HOW TO EASILY DIY A WOODEN SHELF SITTER

Welcome to a really fun DIY adventure: How to easily DIY a wooden shelf sitter.    In this article, I want to show you how a simple piece of wood transforms into a charming shelf sitter. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or someone looking to dip their toes into the world of do-it-yourself projects, you’re in for a treat. I will guide you through the steps of crafting a personalized wooden shelf sitter that not only adds character to your space but also becomes a testament to your unique style. Let’s grab our materials and dive into the joy of creating something truly special for your home!

Easy DIY art using IOD moulds and transfers

 Supplies you’ll need to DIY a Wooden Shelf Sitter:

Let’s get started! I hope you find this as much fun as I do! Once you get the hang of it, you can easily make one for all seasons!

STEP 1: Paint wood

First thing you’ll want to do for this project is sand any jagged edges on your piece of wood; then give it a coat of white paint.

DIY art using IOD moulds and transfers

STEP 2: Mark area for border.

Let your first coat of paint dry.  (I used a heat gun to hurry up the process because I’m impatient like that!) I then took a pencil and a ruler and marked 1/2 inch all around my wood piece so I would know where to put my moulds.

STEP 3:  Make border using mould and clay

I used the IOD Trimmings 1 mould for my border, since my project is pretty small, and the IOD air-dry clay.  Roll your clay and press it into the mould. Once the excess is removed and the top is flat, release from the mould.  Make 4 pieces for each side.

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    STEP 4:  Glue on clay castings and miter corners

    I like to use Titebond glue when adhering moulds to my projects. Spread a small line of glue where your border mould will go; then lay down one strip using your pencil marks as a guide.

    Once you lay down 2 sides, you will be overlapping 2 strips of the clay mould. Using a razor blade or exacto knife, cut through both pieces of clay diagonally from corner to corner. Remove the top piece of mould cut, as well as the bottom piece, and butt the mitered corners together.  This is totally optional, but it makes it look a lot nicer!  I like to allow the clay to dry and harden up a little before painting (2-4 hours).  If you notice a little shrinking and cracking when the clay dries, it can be filled in with paint in the next step! I’ve learned a lot since this project! I have many tips and tricks for how to get really nice clay castings. Join my Creative community and I’ll send all those over to you!

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      STEP 5:  Paint 2nd coat of paint; let dry

      After your clay border has dried, paint your second coat of white paint, being sure to fill in any gaps made from cracking or shrinking.

      Note: You can paint the clay immediately if you prefer, but I like to wait until it hardens up so as not to lose any of the detail when dragging a paint brush over it.

      Easy DIY art using IOD moulds and transfers

      STEP 6:  Make a paint wash using the brown paint

      Next I wanted to antique the piece, so I used a wash of brown paint and water. I used DIY paint in the color Prairie grey.  A wash is just a mixture of a small amount of water and paint. I poured a little paint into a styrofoam bowl and added enough water to make it kind of runny. (DIY paint is so highly pigmented that I only use a tiny bit of paint). I brushed the wash all over my piece of wood, making sure to really get it into the crevices of the clay border.

      STEP 7:  Blot paint with damp shop towel

      Easy DIY art using IOD moulds and transfers

      Once I covered the wood with the wash, I then  took some off!  Shop towels are good for this because it’s pretty sturdy and leaves no lint! Completely wet the shop towel and squeeze out the water so that it’s damp. Then ball it up and tap and/or swirl it around on the wood piece removing most of the paint, but making sure to leave some in the details.  This is what makes the border really stand out! Let this dry.

      STEP 8: Brush on paint sealer

      Easy DIY art using IOD moulds and transfers

      This step can be optional, but IOD transfers adhere easier with a sealer over the paint. So, I used DIY Big Top as my sealer. Just brush on one coat and let that dry!

      STEP 9: Add the transfer!

      Easy DIY art using IOD moulds and transfers

      STEP 10:  Add paint sealer

      All you have to do now is coat the entire piece with a sealer!  I used DIY Big Top again for this and I’m done!

      Voila! Easy DIYShelf Sitter!

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      Thanks for reading! Talk to you soon!

       

      Joanie

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