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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Housewarming gifts

I love giving handmade gifts.  It gives me a thrill to imagine up a design, personal in nature, and then create it.  Two of my good friends recently moved into a new home, so I made a couple simple housewarming gifts for them.
I took a 1X8 pine board and cut a couple rectangles (end dimension of 7.5 by about 6.5 inches) on the table saw, then sanded them down and drilled two holes in the top.
Then put on several coats of white spray paint...not enough to cover it completely, as I wanted more of a whitewashed look with the wood grain showing through.
Next, I designed the quotes with my Silhouette, and cut them out and used them as a stencil.  Mixed a couple different colors of brown acrylic paint to match the brown grosgrain ribbon, then filled in the stencil with around 6 coats.  Removed the stencil, and sanded the lettering and wood to get a worn vintage look.  Sanded down the edges as well, and then added a coat of Valspar translucent Mocha glaze, then threaded the ribbon through.  I love them!

 Fonts: Albemarle Swash and skinny jeans
Fonts: AlternateGothic2 BT and Albemarle Swash

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