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“IT’S A LOVE WITHOUT END, AMEN” – WOODLAND NURSERY SIGNS

"it's a love without end, amen" woodland nursery signs

Learn how to make these DIY woodland nursery signs! Inspired by George Strait’s song – Love Without End, Amen – and the endless love shared between a parent and their child.

"it's a love without end, amen" DIY woodland nursery signs

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When designing our son’s nursery, I had been seeing all sorts of wood signs available on Etsy with cute phrases and woodland animals. Being a natural-born DIYer, I had instantly already made the decision to make our own woodland nursery signs.

For me, DIY isn’t always about saving money, but putting in the time and love to make it. This is one of those instances.

We wanted something special that served as a reminder of a simple, yet cherished truth each day.

And that is how these woodland nursery signs came to be.

"It's a love without end, amen" woodland nursery signs

Country + Christian. That pretty much sums up the genre of music that plays in this household. So when I was trying to figure out what words to paint onto our son’s woodland nursery signs, I thought what better words than those from George Strait’s song – Love Without End, Amen.

Those four words say everything. Everything about the endless love shared between our son and his daddy, mommy, and Heavenly Father.

After having completed our floating corner shelves, we made sure to add some black bears to continue on with the woodland theme in our son’s nursery.

VARIATIONS OF THIS PROJECT:

  • Use vinyl instead of paint and a stencil.
  • Customize the signs with a different animal, flowers, trees, etc.
  • Forego the chains and hang the signs arranged either horizontally or vertically.
  • Use 1×4 project boards for clean 90 degree edges.
  • Rip the rounded edges off of 1×4 furring strips with a table saw to get clean 90 degree edges. Rip .25″ off each side. Boards will then be 3″ wide instead of 3.5″.

TWO WAYS TO MAKE THE STENCILS:

There are two different ways to make the stencils: using a Cricut or by hand with an X-Acto knife (or something similar).

If making the stencils by hand, you can download your free printable here and follow along below. But I personally would highly recommend the Cricut seeing as how it is much easier and will save you a lot of time!

SUPPLIES:

HOW TO MAKE WOODLAND NURSERY SIGNS:

STEP 1 – MAKE THE CUTS

1×4 CUTS

We used the width of the 1×4 to help determine the size of the signs. Going based off of the 3.5″ width of the boards, we cut the 1x4s to be 14″ long and placed 4 boards together for each sign to make a 14″ x 14″ square.

Using the 1×4, we cut (4) 14″ boards for each sign, giving us a total of 12 boards.

1×2 CUTS

Rather than having the signs lay flat against the wall, we chose to float them using 1×2 furring strips.

Using the 1×2, cut (2) 11.5″ boards for each sign. There will be a total of 6 boards.

STEP 2 – PREP THE HARDWARE

Before assembling the signs, I attached one eye screw into the top and bottom of each 1×2 board.

NOTE: The bottom sign will not need eye screws on the bottoms of the 1×2 pieces.

I went ahead and measured out (4) 4.75″ strands of the chain to go between the signs, and (1) 8.25″ strand to go across the top for hanging. Using needle nose pliers, I opened the links of the chain to separate the strands.

STEP 3 – ASSEMBLE THE SIGNS

Laying 4 of the 1×4 boards on the ground, I placed 2 of the 1×2 boards perpendicular along the back – 2″ in from each side and 1.25″ from top and bottom.

Using a drill, we screwed (4) 1.25″ screws through each 1×2 board to attach the 1×4 boards.

You could choose to attach the chains now or wait until after staining and painting.

construction of woodland nursery signs

STEP 4 – STAIN THE SIGNS

If you have seen our ultrasound picture frame and DIY pipe shelf posts, then you already know we decided to use Minwax Red Mahogany for our stain color in the nursery. This stain perfectly matched the top of the dresser we were using, not to mention we already had a leftover bucket of it from my dad, and eliminating the need to buy new stain!

We have since switched to and highly recommend this non-toxic brand! They even have a craft stain that is made for this kind of project.

Don’t forget to sand the signs according to the staining instructions before eagerly reaching for that staining rag! Something we have failed to do in the past and have since learned from our mistakes.

STEP 5 – MAKE THE STENCILS

To make the stencils, I simply used some cardstock paper and my Cricut to easily make custom designs specifically for this project.

If you do not have a Cricut, you can get the printable version here and cut them out with an X-Acto knife. But I personally would highly recommend the Cricut seeing as how it is much easier and will save you a lot of time!

stencil placed in desired location on sign
Lay the cutout pieces on the signs to get a visual for where you want them located.

