Brighten Up Any Wall With a Pinwheel Clock

A few years ago we remodeled our house and in addition to another bedroom we added on a craft room. Over time this little room has become a creative haven for the entire family; the walls are filled with our crafty makings … Continue reading

Boho Chic Wooden Purse With Basswood Panels

Basswood Panel Purse

I’ve always had a thing for unusual purses and I can’t tell you how long I’ve wanted to make a wooden one. Not one with wooden handles, but one with actual wooden elements to it. Well, the wait is over, … Continue reading

Wood Burned Tea Box Handmade Gift

Walnut Hollow Tutorial wood burned tea box

Yes it’s only mid-October but it’s time to start thinking about handmade gifts. I have a great gift idea for the tea lover on your list: a wood burned tea box. I’m a tea lover myself, and I’d love to … Continue reading

Leather Burned Cuff Bracelet – Make it tonight!

leather burned bracelet cuff

Did you ever create a leather burned cuff bracelet when you were younger? They were a fun camp craft to do – under supervision of course – and I also remember seeing them at craft fairs. Today these bracelets and cuffs are … Continue reading

Rustic Bride and Groom Plaque

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Wood Burned SignLooking for ideas for a wedding gift? This bark edged plaque is unique – you can easily make it for the bride and groom even if you have never wood burned before!

Basswood-Country-Round-Natural-Craft-Panel-Group[1]The Basswood Country Rounds® come in various sizes so you can choose the perfect size you need. Look for a font that you like on your computer for the initials and wedding date. Enlarge it to size and print. I chose Perpetua Titling MT.



Before using the Creative Versa-Tool®, read all manufacturer’s instructions found inside the package. Attach the Universal Point on the Versa-Tool with pliers. Secure the tool stand to your work surface with tape. Place the Tool on the stand and plug it into an electric outlet. Turn the Versa-Temp control to the Red Zone and heat for four or five minutes.38283 _versa temp control

While the Tool is heating up, use a pencil to rub on the back of the printed copy to prepare for tracing it onto the Basswood Country Round. Position the copy on the Round and tape it in place. Use a stylus or ball point pen to trace the initials and date onto the wood surface.

To wood burn all of the outside lines of each part of the copy, begin by placing a metal rule on any areas of copy with straight lines. Use the straight edge of the Universal Point to create the straight lines by following along the ruler edge.

Add all other curved lines of copy using the tip of the Universal Point following the traced lines until all outside lines are wood burned.

Use the side of the Universal Point to burn all solid dark shading in the initials. Use a lighter touch to lightly shade the ampersand.

Use the metal ruler to create lines across each letter and number in the wedding date.

2253866P243[1]Use a pencil to mark holes for the twine. Drill holes and insert twine to hang.

Sometimes it is better to actually see how to use the Universal Point – we made a video with some tips and techniques. If you’d like to see it, please view the video here:



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.

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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!



by Chris Wallace


It was fun turning a Basswood Canvas into a clock! Of course, anything you can drill a hole in can become a clock. You’ll need to use a 3/8” drill bit for the correct size hole in the item to hold any Walnut Hollow® clock movement.


Start by using a pencil and ruler to find the center of the Basswood Canvas  – I used one that was 8” x 8”. Drill the hole in the center, then you’re ready to stain the wood.


To add color to the wood, it was really easy to use Tim Holtz® Distress Stains (Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Frayed Burlap and Peeled Paint) because you can simply use the sponge applicators on the bottles to both add the color and blend the colors together.


After the Stains were completely dry – they dry quickly – I stamped the surface with Tim Holtz® Clear Stamps – Urban Grunge. Use Imagine Crafts Versa-Fine™ Ink to stamp each image.

Add the chain and hammer small nails just above the chandlier stamped images to hold the chain in place – the other end of the chain is nailed to the edge of the Canvas. Add a Tim Holtz® Idea-ology® Ornate Plate in the center of the Canvas so the clock movement shaft will be in the center. Glue the Plate with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue for a secure adhesion.

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OK. Now comes the fun part! Use the Creative Versa-Tool® with the Alphabet Hot Stamps to add the word T-I-M-E-K-E-E-P-E-R.

After reading all manufacturer’s instructions found inside the Creative Versa-Tool, use pliers to attach “R” Hot Stamp alphabet letter on the Tool. 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 between the Orange and Red Zones and heat for 4-5 minutes.


I started at the top right corner of the Canvas and spelled the word backwards to ensure that the spacing was correct. Begin with hot stamping the letter “R”. Remove the letter with pliers and drop the letter into a glass or ceramic dish. Attach the letter E” on tool and proceed with each letter until you are finished. When the word is complete, turn the Versa-Temp control to “O” (OFF) and let cool on stand.


