Wood Connection Guest Post and Giveaway!

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| August 26, 2012 | 30 Comments


Have you been to the wood connection lately?  It is overflowing with all things Fall/Halloween…..so I know it feels a bit early, but I couldn’t help but get into the spirit of the holiday.  You really have to work on your projects in September anyway so that you can enjoy October  🙂  After you read this post, follow the instructions at the bottom to enter and win a $25.00 gift card from the Wood Connection.

I’ve been dying to try a technique on how to transfer photos to wood.   I’m going to guide you through a fun project using that technique as well as a fun little 99-center that you can use when hosting all of those fun fall parties.

Let’s get started…


From the Wood Connection:

8×8 wood square…if you ask, they will drill a second hole in the top to be used for the finial

wood finial

wood dowel

wood base

black acrylic paint

Rather than go through a full tutorial, I am going to connect you with an article I used online with terrific instructions.  It is REALLY IMPORTANT that you use a LASER PRINT–this will not work on an inkjet…I got mine done at Office Max for a whopping 30 cents.

Click here for the tutorial link from digital photography school

It worked like a charm; however, I did have a little bit of difficulty getting all of the paper off without taking off the print towards the end…I used a rag at first and ended up doing a lot of rubbing with my fingers when things got more delicate.

I used this acrylic gel medium from Michael’s Craft store.  It is 3.99, but you can use a 40% off coupon (if you have a smartphone, they will scan it right from your phone!).  Here is a link if you want to see what it looks like: Acrylic Gloss Gel Medium

I painted all my wood (with the exception of the printed side) in a gloss black and used a black stamp pad to distress the edges a bit.

Here is my finished product:

The picture is my adorable 4 year old (she was 3 in this picture).  Doesn’t she look mischievous?  I bet she’s got some good spells in that book 🙂

For my second project, I used this fun little wood label.  The possibilities are endless for projects you could use these on!  I decided to make it into a re-usable drink dispenser label.  I used a jewelry chain (also from Michael’s at $3.99 and a perfect fit!)  to match the other silver elements on my dispenser (see pic).

First, I painted the sanded edges (which are only on one side) black.  I wanted an off-white label with black distressing peeking through–this is a simple technique to achieve that look.

Then I applied a couple of coats of Ivory paint.  Did you know that they make chalkboard vinyl now?  You can buy it from the Silhouette store online or try your local sign shop.  I decided to make it double-sided…on one side, I just cut an oval out of the vinyl.  For the main side I traced the label, took a picture of it with my phone and e-mailed it to myself, then imported it into my Silhouette software.  From here, I used the trace function to get the outline of the label.  (Silhouette has tutorials here if I just lost you).  Then, I did a quick copy paste and made my second image smaller to my liking within the full-size label–make sense?  (I only cut the smaller one…to fit within the actual size of the the wood label).  Cut them out and stick them on.  In hindsight, I would have sealed my wood before applying the vinyl to give it a nice waterproof protecting coat (with either modge podge or a sealant spray).  If you subscribe to my blog, I will send you a free file with the shapes all ready to go.

I just used a sanding block to lightly distress the edges on the sanded side.  On the other side, I used the end of a paintbrush to make little dots around the oval.

Here are the two finished projects in a nice little party table display 🙂 I love how everything turned out!

Here is a great little punch recipe for your drink dispenser:

I put water in some latex gloves and tied them off like a water balloon to freeze…the glove slips right off if you run a little water over them 🙂  Don’t use the kind with powder inside!


  • 1 (46-ounce) can red punch (recommended: Hawaiian Punch)
  • 1 (46-ounce) can apple juice
  • 1 (48-ounce) bottle cranberry juice
  • 1 (2-liter) bottle ginger ale
  • Ice cubes


Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl or pot. Add ice and stir.

Recipe Source:  The Food Network

Contest Instructions:

To enter for the gift card, please do the following things:

1) “Like” Design on a Dollar on Facebook

2) “Pin” Something from this post on Pinterest (if you don’t have a pinterest account, please note that in your comment

3) Subscribe to my blog by entering your e-mail address to the right!

Leave a comment saying that you completed all 3 tasks!  Contest will be open until this Friday, August 31st.  Winner will be announced the following Monday!!


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  1. marybeth i says:

    Hi – I followed on FB, pinned the juice ans subscribed via RSS. VERY cute !!! Love the juice and the picture block – totally adorable.

  2. LaPriel says:

    You’ve been busy! As always, your ideas are wonderful! 🙂

  3. Deborah Peterson says:

    I “liked” on Facebook, pinned the adorable completed pic on wood of your daughter(can’t believe how big she has gotten)and suscribed to the blog!

  4. Annette says:

    Did all the tasks, hope I win. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Heather Stockton says:

    I completed all 3 tasks!! Whoo hoo!!

  6. Dawn P says:

    Did all 3! Love it! I am so going to try this!

  7. Becky says:

    Did all 3 things! I loooove the Wood Connection, hope I win!

  8. Shalena S says:

    Did all 3! I agree about starting all Halloween Projects in September, Hope I win!! 🙂

  9. Sevina W says:

    Did all 3! Very cute ideas!! Thanks:)

  10. Yolva says:

    I did all 3! So excited to explore this blog. Cute ideas!

  11. Susan D. says:

    Glad I found your blog. Your project turned out great! Did all 3 tasks…thanks for the chance to win.

  12. Suzanne says:

    Love the blog…did all 3 tasks and would love to win the gift card…Halloween Party here I come!

  13. Kelly says:

    love love love them all! You’re brilliant. Can I pay you to make mine? LOL The pic you used is perfection!

  14. Melissa Steinfeldt says:

    Thank you for your ideas! I pinned the photo block, liked you on FB and subscribed to your blog.

  15. Julie Yost says:

    I completed all the tasks. I love the blog! Very cute ideas.

  16. Mindy Daley says:

    I completed everything. My fingers are crossed and hoping to win…I already have it spent! LOL! thank you!!!

  17. Megan says:

    Did the tasks. Don’t have pinterest account though. Thanks

  18. Rebecca says:

    I completed all three tasks! Hope I win, I love the woodconnection 🙂

  19. Kaitlin Boles says:

    Thank you for an awesome giveaway! Completed all 3 task!


  20. Lindsey says:

    I liked, subscribed and pinned! So glad I found your blog, love it!

  21. Kim Nicholls says:

    I love your blog. I have completed all three tasks.

  22. Diane says:

    Really cute ideas!! I did all 3!

  23. Shani says:

    Completed all three tasks! 🙂

  24. Niki W. says:

    I did 2. I don’t have a pinterest account though…
    Thank you!!!

  25. Melanie says:

    I did all 3! Hopefully I’m not too late! So excited to try the punch!

  26. admin says:


  27. Rebecca says:

    Is it really me? If so, Woohoo, I am so so stoked!! What do I do now to claim the certificate?

  28. admin says:

    Indeed! Email your physical address to michelle@designonadollar.com and I will put it in the mail asap! 🙂

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