I’m sure you all think my scrap wood pile is never ending! HaHa! I wish that was the case! I just happened to score big last time I was at my parents place so I am taking full advantage of it and figured why not make a Christmas tree since I just happened to have the perfect pieces to do so.
I started off by painting my pieces as shown in the picture. My longest piece is 11.5 inches, my second piece is 9 inches, third piece is 7.5 inches, and my top piece is 4 inches. Now, like I said this is just what I had laying around so don’t feel like you have to have these exact lengths to make this work! Remember it’s a “scrap wood” project so it does not have to be perfect!
Next I took my bottom board and my third board and traced them on my scrapbook paper. I then cut my paper pieces out and mod podged them on my pieces of wood.
I put one layer of mod lodge on my board and the layer on top of my scrapbook paper. The mod podge will dry clear so don’t worry about that.
Once all of your paint and your mod podge is dry you can take your sanding block and distress your wood if you desire. I of course distressed mine!
Next I hit glued all my pieces together and added my wood star at the top. I found these stars at Walmart in the craft section and knew I had to buy them! They come in a bag of 4 or 5.
It’s cute just like this but I thought it was still missing something…so I added a bow of course! I just used some buffalo check ribbon and burlap I had on hand and made a quick little bow to finish it off! Love how this turned out! I think I’m officially ready to decorate for Christmas! HaHa!
You all know I love me some scrap wood projects so I thought why not make a snowman now that we are approaching that time of year! I just happened to have the perfect pieces laying around for this. If you don’t, there are tons of different things you could use to make one similar to this such as, 2×4 boards, bricks, or even a sock! Use those creative minds! My dad has access to all kinds of scrap wood where he works so of course I take full advantage of that! HaHa!
The brim of the snowman’s hat was actually from an old little tree fence that i tore apart. I have had them sitting around for over a year and finally found a use for them!
First off, I painted the body of my snowman white and the pieces for the hat black. Once that dried I then hot glued my pieces together.
Next, I used a small spouncer to add the eyes and the blush for the cheeks. I didn’t push all the way down when I did the eyes as I wanted a bit of the white to show through. I painted the nose on myself using my “harvest orange” paint and a small paint brush. For the mouth I cheated and just used a black sharpie marker! So much easier then trying to freehand it with paint in my opinion! I also added some eyebrows with my sharpie!
I decided the hat needed spruced up a bit so I used 1 inch burlap tape and made him a hat band.
Next I added a couple black buttons and made him a burlap scarf! If you don’t have black buttons you could just use your spouncer and make black dots like we did for the eyes! Of course I had to add a little raffia bow to the hat too!
This project is seriously so easy! Now, I used scrap wood on my ladder just because I have a ton of it laying around! If you do not have scrap wood you can just use regular 2×4 boards. My pieces of wood were already cut to these lengths so instead of complicating it I just kept them the lengths they were. So obviously if you would like your ladder to be taller than 40 inches you would would just adjust your lengths accordingly! For the steps of the ladder my pieces were 13 inches wide but like I said just do whatever works for you depending on the size of the ladder you want!
Once you have all of your pieces the lengths you want them simply lay out your pieces and screw it together! I left 10 inch gaps between the steps on my ladder.
Once I had my boards screwed together I went over it with my sander. This step may be optional depending on the boards you use. Since I used scrap wood my boards definitely needed some sanding!
Now it’s time to add your paint or stain. I went back and forth on what I wanted to do with mine but decided to use white chalk paint since that’s what I had on hand.
Once my paint dried I went back over it all with my sanding block to add some distressing. If you don’t have a sanding block you could also use a piece of sand paper or an orbital sander. You will want to use a coarser grit on this.
I just love decorating with these ladders! They are so versatile and you can dress it up differently for each season!
You all know I love me some scrap wood projects and I am really excited to share this one with you!
To start off we used saw horses to lay all of our boards on. We laid the board we were using for the brim of the hat across the underneath of the longer boards. You will want to lay all of the backs of your boards facing up when your screwing on the brim of the hat. Once you have your boards how you want them your ready to put the screws in. We used the 2 1/2 Inch screws for this step.
Next we took some smaller pieces of scrap wood we had laying around to make a support for the bottom and added some stakes so we could stick the scarecrow in the ground. Where we live the wind is never ending so in order to have anything not blowing away or tipping over we have to make sure it’s staked down.
We did pre-drill these before putting the screws in to avoid the wood splitting. We used the 1 3/4 Inch screws for this step. Our stakes were 14 inches long and we just cut the point in the ends with a miter saw. Once we had our stakes screwed on we added a 1 inch x 12 3/4 board in between the two for extra support. We also pre-drilled these holes as well. These steps are optional obviously if you didn’t want to stake your scarecrow into the ground.
Now that you have your stakes and support screwed on it’s time to start painting and designing your scarecrow. There are so many different ways to design scarecrows so i’m not going to do that step by step as it’s fun to add your own spin on these kinds of projects.
Here are a few pictures of my scarecrow while I was dressing it up!
I painted my hat and brim and then once dried i used my sanding block to add some distressing.
Next it was time for the face! There are TONS of different ways to paint a scarecrow face so I just did a combination of several different ones that i have seen.
I added some polka dots to his hat and used my Chalk Couture supplies to write “WELCOME” on the brim of the hat. I also added some raffia for the hair. You know I always have to add a bow to my projects so I just used some mustard colored burlap, polka dot burlap and some raffia and made a super easy and cute bow to finish off my scarecrow. Once I was all finished I did spray my scarecrow with a clear coat to seal it.
I absolutely love how this turned out so I also made a mini version to sit on my deck! What do you think? Stinkin’ cute, right?
I started off by painting by piece of wood with my orange paint. My piece of wood was in rough shape on one end so I made that the end that the hat would go on. I knew that end was going to be covered so I didn’t bother painting it all the way to that end.
Once my paint had dried I started gluing my raffia on for the beard. I cut my raffia in to 6-7 inch pieces.
It will look a little crazy until you get the hat on and get the beard trimmed but trust me it will be so cute in the end!
Next I took my fabric remnant that I got from Wal-Mart and glued one side to the back of my gnome and wrapped it tightly around the other side forming a cone shape. I did trim my fabric down just a bit so it with fit better on my board. I then took a few shorter pieces of raffia to tie on the end of the hat. I also chose to add a pom-pom on top of the raffia to dress the hat up a little more.
Next I painted my wood bead orange. I like to use a wooden skewer when painting my beads to make it a little easier but if you don’t have one no biggie you can just hold it between your fingers.
While my bead was drying I trimmed up my raffia beard and messed with it a bit to get it to lay how I wanted and then glued on my wood bead for the nose.