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November DIY Challenge: Wood Slice Welcome Banner

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today, I’m excited to show you a fun (and thrifty!) winter craft using simple wood slices – AND I’m also sharing what some of my best bloggy friends have also done with wood slices! So I hope you’ll check out all of the wonderful links in this post too. We’ve actually created a hashtag that you can search for all our monthly projects: #MonthlyDIYChallenge. This way you can follow along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram! All the 12 other links are at the bottom of this post 🙂woodslice

For my project, I didn’t have to buy a thing! I used a big ol’ branch that we took down from one of the trees in our yard. Wood Slice Banner BEFORE

I (okay, Dan) cut it into slices, about 3/4″ thick. From there, I assembled the rest of my materials. Wood Slice Banner Materials

Basically, you need

  • your wood slices (you can also buy these at craft stores like Michael’s and DeSerres if you don’t have a branch to cut)
  • a drill
  • floral wire
  • twine or ribbon
  • sand paper
  • a pencil
  • acrylic paints and paint brush (not shown)

First, using my power drill, I put holes in each of my seven slices. I decided to drill first so I could properly size my lettering after the face. After a little sanding to make them nice and smooth,  I simply freehanded my letters in pencil and traced them with some deep red paint. Wood Slice Banner Painted Letters

The wood soaks up the paint a lot, so you’ll probably have to go back over them a few times. From here, I threaded the hole with my floral wire. Each letter used about 3.5″ of wire. (Oh and once I did that, I also decided to trace my red with some gold paint too!)

Wood Slice Banner Floral WireThen take a double length of your twine or ribbon and tie it at the ends. Simply wrap the floral wire around the twine to hang your letters. I didn’t measure the distance between mine. I wanted it to be a little imperfect. I don’t think this is a project for a perfectionist anyway 🙂 Wood Slice Welcome Banner

Dan had an idea to use a big stick instead of twine – that would totally work too! Or tie pretty ribbons in bows between the letters. There’re so many things you could do. Wood Slice Welcome Banner

I like how it adds a little touch of rustic to the space. This would work well in an entry or on a mantle or even a kitchen window. Wood Slice Welcome BannerIt’s also not really Christmas-y or holiday. It’s just a little bit of winter. Because let’s face it, we Canadians need some indoor loveliness to get us through until April (sometimes May.)

So go saw a branch! Grab a drill! Make a sweet little craft 🙂 And if you don’t make a welcome banner – what about one of these amazing wood slice projects by my bloggy friends! I hope you check them all out for some wintery inspiration 🙂

We are going to be hosting a #MonthlyDIYChallenge on the Second Wednesday of every month. December will be clear glass ornaments, so make sure you mark our party date on the calendar and come on back from some good Christmas cheer 🙂 I have some serious bloggy love for all the talented ladies involved in this project, so make sure you throw them some love on social media too!

Have a great weekend everyone…



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