The Cutest Painted Pallet Wood Pumpkin Patch Ever!

Painted Pallet Pumpkin Patch

Do you love the wood pallet pumpkins you’ve been seeing all over Pinterest? Me too! Walnut Hollow has new pallet wood pumpkin shapes this year! No more cutting your own pallets up and getting frustrated when yours (mine) don’t turn … Continue reading

Rustic Serving Tray

Walnut Hollow

We’re celebrating National Craft Month all month long here at Walnut Hollow. Here is an easy-to-make piece for your home décor.

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Rustic Serving TrayWell, this is going to be very short and sweet! This project takes just a little time to create – actually the drying time is the longest part. I would suggest that you create a “set” if you love these like we do.


IMG_2392Begin with the raw Rustic Serving Tray. Use a soft brush to apply any stain you like – we used Rustoleum® Golden Oak. Wipe off the excess stain with a soft cloth. Dry thoroughly. That’s it!

These trays would be great for so many things – breakfast in bed, filled with sewing handwork to carry to your favorite chair, lunch outside on the deck, organizing craft supplies for your next project, etc. If you hang it on the wall vertically, you could add a knick-knack collection, create a painting, etc. If you hang it on the wall horizontally, it could hold a story on the smaller side and photo memories on the other…….oh, my, there are many more ideas. What would you create?


Rustic Snowman

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

We love our signature bark edged wood products! And who wouldn’t love a Snowman made with them?


You can see here that the Rounds come in various sizes and the Thicks are actually 1 5/8” thick, so it’s perfect to sit on its “thick” side.


I used 2 Basswood Country Rounds® – a Small and a Thick to build my snowman. And, rather than using anything cold, I used heat – actually I wood burned the snowman’s eyes, nose, mouth and buttons with the Creative Versa-Tool.

Stand the Thick on its side barked edge for the body and find the place where it will rest nicely. Mark the barked edge at the top for drilling a hole to place a dowel and also place a mark on Small Round for the head where it will sit on the side of the Thick.

Attach a bit into your drill to match the size of dowel you are using. Drill the holes and place the two Basswood Country Rounds together with the dowel to hold them together.


Use a pencil to lightly draw the eyes, nose, mouth and buttons onto the smooth surfaces of the wood. I was thinking “coal” as I drew them, so the features are not perfectly round.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANote: Before using the Creative Versa-Tool, read all manufacturer’s instructions found inside the packaging. Attach and tighten the Universal Point onto the Tool with pliers. Secure the tool stand to your work surface with tape. Place the Tool on the stand and plug into an electric outlet. Turn the Versa-Temp control dial to the “Red Zone” and heat for 4-5 minutes.

Using the Universal Point, wood burn each penciled shape. First outline the shape using the tip of the Universal Point. Fill in each shape using the flat side of the Universal Point.

Fringe the burlap (4” x 36” piece) scarf ends by pulling the “threads” out until you have about 1 ½” fringe.

Snowman Scarf Close Up-low-res

Place the scarf around the snowman, pleating and tucking into place. Pin to hold everything in place.

Tie a bow with approximately 24” of ½” red twine. Use a straight pin hidden in the knot to attach on top of the scarf.

Use the Snowman as a winter decoration for your home – this one won’t melt!


Christmas Pallet

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Christmas PalletNeed to decorate a small area in your home? Don’t have a mantel to hang those Christmas stockings? Well, there might be other reasons you need to make this. 40180Starting with a raw Pallet, basecoat – every other slat – with DecoArt® Americana® Tuscan Red, using a large flat brush.  The other 2 slats are basecoated using the large flat brush and Holly Green (DecoArt® Americana®).

Once the paint is thoroughly dry, use a medium-coarse sanding block or an electric sander to sand the edges of the Pallet for a vintage or worn look.


I used a 2” alphabet stencil to trace the letters “M-E-R-R-Y” with a pencil onto the Pallet. I used chalk to hand-letter the word “Christmas”.  Use DecoArt® Americana® Light Buttermilk with a medium flat brush to paint the stencil letters.

Use a medium roung brush to paint “Christmas” with Light Buttermilk. Thin the paint with water to make it easier for paint to flow off the brush as you paint the letters.

IMG_2336IMG_2335Drill holes from the back for each knob with the appropriate size bit for your knobs. Attach knobs.

Now you are ready to hang anything – small decorations, stockings, etc.

