Two-tone wood box

Two-tone wood box

If you are a follower of Krafty Kath you might have figured out by now that I have a slight obsession with containers. Boxes, bins, baskets, or containers…I love them all. If I could own The Container Store I would. So if you love containers as much as I do, then I’m your girl. The container crafts will keep coming as long as I am blogging. :)

I have purchased boxes with hinges for past DIYs, but for this one I really wanted a box that had a traditional lift-off lid. I found these  great unfinished boxes on Turns2Art Etsy shop. They have a great selection of unfinished wood pieces.

For this particular box, I wanted to create something a little different instead of painting the entire box one color. So I decided to paint a combination of clean modern white and rustic dark wood. I love the contrast!

Two-tone wood box

MATERIALS

  • Unfinished wood box
  • White spray paint
  • Clear glossy spray paint (if you have GLOSSY spray paint, then you don’t need the clear coat)
  • Minwax Wood stain
  • Minwax Paste Finishing Wax
  • Paper towel
  • Old cloth
  • Foam brush
  • Sandpaper

Two-tone wood box

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Sand any rough edges off your box. Mine came pretty much smooth as can be so I just did a little on the edges.

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Spray the bottom half of your box with the white spray paint. Let the white paint fully dry and then spray the glossy clear on top of that.

Note: If you have GLOSSY spray paint, then skip spraying it with clear coat.

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While the bottom half is drying, paint the top of your box with the wood stain. I chose Minwax “Jacobean” because it’s a nice dark brown. I didn’t stain underneath the lip of the lid because I didn’t want it rubbing off on the bottom of the box.

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Once the stain is dried, you can apply a coat of the finish wax using a paper towel. Let the wax sit on the lid for about 15 minutes and then buff it out with an old cloth. You can see that this finish allows the wood grain to come through! Love it!

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Since we painted the inside of the bottom, the lid MIGHT be a bit of a tight fit. Sand a little bit of the lid’s lip to help it fit into the bottom portion.

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Once it’s all dried you can put the lid on your box. :) I love the contrast between the two halves. It’s modern and rustic at the same time!

Two-tone wood box

Geometric wood bead necklace

I love the geometric/fractal trend, as well as wooden crafts, so it was inevitable that I would end up doing a craft including both. I ordered these wooden beads hoping I would get them in time for my Longest Day Craft Open House but of course they showed up a few days after. Isn’t that the way? :) Nonetheless, I broke these open this week, and finished my friends long overdue birthday present. I painted a variety of colors so she can make whatever combination she likes! :) (This one is for you Panda!)

MATERIALS

Materials

TIME TO COMPLETE

Depending on how many beads you paint this DIY should take you under 30 minutes.

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Painting the beads is the fun part. :) You can paint them partially or full. The more beads you paint, the more combos of this necklace you can create! Make a combo for every outfit!

To paint the beads easily, slip a bead on the end of a skewer. Once you have your desired paint job complete, place the skewer in an upright position, and let it dry. I find that most craft paints you don’t need more than 1 coat, but some colors (like the dark ones) need 2 coats.

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Cut your ball chain to the length you desire. Then attach your chain connector to one end of the chain.

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Once the beads are dry, attach your chain connector on one end of the ball chain. Then slip the beads onto the chain in the order you prefer.

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Now you are ready to rock the geo!

Geometric Wood Bead Necklace

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Pinspiration | Photo Clip Boards

Bro/Sis Craft Day part two took place a few weeks back. I like to throw my bro-in-law some craft challenges when I’m there and this time I thought we’d do a spin on this Photo Clip Board DIY that I pinned on Pinterest awhile back. This amazing DIY comes from Liz of Love Grows Wild. Her project was so awesome I had to try it! Plus I have always been a little impatient with my artwork (I like to change it up all the time) so this was the perfect solution.

She created three separate clip boards, and we decided to do a twist on that. We decided to attach all three vertically using 4-3/4″ x 5/32″ turnbuckle eye/hook screws and 1 ” S-hooks. For the top, we attached some small ground wires that we found in the garage. I really like the combination of industrial and natural. Call us crazy!

Photo Clipboards

Now onto the artwork…the top art print is Feathered Arrows, from Minted.

