holiday gift extravaganza: day 1

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Do we have a fun week in store for you all! The KBS creative team has been working their little fingers like crazy to bring you some very amazing gift ideas, just in time for the holidays!

I have been oohing and ahhhing for the past week or so. Tickled pink with the fun things these girls have made!

So I think we should just get started with Miss Layle! Check out this wonderful wood project that she made using the Jingle All The Way cut file! Of course, this would look awesome with any of those holiday phrases.

I’m gonna turn it all over to Layle here with the instructions so you can make one too! :)


 

I had my husband build the base out of 3 pieces of old fence wood slats we had in the garage.  He screwed two pieces of wood across the top and bottom of the back of the slats to hold everything together.  The base measures 21″ long by 17″ wide.  Don’t mind the paint on the back, I was testing 2 different techniques before I started painting :)

If you don’t have old fence slats laying around, you could change the design a bit and use pine boards (I believe Home Depot will even cut them for you!).  You wouldn’t get the same rough effect, but it would work just as well.

Cut the saying first on card stock, then cut a 2nd saying on vinyl to create a stencil.  Mine was 11.13″ tall and 8.75″ wide.  Incidentally, I bought the vinyl from Hobby Lobby – it’s their Paper Studio brand.  Worked like a charm in my Silhouette!  Since I hadn’t used vinyl before, I did a quick Google search for ‘how to cut vinyl on the Silhouette’; I watched a quick video and it was super easy to do.  


Use the cardstock negative as a template for placing the vinyl stencil on the wood surface.  Since most of the stencil is in a single piece, I found this was a much easier process when I had a helper to help keep the stencil from curling and to help place it without it tearing.  Using the cardstock negative template makes it very easy to get the correct placement of letters.

 

 

 

Use a bone folder to smooth out any bubbles in the vinyl so paint doesn’t bleed underneath the stencil. Meet my helper – my 13 year old son, Sam :)

 

Dry brush over the vinyl stencil lightly with a foam paintbrush and cream acrylic paint (brushing with the grain of the wood); work quickly.  If necessary, use a corner of the foam brush to apply paint in small cracks and crevices.

 


Remove the vinyl stencil immediately after painting, this will prevent a seal from developing when the paint dries and should eliminate and peeling of paint when you remove.  In a few cases, I gently tore the vinyl stencil into smaller sections in order to make it easier to remove.  I even used an Xacto knife in a few places to help lift the stencil from the wood.

 

No matter how careful I was when I painting, I had a few areas where the paint bled under the stencil.  In these areas, I used a paper piercer to lightly scratch away/’clean up’ paint from where it shouldn’t be.

I used burlap and twine to create the banner – all materials were purchased from Hobby Lobby.

I started by folding a piece of burlap in half, then cut three half circles (about 5″ wide at the top) with pinking shears.   I then folded each circle over a long piece of twine and adhered it with Tiny Attacher staples along the top of the half circle.  I tied 4 brushed gold jingle bells (bells are about 1″ wide” – the container says 25mm) to 4 silver snowflakes, then tied each bell/snowflake to the banner.  For the last step, I cut thin strips of red and cream chevron fabric with pinking shears and tied to the banner.



When the banner was done, I laid it on top of the wood base, figured out where I wanted the banner to hang and then hammered a nail in each corner.  I left about 1/3″ of the nail sticking out and then wrapped the twine end around the nail a few times and tied a knot.  I left the long ‘tail’ of the twine attached. 

 

For the last step, I wrapped the outside edges of the wood base with red and white chevron Washi tape to add a bit more color.
I loved putting this project together, it was so much fun!  Can’t wait until the end of this month when I can put it out with the rest of our Christmas decorations :)
2017-10-17T21:12:51+00:00 November 25th, 2013|layle koncar, projects|11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Angie C. November 25, 2013 at 6:16 am

    This is so cute and such a great idea for using up those extra boards we all have laying around. Would make a very lovely gift!

  2. Brooke November 25, 2013 at 6:40 am

    I love this — so creative!

  3. Monnah November 25, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Lovely!

  4. {dawn} November 25, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Beautiful! This gives me an idea for an antique sled we have in the garage!

  5. Dolly/scrapthat November 25, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Wow….So beautiful! I loved the tip of cutting out the CS template for lining up your letters!! TFS I love it!

  6. DawnM November 25, 2013 at 8:46 am

    LOVE it!

  7. sa scrap November 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    love this!! the banner really sets it off!!

  8. Brenda June 20, 2014 at 8:09 am

    LOVE this project… is there a way to ‘pin it’ to Pinterest from this page? Thank you

    • Kerri June 20, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Hey Brenda! I have it pinned under my KBS Christmas on my board (use Pinterest icon at right), so you can access it that way. But also, Pinterest has a Pin It button that adds to your bookmarks so that if you see something you like, regardless of where you are, you can click on it and add it to your board. It’s pretty cool. That’s what I use. :)

  9. Trina Flynn December 1, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I love seeing how creative everyone is..Perfect project for the upcoming Holiday :) I need to give this a try it looks so fun to make.

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