Rustic Shadow Box

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Such a soft, subtle piece of inspiration – great for any room, but I was thinking the Kitchen! Therefore, the fruit and faucets.

4067740677 insideThe NEW Rustic Shadow Box is reversible. You can use the following directions to create this piece either way.

I began by using a paper trimmer to cut the DCWV® The Botanical Stack paper to fit the Box slats. Use DecoArt® Americana® Decou-Page™ to adhere the paper to each slat. I use a large flat brush to apply 1 coat of doupage medium to both the wood surface and the back side of the paper, then press the paper in place. I also use a brayer to assure that the paper adheres well to the surface. I didn’t apply the medium onto the top of the paper, but you certain could if you would like.

Use a pencil to mark the placement for the Tim Holtz® Idea-ology® Faucet Knobs. On the back of the Box, use a drill with a countersink bit to make the holes for the Knobs and attach them using a screwdriver.

To create the tags, use a soft sponge and stamping inks to distress each tag and adhere the sticker letters on the tags. Tie knots at the top of each tag string and hang on knobs.

Use Tombow® MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the Tim Holtz® Idea-ology® Box Corners on the Shadow Box. Snip the ends of each brad with wire cutters and glue the brads in place on the Box Corners and let everything dry.

Easy project……no basecoating……….inspirational…….done!


Burlap Serving Tray

by Chris Wallace


Every project you make doesn’t need to take hours and hours to complete. In fact, some of the best ideas are really quite simple – this Burlap Serving Tray is one of them!

3580 serving tray

I started with a raw tray – and it stayed that way. No need to paint, stain or anything. I used Canvas Corp burlap, cut to size for the bottom and both long sides of the Tray. Use Tombow® MONO Multi Liquid Glue to keep it in place.

attach burlap

wrap handle

I thought that the tray needed something more – maybe the handle. So, I wrapped each handle with a black waxed linen-type twine. It looked good and was easy to do. inside

I wanted the Tray to be functional too.  I didn’t think that the burlap would wear very well if the tray was used for serving food and/or drinks. The solution came with the idea of placing a piece of plexiglass in the bottom of the Tray! Our local hardware store cut the piece to fit the bottom of the tray and drilled a small hole in each corner. We added a screws to hold the plexiglass onto the bottom of the Tray.

Done! Easy? Of course!