Christmas Joy Wreath With Chalkboard
A new technique to use on wood
It’s December 1st, and I still have my pumpkins out on the front patio. Honestly, if it weren’t for this blog, forcing me to create new projects for each holiday, those pumpkins would be a permanent fixture! Luckily for you all, I’ve decided to bring them in (nah, I’m just kidding, I haven’t yet) and place my newest Christmas wreath out for display (this one is true).
This project was a total JoAnn Fabrics fault. I went in there the other day ONLY for decorative card stock, and came out with my entire house decorated for the holiday! Anyone else? While I didn’t mean to spend any more money, I’m really happy with this wreath. It’s perfect!
I combined that of which I had already, along with some new material, and a new technique I tried. Thank goodness those wooden boards from ADORNit are two sided, because I did have to start over after I made a few mistakes trying out the emboss stamping on wood.
ADORNit wood plaque (SIMILAR HERE)
FolkArt Chalkboard Paint (HERE)
Perfect Medium (HERE)
Foam Brushes (HERE)
Start by using your foam brush to paint the entire wooden decorative board with FolkArt Chalkboard Paint and let dry completely. The directions on the paint say to use at least two coats, but I found that one covered perfectly, since we weren’t actually using it for chalk.
Then, take your snowflake stamp and Perfect Medium, and stamp around the corners of your wooden chalkboard. Sprinkle your red embossing powder all over the stamped image, then shake off the excess. I used a brush to make sure there wasn’t too much powder around the design, because I found out on my first try that once it is heated, it tends to stick on the wood.
Call me crazy, but I don’t have a heat gun, so I’ve been using my Jamberry heating station. Whatever works! Maybe I’ll buy myself one for Christmas. In any case, make sure you heat your stamped image until you see it rising. Let that cool, and don’t touch it, as it will smudge.
After you have stamped and embossed all the snowflakes your little heart desires, go ahead and use wood glue to adhere the Joy wooden piece onto your chalkboard. Let that dry while you decorate the wreath.
The best part of this wreath, is that there really isn’t much glueing or fussing with material. I love how I can easily place the decorative leaves into the wreath without doing much else. Go ahead and play around with each piece and place them along one side of the wreath.
The final step is to attach your chalkboard piece to ribbon or burlap strip using a hot glue gun. Make sure you pre measure your ribbon before cutting so that your board sits in the middle of the wreath.