To Make / Wood Butter

 

     Hi there! Last weekend, I ran across this cool wood butter DIY from Homesong, and it sounded so practical, I had to give it a try. I am a big fan of wooden serving utensils, and have a lot. That being said, I never thought to polish them! It makes total sense, if you're planning to make the wood last, and I'm so glad I made it. It works for any wood surface, so you can polish all of the wood furniture you have too! Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- 2 tbs. of coconut oil

- 2 tbs. of beeswax

- a jar

Directions:

1. Place your coconut oil and beeswax in your glass jar. Fill a sauce pan about halfway with water, and place the jar in the center, as shown above.

2. Bring the pan to a boil at medium heat to melt the wax and coconut, and stir once completely melted.

3. To use, rub small amounts on anything wooden, and enjoy!

To Make a Serving Tray

 

     Good morning! I'm sharing one of my favorite DIY's to date with you all today! I've been in love with little serving trays, and just decorative trays in general, for a little while now. They have so many excellent uses, from being a centerpiece in the middle of my dining table to being the perfect thing that makes my morning coffee a little more special. I'm always hunting for them at thrift stores and flea markets, and even Targets' dollar section. With the holidays coming up, I thought it's about time I make one of those pretty leather-handled ones for myself. Randomly, I had wood slabs that were meant to be put up as shelves, and I realized they were ideal to make a serving tray out of. All it took was a little elbow grease and creativity to assemble this guy. Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- "18 x "12 finished piece of wood (go to any hardware store and they will cut a piece for you, or buy a shelf, up to you!)

- nails

- gold tacks

- a hammer

- faux leather or real leather scraps (either will work, but fair warning, the real leather will be a lot harder to cut through)

Directions:

1. Cut your leather scraps into two 6" x 1" strips.

2. If you are using real leather, use a nail to get through the leather before you hammer your gold tacks in. To do so, position your strips evenly spaced on your wood. Hammer a nail through the leather, just enough to where it makes a mark on the wood underneath. Remove the nail, and place your tack through the hole, and hammer into the wood. Repeat on the other end of the leather strip, and then again with the other handle. If you are using faux leather, the tack should go through without the help of the nail.

3. Make sure your handles are secure, and enjoy!

Thanks for reading, and have a fun Thursday!

To Make a Chalkboard

 

     Hey there! This DIY is such a cute little piece of decor. It's a simple wood slab chalkboard, and is super versatile! At the moment, I'm using mine as a reminder to grab the essentials before leaving the house. You could also use it as a welcome sign, a "what's for dinner tonight" sign, or you can do a pretty design in chalk and make it an art piece. I may end up doing all three at some point, who knows!

     I love the rustic look to it. It's utilitarian, but also has personality. That's basically what I look for in all of my furnishings. I try not to have too much useless stuff, and I always make sure my functional pieces are pretty to look at. So far, Bailey hasn't messed with it, but I might let her play with it and some chalk once she's a little older! Every kid loves chalk and chalkboards. Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- slab of wood (this one's from Target's craft section, but Hobby Lobby has them as well)

- chalkboard paint and paint brush

- chalk

Instructions:

Step one - Paint the inner circle of your slab, and let dry. Then go to town with your chalk! Have fun!