Aren't these cute little wood slice ornaments just darling? Best of all, they are simple to make and no serious crafting capability is required!
In this article, I'll share my supply list as well as step-by-step instructions of how to create these DIY wood slice ornaments today!
So, what do you need to create these little cuties? Here's what I used (along with some links on where to order them if you want!)
My Supplies List:
Ok - now on to the how-to...
First, you'll want to paint your wood slices with your craft paint using a small paintbrush. I used red as my background color, because I planned to have my design be white. But, green might be a good alternative for Christmas-themed ornaments or blue for the snowflakes...
Once the acrylic paint dries, you are ready to apply the design to your painted wood slice. This is the fun part!
Remove the adhesive backed silkscreen transfer from the white carrier sheet, putting it aside to use later. Adhere the transfer to the wood slice, re-positioning as necessary to get it right where you want it!
Open you chalkpaste container and give it a good stir. Chalk Couture's multi-purpose tool is great for this, but a plastic knife works fine, too! Once your chalkpaste is the consistency of yogurt (if too thick, add a few drops of water and stir a bit more), you're ready to spread it over your transfer.
Dip your small squeegee into the chalkpaste jar, and apply a thin layer of chalkpaste across the screen, covering the mesh area. Squeegee excess paste off the design and put back into the jar.
Pull your transfer off the wood ornament before paste dries (you should work pretty quickly here!) and VOILA! the design is revealed! The chalkpaste will go on wet and dry hard within a couple of minutes. To make the design permanent, spray with matte acrylic spray.
When you're done making ornaments, be sure to gently wash your silkscreen transfer with water and wipe clean with a disinfectant wipe. Let air dry, sticky side up, on a towel.
When done using the transfer, stick it back onto the glossy side of the white carrier sheet it came with.
Do you have questions or want to see other great project ideas using Chalk Couture products? Be sure to follow me on Facebook!
If you've ever tried to create one of those beautiful chalkboard signs you've seen everywhere, I'm guessing, like me, you've tried lots of different ways to do it. From projecting an image onto a chalkboard (and how exactly do you get out of the way of the project light so you don't make a shadow), to creating a reverse image from a printer and tracing the image onto a wood surface, I've tried it all! I mean, I may not be a "born" artist, but I can follow directions. And, there's lots of how-to videos on Pinterest and Youtube... But, never had I found a tried and true way to create beautiful chalkboard signs... until now!
Just a few short months ago, I met up with a friend who was attending a 4 day scrapbooking event near me. We decided to get together for lunch and instead of leaving the venue, she asked me to join her to meet some of her fellow scrappers and see some of what she had been working on.
At the event was a designer from Chalk Couture - a company I had never heard of but quickly fell in love with! Chalk Couture offers a line of beautiful silkscreen transfers and a proprietary formula of chalkpastes that makes it possible to create incredible signs and other home decor items in just minutes.
And, the company is super smart - because they teach their designers that seeing is believing and encourage them to offer mini "make & take" projects to give people a chance to try it out. So, even if you think you don't have a crafty bone in your body, you'll quickly see that it is indeed as easy as pie!
Take a look at this short video on how to use Chalk Couture:
Of course, I caught the Chalk Couture fever, and boy, am I glad I did! I just returned from a gathering of fellow designers in Salt Lake City for the company's first ever convention. It was 3 days of fun, inspiration, meeting new friends and learning how Chalk Couture makes lives better. I am in awe of all the ways that designers support each other. And, I pledged right there and then, that I would do my part in sharing the "Chalk" love! If you'd like to learn more about our products or learn about becoming a designer, visit my store or contact me using the form below! I am happy to share all about my Chalk Couture journey so far!
Are you looking for some crafting inspiration? Then look no further! Each week, I host a live class, using Chalk Couture products, to create beautiful signs and home decor items. Here’s the top 5 reasons why you’ll want to watch:
Reason #1: You’ll learn how easy it is to craft beautiful home decor and gifts
Seeing really is believing! Watching me create might just give you the confidence to try it out for yourself and find out that you indeed can do it! And, best of all, you’ll see that we all make mistakes and how to correct them.
Reason #2: We’ll learn some new techniques together
Each week, I’ll share a new technique. We’ll explore using different surfaces, try out fun new designs and introduce some chalking and inking techniques that will be sure to delight you! Regardless of the time of year, we’ll discover how we can use our Chalk Couture products to beautify your world and with any luck, impress your friends!
Reason #3: We can collaborate on our projects
One of the reasons I love creating projects on Facebook Live is because it is so interactive! It’s a true collaboration. I love getting your feedback and suggestions as well as answering your questions. It’s as if we were gathered around my kitchen table, but without the worry of making sure my house is clean or the concern that you’ll have to drive a long distance to come!
Reason #4: You can watch the replay if you can’t join live!
Let’s face it - we are all so busy! Some days there are just more things we want to do than we could possibly squeeze into a single 24 hour period. I get it! That’s why I have decided to use a Facebook Live as my preferred platform. To make it easy to remember, and to hold myself accountable to keeping my business moving forward, I have committed to offering at least one new live session a week - scheduled for Wednesday evenings at 7 pm ET. But, if you can’t make it live, you can watch the replay at your convenience and still give your ideas, provide your input and ask your questions - and I hope you do! Your comments and shares help to spread my lives to even more people!
