By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

We all live by some sort of rules, right? It’s fun to have rules for those who live together too – and they really can be very simple. Post those Rules somewhere so everyone can see them using a Rustic Pallet piece – this one measures 12” x 24”.

40171Start with the unfinished version and spray 1-2 coats of Krylon® Chalkboard Spray in Black to cover the front and back. Follow the directions on the can.

IMG_2367IMG_2366???????????????????????????????IMG_2364Rub regular chalk on each slat and remove with a paper towel or soft cloth. Now the slats have been conditioned to work better with the Marvy® Bistro Chalk Markers in many colors. Try different styles of hand lettering to create the “Rules”, each in a different color. Don’t forget to add some little “doodles” here and there.

Maybe you can have a prize each week for the family member who followed all the rules! Let me know who wins……


Thankful Pallet

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Thanksgiving is just about a month away and it’s time to think about new decorations for your home – maybe something that can change each year, if you like. Actually, you could leave this up all year round.

Thankful PalletThe Thankful Pallet, 14″ x 24″, is painted with chalkboard paint, so you can erase the words each year and write different things you are thankful for on each slat.

IMG_2259To make it easier to create, I sprayed the entire Rustic Pallet with Krylon® Chalkboard Paint, Black. Once it was dry, I used a large flat brush to paint the top slat only with Eggplant DecoArt® Americana®Multi-Surface Satin™. Once dry, I used the large flat brush to paint Clear DecoArt® Americana® Chalkboard Paint on the top of the Eggplant so it could be used like a chalkboard. Note: Always follow the manufacturers directions on the bottle so you know how long to wait between coats.


IMG_2263I used Marvy® Bistro Chalk Markers for all the lettering.

IMG_2261To add a pop of color to the Pallet, paint cardstock tags with DecoArt® Americana Hauser Light Green and clothespins with Burnt Orange. Use a black marker pen to add other people or things for which you are Thankful. Add the tags here and there and secure them with a clothespin.

IMG_2264To hang the Pallet, attach a couple of metal screw eyes on the backside of the Pallet. Cut the green satin ribbon into (2) 24” lengths. Add ribbon on each side through the screw eyes and tie together at the top center of the Pallet.

Enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends!


Family Chalkboard

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

We are so excited to be blog hopping with Clearsnap today! We have so many creative projects to share with you using Clearsnap‘s high quality Made in the USA ink pads and stamps and Walnut Hollow Wood Surfaces and Tools. Let us know what you think about our projects by leaving comments. See the whole list of bloggers at the end of my post!



Family Chalkboard40057-41-portrait[1]I really like this new Natural Bark Edge Panel. After thinking of many different ways to use it, I decided to create something functional for my first project. I’m also going to share how I corrected something that happened while I was creating it.


I wanted to make the Panel more of a neutral look and have all the fun come with the colors of the Chalk Markers. I like the color combination of tan and black, so I used a large flat brush to basecoat the top panel with DecoArt® Americana® Chalky Finish Heirloom. The Chalky Finish paint is so thick and creamy – all you need is one coat. The black area was painted with Americana® Chalkboard Paint™. Make sure you follow the directions on the bottle for the Chalkboard Paint.

Now to the fun part – I wanted to include a family name and there wasn’t a better way to do it than to use Ann Butler’s EZ-De’s Flourish 2” ABC’s. So many other alphabet stamps are so small – these are just perfect! I used the Ann Butler ColorBox Crafters™ Aquamarine ink pad. Using a ruler to measure the top panel across, I marked the center with a pencil. I also drew a very thin pencil line to help keep the lettering straight.


I work from the center to stamp any name or saying. As you can see, the “N” in the center of “BRUNNER” was first, the next “N” to the right was stamped also (since I had the “N” on the acrylic block!). I like to work to the right then to the left, however if there is a repeat in letters, I make it easier on myself by working that into how I stamp the name.


