Well, hello friends! Fancy meeting you here. 😉 It’s Amanda from Twiddler’s Nook today sharing a fun decoration I made for my festively fall decorated mantel! I make a big deal about the mantel because I’ve wanted one since we bought this house and my wonderful husband built a custom one last winter so this is my first fall season being able to decorate it! It’s so fun!
I love swiping the 2×4 scraps from the garage when my husband builds things. This one is about 6 inches tall. Here’s a little photo step-by-step in case you want to try it out!
Sand your piece of wood down to the smoothness/shape you’re looking for. Then paint it with acrylic paint. For this project I put the dry block in my splatter box and added flicks of pearl and gold watercolor all over it and let it dry.
To make a template for my moon, I die cut a circle from white cardstock and then I took the circle one size smaller and cut the side off, creating a crescent shape. I placed it on my block and used a pencil to make dots about 1/2 inch apart, maybe a little more. If you’re more comfortable, you could mark on your cardstock first so that you know if you like the spacing or not. I’ve done enough of these to just wing it now.
After I marked the dots, I hammered in penny nails so they stick up about a 1/2 inch out of the wood. I tied embroidery thread to one nail and started winding and wrapping. It’s not rocket science and the more imperfect, the more fun it looks…to me at least.
I tied off the thread and trimmed the tails. The knots are hidden beneath the wrapped thread naturally so it’s not a worry. Then I stamped my favorite little bat from Fang-tastic Friends, colored him with simple copics and die cut him out. I added black foam squares under him, it took 3 stacked to get him the same height as the nails.
I stamped a sentiment from the same set and heat embossed it on black cardstock. Then I used the banner die from the 4-Bar Card die set to cut it out. I used a foam strip to attach it to the wood block.
For finishing touches, I added some glossy accents to the bat and then glued a scattering of these awesome Glowing Sky clay embellishments all over. They glow in the dark which makes this extra awesome at night!
I am just tickled with how this fun decoration turned out! Have you ever made string art before? I love the way they look but have had even more fun adding stamped images to the designs over the last year. It changes the whole look!
I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fang-tastic day!