Holiday Prep

This past week I’ve been working on the annual Christmas Tree I do for Michaels each year.  Most everything was handmade in some form.  I love how it turned out. Will share all the photos in just a few days. Here’s what I’ve been working on:

supplies

Rustic Scandinavian Christmas Decor - Dala Horse Print

Rustic Handmade Christmas Decor

It’s way too early to put up a Christmas tree though. I put the tree up last night, photographed it, and then took it back down.  It will be donated to a good cause.  We don’t really have room for a full sized tree anyways so we’ll have a miniature tree this year.  The Hemlock Inn puts up their own huge tree after Thanksgiving. Boo is so excited to help decorate that. She’s told every guest that asks about Christmas that “Mr. Mort (the innkeeper) has to take down the dining room’s ceiling fan for the big Christmas tree!”

How to Make An Oversized Wood Ruler

How to make a DIY oversized wooden ruler as home decor or for a growth chart #diy #tutorial #create2educate #backtoschool

It’s almost time for school to start back.  I’m actually really looking forward to having a schedule again.  We are still working on our small cottage here in the mountains and something I thought would be nice touch was a large rustic ruler.  We can use it as a growth chart for Boo and it also makes a great statement piece for the house.

How fun would this be in a classroom:

Large Wood Ruler Growth Chart Tutorial

 

First I started with a large piece of wood that I picked up from the local hardware store. It was an 8 foot long 2″x10″….and we cut off a foot to make it 7 feet tall.  I used ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape to create my inch marks along the wood.  I tore piece in half so I could get an approximate width for each notch:

Here’s the wood completely taped off:

I masked off all the areas that I didn’t want to paint. Then I took chalkboard spray paint and sprayed a few light coats over my masked off areas. I prefer chalkboard paint because it doesn’t bleed through the wood grain:

ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape project ideas: Oversized Wood Ruler Growth Chart

The best part is removing the tape to see the design left behind:

 

To make my numbers I just printed off some samples in Powerpoint and traced them over white transfer paper to leave behind a template:

How to easily paint letters and numbers onto wood #diy #painting

I carefully hand painted each letter with a small brush and some black acrylic craft paint:

How to easily transfer and paint letters and numbers onto wood #diy #painting

 

To make the ruler more realistic I wanted to add a hole and a metal ring. I was able to find these plastic snap together grommets that look just like metal from Michaels:

The grommets come with a template to cut the hole:

Adding a metal grommet to an oversized wood ruler

My husband used a 2 1/8″ hole saw drill bit to cut straight through the wood:

How to cut a hole into a piece of wood using a drill

2″ is pretty thick so he used a chisel to break out sections in between drills:How to cut a circle or hole into a piece of wood using a drill

I used Golden Fluid Acrylics in Raw Umber to make my own wood stain:

Golden Liquid Acrylics Project Ideas - How to make your own wood stain

To make an easy wood stain I mixed steel wool with white vinegar in a mason jar and let it sit overnight. The vinegar reacts with the steel wool to create a barn wood color.

How to make wood look rustic without all the toxi fumes!

 

I just squeezed drops of the Burnt Umber straight onto the damp wood and brushed it into the wood in different ways to make it seemed aged:

How to paint rustic wood

One the wood was stained and dry I glued on my grommet using E-6000.

How to add a grommet to the large oversized ruler

The finished grommet:

A realistic oversized ruler - How to add a grommet to the large oversized ruler

The finished ruler:

Vintage and Rustic Ruler Project Ideas

Great for an indoor decor piece in a classroom or any room of the house:

Rustic Home Decor Project Ideas

Or for outside decor:

Rustic Chic - A Giant Wood Ruler - Home Decor Project Ideas

 

Also, Michaels is inviting you to create your own back-to-school project and upload a photo to your Instagram using the #Create2Educate and #sweepstakes hashtags before August 15 for a chance to win a $50 Michaels gift card!

One winner will be chosen each day!

If you don’t have an Instagram account you can also submit your photo via www.michaels.com/create2educate, which will be live on August 1.

Michaels will highlight fans’ submissions on social and on Michaels.com throughout the two week entry period.

Have fun! And Happy Back to School!

Disclaimer: I do receive occasional product from Michaels in exchange for crafty ideas. All ideas are my own.

How to Antique and Age Wood Instantly for a Weathered Look

How to Antique and age wood instantly with items you p (weathering wood with vinegar and steel wool)

This is one of my favorite tricks that I use with home decor….a simple solution of white vinegar and steel wool.  You can use it to age brand new wood to varying degrees depending on how the solution ages.

Supplies:
Wood
White Distilled Vinegar
0000 Steel Wool*

For the sign:
8″ Oil Board Stencils
Black spray paint

*I prefer the fine graded because it disintegrates faster.

Aging Wood: Vinegar & Steel Wool Solution (steel and vinegar wood stain directions) #diy #tutorial #distressed #antique

To make the mixture you pour vinegar into a bowl or jar and add steel wool (without the soap kind!):

How to faux paint barn wood or antique wood with Vinegar & Steel Wool Solution  #diy #tutorial #distressed #antique

The trick is figuring out how long to age it.  A solution left to age just 15 minutes will produce different effect than a solution left aging for hours, months or years.