After the family name was stamped, I heat set the ink with a heat tool. Then it was time to antique the top panel. I used Americana Staining and Antiquing Medium with Dark Chocolate (1:1). I applied the mix to the panel and wiped off the excess with a soft cloth. I was sad! Holy Smokes………you couldn’t see the name very well anymore. Geesch!!! Now what?


Well, I thought of many things and many words……but you don’t want to hear about that. Actually, the solution to my problem was quite simple, mainly because the ABC Stamps are clear. Ta-da! I over-stamped each letter using a darker ink color. I used ColorBox Crafters™ Stone (it’s a gray, not black). I inked each letter and could see through the acrylic block to position each stamp precisely where I had previously stamped. Again, I heat set the ink so it was permanent.

To condition the Chalkboard Paint, use regular white chalk to wipe onto the painted surface. After covering the entire area, wipe the chalk off with a soft cloth. Now the Chalk Markers will not leave any “shadow” marks when you erase.


Using Marvy Bistro Chalk Markers, I used white to write each name, then a colored Chalk Marker to add the parentheses.


A great feature for this Natural Bark Edge Panel is that the four basswood panels are attached on the back with 2 braces that include keyholes on each end of the brace. Now it’s time to easily hang it on the wall.


Thanks for stopping by to see my Family Chalkboard! Now go see what Steph Ackerman created!


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Love Letters


I think large letters are so much fun to use for decorating. When I found out that we were going to manufacture 18” letters, I was excited to create something different – happy that we included an Ampersand in the program!

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40408 S

This is what the letters look like – they are made from Baltic Birch Plywood. They are ½” thick and very durable. They also include keyholes in the back of each letter so they will hang flush on the wall.

I used Krylon Chalkboard Spray ( to basecoat each piece. Krylon also makes a brush-on chalkboard paint, but I thought it would be easier to spray. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the label. I lightly sand between each coat and cure the paint for 24 hours. After the paint is thoroughly dry, rub the letters with regular chalk and wipe off the excess chalk with a paper towel.

Now you are ready to start decorating. I used Marvy/ Uchida Bistro Chalk Markers (  The Chalk Markers are so easy and fun to use. I used white, blue, green and pink Chalk Markers. For the “S” and the “K”, I began by making straight horizontal lines using a 12” ruler. The lines are randomly spaced, but make sure you go across the entire letter regardless of the letter shape so that the lines are kept straight from the bottom of the letter up and also line up across the letter.

Once all the lines are drawn, it’s time for the fun stuff – doodling or whatever you want to do. Just drawing lines, flowers, x’s, or adding dots makes it fun to fill in the spaces. It takes a short while for the Markers to dry, so be careful not to drag your hand or sleeve through them until they are finally dry. Wonder why I know to tell you that?……yes, I messed up a couple of times! If this happens to you, use a damp paper towel to wipe off a mistake, or try Windex wipes – they work well too.

Here are some close-ups of ideas for what you can do between the lines. For the “S” —






Here are some close-ups of the “K” –





For the Ampersand, I rubbed it with regular chalk, then wiped it off. Using the Chalk Markers, I made scallops and dots around each edge. Then came the buttons – lots of buttons. You can get lots of buttons at Buttons Galore & More ( I used  white buttons purchased by the pound.  I also added Classic Circles, which are circles of pearls .  I adhered the buttons and pearls with Tombow’s MONO Multi Liquid Glue. ( ) Simply place the Multi Glue here and there for the button placement.  You will need to add the glue to the back of the pearl circles, then place on the Ampersand.

To add a little sparkle, I used the Creative Versa – Tool® dialed to the Yellow-Orange Zone to adhere clear hot-fix iron-on crystal embellishments. Some of the crystals were placed in the center of the pearl circle, some were randomly place here and there between the white buttons.

Here are some close-up photos to show you some button/ crystal placement:




What 18″ letters would you choose? Please show us what you make!