Tuesday, January 22, 2013

No Scrap of Wood Left Behind Tutorial

Having been raised by parents who were raised during the end of the Great Depression and then WWII 
I was taught nothing should go to waste.
So no scrap of wood can be left behind after my Dad drops off a truck load of scrap lumber.
I have all these different sizes and thickness of wood so I tried to put my frozen brain to work and come up with an idea for these 2 x 3 inch pieces of wood.
Here it goes.
Sand the wood out in the garage with the temp at 7 degrees at noon one day.
(I did not last long out there.)
Tack cloth the wood free from frost and saw dust.
Paint the wood with Burnt Umber acrylic paint.
Let dry.
Paint roughly with Decoart Melon color or a pinkish color of your choice leaving the edges paint free giving it a primitive look.  You could also paint the wood first and then sand the edges and stain with an oil base stain but that meant going back out to the garage.
I did the simpler version avoiding the outside. 
Now with Decoart Country Red stencil some hearts here and there on the wood
I just wrote on the wood with a #2 pencil "Be Mine" and a heart to dot the letter I.
Now you can paint this black with a 10/0 liner brush or use a Sharpie Marker to do the lettering. 
Inside the house, using the Dremel, I drilled two holes at the top and then added rusty wire for a hanger.
I have all these fun keys so I used white organza ribbon to attach the key to the wire on this one.
Here is one with red organza ribbon with a different key attached.
I sprayed these with a clear coat finish and are now ready to give as a small gift.
I may even add these to my Etsy shop.
No sure how creative these are when you are freezing but I needed to paint and start using my brain for some creativity.
Hope you enjoy!


  1. It's warmer here today. I wouldn't even need a coat if it weren't for the darn wind. It's a beautiful day! (just thought you should know. lol. :D )

    Small pieces of wood are great for ornaments. Your Be Mine's look cute with the key and ribbon!

  2. That is so wonderful, great craft...Blessings Francine.

  3. They turned out really nice, but do I have to stand outside in 7 degree weather to do them. :)

  4. Awwwww they are so cute! I wish I was so talented!
    Be blessed,

  5. That's precious :) I have that problem with leftover wood scraps too. I keep trying to get hubby to make me little shelves, but I must not be cracking that whip hard enough.


  6. Those are just darling Barb! What a clever idea. Thanks for sharing


  7. How creative!
    Love this, Barb.
    I have a ton of scrap wood in my hoarder's pile.
    Thanks for sharing and Keep Warm!

  8. Look at you being BRAVE and testing that 7 degree weather! I balk at 60 and my cold fingers!!! I LOVE this, Barb!! We can ALWAYS find a good use for those scraps! I'm thinking this will be great for my kids to make for their teachers!!


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