Monday, November 11, 2013

"Give Thanks" Wooden Art

A few weeks ago I decorated for fall. While my fall decorations will stay up through Thanksgiving, I wanted a piece of decor that was more Thanksgivingy. On Friday Favorites last week I shared this Etsy art. I loved the look of it and wanted to create something similar but smaller for Thanksgiving. Here is what I did:

What you need:
  • Wood {I used a 8 & 1/2 x 11 inch piece, found at Walmart}
  • Wood Stain
  • Paint Brush
  • Print Out of Words
  • Freezer Paper
  • Pencil
  • X Acto Knife
  • Paint
  • Paint Pouncer {found also at Walmart}
The piece of wood I found was beveled on the edges. While I like the beveled edge look, it wasn't the look I was going for with this project. So I turned the piece of wood over and used the back.

I first sanded the wood on the side I used and the edges.

Next I stained the wood with a dark stain.

Once the piece of wood was stained I moved on to preparing my words. I choose the font I liked best for each word {for "give" I used CK Cursive and for "thanks" I just used Times New Roman} and printed them out. It did take me a little bit to figure out the sizing that I liked.

Then I place my printed out words on the table and placed the freezer paper {glossy side down} on top of the words. Next I traced the outline of the word onto the freezer paper.

Then I cut out the freezer paper word outlines with the X Acto Knife over top of a spare piece of wood I had {be sure to keep the little inside pieces}. This created a kind of freezer paper "stencil".

Next I arranged the freezer paper "stencils" on the stained piece of wood. Taking my iron, I ironed over my paper to adhere it to the wood. 

Once I was sure the freezer paper was attached to the wood, I painted my word using white paint and the paint pouncers.

I wasn't sure how this project was going to turn out. It was my first time using freezer paper and while I know it works well for fabric, I wasn't sure if it would work well on wood. But it turned out great!

It definitely isn't perfect but I still love it! I'm really proud of this project. : )

Have a great Monday everyone!


  1. Wow that's really interesting. I've never thought of using freezer paper on anything but meat or fabric. If you haven't tried it before, you definitely should. I guarantee you will love it. Here's all the different applications we've used with it on fabric (
    Great job on your plaque. I love the beauty and simplicity of it. Thank you for sharing.
    With Love,
    Al @ Shaffer Sisters

    1. Thank you! I wasn't sure it would work but was happily surprised that it did! I will definitely be using freezer paper on fabric. It's my newest craft tool obsession {well that and staining wood}. Thanks for hosing the link party! : )

  2. I love your website! Thank you for sharing these ideas!

    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you like my blog. : )

  3. Hi Stephanie. I love your plaque. It's simple and perfect. I am now following you on Pinterest and pinned this post. Have a great week.

    1. Thanks Darlene! I'm also following you now on Pinterest! Thank you for pinning my post. : )

  4. very pretty. I love the lettering. Thanks so much for linking up to the Tasteful Tuesday party! You were featured today! I've tweeted, pined, shared on FB and G+ ... Would love for you to share on you favorite social media as well. Emily

    1. Thanks for the feature! I'm so glad you like my little piece of art.

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  6. I think it turned out perfect!! And I'm glad I'm not the only one who leaves their Thanksgiving/fall decor up through Thanksgiving! I love Christmas but love Thanksgiving too! Thanks for sharing at Show & Share last week, you were the most viewed!!

    1. I'm so glad you like it! As much as I love Christmas I do try to give Thanksgiving it's due time. How exciting to be the most viewed. Thanks!