To get started with your Cricut, you will need the Cricut Design Space app on your computer and the Woodland Nursery Signs project file.

If you need help setting up the file and going through the cutting process, check out this post for a step-by-step tutorial.

stencils placed on wood sign in preparation of painting
Place your stencils where the cutouts were located in preparation for painting.

STEP 6 – PAINT THE SIGNS

The colors chosen were the same as those used in our nursery painted wood letters. All I did was mix the paints to get the desired shades of gray. Below are the colors used:

Once I had my paint colors, I laid the paper stencils in place on each sign and began to paint.

I was careful to keep paint out of both the seams and knots in the wood as I wanted those to remain stained and highlight the natural character of the wood and signs.

"It's a Love" woodlands nursery sign completed
"Without End" woodland nursery sign completed
"Amen" woodland nursery sign completed

STEP 7 – INSTALLATION

At this point is when I chose to attach the strands of chain to the signs.

When our son was just a baby, we did not have the 8.25″ chain along the top of the sign in order to hang it. We simply used some nails to hang the signs by the eye screws at the top of the first sign.

Once our son became mobile and getting into everything, we wanted the signs to be more childproof. So we added the 8.25″ chain along the top and swapped out the nails for two drywall anchors and screws. Then we used the needle nose pliers to open two of the chain links of the hanging strand to wrap them around the head of the screw.

closeup of screws and drywall anchors used for hanging the woodland nursery signs

woodland nursery signs hanging on wall of nursery
I apologize for the horrific photo quality… I didn’t realize just how terrible this photo was until after we moved.

These signs make me beary happy (sorry, I had to) and I love that they have so much meaning to them.

I am a big advocate of decor having meaning or a story behind it, otherwise how much purpose does it serve? If there is no sentiment, there is no sentimental value. Therefore, it is essentially just there for looks and easily replaceable.

I treasure these woodland nursery signs and I hope they bring inspiration for your own treasured nursery decor.

Looking for more budget-friendly DIY projects? Check out our posts below!

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DIY PAPER MACHE DEER HEAD

diy paper mache deer head

Learn how to make this DIY paper mache deer head for free using items around the house! Perfect for a woodland nursery or kids room!

DIY paper mache deer head

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While out shopping for our son’s nursery, I came across this $15 paper mache deer head at Hobby Lobby. I could have just bought the deer head, I could have used a coupon, but me being my stubborn self said, “I can make that.”

Let me preface this with the fact that I have probably only done paper mache once back in grade school…

After completing our ultrasound picture frame and wood letters, I wanted some way to add dimension to the collage wall we were doing in the nursery. This DIY deer head was a wonderful addition with its neutral tones and antique flair of the newspaper and twine!

DIY paper mache deer head on collage wall in woodland nursery

Zero planning went into the making of this project, and my process may seem like a mess. Nonetheless, it worked and I didn’t even spend a penny to complete this project! All of the supplies was either free – newspaper and packing paper – or items we already had – twine and Mod Podge.

My logic was this:

I will make it and love it. – OR – I will hate it and it only cost me the time to make it.

Thankfully, the former was what happened!

Zero planning. Zero dollars spent. One happy mama. One good looking deer!

front view of diy paper mache deer head in woodland nursery

VARIATIONS OF THIS PROJECT:

  • Add floral to the crown of the deer’s head for a girl’s room or nursery.
  • Use this pre-made paper mache deer head and simply decorate!
  • Cover only in brown paper for a more neutral look.
  • Remove the antlers for a doe or try a different animal.
  • Use as an art project and have your kids help make it!

SUPPLIES

If you do not want to make the form from scratch, you can purchase a ready made paper mache deer head and skip to Step 3 for how to decorate!

STEP 1 – PAPER STRIPS + MOD PODGE

We had mounds of packing paper leftover from our previous move with the Navy, so I decided to put at least a tiny portion of it to good use!

I used scissors to cut my paper into strips. I later found out the the pieces of paper will lay smoother if torn rather than cut. Either way works!

strips of packing paper

I cut both 1-2″ strips for my paper mache and 4-6″ strips for creating the overall base form.

To thin the adhesive, I placed some Mod Podge in a bowl and added some water to get the thinner consistency to dip the paper strips in.

STEP 2 – FORM THE BASE

Y’all are going to laugh so hard when you see my process for how this paper mache deer head took shape! I am not exaggerating when I say that I was completely winging it on this project and seeing where it took me.

