It’s October!! Which basically means… it’s Christmas! The Santa Clause was on the other day, I love how Halloween and Thanksgiving haven’t passed and Christmas movies/commercials are already airing. I mean Hobby Lobby has been ready for Christmas since like July. That is my kind of store.
So yesterday I finally did something crafty since we’ve moved in with Miguel’s parents. If you know me, you know that I love Christmas and I love to be artsy, and not being able to has stunk. But the other day I was, and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G 🙂 And it was definitely Christmas related 😉
I made this really cute chalkboard wooden slice that I wrote my soon-to-be last name 🙂 After that project, I made birch wood ornaments! I love the way everything turned out, and what’s even better is that below is the DIY for it!
Wooden Chalkboard DIY
I picked up all of these items from Michaels:
This project is so easy! First, you’ll paint the slice with the chalkboard paint. Take your time when you are painting around the edges, you want to leave a little room between the paint and wood. Or if you want to paint it all, go for it. There are no rules with being crafty!
After your wooden slice is dry, go ahead and use regular ol’ chalk to write out (or draw) what you want to be on the slice. If you mess up, it’s perfectly fine! Use a damp washcloth (or magic eraser) and wipe it off. The chalk paint won’t come off because it is dry.
Ta-Da! Like the “EST. 2017”? I’m ready for the future! Once you write or draw on your slice, use the chalk marker to go over your work. Once you are finished, let it dry for a few minutes. And that’s it y’all! This was so easy right?!
Let’s say you wrote “Happy Halloween” and you want to use this for Thanksgiving too, dampen a magic eraser and wipe it off and just like that you can reuse your chalkboard 🙂 But why would you though? It’s basically Christmas, remember 😉
After that project, I was on a roll. Remember I made small birch wood ornaments? Here’s the DIY 🙂
Birch Wood Embossed Ornament DIY
So for this project I made multiple trips to Hobby Lobby and Michaels through trial and error.
From Hobby Lobby I purchased:
- Deco ArtAmericana Decor in Chalky Finish
- Birch Coaster
- Embossing Pen by Ranger
Hobby Lobby does not have the paint and pen I used listed on their site, but you can definitely find those items there.
Hobby Lobby also, did not have the heat gun I needed so I made a trip to Michaels:
- Embossing Heat Tool
- Embossing Powder in Gold and Copper (Copper not pictured)
- This is not pictured, but I also purchased navy paint by Ms. Martha Stewart
- Paint Brush
So just like we did with our chalkboard slice, give yourself a little bit of space between the paint and wood. Once you’re finished painting, let it dry.
I didn’t get to take a picture of the writing, but when you use the emboss marker pen, make sure you have great lighting when you write on your slice because the pen is clear (unless you get the pack with the black one) you really won’t be able to see your writing unless you tilt the wood towards the light so you can see the light reflect off of the pen.
Next, pour the powder over the writing. Make sure to do this while the ink is still wet so the powder adheres to it. After you do this, pour off excess powder onto newspaper or whatever you decide to use so you can pour the powder back into the bottle.
After you have poured off your excess powder, you might have some powder on your slice. You can use one of the brushes you haven’t used yet to brush the excess off as well.
Next is using the embossing heat tool… At a 45 degree angle, using circular motions, use the heat gun to melt the powder.
This is the after! I wanted to make an ornament for our first house together. I am so pleased with how it turned out, all I need is to find a ribbon I like to attach to the back.
I had to make one for Luna! The copper looks so good.
I can’t wait to hang the ornaments on our tree and place the large slice on our mantel. If anyone wants me to make any for them, I am totally open for business! Just leave it in the comments below.
Hope y’all enjoyed this!