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Tis the season for weddings! I love spring and warm weather and watching young couples fall in love! What is crazy to me, now at this stage of my life, is that I’m attending weddings of the friends of my kids! What? When did I become that old? I haven’t planned a wedding yet as my two adult sons are still single. This is all good as they are young and busy with lots of wonderful things. However, as their friends are starting to marry or as my friends have kids who are getting married, I found myself wanting to give them something special.
Wedding gifts are hard! Yes, I know that most have registries and I should probably stick to that. However, sometimes its fun to do something a little different and special and something that wouldn’t appear on a gift registry. Call me old fashioned, but sometimes I still enjoy gifts that mean something. Toasters and dishes break. Towels get old and eventually made into rags. But some form of art can hang in someone’s home for years and years. This was my goal behind this DIY wooden wedding gift idea!
The first thing I did was create the tree in Illustrator. I had so much fun drawing this as I love trees! I wanted it to be full with lots of limbs. Then I decided to practice by making one for myself. I’ve never had anything (in 23 years of marriage) with our wedding date on the walls, so this was perfect! It was about time! I painted the panels of wood white:
Then I used blue chalk to cover the back of my paper. First I tried pencil, but found it didn’t transfer as well. So then I did the chalk, placed it on the wood and taped it down. I traced over the tree and the words. Last of all, I used a soft grey to paint it. I wasn’t sure about the lettering so I traced it with black pen. It wasn’t my favorite, so I learned I would just need a thinner paintbrush and paint the words. Here is the completed project:
Now it was time to make the wedding gift! I decided that while the white paint was nice, I wanted to try it with a wood stain. I found a pretty dark wood stain and applied it to the wood pieces:
Once they were dry, I turned over the wood slats and nailed two pieces of wood on the back. This holds the panels in place. Be careful to not use nails that are too long. I may or may not have nailed the first one to my kitchen table! Using the same pattern from before, I traced it onto the wood and painted it in cream. I learned that you have to be extra careful when painting on stained wood. There isn’t a way to pain over mistakes or really remove them. It will just smear! So slow and easy is the key!
It turned out beautifully and I hope the brand new couple will enjoy it and have a place for it in their home. It did turn out quite large! Here is the final product:
If you want to try your hand at this or even want to use the tree for your Cricut, I have put the files in the Resource Library. It comes in PNG, SVG and DXF. If you have been here before, just use the password to access the library. If you are brand new, simply complete the form below and then watch your email for the password! You’ll also get future emails from me with other new projects and fun things on the blog!
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