The middle print is one of my absolute favorites, William Rides His Bike by Ez Pudewa. I LOVE elephants so this makes me smile every time I see it!

And the bottom art print is Landscape of Triangles and Dots, also from Minted.

Photo Clipboards

It turned out so amazing. :) Thanks to my bro-in-law for letting me take over his garage and tools. And special thanks for the pinspiration Liz!

Check out Love Grows Wild for her step-by-step instructions. :)

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Wood alphabet wine charms

I’m kind of a sucker for alphabet wine charms. I have two different sets already…and I will just need to make a set of these handmade wood ones to add to the lot. I can never have enough typography paraphernalia in my house. You would think I’m a designer or something. ;)

Other wine charms

I admit, I didn’t set out to make a set of these for myself. They are meant to be favors for my good friend’s 40th birthday party. Each guest will get a charm with their first initial to take home after the night of tasting glorious wines.

With a little patience, these are really easy to do. Note to self…don’t do wood burning on a plastic tablecloth. I now have a permanent die cut “J” in mine. :) Serious CRAFT FAIL. Thank goodness it didn’t go through to the table!

MATERIALS

Materials

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

If you are making one letter for each guest, make sure you have one wooden circle for each letter you need. If you are burning the alphabet, then you will need 26 wooden circles, plus a few extras for when things go wrong.

Tip: I bought 1″ and 1.5″ wood circles online and realized that the 1.5″ circles are gigantic on a wine glass. I’ve now filed those away for a future craft. I also could have sourced out the wire clasps in smaller quantities, but I was in a pinch. So now I have a few hundred of these. Wine charm party anyone?

Drill a hole approx .125″ away from the top edge of the circle.

Note: out of 40 circles, I had one split during drilling. The closer you get to the edge this might happen.

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Screw on your first letter and rest your burner on the stand. Now you are ready to plug in your wood burner. If your wood burner has a power dial on the cord, make sure you turn it on a medium-high to high setting.

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Once you have tested out the letter on a few scraps of wood you are ready to burn your first letter.  Testing it out is important because it gives you a feel for how long to hold it and how much pressure is needed for the desired effect.

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Use your pliers to carefully unscrew the letter from the burner. The letter will be very hot!! Once you have it removed from the burner you can screw on your next letter using the pliers.

Note: Even though your next letter isn’t hot yet it will get hot REALLY FAST once you start screwing it in. Make sure you use your pliers removing and putting on your next one. If you are unsure about handling the burner while it’s hot, you can always turn it off and let it completely cool down before removing and inserting your new letter. This of course will take added time to your process but it’s not the end of the world.

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Once you have all your letters burned you are ready to apply the Wood Finish. Brush a little on the front, back and sides and place it on a toothpick to dry. You can stick the toothpicks into a piece of foam to let both sides dry. Once they are all dry you can attach your wire clasp.

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Now you are ready to use them for your next dinner party. You can put them all in a dish for choosing or attach your charms before your guests arrive. Either way, they will be super impressed with your handiwork!

Wood alphabet wine charms

Go the extra mile and display your charms on a piece of wood. I found this old wine box top and used a few small nails to hang the charms as a display.

Wood Alphabet Wine Charms

 

January craft-spiration

I have a feeling 2014 is going to be a GREAT year! Right now my inspirations seem to be nature-oriented…it must be the weather here in Seattle. None the less, I’m feeling positive about this upcoming year and what it has in store for me!

January craft-spiration

Top row:

2014 calendars – Why not start off the year organized and inspired! Get a great calendar like this one from Little Low Studio.

Seattle artist, Victoria Haven – I love her use of abstract shapes to create space and form. I’m going to hear her speak this Friday and I can’t wait.

Middle row:

Canoes – I did my fair share of canoeing during Girl Scout camp as a kid, and I still love it. I especially love how Albert Bierstadt captured its peacefulness in this piece.

Bottom row:

Wire art – Last April I saw a piece which I believe was done by Lace Fence in the Centre Pompidou in Paris, that was of a chain link fence formed into a beautiful art pattern. Very cool.

Wood grains – I am loving wood grains right now. If you couldn’t already tell from my Darby Smart DIY! Here are some great wood grain texture downloads from Design Instruct.

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