Create great gifts and home decor out of wood with these fun and inexpensive crafts, like chalkboard blocks and dry erase boards, paint-stick food and drink tags and even a DIY wood stain to give the look of aged barn wood.
From beautiful statement pieces for your home décor to clever ways to leave notes, there are dozens of inexpensive things to do with a plain old piece of wood. Money-saving blogger Morgan Lasala shows us a few of her favorites and teaches us how to make a simple DIY wood stain out of 2 ingredients.
Wood Message Blocks with Chalkboard and Dry Erase Stickers
- Wood Blocks
- Paint (optional)
- Stickers - stickers with messages you like, chalkboard stickers or dry erase board stickers
Cut the blocks yourself or buy them pre-made. Paint them or leave them nature. Add your message stickers to each side and they're ready to use. We didn't even spend money on sponges instead used a kitchen sponge cut into squares.
How to Transfer a Design onto Wood:
Pick your wood and paint or leave it natural. Sand the sides so that they are rounded. Trace or print your pattern on a piece of paper. Color the back with pencil making sure to cover the entire the pattern. Put the pattern on the wood and use tape to hold it secure. Trace over the patter with the pencil. The pattern should now be on your wood. Remove the pattern and trace the outline a marker or use paint/spray paint to fill it in.
Decoupage Wood Sign
- Picture printed from laser-printer
- Mod Podge
Pick your wood and paint or leave it natural. Sand the sides so that they are rounded. Add your picture to the front with mod podge. You can finish the edges with paint.
DIY Crafts with Paint Sticks
Morgan creates cute labels for drinks, food or personal items with paint sticks you can get at the hardward store for free!
- Paint Sticks
Cut the paint sticks. Sand them really well to get any of the printing off. Cut them down to the size you want. Round the edges and paint with acrylic paint or stain. Label it with markers or paint on a design. Drill a hole in one side to put a string through. Treat with Morgan's DIY stain if desired.
Morgan's DIY Stain
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Steel Wool
Wash the steel wool to remove any oil or debris. Put it in the glass jar and add vinegar. Put the cap on loosely. It takes about a week to change colors. The stain will go on clear but darken as it dries and gives the look of aged barn wood.
Check out more of Megan's money-saving crafts at sweetandsaltysugarboys.blogspot.com.