Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Craft idea: Wooden Shapes

I bought some unfinished wood shapes from the dollarstore. One package of flowers, and one of butterflies. 10 shapes for $1. Not bad. But what to do with them? Here are some fun and frugal ideas. They make great gifts and are simple enough for children to make. This can also be incorporated into a party, as both an activity to occupy guests and as a take home favour.

Fridge Magnets

Unfinished wood shapes
Craft paint in assorted colours
Tray or palette for mixing colours (try an ice cube tray!)
Paint brushes, smaller are better
Adhesive craft magnets

Step one:
Lay down some newspaper, especially if you want to do this craft with children. Assemble the painting supplies and pick out which colours to use.

Step two:
Paint your wooden piece with a base coat. I found the paint soaked in, so two coats are usually needed. Don't forget to paint the edges! This is where it can get a bit messy.

Step three:
Once the base is try, it's time to add the details! This is the fun part. Use a small brush and take your time. Do darker colours first, then add the lighter colours. Let dry thoroughly.

Step four:
Once completely dry, flip your peice over and attach a small magnet. I used a roll of adhesive magnet and snipped off a small piece of maget for each shape. Ta da! That's it! Super easy, right?

So, what else can we do with these?

Gift Bags:
Glue a shape on to a plain gift bag. Bonus if you make a magnet first, and then tape it to the bag.

Ribbon garland:
Glue the shapes onto a ribbon for a fun garland. Great for parties. Why not a christmas themed one to decorate your tree or fireplace?

Carefully poke a hole into each shape with a large needle or awl. Hang the shapes from an embroidery hoop with string or fishing line. Hang some longer and some shorter, being careful to balance the weight so it hangs evenly. It would make a very inexpensive and customized mobile.

Christmas decorations:
Poke a hole into each, thread with metallic thread and hang on your tree. Use shapes such as stars and snowflakes.

Try it out! It's fun and cheap!


  1. I like the flowers. They're so cute. Great colours!

  2. The red flowers make a perfect Remembrance Day pin... they will last as long as memories and there is not straight pin to stab you in the chest! Sorry Rick Mercer-I won't be needing your "Poppy Dicky" after all!

  3. These are pretty lame compared to some of the ideas you have previously posted Razle! You can do better! what ideas do you have for Formal Christmas Table Settings on a budget?

  4. Apartment Therapy has some wonderful all white table settings posted today. All white is easy to replicate inexpensively. Add metallic accessories, in gold or silver to add shine.

    I'll post some Christmas pics of decorations entirely from dollarstore findings soon.

  5. Personally, in MHO, I think these are great: cheap, creative & FUN!!!! Way to go Mary.