HEAD + NECK

To begin, I grabbed two brown paper lunch bags and stuffed them with packing paper. I roughly shaped them into a head and neck, and tied them off. You can use whatever you have to tie them off – rubber band, tape, glue, staples, string, etc.

brown paper lunch bags stuff with packing paper to form head and neck shapes of the deer head

ANTLERS

Next, I formed the base of the antlers by twisting a 4-6″ wide strip of packing packing into a curve and wrapping it in smaller paper mache strips.

I did the same with smaller portions to form the points of the antler and attached them to the base of the antler by wrapping with smaller 1-2″ wide paper mache strips.

EARS

The ears were simply flat pieces of packing paper that I rolled up the sides of to form the rims of the ear. I used the hot glue gun to glue the rolled up sides to prevent them from unrolling before applying the paper mache.

formation of paper ear for the deer head

FORM THE BASE

After I had all of my pieces, I then attached them all to form the base. Starting with the base pieces, I glued the head to the neck portion. I twisted some more 4-6″ wide strips of packing paper and wrapped them along the top and base of the neck to form a natural tapering shape.

base form of paper mache deer head showing the tapering of the neck

Next, I created and attached the detail pieces. I glued the ears onto the head and crumbled up some small bits of paper to form mounds for the eyes and nose.

I know, it looks pretty bad right now. Keep going, it will get better!

Dipping the strips of 1-2″ wide packing paper into the glue, I began laying the strips onto the base. I used the strips to taper and smooth the details of the face until the base was covered and I was happy with how everything looked.

paper mache deer head covered in brown packing paper

The antlers were the last pieces to be glued onto the head because of their weight. Once I glued the antlers on, I had to prop them up while they dried.

Notice my glue bottles playing the role of structural supports!

STEP 3 – PAPER MACHE THE NEWSPAPER

Now that the foundation was made, it’s time to move onto the decorating portion! Considering our son was a Navy baby, I found it fitting to use Navy newspaper articles to decorate the deer head for his nursery!

I cut the newspaper into 1-2″ wide strips for my paper mache and thinned out some more Mod Podge.

Dipping the strips of newspaper into the glue, I began laying the strips onto the base. Continue until the base is covered in paper mache newspaper.

When working with newspaper, be careful not to overwork the paper. The ink can smear if brushing the surface with a sponge brush, rubbing the surface, etc.

Make sure to paper mache the base of the neck (the part that will be against the wall) with packing paper strips to strengthen it for hanging.

STEP 4 – APPLY THE TWINE

Once all of the paper mache was complete and dry, I then used a hot glue gun to attach the twine to the antlers.

I started from the base of the antlers and worked my way up, venturing off the base of the antler onto each point.

At the top of each point, I wrapped the twine until it filled in the space, glued it down at the center of the point, and trimmed off any excess.

Then, I went back to where I left off on the base of the antler and continued up the antler with a new strand of twine.

I repeated this process until the whole antler was covered in twine.

At this point you could choose to add floral! If we have a little girl at some point, I plan to add floral to the crown of the deer’s head and possibly intertwine some into the antlers.

STEP 5 – HANG ON THE WALL

My original plan for hanging the deer head onto the wall was to attach it to a wood plaque like a taxidermy deer head.

But, I was in a pinch to get this on the wall in time for some baby photos that were being taken in our son’s nursery.

What I ended up doing was simply poking a hole into the back of the deer’s neck and hung it on the wall through the use of a small command hook. It got the job done and I was happy with it!

DIY paper mache deer head hanging on wall in woodland nursery

I gotta admit, I was very happy with how this turned out especially when I didn’t have a clue what I was doing in the process! And I especially love how this project didn’t cost me anything! You can find more of our nursery projects below!

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HOW TO PAINT DISTRESSED WOOD LETTERS

DIY Painted Wood Letters

Learn how to easily paint and distress wood letters for your baby’s nursery with this simple tutorial! These DIY painted wood letters are a great way to add a personal touch to any room!

DIY painted wood letters, how to paint distressed wood letters

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If you caught my post earlier this week on our ultrasound picture frame, then you already had a sneak peek at these painted wood letters!

Every nursery needs baby’s name displayed somewhere in the room! I feel like it’s almost obligatory to display baby’s name, initials, or birth date in some form.

The inspiration for this project was a collage wall I wanted to do above the dresser. I needed letters that were proportionate to both the ultrasound picture frame I had made and the space available within the college area.

