This method for creating a DIY personalized wood gift provides a unique way to commemorate a special occasion.
We’ve all received them. Those special handmade or personalized gifts. Those gifts that you cherish and want to hold onto forever.
When someone takes the time to make something for you by hand, or have something personalized, it sends a message that thought was put into the gift. That the gift wasn’t just purchased to check one more to-do item off their list, they really wanted you to have something with meaning.
Knowing how much I like to receive those types of gifts, I love to give them too. But piecing together a wedding quilt or crocheting a baby blanket is far outside my skill set.
Well, actually, I could crochet a baby blanket. But nobody would actually want it. It would scream handmade, but not in a good way. The lucky recipient would give me a kind smile and then tuck it away in a bottom drawer never to be seen again.
Someday I’d like to work on those skills, but until then I wanted a way to offer something with a special touch. Recently at a bridal shower another guest mentioned that they have always used the invitation, whether it be a birthday party or baby shower, to attach as the gift tag.
Have you heard of that one? I had never heard of that before but it made me think about other ways you could use an invitation to create something special.
Invitations themselves are a keepsake so I thought it would be unique to take some part of an invitation and use it. Then I thought about the method for transferring text onto wood for making a hand painted sign and figured that would be the perfect way to commemorate some portion of the invitation.
It’s really simple to make a DIY personalized wood gift using this method.
- Wood gift (such as a wood tray, cutting board, photo box, etc)
- Ballpoint pen
- Paint marker (if there is small text or an intricate design that you will be transferring, be sure to get a fine or extra fine point paint marker)
- Invitation from event you want to commemorate
Step 1. Rub side of chalk over the backside of the portion of the invitation you want to transfer onto wood. Be sure to cover the area thoroughly, the chalk is what will be transferred onto the wood to create your template.
Step 2. Place the portion of the invitation that you are transferring faceup onto the wood gift in the spot you want to transfer onto. The backside that you just rubbed with chalk will be facedown, touching the wood. Then, using the ballpoint pen, trace over the portion of the invitation that you are transferring. Press hard, and possibly go over the design more than once, to be sure it transfers.
Step 3. Using the chalk outline that has now been transferred onto the wood, use the paint marker to trace the text and design. I was using a pretty rustic piece of wood so the chalk didn’t transfer as smoothly as it typically “wood” (sorry, can’t resist bad puns). The upside to using this rustic wood was that the paint marker transfer took on a burned wood look.
Once the paint dries, wipe down to remove the chalk. One tip (and don’t ask if I know about this firsthand!), when you’re trying this DIY personalized wood gift method for the first time, do it on a piece of scrap wood. Then once you feel comfortable that you’ve got the hang of it, move onto the gift.
If you try this send me a pic, I’d love to see your project!
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