Wood Connection Guest Post & Giveaway Part II

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Hello Everyone, I’ve been absent from blogging for quite some time but am reappearing for a moment to show you another fun idea using supplies from my favorite wood crafting store!  You may remember this post where I showed you a few fun tutorials.  I wanted to expand on that idea and show you a couple of new ways to use these small wooden labels as well as a few new ideas to go along with it.

I know I should get more creative, but I love  using these as chalkboard labels!  I’ve been wanting a fun way to label food when I am entertaining and have seen LOTS of cute ideas out there, but was still coming short on the perfect fit.  I wanted something that I could use without ANY preparation (who has time to think about these details when you have the food prep to worry about!) and would still be cute and versatile for a number of settings.  That’s where the idea for these little beauties came in….a white base that will go with everything and chalkboard vinyl so that I can label them and re-label them with ease…no printing to worry about.  Attach a clothespin to the back and you can clip them to ANY dish…bowl, plate, jar etc.  Perfect.  Then, I thought it would be fun to add a menu board to show what is being served, give instructions for food assembly, pricing, etc.  Since I am showcasing the finished projects in the form of a lemonade stand (my daughter has been BEGGING me), I had to throw in a sign too 🙂

lemonade stand collage copy

Here is a supply list:

11/14 board with beveled edges

clothespins (they carry small ones that are perfect)

small wooden labels, you choose the shape you like–since they come with a 1 or 2 hole option, I opted for the 2 hole labels and strung some twine through them to hide the holes and add some character

sign and post

chalkboard contact paper (from Michael’s, works out to about $5.00 with 50% off coupon) note:  I found that the chalkboard contact paper tends to bubble up in the hot sun or when exposed to heat.  Another option would be chalkboard vinyl sold at Regional Supply in Salt Lake City

two paint colors, choose what you like

sandpaper or block

Uchida Bistro Chalk Marker (Hobby Lobby, or Michael’s)…I far prefer these over regular chalk

Step 1:  Paint Base Color, I chose a pretty seagreen-ish color that I had on hand


Step 2:  Paint Main Color, I did mine in white because of it’s versatility and my white dish set


Step 3:  After both coats have dried completely, sand out random spots where you’d like the base color to show through (see above)

Step 4:  Apply chalkboard contact paper….I cut mine using my silhouette cameo, but you can easily use scissors…the contact paper has a grid on the back that makes it easy for the sign and menu board, for the oval, I will provide a full size image you can use as a guide or stencil…just make sure you print it at 100%





Save pic above if you would like to use it as a label guide for your chalkboard vinyl on the small labels (print @ 100%)

I used a nail gun to attach the post to my sign, but you could probably use a hammer and nail with some wood glue.

I just attached my clothespins with hot glue….

I think that’s it!  Simple and fun!  We had the classiest lemonade stand around and my daughter was thrilled with her earnings.  (Notice that we used the label from our  last wood connection post on the lemonade!)  You could use this set (sign, menu board, and labels) for so many applications!  I really wish I would have had it when I hosted bunco night and had a mini fruit pizza bar!  🙂

To enter the giveaway for the $25 gift certificate, please leave a comment by Sunday, June 16th @ 12:00 a.m.!  That’s it!  🙂  (Don’t you love easy contest entries)  

If you are feeling extra nice…pin some stuff 🙂  Winner will be announced on the 17th.