Hello again BestLaminate readers! I’m Larissa from Prodigal Pieces, where DIY is what we’re all about – from redeemed furniture, to budget-savvy remodeling. I’m back to share another fun project with you. Last time my post was all about taking thrifted glass and giving it a new look, and today is all about wood. I am excited to show you how to take new or reclaimed wood to create this “Thankful” wall decor to help you decorate for the holidays.
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Here’s what you need to get started with the DIY rope and reclaimed wood sign: (do note you are more than welcome to create these projects for home use only – not to be sold)
- (1) 1″ x 6″ x 22″ board
- (4) 3″ x 3″ pieces of scrap wood
- (1) ¼” x 50′ rope
- (4) masonry nails
- (4) 12″ pieces of twine
- Glue gun/glue sticks
- Drill bits – 5/32 and 7/64
- Flat black paint or chalky paint
- Artist’s paint brush
- “Thankful” print out (see below)
- (2) Large sawtooth picture hangers
- Utility knife or scissors
For my example projects, I used two scrap pieces of barn wood. One was a piece of dark weathered barn siding with a lighter colored rope, and the other was a piece of chippy siding with dark colored rope. You can find the rope at most home improvement stores.
I am showing you that this project doesn’t have to be limited to my style. You can paint your wood or do whatever you like to get the effect that suits your style. If you don’t have scrap wood, you can use new wood bought from a home improvement store (psst…Home Depot will cut your wood for free), and create an aged look using my layering tutorial or stain it to look aged with a weathered stain.
Or, if you have some laminate scraps from a previous flooring install, go ahead and use that! Bestlaminate has some really cool reclaimed floors.
Once you have your board cut and ready to go, you will need your “thankful” print out. Go ahead and click the images and print.
Trim your printed paper close to the edges and tape together to make one piece.
Next, you can follow my transfer method tutorial, use an artists’ oil pastel to rub the back of the image. (I use a light pastel for dark wood, and a dark pastel for a light wood) Place your sign on a window or light box to make sure you are covering all the text. You could also use transfer paper to do this too.
Now place your “thankful” sign on your board. I chose to have mine right justified (set to the right of the board), but you can place yours wherever you like.
Grab a blunt object, like the top of a marker or dull colored pencil to trace over the “thankful” text. Press hard to make sure you get the pastel to transfer to the wood.
Now grab your hot glue gun, glue sticks, and rope. Working in small batches, apply a bead of hot glue over the transferred “thankful” text and press your rope into the glue, holding for a minute or two to let it cool. Just unwind the spool of rope as you go instead of cutting a piece so that you don’t run out of rope. Also, don’t worry if it doesn’t set right, you can always pull it up and do it again. Be careful of that hot glue and your fingers!
Once your glue has set, add your picture hangers to the back about 1 ½” in from the ends and about ¼” down from the top edge.
Now you’re ready to add the nails. Using your drill and the 7/64″ bit, drill two holes 2″ in from either end and about ¼” up from the bottom. Drill the next two holes 5 ½” in from your first holes.
I like rust, so I rust any type of metal I can, including my masonry nails for this project. Great thing is you can rust a whole box at once and have them ready to go for another project. You can find my rust recipe HERE.
Nail the masonry nails into your pre-drilled holes.
Next, you’ll need your four, 3″ x 3″ pieces.
Using your 5/32″ drill bit, drill two holes in the top edge of your pieces about 1″ apart and ¾” in from the edges.
Now you will need your flat black paint or, like I used, a bit of black chalk paint. Either will do.
Paint on a small chalkboard in any shape you desire. Don’t feel limited to do a square as I did. Make a heart, circle, star…whatever!
Do two coats of paint, letting cure between each coat. Thread a piece of your 12″ twine through the back and double knot at the front. You will then need to prime your chalkboards with a coat of chalk.
Embellish your board with things you are thankful for, hang, and you’re done!
The best part about this project is that it doesn’t have to be limited to the “thankful” theme. Use any word you like for the text and hang something different below if you choose.
I’m not sure which sign I prefer more…which is your favorite?
If you’re not the DIY type, you can find these sweet signs in my shop. Let me know you’re coming from BestLaminate for a special discount!
Got questions? Please feel free to ask – I’m happy to help!
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