Now you are ready to add the clock movement, hands and numbers. For this clock, I used a clock movement with a 3/8″ shaft to fit the thickness of the wood surface.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe back of the package has the instructions for attaching the clock movement to the Canvas. Just follow along. Once you have the hands on as instructed, place the adhesive numbers that are included with the clock movement at the 12 – 3 – 6 – and 9 o’clock positions. I start with 12, move straight down to the 6, then go to the 3 and 9.

Add the AA battery, set the time and your TIMEKEEPER is ready to hang on the wall or sit on a tabletop for display.

Tribal Scales

by Chris Wallace

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If you are following along with the Walnut Hollow + Stencil Girl Blog Hop then you are in the right place! Be sure to leave comments on all of the blogs to enter to win this prize package!! The post below this one is another Walnut Hollow Project for the hop! Be sure to check that one out too!

Stencil Girl Blog Hop Prize lowresThis prize consists of Walnut Hollow Mini CrateCard Box12″x12″ Wood Panel6″x6″ Basswood Canvas and a Creative Versa-Tool®! (A $70 Value!)

Enter to win by commenting on the Blog projects that are a part of the Walnut Hollow + Stencil Girl Blog Hop. The more blogs you comment on the more chances you have to win! Giveaway will close on Sunday, March 2nd at 11:59PM Central Time.


When StencilGirl asked if we would like to participate in a Blog Hop with them, we were delighted. StencilGirl stencils are so unique and fun – we love them. The most wonderful part is that all of the people at StencilGirl are simply the best! We met Mary Beth at the Craft and Hobby Association tradeshow in January. Those of you who have had the opportunity to take a class from her are extremely lucky. And Maria is so helpful and great to work with.

So back to the Blog Hop – for years we have told our customers that they can use stencils for wood burning ideas.  But there are stencils and then there are stencils, if you know what I mean. StencilGirl stencils are different and the hard part was trying to decide what to do. I have quite a few ideas so stay tuned for future StencilGirl projects!


I used a 6” x 6” Basswood Canvas ( for my project and the Creative Versa-Tool.


I started my project by taping the Scales stencil by Jessica Sporn  ( on the raw Basswood Canvas. I used a small round sponge to apply Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Shabby Shutters, Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw and Antique Linen) starting in the upper right corner with Shabby Shutters and ending at the bottom left corner with Antique Linen.

background completeOnce the background was complete and dry, I penciled in the Tribal Hand stencil by Lizzie Mayne (

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I used the Creative Versa-Tool to wood burn the design by simply following the pencil lines.

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After the hand was complete, I burned an outline to finish the edges of the hand.



I used a metal ruler to wood burn a straight outline of the edges of the Scales stencil on top of the Basswood Canvas.  I attached the Shading Point on the hot tool and burned the top edge to “frame” the design.


I used Peeled Paint Distress Stain to stain each side of the Basswood Canvas.


After it was dry, I used the Shading Point to wood burn the top of each side.

I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly this project was complete. Of course, having fun while I was doing it made it seem to go even faster.

Great stencils made by great people – doesn’t get much better than that. Thanks StencilGirl, we love being friends and Blog Hopping together!

Be sure to view the post below this one! It is also a part of the Walnut Hollow StencilGirl Blog Hop!

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Personalized Basswood Country Round®, Thick

A long-time signature wood piece from Walnut Hollow® just got Thicker! The Basswood Country Round® bark-edged wood piece is a well-known product from Walnut Hollow

Crafters and artists love the natural look with the bark left intact.

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We decided to make a thicker version. So, this style of the Country Round® is 1 5/8” thick.

I started the project by drawing the letter “W” onto a piece of tracing paper, then transfer the drawing onto the Thick Country Round with graphite transfer paper and a stylus.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a great project to begin wood burning if you’ve never tried it. I used the Creative Versa-Tool® (CVT) to wood burn the design.

Note: If you haven’t used the CVT previously, please take time to read the instructions on the back and inside of the packaging.

I taped the Tool Stand onto my work surface with masking tape. I then attached the Flow Point onto the CVT with pliers. After placing the CVT onto the Stand, plug the hot tool into an electric outlet and dial the Versa-Temp control to the Red Zone.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou can see the various Zones and how to use them on the back of the packaging.


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I outlined the “W”, then divided it into sections with a straight, solid line. After that, I just changed the points (I used the stamping points and the calligraphy point) to add “doodles” to the inside of each section.


To finish off the wood burning, I attached a stamping point and stamped all around the edge of the Thick Country Round. For a protective finish, brush on 2-3 coats of satin varnish. If you want to use it as a trivet, skip the varnish.

These make quick and very easy personalized gifts for your friends and family. It will go even quicker, if you have a set of large stencil alphabet letters to simply trace the letter onto the Thick Country Round to start the projects.