to the arrow and to the stake.




And Voila! A Rustic Wedding sign!

Ceremony Sign