I found these wood letters that were the exact size I needed to fill the spot! When it came to what colors to paint the letters, I chose to use a picture frame that was going to be used in the nursery as the inspiration.

This is a very simple project that adds a personal touch to any room! Continue below to find different ways you can personalize a space through variations of this project!

DIY painted wood letters

VARIATIONS OF THIS PROJECT:

  • Use large wood letters to hang above a crib or bed.
  • Use paper mache letters to stand on top of a dresser.
  • Mix and match sizes of wood letters to create a monogram.
  • Use numbers to paint their birth date.
  • Have a painting party with your kids and let them paint their own letters!

SUPPLIES

STEP 1 – PAINT THE WOOD LETTERS

When it came to the colors used, I mixed paints I already had from another nursery project to get the desired shades. These are the colors I used:

Next, I gave each letter a nice even coat of paint using a paintbrush.

Don’t forget to paint the sides of the letters!

unfinished wood letters

I have a before picture, but forgot to take one of just the letters painted solid…

STEP 2 – DISTRESS THE PAINTED WOOD LETTERS

Once the letters were dry, I took a dry paintbrush and placed only a small amount of accent color paint on the brush.

Accent colors used:

  • Gray accents for white letters
  • White accents for gray letters
  • Lighter brown accent for brown letters

I lightly stroked the dry brush across the letters until each letter had the amount of distressing wanted.

Be sure to distress the sides of each letter where needed!

painted and distressed wood letters

STEP 3 – HANG THE PAINTED WOOD LETTERS

After all of the paint was dry, it was time to hang the finished letters!

Since I wanted the wood letters to lay flat against the wall and they did not come with any way to hang them; I chose to use command strips to attach them to the wall.

Simply press and hold a command strip to the backside of each letter. Then press and hold the letter against the wall. Easy peasy!

DIY painted wood letters hanging on nursery wall using command strips

We had these letters hanging in our son’s nursery for over a year before we moved and removing them was a cinch. Zero damage to the wall and they held up great! Plus, this is a great option when renting because it’s less holes in the wall that you have to fill when you move out!


Easy, right?! I loved being able to personalize our son’s nursery with a fun and simple project! Check out some more of our nursery project’s below!

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DIY CHALKBOARD WINE BOTTLES

Recycle your wine bottles into budget-friendly and versatile decor. All you need is a little bit of wine, cheese, … and chalk!

diy (how to make) chalkboard wine bottles

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If you are like me, then you probably have a small stash of wine bottles and corks in hopes of doing something creative with them one day. These chalkboard wine bottles are a creative and versatile decor option that work great on a wall shelf or fireplace mantel!

I stumbled upon this cute project when searching for some wedding gift ideas. Between the expense of airline tickets, hotel stays, and a rental car, we honestly didn’t have much in the budget for a wedding gift. You can look at it as our main gift was getting to be there to celebrate with them!

After some Pinterest inspiration and some ideas of my own, I ended up pairing these chalkboard wine bottles with a chalkboard serving tray and wedding date pillows for some handmade wedding gifts!

The idea of using chalkboard paint on wine bottles creates tons of versatility in the project. With three bottles you can write initials for bedroom decor or baby showers, his and her initials for wedding showers, “JOY” for Christmas, etc.

In addition, you can swap out seasonal floral to give them a fresh new look all year long! Flowers, branches, dried floral, Christmas tree clippings, etc. Using the same decorative items year round, but simply changing it up a tad for every season, is such a great way to stay in budget with home decor.

Now, this tutorial is going to be rather straight forward, but here it is none-the-less!

how to make chalkboard wine bottles

SUPPLIES

  • 3 Glass Bottles (wine, champagne, cider, etc.)
  • Floral (live, dried, faux, etc.)
  • #28 3-Ply Natural Jute (Mine is from Hobby Lobby)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Chalkboard Paint (This is our favorite paint brand!)
  • Sponge Brush
  • Wax Paper
  • Chalk

PREP + PAINT

The first step is to determine which three glass bottles to use. I say three because of the rule of three; items arranged in odd number groupings is more aesthetically appealing. In addition, I chose to use varying sizes to add dimension; two of the same size wine bottles and one spiced cider bottle.

Remove the labels and any residue from the glass until the surface is free of any gunk. Wash and dry the bottles.

painted chalkboard wine bottles

There are two ways you could go about painting the bottles: liquid paint or spray paint. I had some liquid chalkboard paint on hand from my chalkboard serving tray and decided to use that.

