Upcycling scrap wood is easy, cheap and fun

Last week I met with Adea from Billy Would Designs to go over our DIY projects for Saturday's Back-2-School Crafternoon at the North Vancouver City Library. Adea had a ton of scrap wood we could upcycle. One of our projects was decorating pins out of pieces of thin wood. The other project was making key chains out of scrap wood using paint, paper and buttons.

I took home a couple of pieces of scrap wood and made samples for our upcycling workshop. I started with paper, a button, hemp and glue...

Here's what I came up with... I painted the wood green then Mod Podged paper onto the front. I then glued a button to the front then added a macrame hanger.

I love how the button picks up the colours in the paper!

So sample 1 was done in a jiffy!

For sample 2, I wanted to keep the front wood grain exposed. I added tung oil to bring out the grain. I painted the sides and back black then covered it in sparkly tissue paper. Once dry, I then coated it with wood varnish. I think this one looks gorgeous!

The design in the tissue paper adds a real vintage, antique look... I glued a brass washer to the back then used an old leather cord for the hanger.

I think the back and sides work well with the front...

And sample 2 was done... I was ready to craft with my peeps!

Here's to making more crafty magic happen with pieces of scrap wood! I ended up giving these away at the Crafternoon but plan to make more when I can.

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