Reason #5: It’s fun way to meet new friends who share your interests!
Whether you’re young or old (or somewhere in between), there’s nothing quite like enjoying time with friends. And, it’s super fun meeting new people who enjoy the same things you do! So, be sure to connect with my other watchers and share your thoughts and ideas too! You’ll be glad you did!
So - what do you think? Do you want to connect with me live each week? Just follow me at www.facebook.com/Timipaccio and get notified about my weekly projects! I look forward to seeing you soon!
Have you ever wondered if you could create your own chalkboard sign? I’m guessing if you’re anything like me, you’re thinking it looks like lots of fun but you’re worried that it requires a level of artistic ability that seems just a bit beyond you.
After years of scanning Pinterest for some tips on a simple way of creating stencils to make my own signs, I had just about given up hope for being able to do it on my own. I was just going to have to suck it up and pay for all those beautiful signs that I wanted for my home. But, then I discovered Chalk Couture. What is Chalk Couture you ask? Well, let me explain....
Earlier this year, I planned to meet up with friend and fellow Army mom for lunch. She was spending the weekend at a scrapbooking weekend midway between our two homes, so we took the opportunity to connect and chat a bit about our sons who are currently serving as officers in the US Army.
Although I was expecting to pick her up from her scrapbooking event and whisk her off to a private spot for some good momma talk and a glass of wine or two, we instead hung out at the scrapbooking day and poked around and marveled at the creativity that was occurring around us. She shared some her scrapbooking, we reminisced about our sons time together at GWU and we took in all the crafting and scrapbooking supplies that were being offered for sale. And, that’s when I saw it ~ a super easy way to create chalkboard signs.
A designer from Chalk Couture was set up and was offering a fun “Create and Take” activity to show how easy it was to create signs using chalk and transfers. My friend Susan and I jumped on the opportunity to try it out and we were hooked!
In just minutes, we were able to create a professional looking chalkboard sign that we were able to take home. Well, let me tell you, we were both enthralled by both Chalk Couture and the chalking experience and left that day with a few transfers, and chalkpastes, anxious to try it at home.
And, try it out I did! And, I fell in love with everything Chalk Couture. Within a few weeks, I decided to sign up to be a designer, too, and have been creating and sharing with others.
For me, it’s been a wonderful new hobby that has had the potential to become so much more. I’m looking forward to seeing where it will take me. If you are interested in learning more about Chalk Couture or becoming a designer, visit my website or contact me if you have questions. I’d be happy to share more about my journey.
Here’s a quick picture tutorial on how easy it is to use Chalk Couture’s chalkpaste and transfers:
This year, our church's Actions of the Heart Ministry collected and distributed hundreds of items through it's annual Giving Tree drive. It was particularly poignant event for me because the committee decided that in addition to collecting items for the homeless in our area, we would also collect items for our deployed soldiers.
This year, my son, Christopher, deployed with his unit to the Middle East right before Thanksgiving. Although we have had pretty limited contact with our son, it became quite clear that life is not all that easy for our troops during the holidays. So, when it came time for our committee to decide who would be the beneficiaries of our parishioner's good will, I felt a rush of gratitude when they decide to collect items for our deployed troops as well as the homeless in our community.
With my son's permission, we packed up 20 care packages and shipped them off right before the holidays. He was treated to the role of playing Santa Claus, passing out packages to those in his unit who were in need of some Christmas cheer. Just knowing that our brave men and women received a bit of home at the holidays made this strong Army mom shed a few tears, and forever grateful to the generous hearts of our friends and family.
This year, my husband, Steve and I had the great fortune to visit one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. - the California Wine Country. Our trip was made even more special by some wonderful recommendations by friend and wine county aficionado, Richard Burke (a talented Catholic school consultant and guru!) Thanks to Richard, we were able to visit some of the best vineyards and taste some incredible wines throughout the region. Be sure to check out my Travel page for some of my favorite stops.
Recently I was recruited to help organize and run the Italian Cafe booth at our church's annual Italian Festival. For four nights, I stuffed cannoli shells, brewed espresso and served thousands of friends, families and supporters of St. Anthony Church. I had the time of my life! Granted, my feet were sore and, boy, was I tired, but having the opportunity to work side-by-side with my daughter, Kaleigh, and my best friend, Mary, was downright spectacular.
In this day and age, we often are busy running from place to place, striving to achieve the next big goal, and often don't see the simple pleasures life offers us. I, too, often get caught up thinking about what's coming up next rather than finding joy in the moment. But, it was hard to ignore the joy that I saw on the faces of the dedicated team of volunteers who made the St. Anthony Italian Festival a success. And, I realized that it is in the simple things, like giving back, that life has it greatest rewards.
That's why I've decided to start this blog. It will be a place where I can take a few minutes to recognize and share the simple things that make my life spectacular. I hope this inspires you to celebrate the simple things in your life that bring you pleasure and together we can live our lives to the fullest - no matter what comes our way!
I'm a mother of three (adult triplets!),a proud Army mom, a (devoted!) wife, a work-at-home professional, a passionate supporter of nonprofits and a crafting enthusiast who loves to travel and spend time with my family and friends. Life can sure be busy but I've learned it's all about simplifying the journey. Join me as I share some of the tips I've learned to keep it all in balance!