We’re back with another DIY monthly challenge! If your not familiar with our monthly challenges, each month we choose one item that we all use to create a DIY project. It’s so fun to see all the different, creative ideas everyone comes up with while using the same item. Last month we all used a faux pumpkin from Michael’s. This month, our challenge item is a wood slice!
Making something from a wood slice….sounds easy, right? Well, it wasn’t as easy as you might think, at least not for me. After lots of pondering, I decided to make a wood slice Christmas wall hanging. Here are the supplies I used. A larger, thinner wood slice from Michael’s, one artificial greenery stem, gold bells, a square of leather, a gold ring, ribbon, wire, E6000 glue, a picture hanger, jewelry pliers, something to poke a hole in your leather I used the pointy end of a compass.
The first thing I did was make my bow. Then I laid the gold ring, greenery and bow on top of the wood slice just to get a feel for the placement of everything. My greenery was too long, it took up the entire length of the wood, so I cut it into pieces. Next I cut a strip of leather to attach my bells to. I then cut about a 4 inch length of wire for each of my three bells.
Using the point of my compass, I poked a hole into the leather. This was harder than I expected. Once I got a hole started I then needed something with a larger diameter to increase the hole size. For this I used my jewelry pliers. Poking one end into the leather and pulling down until the hole was large enough to get the wire I attached to the bells through the hole. Then I twisted the wire a couple of times on the back of the leather and snipped of the excess, stretching the ends apart to secure the bell to the leather.
Next, I glued everything in place and let it dry overnight. I totally forgot to add the wall hanging hardware to the back until I was finished with the project, so I used E6000 to attach it instead of trying to nail it in place. I’ve used E6000 in the past and it works just fine. I actually used it to attach picture hangers to christmas plates that I wanted to hang. That was over 10 years ago, and I still hang those plates every christmas.
Ready for some more wood slice inspiration? Check out what our friends did with their wood slices below! And don’t forget to join us on the second Wednesday of every month where we’ll be tackling new DIY challenge group projects!
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