For my project, I created a chicken wire covered photo display, for my daughter and son-in-law who were married this summer. For this project I used products provided by hop sponsors Walnut Hollow, The Buckle Boutique, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® and Clearsnap.
2 Blue jars
Dual coverage spray paint: black, teal
Mini wooden clothes pins
Wooden Bingo tiles
Electric Sander (optional)
Electric nail/staple gun
E600 clear Industrial Strength adhesive
Begin by sanding and painting both the Walnut Hollow 14 x 24-inch Rustic Pallet and Walnut Hollow Rustic Wood Ledge. (see paint note in next step)
You can use any type of paint suitable for wood in this step. I chose a dual coverage spray paint from the local hardware store for it's ease of use. I wanted to keep the rustic look so I didn't primer the pieces first. If you want to keep the true color of the paint and use less of it I would suggest priming the pieces first.
Here you see the pieces after they have been painted. Notice that they dry to a flat black that is somewhat lighter than the color when wet.
Once dry, I took the pieces inside for assembly. The shelf is 2-inches shorter that the back and fits the bottom slat perfectly in height. I marked its location 1-inch from each edge so ti would be centered.
I then used E600 clear industrial strength adhesive to secure it in place.
I wanted to be sure that the pieces were secured and would hold any extra weight so in addition to the adhesive I secured the shelf to the back using nail brads and my electric nail/staple gun.
Next, I painted the Walnut Hollow 1 1/2-inch Wood Letters. I once again used a spray paint for this. To keep the rustic feel I sanded them lightly just before they were completely dry.
I used E600 to adhere the finished letters to the front of the shelf.
Once assembled, I sanded all of the edges lightly to continue the distressed rustic look. After that it was time to attach the chicken wire. I began by cutting a piece slightly larger than my backing. This allows for the wire to be secured to the back.
Now to add the chicken wire. Begin with a piece slightly larger than the back, this allows the piece to be secured to the back of the display with the staple gun.
Staple the piece to the front of the panel taking care to use staples in lengths that will not go completely through the wood.. I used a 9/16-inch staple on the front attached along the area with the back braces. Then wrap the ends around and use a shorter staple on the back. If you don't like the staple showing you can paint it with a touch-up paint. I wasn't concerned with that since they blended well and could be covered with photos. They also added to the overall rustic look.
With the shelf complete it was time to dress it up a bit by making mini clothes pins to attach photos. I have several old bingo games that I have picked up at thrift stores. While they have letters on them they weren't quite the look I was going for. Plus, this is a great way to use up those odd letters left from other projects.
Begin by sanding the tile. Then use the Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner® Value Pen and
Walnut Hollow Hot Stamps Alphabet Set to burn the desired letters or words onto your tiles. For this project I used the same letter for each tile but you could easily spell any word or phrase. Note: Be sure not to skip the sanding step. This removes any sealers and helps get a nice image for both the woodburning and inking of the piece.
Then, I added a distressed style edge using Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner® Value Pen and included tip.
I attached a mini clothes pin to the back using E6000 and let dry completely.
To finish the project, I made two decorated jars to fit in the shelves. For this I used jars from the wedding and added a mix of rustic and elegance. They were first wrapped in burlap and the ends secured with Crafty Power Tape.
Next, I cut some pieces of aqua tulle. I threaded the Buckle Boutique Rhinestone Puffy Heart Brooch Slide Buckle onto the piece, wrapped it around the jar and tied a bow. Then, I slid the buckle over onto the center of the bow and secured into place with some 3D Dodz adhesive dots.
To dress of the top of the jar I used a Buckle Boutique Black Resin Dazzling Diamond Self-Adhesive Sticker sheet. This stuff is awesome because you can cut it into any shape using scissors, a paper trimmer or die-cut machine (be watching for more of this on future projects!). So, I used my paper trimmer and cut it into a 3/4-inch-wide strip and wrapped it around the top of the jar.
Add some photos and there you have it!
One more gift complete and ready to give this Christmas!!
Thanks for joining me!!
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