Here is a solution left aging for 15 minutes where the vinegar has just started to disintegrate the steel wool.  One or two coats of the mixture leaves just a light gray barn-wood like finish:

Aging and Antiquing Wood (Faux Barn Wood) - 15 minute solution #diy #vinegar #barnwood

Leaving the solution to age a few more hours will produce a darker gray finish:

Leaving the solution to age a few more hours will produce a darker gray finish (steel and vinegar wood stain directions)

I keep varying solutions in jars because if you leave it long enough the steel wool disintegrates completely and the mixture is allowed to produce rust, adding a reddish brown tone.

Aging Wood: Vinegar & Steel Wool Solution  (if you leave it long enough the steel wool disintegrates completely and the mixture is allowed to produce rust, adding a reddish brown tone)

 

Here’s a ten minute sign I made using a pre-cut piece of wood from the hardware store and 8″ Oil Board Stencils:

Making a sign with pre-cut piece of wood from the hardware store and 8" Oil Board Stencils:

 

I spaced the letters out and taped them into place together: [Read more...]

How to Make a Custom Skateboard and Grip Tape Design

How to make and paint a custom skateboard (custom grip tape to custom design) Great birthday party idea, Christmas gift, etc. via lilblueboo.com #skateboard #diy #griptape #custom #tutorial #gifts #handmadegifts

 

Boo has been asking for a skateboard so I thought I’d make one for her using a blank board. I just finished it up and took it out for a test run today. My skateboarding skills are a little rusty…I think it’s been 25 years since I was on one:

Paint a Custom Skateboard Ashley Hackshaw Lil Blue Boo via lilblueboo.com #skateboard #diy #gift #handmade

It rides pretty well!  A custom skateboard would be a great Christmas gift or even an auction donation….or just hanging on the wall for a shelf or custom decor.

How to make a custom skateboard design via lilblueboo.com #skateboard #diy #gift #handmade

You can buy blank boards from Amazon (this one is 8″): [Read more...]

Make a Wood Toy Camera

How to make DIY wood toy camera via lilblueboo.com #tutorial #diy #wood #toy

 

Today I made a little wood pretend toy camera.  Pink.  With a real leather strap. For my little tourist:

 

It’s modeled off my Holga camera….with a viewfinder:

How to make a wood camera via lilblueboo.com

 

I’ve always wanted to make a little toy camera but never had the right tools. Dremel asked me recently to review their Moto Saw (a compact scroll saw) this was my first project choice (among 4,000 others on my list of course)! I used a scrap piece of wood and sketched my little camera:

Wood Toy Camera via lilblueboo.com

The Dremel Moto Saw took only about 5 minutes to set up….and it attaches to almost any table as an instant jigsaw.  I love that I can just pop it back into it’s case and it goes back into storage until the next project: [Read more...]

Easy Doll Clothing Storage Rack

How to make a doll clothing rack (doll wardrobe) via lilblueboo.com #diy #tutorial #americangirl

 

Isn’t this cute? A miniature clothing rack for Boo’s doll clothing. I made it for her birthday party knowing that it would also be used afterwards!

DIY doll clothing storage via lilblueboo.com #diy #tutorial #americangirl

The top part serves as a clothing rack and the bottom hold shoes and accessories:

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DIY Reclaimed Wood American Flag

DIY American Flag Home Decor from Reclaimed Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

 

Here’s another painting I did last weekend from reclaimed wood….a rustic American Flag for our outdoor living area. It took under 45 minutes to paint:

Flag Home Decor from Reclaimed Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

 

The only labor intensive part was making the canvas from a reclaimed wood pallet. First, the pallet was dismantled and then the pieces were attached to two boards: [Read more...]

Woodburning 101 (A Tutorial)

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I’m having so much fun with this woodburner. My favorite thing I’ve made so far: little driftwood message hearts. I’ve had a lot of luck with this brand…..the Creative Versa-Tool.
Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 1 via lilblueboo.com

 

The heat control is key because it heats up much hotter than most wood burners…..making it much easier to burn:

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 2 via lilblueboo.com

 

I ordered these pre-cut driftwood hearts on Etsy from Tinker’s Attic:

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 3 via lilblueboo.com

 

Driftwood is super easy to burn because it’s so soft:

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 4 via lilblueboo.com

You can add some paint for some color:

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 5 via lilblueboo.com

 

A love note:

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 6 via lilblueboo.com

 

My favorite point is the universal point…it performs all fundamental designs:

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 7 via lilblueboo.com

 

A tapered point can burn more intricate designs:

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 8 via lilblueboo.com

 

Just heat the tool up and using light pressure burn your design into the wood.

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 9 via lilblueboo.com

The longer the point remains on the surface the deeper and darker your burn will be.

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 10 via lilblueboo.com

Golden Fluid Acrylics are perfect for adding color:

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 11 via lilblueboo.com

Leave a sweet message for someone you love! Drill a hole for to make a little gift topper or keychain. Place one in your kid’s or spouse’s lunch. Put one on your dresser.

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 12 via lilblueboo.com

 

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