Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Owl Key/Towel Hangers and Wall Art

These little owls were my weekend project. Well, technically, I finished them up today, but most of it was done this past weekend. I wanted each owl to be a little different. I love how they turned out.

I created this template on Photoshop Elements to use to cut the owls out. PS doesn't have an owl already so I had to piece some things together to make one. I think it turned out pretty cute. I didn't make the body dark enough so drew a crude outline of it in pencil after printing.

Once I cut the owls out on the scrollsaw, and sanded them, I had to mark for the eyes. I took my little tool and poked a dot into the wood from the template. Not sure how well you can see the dots in the photo.

Then I did the eyes on the drill press. As you can see, I have a couple more owls still to play with.

The pink one is just a wall art piece. It is made out of oak. It doesn't have a hook to hang a towel or keys on, but I really love it! I think it looks so happy and cheerful and would work great in a kids room. I painted this one with chalk paint. I decoupaged scrapbook paper onto a piece of oak for the backboard. I also put some glitter on the bottom of the owl just to make it sparkle, and glued some fake gemstones on the eyes.

This one is oak that I stained in ebony. I really like how it turned out. Even though it is dark, it's still cute. I think the grey hook goes well with it.

This next one is made of ash. I stained it in golden pecan. I love the orange hook with the stain color.

This one is made of oak and stained with honey oak stain. I like the mint green hook with the flower eyes.

Here is a photo of the three stained owls together, just so y'all can see the differences.

I plan to try and sell the little owls sometime soon. I think they turned out well enough that people will like them. What do y'all think?

Wood Knife Holder

My husband completed a project this past weekend. He had been wanting to try his hand at making a knife holder for a while. I like how it turned out. He used some canary wood that I bought a long time ago. We had been saving it for a project for ourselves because it is my favorite wood.

First, he did some math. He marked where each magnet needed to go and figured out how deep to set them.

After he had the placement and depth figured out, he used the drill press to make the holes for the magnets.

Then he inserted the magnets and sanded the whole thing.

He then cleaned it up and put shellac on it to protect the finish.

I think it looks nice on the wall. Maybe one day we will get a set of matching knives.

Hope y'all enjoyed the little project. Have a nice day!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Gifts for Niece

A couple of things I made for my niece a while back. A decorated box and a wooden owl.

It was my first time trying to decorate a box. It turned out better than I expected, although far from perfect.
 I glued ribbon around the lid. She likes owls so I thought it was a good choice.

 The rest is scrapbook paper. I used double sided table to adhere it to the sides and top of the box.
The owl turned out well. We saw some like it online and decided to try our hand. My husband set everything up and figured it out and then I made a few of these little guys.

I'm glad both things turned out half way decent. My niece said she liked them and that's the most important thing.