When working with either liquid paint or spray paint make certain to work with THIN coats; otherwise, you will end up with paint drips running down the sides of the bottle – thanks a lot gravity.

Apply additional coats until you reach the desired thickness of chalkboard surface, allowing for adequate drying time between each coat.

I chose to not paint the bottom of the bottles; therefore, I was able dry them upright on wax paper. The wax paper works great by preventing any sticking to the bottles surface when dry.

DECORATE

Let your creative side shine and start decorating your bottles! I kept mine simple and only used jute to remain versatile for everyday decor, holidays, and other occasions.

Use a hot glue gun when adhering the jute and periodically apply beads of glue while wrapping the jute around the bottleneck.

decorated chalkboard wine bottles

After the decorating is done, grab some chalk and test out your new chalkboard surface! Finish them off with dried or faux floral.

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DIY WOOD PALLET SHELF

diy wood pallet shelf

Learn how to build this easy farmhouse wall shelf on a budget! Display your favorite coffee mugs, chili bowls, dog leashes, etc. All you need is a little scrap wood, some chain, and a tiny bit of time.

diy wood pallet and chain wall shelf, chili bowl shelf, coffee mug shelf

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When I was in college, I found these adorable chili bowls for only $1 each (a dollar!!) at my local grocery store. Am I the only one that was love-struck by that price? The price was perfect for a tight budget college student like myself!

I loved the antique, western flair of the bowls and wanted to use them as decor in my apartment. For starters, I did not have a wall shelf at the time – keep in mind a broke college student – but I did have a pallet and my dad’s tools.

I chose to do a basic construction, but added the chains for a unique feature and enhanced stability. By keeping the construction of the shelf simple, it accentuates the rustic aesthetics of both the shelf and the chili bowls.

The shelf ended up being an ideal size – not too big, not too small – because no matter where the Navy sent us, we have easily been able to find a wall to accommodate it!

This beautiful hunk of wood has moved with us between two apartments plus one home, and has been used in the kitchen, dining room, and entryway. You can see how we used it in our dining room here.

This cute little shelf is a quick and easy project to add some rustic flair into your home. Are you ready to start making your own rustic shelf? Check out our tutorial below!

how to build a wood pallet and chain wall shelf

MATERIALS

  • 1×8 Board
  • 2×4 Board
  • 2’ #14 Black Jack Chain
  • (4) #8 Steel Eye Screws
  • (4) 1” Steel Cup Hooks
  • (3) 2” Black Screws
  • (2) 4” Black Screws
  • Black Spray Paint
  • Long Nose Pliers
  • Circular Saw
  • Drill
  • 2 Bar Clamps (optional)

NOTE: I was able to get my hands on a very unique and gorgeous wood pallet that was used to deliver some furniture. I have no clue what kind of wood the pallet was made of, but I do know that it did not require staining – yay!

I have since not seen another pallet made of these quality 1×8 planks instead of the typical 1×4 pine. Therefore, you may have to use and stain scrap wood or purchase new boards.

Three 2″ black screws used to attach the 1×8 to the 2×4.

PREPARATION

Cut the wood to size. You will need a 1×8 board cut to 32” and a 2×4 board cut to 30”.

Use pliers to detach the links of the jack chain and create two 9½” long strands.

Paint the steel eye screws and cup hooks with black paint.

Two 4″ screws used to attach the shelf to the wall.

ASSEMBLY

Lay the 1×8 board with the top facing up. Drill pilot holes ¾” x ¾” away from the two front corners where two of the steel eye screws will be and hand screw the eyes into the holes.

Use pliers to open the end links on the chains and attach them to each eye. Be careful to not chip the black coating of the chain, otherwise simply touch it up with the black paint previously used.

Use clamps – or your husband – to hold the back of the 1×8 to the top off the 2×4. Evenly space the three 2” screws along the back of the 1×8, drill pilot holes, and drill in the screws to attach the two boards.

Remove the clamps and lay the shelf with the topside facing down. Evenly space the four cup hooks across the underside of the 1×8. Drill pilot holes and hand screw the cup hooks into the holes.

You’re shelf is done and all that’s left to do is to hang it up!

Account for the size of the eye screw when hanging the chain.

INSTALLATION

Hold the finished shelf against the wall and make sure it is level. Drill two pilot holes through the 2×4 and into the wall. Next, drill the two 4” screws into the pilot holes to attach the shelf to the wall.

