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September is here and the kids are all back to school. Soon the leaves will be changing and the temperatures will be dropping and all the cute fall boots, scarves and sweaters will make their debuts. Along with fall, comes the beginning of holiday season. If your home is anything like mine, it becomes THE home to be at. Meaning, I’m the only one with the room to handle my family. OY! That means a lot of prepping and cleaning the weeks prior. Sometimes we have an overnight guest or four (sigh) and I like to make sure they feel at home. Having traveled a lot myself the past couple years, and traveling over the holidays for almost a decade when I lived in Philly, I know how important it is to be comfortable and feel at home where you are staying. I created a small wooden crate out of some left over lumber from a couple of my past projects. I was amazed at how easy it was! Then I filled it with some little treats and other items that I will be placing on the night stand next to where my guests will be sleeping. I also made a small piece of art out of a mini cutting board that coincided perfectly with the season just by adding some paint!
DIY Welcome Box (DIY Small Wooden Crate)
- 23/32 x 2 x 4 Pine Sanded PlyWood (Cut down to Two 9 in x 4.5in)
- 1/4 x 4 x 4 Pine Sanded PlyWood (Cut down to Seven 11.75 in x 2in)
- 14-15 1.5in Nails
- Cabot Stain & Sealer in Aged Leather
- Paint Brush for Water Based Stain
- Filler (Hay & Fake Leaves)
- Guest Items (I used cookies, Kcups, and a coffee cup)
- After your wood is cut, sand down all edges. I hate sanding, this took some time!
- Start nailing your 11.75in x 2in to your 9in x 4.5in. I used 4 on the bottom, 2 in the back and 1 in the front for a unique appearance.
- You can stain your box before or after, I prefer after and I like it a little messy. I did 1 coat all around and 2 coats where needed. Mainly filled in blank spots here and there. Then let dry about 2 hrs.
- Once it’s dry, use your filler and add your guest treats and set on their bed, the night stand or on a table where they will be staying. They will love it!
DIY Easy Art
- FindIt Mini Cutting Board
- Paint of choice (I used Valspar Concert Hall, Brown Derby Hat and Saltillo)
- Drill and Hanging Nails (or you can just lean it like I did)
The cutting board had a nice shape and thickness to it so I simply painted a simple design, painted my letters I had stored from another project, let them dry, then I used my hot glue gun to glue it on. My husband hid is power drill from me, but we’ll be drilling a couple of hanging nails in to hang near where our guests stay. For now, I just leaned it on a wall. My guests can now get a nice welcome treat and feel right at home!
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