DIY Stained Wood Art

DIY Stained Wood Art

Target has perfected their home décor section. Ian has to pull me from the aisles whenever we pop in “just to pick up a few items.” If I ever won a Target shopping spree I would leave with a cartload full of wall art, throw pillows, and candles.

DIY Stained Wood Art

Since the reality of me winning a surprise Target shopping spree is quite low, I had to rein in my fantasy and set time aside to make a few DIY pieces instead. I love the look of color stained wood and thought this piece would look great on a bookshelf or a part of a gallery wall.

DIY Stained Wood Art

Here is how you can make your own stained wood state art at home!

Materials:

  • Piece of wood to your desired size
  • Acrylic paint (three colors)
  • Paint brushes
  • Chalk
  • Newspaper

How To:

  1. Lay your piece of wood on top of newspaper to protect your countertop.
  2. Mix equal amounts of acrylic paint and water.
  3. Paint over the entire surface of the wood and let dry. This will stain the wood the color of the paint, but allow the grain of the wood to show through.
  4. Print and cut out your state shape.
  5. Flip the state over to the backside and rub with chalk.
  6. Place state, chalk side down, in the middle of your wood and press down. A chalk impression should be left on the wood.
  7. Using another acrylic paint color, paint over the chalk outline.
  8. Once dry paint a heart over your home city.

DIY Wall Art

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Decorating your home with custom art pieces can be expensive, so why not channel your inner artist and make a few pieces yourself! This color blocked wall art is fool-proof and adds a nice pop of color to your home.

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I chose NUMBER of colors and painted a straight lines across the canvas. While simple, this art piece has a sense of modern flair when framed.

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Teacup Candles

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Until our honeymoon I never drank tea. Can you believe it?! Marrying a man with Scottish roots I have been offered tea many times, but I never favored the warm drink. That was until I walked into David’s Tea in San Francisco’s marina! I immediately fell in love with their fun flavors (hello, cotton candy!) and walked away with a few samples.

Now our cupboards are stocked with tea and I have been collecting teacups, because hey – a girl’s got to sip her beverage is style, right?!

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Now I admit, my teacup obsession may have gone overboard (cue not being able to shut the cupboard door.) So I decided to make a DIY out of my problem – hence teacup candles! These little guys would make a great gift (housewarming, bridal shower, etc) or you can just enjoy the candle in your own home, knowing once it burns out you can wash it and relax with – you guessed it! – a piping hot cup of tea.

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How To:

  • Place wick, metal base side down, in the middle of your teacup
  • Heat wax in an old pot until melted
  • (Optional) Add essential oils and/or coloring
  • Gently pour into teacups
  • Once cooled, trim wick to your desired length