You can choose to add more screws depending on the anticipated weight of décor.

Lastly, take the chain and extend it towards the wall until taut. To ensure a tight tension, leave a small space between the wall and the end of the chain to allow for the eye screws to fit in between.

Mark the location for the two steel eye screws, drill small pilot holes, and hand screw the eyes into the wall. Use the pliers once more to open the end links on the chains and attach them to each eye.

chili bowl shelf, coffee mug shelf

Time to decorate! Hang your favorite chili bowls or coffee cups and enjoy your new pallet and chain shelf!

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DIY CHALKBOARD SERVING TRAY

diy chalkboard serving tray

Learn how to make a custom chalkboard serving tray. This tray is such an easy project and perfect for a wedding gift, housewarming gift, etc.

diy chalkboard serving tray, how to make a chalkboard serving tray

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Summer is here and that means pool parties, BBQ, and good company! All of this equals entertaining, and with entertaining comes serving ware.

I was actually searching for wedding gift inspiration when I stumbled upon the idea of these neat chalkboard serving trays. I decided to give it a go and make one as a wedding gift for one of my best friends, in addition to using the tray at her bridal brunch.

In addition to this chalkboard serving tray, I also made chalkboard wine bottles and wedding date pillows for some more custom decor to use as accompanying wedding gifts.

If you need a great gift idea this is it! I fell in love with the finished product and wanted to keep it for myself. Needless to say, I plan to make one for us as well!

diy chalkboard serving tray, handmade wedding gift

MATERIALS


WOOD PREP

Begin by either finding a piece of scrap wood in your garage, or by cutting a board to your chosen dimensions. I had managed to find the perfect size of scrap board in our garage that was left over from a previous project we had done – no cutting required!

Lay the handles and a few dishes you might like to use on the tray to determine what size would be best.

how to determine the size of a serving tray

Use an electric sander to round all corners and edges of the tray. I wanted to add a unique feature to the back of the tray so I chose to wood burn my logo into the lower corner. If you would like to add a special feature of your own just follow these simple steps below!

how to sand the edges of a serving tray

WOOD BURNING (OPTIONAL)

Print out the image or text onto a piece of paper at the size you want. Lay the paper onto the wood and use a pencil to trace the outlines you wish to display. Press hard when tracing with the pencil to make indents on the wood.

Remove the paper when you are finished and make sure all of the outlines you want are pressed into the wood. Simply trace the outlines with your wood burning kit and you are ready for staining.

how to wood burn a logo on a serving tray
– When our name was still The Navy Home. –

STAIN + SEAL

Select your choice of stain color and apply with a staining rag. We used Minwax in Red Mahogany, but have since found and highly recommend this brand.

Apply additional coats until you reach the desired color, allowing for adequate time to dry between each coat.

Next, use a sponge brush to apply a thin coat of polyurethane. I chose to seal the tray in case any liquids were to get on it during food prep, serving, etc.

CHALKBOARD PAINT

Once the tray is nice and dry, apply painter’s tape around the edges to form the area that will become the chalkboard surface.

Using the painter’s tape, create a 1” border along the length of the tray with a 2” border along the widths where the handles will be added later. Be sure to press tape down firmly around all edges to ensure the chalkboard paint will not bleed underneath.

how to paint a chalkboard serving tray

Time to pop open your can of chalkboard paint and get to painting! I’m not gonna lie, this is when I stir my paint with a stick I found in the yard. But, I am 99% positive this is not recommended. Instead, a clean stir stick does the trick and helps maintain the integrity of the product.

Use a sponge brush to apply a thin coat of chalkboard paint to your tray within the taped off work space.

When painting at the tapes edge, make sure your brush is lightly soiled with paint and apply with strokes moving away from the tape, not towards. If you paint with stroke towards the tapes edge, you are liable to end up with paint under the tape.

Apply additional coats until you reach the desired chalkboard surface, allowing for adequate time to dry between each coat.

diy chalkboard serving tray, how to make a chalkboard serving tray, handmade wedding gift

ASSEMBLING THE TRAY

After your new chalkboard surface is completely dry – especially at the tapes edge – carefully remove the tape by pulling at a slight angle towards the painted surface.

The only thing left is to attach your decorative handles! Mark the locations for your screws, drill small pilot holes, lay the handles in place, and drill in the screws.

You’re done! Look at that beauty! Now you have a fun and beautiful chalkboard serving tray for all your summer festivities!

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