This post is a first for me, you guys! A couple of weeks ago, I hosted my first ever craft workshop. Earlier in the year, our local library contacted me that they were planning to start an adult craft night (so fun!) and asked if I would be willing to host the first one. Umm…. yes! I decided to put a bit of a holiday twist on one of my most popular DIYs, my Hand Lettered Plywood Wall Hanging. I had so much fun meeting 25 rad ladies and crafting the night away.
You know I can’t let any post go without giving you the How-To, though… right? That’s below, but first… The one on my wall is the holiday wall hanging I made, but I managed to snap some photos of a few of the awesome signs that were made at the craft night. I had templates available for lettering but LOVE how creative some of the girls got! That deer head? Amazing. She made it for her brother who just moved into a rustic cabin.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own DIY Buffalo Check Holiday Wall Hanging:
- 12×12 Craft plywood
- Red ink pad
- Stamp carving kit (or buffalo check stamps)
- Black acrylic paint and brush
- Tacky glue or other super glue
- Grommets and coordinating drill bit with power drill
- Leather cord and scissors to cut to length
Start by carving your stamp kit into a buffalo check pattern. Essentially, you’ll need two squares- one left uncarved, and one with diagonal lines. You can find the tutorial we used for this over at A Beautiful Mess. When you’re done carving, get to stamping! We just used the red library ink pads for this- worked like a charm. When you’re done that, get to lettering! We used black acrylic paint and either lightly outlined the design using pencil or freehanded.
When your lettering is complete, go ahead and add your grommets. Use your drill to make holes in the wood (careful not to go too close to the edge!) before gluing the front half of your grommets into the hole. Tie it up with a leather cord and you’re good to go!
That’s it, that’s all! Now… can you spot my mistake with the plaid? Haha, I’m running with it anyways. It only comes out to play once a year anyways, right? Also… are you local to me? Would you be interested in another craft night? I’m going to be a bit preoccupied for the next little while (with a baby! woohoo!) but am definitely wanting to put together something in the spring, so if you are, leave a comment and I’ll make sure you find out about it :)
Love it. Let me know when you do more.
Oh Colleen I just love this sign!! The checks are the prefect background for any holiday sign. (and I loooove signs!) Thanks so much for linking this up at the Bewitchin’ Projects Block Party last week. You are one of my featured picks over at Recreated Designs tomorrow (Dec 20). Happy Holidays! Hugs, Lisa