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Spring Craft: DIY Home Decor

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I love Spring! The warm weather, the flowers, the birds singing…and yes the crafts and decorating my home! Seems like we are getting the Spring Decorating done little by little this year. Hopefully the Spring Mantel is next, we are creating the pieces we want to put on the Mantel, and this Spring wood craft is one of them.

I just love how it turned out! Doug did an AMAZING job on it…don’t you think?

The concept for the scrapbook paper being applied to the wood is similar to the St. Patrick’s Day Door Hanging we made, but the letters were a little curved on the edge, so Doug had to cut out the paper before applying it to the wood. It was a little more time consuming, but well worth it.

And we couldn’t help but take pictures outside in the beautiful Spring weather we have!

Let’s gather our supplies…

Spring Craft Supplies:

  • Wood – We used a piece of baseboard from our local molding outlet (length will depend on how many letters)
  • Letters
  • Scrapbook paper
  • White paint for the edges of the letters
  • Pre-stain and stain for the wood
  • Spray adhesive to apply paper {not pictured}

Wood Preparation:

  1. Cut your wood to length. Doug cut this piece, 5 inches longer than what we needed, leaving 2 1/2 inches on each end.
  2. Using a rag, apply the pre-stain. Pre-stain is needed when staining soft or porous types of wood to prevent the finish from being blotchy.
  3. Let sit 15-20 minutes to allow to soak in, wipe off any excess.
  4. Apply stain evenly with a foam brush and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes depending how dark you want the final product to be, carefully wipe and excess stain off. {We used a combination stain/polyurethane product to speed up the process}

Letter Preparation:

  1. Slightly sand the edges of the letters with 180 grit or finer sand paper. {the higher the number the finer the grit}
  2. Paint the edges (2 coats) we used a satin latex that we had on our shelf {the washers are just to keep the letters up off the drop cloth}
  3. Glue a small block of wood to the back side of the letters to give more area to glue to base.
  4. Trace the letter onto the back of the scrapbook paper and cut out

Decorating the Letters:

  • Spray the back side of the paper with adhesive and carefully adhere to the wood letters
  • To attach the letters to the wood, use a hot glue gun {note: Doug tried wood glue and even super glue, but the glue gun worked the best}
What are you crafting for Spring?
Don’t forget to enter the Spring Inspiration Pinterest Contest!! HURRY…it closes Monday, the 26th at 10 p.m. CST

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Comments

  1. says

    This is so cute!! I want to use the same idea for my daughter Isla’s nursery! Awesome tutorial. If you have a moment I’d love it if you could link this up on my party Destination: Inspiration going on now at Teagan’s Travels.

    http://teaganstravels.blogspot.com/2012/03/destination-inspiration-linky-party-8.html

    Cheers, Michelle
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