I often see several ideas for holiday decorations floating around on the web. Usually I see something and I will like the idea and then I will see something similar to it and think hey, If I took this part and this part and put them together. Well that is the story of this Rustic Wooden Slat Carrot Board Easer Decoration. I saw an idea over at a little shop called Pixxie Stixx darling place if you are ever in the Brigham City area, then I saw another idea at Ribbons and Glue. They are very similar ideas but I liked different elements from each decoration. I liked how one was wooden slats and painted and I like how the other one wrapped the jute around for extra embellishments. I got to work creating my own version.
To create your own Rustic Wooden Slat Carrot Board Easer Decoration you will need:
6 lathing strips cut at 24 inch length
2 lathing strips cut at 8 inch length
brad nail gun
dark wood stain
orange, white, green paint
12 x 12 cardstock
personal cutting machine
Tack and re-tack glue
First using my jig saw I cut my lathing strips to the sizes listed above. I laid the 6 24 inch lathing strips side by side and then placed the 2 8 inch lathing strips across the top and bottom of the 24 inch lathing strips. I used my brad nail gun to attach the 8 inch strips to the 6 24 inch strips. I flip the boards over to the front side and painted a dark wood stain onto the boards, I let the stain dry over night.
I created a template of a carrot using my personal cutting machine. The carrot measures 20 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches wide. I cut the carrot design onto 2 sheets of 12 by 12 cardstock and taped the 2 sheets of cardstock together.
On the back side of my carrot template I painted some tack and re-tack glue around the edges of the carrot. I found out that the tack and re-tack glue will give you a clean edge when painting on designs.
I laid my carrot template onto my lathing strip board and pressed the template into place. I painted the orange and then green areas and let them dry.
I came back with the carrot insert piece and painted the white design over top of the orange carrot base.
After the carrot design was completely dry I gave it a quick sand.
Last I wrapped some jute cording around my board several times. I tied the jute into a knot and cut leaving strands hanging.
I love how simple and rustic this Easter decoration came out. I can’t wait to find the perfect place to display it.
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