Here is what you'll need:
- One 6 foot 1″ x 12″ pine board
- Chalk paint or acrylic paint/brush
- Natural Finishing Wax (if using chalk paint)
- floral wire
- glue gun
I headed to the craft store to get inspiration and fell in love with some red plaid ribbon. Earlier I made an embroidery hoop Christmas wreath and mini embroidery hoop Christmas ornaments with black and white check ribbon so I thought the red plaid would be fun to work with. With ribbon, a wood board, home paint and greenery, you can make beautiful wood plank Christmas presents.
Here is what you'll need:
The first thing I did was cut my wood into three lengths: 26″, 20″ and 12″. Your home improvement store should be able to cut it for you if you don’t have a way to do it yourself. Next I took an 80 grit piece of sandpaper and sanded the boards down to make them smooth. Always wipe the boards down after sanding with a lint free cloth to make sure all the sanding dust is off before painting to assure a smooth finish.
I chose chalk paint because it sands down easily and I wanted to give my presents a more rustic look. Chalk paint gives off a duller look, so if roughing up the edges doesn’t matter to you, I would try using a satin acrylic paint instead.
After applying two coats of paint and letting them completely dry, I took my sandpaper and sanded down the edges of the boards to show some bare wood, giving it more of a rustic feature.
Finishing wax gives chalk paint a protective layer. It will seal and protect your chalk paint from being ruined by moisture or dirty hands. It will also enhance the color of your chalk painted project and give it a nice sheen. Apply a thin coat on top, since this brand is thicker than other waxes, I used a rag and made sure that it was all buffed out smooth and evenly
My ribbon was 2.5″ thick. I wrapped it around the length of the board first, cut it and hot glued the edges together on the back. Then I went down 1/3 of the length of the board and wrapped more ribbon around horizontally, hot gluing the ends together. To make the ribbon more secure, I hot glued the two ribbons together on the back where the seams met and then hot glued it to the board.
Next I took some floral wire and slid it diagonally under the ribbon in the front where the ribbon intersected and twisted it (see above).
I added my greenery and secured it with the floral wire. The bow will cover it up so you can be messy, just make sure it’s secure since you’ll be placing the wood plank presents upright.
And there you have it! You can display the on the ground, the mantle or on shelves. These are for indoor use only, if you want to use outdoors, look for a clear acrylic coating spray.
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