Hello, it’s Kari here with a fun project using the Wood U Bend product from the November Kit. I have to admit that I had no idea what to do with this sample of the Wood-U-Bend trim! But after talking it over, and experimenting a little… I came up with a plan that I loved for a Wood-U-Bend holiday tag!
I wanted to see if the wood trim was bendable laterally… so I could make a sort of elongated S-shape without destroying the intricate trim design. And I was happy to find out YOU COULD!! So I went to work to make a sleigh holiday tag, that could also be used as an ornament.
I also found out that not only can you PAINT this bendable wood, but you can also GILD it beautifully! The most difficult part of this, was heating it and holding it in shape without burning my fingers. You can also use a blow dryer, which wouldn’t get as hot as a heat gun, but probably takes a lot longer to heat the wood so it was bendable.
I share lots of tips and things I learned, along with the how-to for this sleigh ornament in my video below:
To make this ornament, I started with chipboard. Yes!! Chipboard! I think it would be wonderful out of wood, too. And if you have a GlowForge, you could cut it out of any material you have.
I cut the chipboard with my Silhouette machine, using a cut file I found in the Silhouette online store (designed by Lori Whitlock). Then, I put two layers together to make it a little sturdier.
I took the curled piece of wood and heated it so I could first straighten it out and then shape it to fit the front of the sleigh. Next, I attached it to the chipboard with wood glue (Elmer’s white glue) and held it in place until it had cooled enough to keep that elongated s-shape.
Once it had completely cooled, I painted the front with white chalk acrylic paint. The blue paper from the Kit was perfect to add to the back of the sleigh. Aren’t these snowflakes cute? I sandwiched the runner in between the chipboard and the paper.
To add the gilding flakes, I used a glue that dries tacky right on top of the painted Wood U Bend. When it was dry, I added the gilding flakes. I added some Liquid Pearls to the top to hide the imperfect paint job! It adds a fancy touch, AND hides those imperfections.
I let the whole thing dry overnight before punching a hole, adding the twine and attaching the name tag.
This Wood-U-Bend holiday tag was a fun project to make! I hope you enjoyed it too. Happy Holidays!
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