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7 DIY Rustic Decor Ideas
Cut 2x2 wooden poplar to desired length (around 3 feet).
Cut dowels to desired length (around 6 inches).
Using a hammer and a nail, make a small mark to set where the drill will go in.
Using a 1/4 inch drill bit drill a hole at each mark into every dowel.
Tape and paint the ends of each dowel.
Measure and mark with a pencil where each dowel will be placed.
Using a 1/4 inch drill bit drill a hole at each mark 3/4 of the way into the 2x2 poplar.
Arrange and screw in dowels.
Using the drill, level and screws attach the rack to the wall. Make sure to find a metal stud if want to hang heavy purses.
Words on Wood
Cut apart the pre-made letters from one another.
Position letters on the wood, begin with the most middle letter and work your way out attaching the stickers on the wood.
Dip a rag into the stain and brush over letters and wood panel. If you stained your wood ahead of time and would like to use a different color on top, dip a paint brush into your color of choice and paint the wood panel.
Let the stain/paint dry and then peel off letters.
Cut wood to desired postcard size. The postcards demonstrated measure approximately 4” x 6” and were created from basswood planks. Basswood is soft enough that it can be cut with a utility knife or box cutter along with a ruler and cutting mat to protect your work surface. Alternately, a thin craft plywood could be used and cut with a handsaw.
Once the wood is cut, lightly sand it all over using a fine to medium grit sand paper and then wipe the wood down with a rag.
Select and photocopy an image to transfer to the face of the postcard. You may find it necessary to scan and resize your image to fit your desired postcard size. IMPORTANT: Images must be photocopied on a copy machine that uses a toner cartridge (as typically found at most copy centers, office supply stores or public libraries). Images printed on ink jet printers will not work for this DIY project.
Apply a thick but even coat of the image transfer medium to the face of the postcard.
Place the side of the postcard covered in image transfer medium against your photocopied image. Gently burnish/rub the back of the photocopied image to remove any bubbles or wrinkles. Set aside and allow to dry for 24 hours or at least overnight.
Once the postcard is completely dry, wet the paper with water utilizing a spray bottle. You will see the image begin to appear through the wet paper. Utilizing a sponge or rag, gently begin to rub away the paper. This process will take a few minutes – be patient!
When the paper is completely removed and the wood is dry, the postcard is ready to use! Use the blank side of the postcard to write a note to the recipient and address it. Ballpoint ink pens tend to work well on wood.
Either black and white or full color image will work well with this DIY project. Consider using photocopied family photos, Instagram pictures or even images of your own artwork.
If you find that excess image transfer medium has dried on the sides of the postcard, simply sand it away with sandpaper.
Make certain to take your postcard into your local post office to have it weighed so that you apply the appropriate amount of postage.
Select the round wood beads you'd like to use, either all one size or a variety of sizes.
Lace your string through the beads until you're able to form a necklace-like circle large enough to be placed securely under a serving dish -- typically 5 to 8 inches in diameter.
Securely tie off your string and trim the ends.
This DIY project is really a simple lacing activity -- involve the kids in your life in creating the round wood bead trivets! Because the felted wool ball trivets require a sharp needle -- extra caution should be taken!
Get creative in your wood bead and felted wool ball combinations! Keep in mind, it's wise to include 3/4" to 1" beads or balls in every trivet -- this will protect your table top by keeping hot dishes at least 3/4" to 1" from its surface. These simple and lovely necklace-like trivets are easy to hang and display on wall hooks when not in use.
Take cut list to the lumber yard and ask for Baltic Burch plywood.
Lay out pieces and find the biggest piece, that will be your seat.
Put the seat down on your work bench and line the left and right edges with glue.
Take one side and place on top of the glue.
Glue the edges of the smaller piece and place on the middle edge of the stool, perpendicular to the sides.
Glue and attach the third side.
Let the glue sit for 20-30 minutes, flip when dry.
Drill holes in each corner of the stool.
Add 2 drop of glue in each hole.
Insert Miller dowels in each hole and lightly tap in using your hammer.