How to Make Winter Tabletop Decor Out of Baseboard Molding

by Lauraleedaydreams
6 Materials
3 Hours

We certainly enjoy birds all year long. But I think winter birds are special. Today I will show you how to make a tabletop decor piece out of wood baseboard molding. I also made one for the holidays.

These work great as Christmas centerpieces for your dining table. Let’s get started.

Wood piece from the salvage store

1. Source the wood

Here is the wood. I bought these pieces already cut at a salvage store. I also went to Lowe’s to see if I could find something similar. So be sure to check out any hardware and lumber store.

Baseboard piece from the side

Here is how it looks from the side. The neat part is that it’s thick enough on the bottom to allow it to sit up by itself.

Painting the baseboard with crackle paint

2. Paint

I painted the board black and after it dried I put on a crackle medium. After that dried I put on white paint being careful not to over-brush. Then the magic happens.

Placing the transfers on the baseboard

3. Place the transfers

I am using transfers from Iron Orchid Designs. I cut them out and tried to figure out how to place them.

Applying transfers

4. Apply polycrylic

Don’t you just love this bird? Transfers are very easy to add to your project. Before adding them I added a coat of polycrylic. That will help the transfers adhere very nicely.

5. Stick the transfers

I peeled off the back sheet, positioned the designs where I wanted them, and then used the plastic stick to burnish them onto the wood. It’s always best to follow up with another coat of polycrylic.

Adding a bow to baseboard

6. Add a bow

I added a little bow to pretty it up.

Closeup of the bow on the centerpiece

Here is a close up. I just love how this looks on crackled wood.

Christmas stencil design

Bonus: Christmas stencil design

This next one which I did before Christmas was a combination of transfer and stenciling.

I made my own stencils using an expensive shelf liner and designed them in my Silhouette program. Then I use my silhouette cutting machine to cut it out.

Applying holly and berry transfers

I decided not to crackle this piece and just painted it solid white. Again I put a top coat of polycrylic on. I used a holly/berry transfer on this one.

Adding a bow to the holiday centerpiece

Add a little bow and there you have it.

Tying a bow on the decor piece

I love working with transfers. You can find so many online.

DIY winter tabletop decor

What do you think of this tabletop decor piece? Let me know in the comments below.

DIY Christmas Decorations

For more festive decor projects, discover Hometalk's best DIY Christmas centerpiece ideas.

Suggested materials:
  • Wood moulding   (Salvage store)
  • Transfers   (Iron Orchard Designs)
  • Paint   (Lowes Hardware)
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