Personalized Wreath

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Personalized WreathWant to make a beautiful greeting for family and friends when they arrive at your home during the Holidays? This Personalized Wreath would be perfect! And if time is short, you and create this in an hour or two.

Begin by choosing a font you like on your computer and see what the initial looks like that you will use. Enlarge the initial on the computer before you print it or if it needs to be larger, enlarge it on a copy machine. Rub the back of the copy with a pencil and tape it in place on a small Basswood Country Round®. Use a stylus or a ball point pen to trace the initial onto the Round. Now it is ready to be wood burned.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter reading all manufacturer’s instructions found on the back of the Creative Woodburner® Value Pen, attach the Cone Point on the tool with pliers. Secure the tool stand to the work surface with tape. Place the Value Pen on the stand and plug into an electric outlet and turn the switch “on”. Let heat for 4-5 minutes.

IMG_2330Outline the entire initial with the Cone Point. When you are finished, remove the Cone Point with the pliers and drop into a ceramic dish or mug.

IMG_2329Use the pliers to attach the Universal Point and let the Tool heat for a minute or so. Using the side of the Universal Point, wood burn to fill in the entire letter.

IMG_2332Use a staple gun to attach a 12-15” piece of doubled red burlap ribbon onto the back of the round and tie a knot at the top back of the wreath.

IMG_2331Cut another piece of burlap ribbon approximately 24”-28” and tie and bow. Use hot glue to attach the bow onto the ribbon that is holding the Round onto the wreath.

Hang the finished project on your front door. The rustic look is a perfect welcome for your guests.


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.


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.


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.

40803 Side

40803 hangers

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.


Monogram Table Setting

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Monogram Table Setting 1For the past few years, we have seen an increase in interest for rustic table décor. There is nothing quite as popular as the signature Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Rounds® and Basswood Country Planks® to use anytime during the year.

Monogram Table Setting 3It’s very easy to create your own plate chargers, trivets and even a centerpiece for your next dinner party, or how about this coming Thanksgiving?

IMG_2249All you need is a Creative Versa-Tool® (CVT)and a few Basswood Country Rounds® and Basswood Country Planks®!

IMG_2245Oh, yes – you also need a computer. Find a font that you like and reverse it before you print it on a laser printer. It has to be a laser printer to make the copy.

IMG_2251When you place the laser copy of the monogram ink-side down onto the wood to transfer it, it will transfer correctly. Use pliers to attach the Transfer Point onto the CVT. Place the CVT on the Tool Stand and plug it in to heat for 4-5 minutes. You can turn the Versa-Temp control dial to the Orange Zone because you don’t need the transfer to be too dark – just dark enough so you can see the lettering. Once the monogram is transferred, use the pliers to remove the Transfer Point and drop it into a ceramic dish or mug.

IMG_2246IMG_2243Attach the Flow Point or the Universal Point using the pliers and you are ready to wood burn the monogram.

Monogram Table Setting 2

This is a great way to personalize your dinner table. It’s also a great idea for a gift!


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.

40168 You is Sign Board

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.


spray leather brown

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,

add punctuation

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.

laser cut pieces

laser cut pieces 2

add letters

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.

cotton twill

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

Walnut Hollow’s Signature Wood Pieces

We have 2 new styles of our signature wood pieces.


The BW Country Rounds have been around for 40 years – they previously were made out of walnut rather than basswood. Nancy, the wife of our founder Dave Ladd, would create unique decoupage projects from cross cut pieces of wood taken from the family tree farm. This idea led Mr. Ladd to develop our very first product line, Walnut Country Rounds which he debuted at the 1972 Hobby Industry of America show in Chicago, IL. Although unable to actually attend the show, he enticed prospective customers with Wisconsin cheese and crackers outside of the convention center. Soon, Mr. Ladd found himself with Walnut Hollow’s first hit product. And this was before he had any manufacturing capabilities! But thanks to significant community support, Mr. Ladd and Walnut Hollow were able to meet the demand for our high-quality products.

First Product


Since then, our product line has grown to include more and more natural wood surfaces, panels and plaques for arts and crafts. One of those surfaces is Basswood Country Rounds®, which is the successor to the original Walnut Country Round. Also, thanks to Mr. Ladd’s son Scott and his interest and talent in wood burning, our company has become renowned for its extensive line of wood burning tools and accessories. Wood burning (or pyrography) has become an important aspect of our business.