Christmas, Craft Projects, Gift Idea, Holiday, Pallet Projects

Mini Anchor Sign

One of my really good friends love to sail and is soon to be sailing a boat in the Caribbean with her hubby — what a neat vacation idea!

I wanted to make her something for Christmas so I grabbed a leftover piece of pallet wood and brought it inside to make a sign with an anchor on it.

Pallet wood is really…. splintery. So I sanded and sanded and sanded. And when I thought I was finished, I wasn’t, so I sanded some more.

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When the wood was smooth enough to work with, I sketched an anchor onto it. It wasn’t pretty, but it was good enough.

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Nice anchor, huh? I didn’t care about the terrible sketch because I filled the entire thing with gray and black paint. Then, I wrote her last name on the sign.

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With the sign painted, I needed to drill holes big enough to pass a small rope through, so I busted out the drill and created two holes at the top.

Then, I used a water-based stain to color the wood. I’ve never used water-based stain before, but I like it a lot. The wood soaks it up right away and there is a huge variety of colors to choose from. The color I picked for the sign was Minwax’s Driftwood stain.

I only used one coat for the small sign, then I let it dry overnight.

Then next day I touched up some of the paint, mainly the black lines, and added rope and an anchor button so my friend could hang her sign.

Here’s the finished product:
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I gave her the sign yesterday and she really liked it. Yay!
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Do Good with Wood award

Hello blog world! I feel like I have been absent for ages and am happy to get back into the groove of crafting and writing.  We just got back from a trip to Ohio to see my dad’s family for Thanksgiving. It was a great trip, but I am exhausted for the traveling. The hubby and I are unpacking and relaxing tonight, but I have big plans for crafting tomorrow. I think I am going to start making an ottoman out of pallet wood! How cool would that be? In my head, it is amazing. We’ll see if I can pull it off.

Speaking of working with wood, have any of you guys heard of the new contest Minwax is running? They are looking for people who work with wood in a way that also gives back to the community. It sounds like a really neat award and the prize is $5,000 — not too shabby! Plus you get lots of fun Minwax stuff. I’d love to enter, but I’ve only made stuff for our house… so unless Chez Smith is a charity (which it isn’t), I’m out of this one. But I figured I’d share because it sounds pretty cool. Not to mention it is the time of year to give back to those in need. You might as well try to win a prize while you are at it!! You can check out the rules here.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It really is a great holiday and wonderful time to reflect on what you are thankful for. Me? I’m thankful for my family, friends, health, house, job, blog, and dog. I’m thankful for my hubby. I’m thankful for my creativity.