Wood and Metal Wall Art

I love large wood art...
I love large metal art...
Why not put them together?!?! 

This unique wall art was made from a metal wall decal I've had for years and some scrap bead board from my garage.

The process is simple and I won't bore you with the details on making a 
quick planked board background or staining it (Dark Walnut).

The only tricky part was how to secure the metal piece.  It comes with one hanger on the back that I used when it was on the wall...but that wouldn't work for this because I needed to completely attach it to the wood background.  So here's what I did:

I found some washers that matched the thickness of the hanger and 
some 4" pieces of medium gauge wire.

I drilled small holes in the wood where I wanted to hang the metal piece.  Then, I folded the wire in half and threaded the loop around the metal art piece and through the washer and hole in the wood

I used a small pin nail on the back and twisted the wire tight. 
DO NOT TAKE THE NAIL OUT or the wire will slip right out.

For the part of the metal piece that had a hanger I did the same thing without the washer.

And you can see below that the wire and washer are barely noticeable. 

You can add picture hangers on the back or lean it on a shelf or mantle.  Another easy and cheap way to make large artwork for your home!

You Just have to find the time!

Quick DIY ornaments

So this year I've decided to make new Christmas decorations.  We have officially commited to the "just us on Christmas morning" tradition and won't be traveling at all in the weeks around Christmas.  

(and just an FYI...this new tradition is AWESOME!  Don't get me wrong, I love my family.  I love my in-laws.  I just love the 5 of us more.  With it just us on Christmas we don't have any schedules, or plans, or other people to worry about.  Just us...just awesome!)

So, with us being home pretty much the entire month of December I realized that I hate my current Christmas decorations.  
Well, not all of them...but really all of them.

Am I a glittery girl?  NO!  
So why do so many of my 'filler' ornaments have glitter all over them?

Am I into gold?  NO!  
So why is my color scheme red and gold?

Am I crafty?  YES!  So why haven't I made new stuff yet?!?!

First up...ornaments! 

No need for some overly descriptive tutorial here... 

For the sewn ones I just used a canvas drop cloth and some goodwill sweaters.  
Cut the shape out of the sweater, stitch it to two thicknesses of canvas.  
Don't forget the twine hanger.  
And cut it out.  
Super easy and super fast!

For the wooden ornaments I found a bunch of these small wood cutouts at Michael's.
applied one coat of wood stain
painted chalkboard paint on one
glued a burlap wing on the bird

I also went back and bought some wood snowflake cutouts (not pictured), painted them red and white and hung those suckers up also.

Super fast, super cheap, and finally my style!!

Large Stencils - new option

So we all love the rustic wood signs out there, right?

And we all love to make them ourselves, right?

And we all have unlimited amounts of painters tape and shelf liner to stick on and cut out to make quick stencils?  Wait...what?

And we all have amazing artistic and lettering talents that we can free hand the designs onto the painters tape or shelf liner?  Um....


I do not want to use painters tape for these signs.  It seems like a waste.  Especially if you're buying the good stuff.

And even with cheap stuff like Dollar Store shelf liner there's the issue of getting the words onto the stencil.

So here's another option...full sheet packaging labels.  I have about a million of these left over from my Etsy selling days and thought I'd try them out.

Great idea!

First of all...they are meant to be printed on.  No more wax paper jamming up your printer.  (I still need to call the Epson helpline about that one!)  And no more trying to free hand some awesome new font!

Second of all...they are super cheap.  I  buy them from one of the many office supply store on eBay in packs of 200.  The ones I used are half sheet labels, two to a page.  

Third, they are sticky enough to keep the paint lines crisp...but not so sticky to mess up any paint or stain that's already on the wood.  

So you just make some huge letters in any word processing software

Stick it to your sign and cut out the letters

 Paint in the letters (use a stippling motion to make sure you don't push the paint under the stencil) and you're all done.  

And if you are using scrap fence posts (aged with vinegar and steel wool), left over paint, and labels you already owned...this is a free project!  Score!!

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