Kid’s Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge

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Welcome to this month’s Create & Share Challenge! Today I’m sharing all of the details of this Kid’s Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge!

Twenty-nine of my bloggy friends and I joined forces with the talented folks over at Walnut Hollow to share our interpretations of some of their most popular products. And it was so. much. fun!

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Make sure to hop around to the other projects for even more creative interpretations and inspiration! You’ll find all of the links at the end of this post.

For this challenge, we were given the option of working with one of three of Walnut Hollow’s products: medium basswood round, rustic pallet tray, or large round clock with clock movement supplies. I chose the clock (without the clock movement supplies), because what I had in mind wasn’t a clock!

Supplies

For this project you’ll need a few supplies, some of which you may not have worked with before.

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

Kid’s Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge ~ The How-To

The first thing I did was venture into our messy basement to find one of my kids’ works of art. Thankfully, I knew right where to look {I actually have the kids’ keepsakes filed…thank goodness!}. I picked out this drawing that our oldest daughter did when she was in 5th grade.

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

I made a black and white copy and made it larger {I copied it at 125%}. You’ll have to play with this setting depending on the size of your art.

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

After copying and resizing the art, I placed it on the clock to determine where I wanted it, trimmed it down, and cut a piece of Graphite Paper the same size as the art. Then I placed the Graphite Paper on the tray and taped it down…

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

…followed by the art taped on the top.

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

Then I traced around my daughter’s design.

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

After I traced the full design, I carefully pulled away a corner of the art and Graphite Paper to make sure that the design transferred.

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

But I had a slight problem: lines that I didn’t want on the design had transferred just from moving the tray around as I traced.

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

Not to worry if this happens to you! Just take a small piece of fine sandpaper and carefully sand it off.

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

See? Works like a charm! 🙂

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

Next, I “traced” over the lines with my wood burner. I’ve used a wood burner before on my DIY Welcoming Fall Rake, but this project required more detailed burning, so I practiced on a scrap piece of wood first.

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

I actually didn’t get any photos of the wood burning process, because I was home alone and didn’t want to risk burning myself or messing up my design by trying to wood burn and take one-handed photos at the same time. Safety first, friends!

Here’s the completed wood burned image!

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

Since I didn’t want to add any color to this project, I burned a few additional details to the nest, eggs, branches, leaves, and bird’s tail. I also found the wood burning really forgiving. If I messed something up, it was fairly easy to camouflage.

After wood burning, I added 3 coats of Rocker’s Salad Bowl Finish and let it cure for 72 hours {DON’T skip this step, it’s what makes your tray food-safe!}.

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

I love the sheen, touch of color, and added intensity the finish brings to the tray and the wood burned design!

To “plug” the hole that the clock fitments would normally go in, I put the tray on an old but clean cardboard box, filled the hole with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and placed my silver flower brad in the middle of the hole.

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

I used E600 Craft Adhesive to attach the glass candle holder to the bottom of the tray (or the back of the clock).

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

Once the two glues were dry, I had fun setting it up with crackers, cheese, and a cheese knife!

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

 

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

Kid's Art Cheese Tray: March Create & Share Challenge | The House Down the Lane

A Few Wood Burning Tips

I did pick up a couple of wood burning tips while working on this project. And, of course, I’m going to share!

  • Give your wood burning tool plenty of time to heat up. I was excited to get to work on this, and I could have waited a few more minutes.
  • Practice on scrap wood first! This tool felt completely foreign to me the first time I used it, but once I played with it for a bit, I was much more comfortable.
  • Experiment with the different tips. I didn’t think I’d like the chiseled tip pictured above {in the practicing photo}, but it actually gave me the most control. You never know until you try!
  • The trick for even, smooth lines is to move your wood burning tool at a constant speed. It took me a few tries to find that speed, but when I did, my lines looked SO much better. Don’t believe me? Compare the top tree branch to the lower one. Guesses as to which one I did first?

More Create & Share Challenge Fun

There’s more inspiration, and you don’t want to miss a single post!

Pallet Tray Projects
Pocketful Of Posies:  DIY Military Coin Shadow Box
Vintage Romance Style: Easy DIY Laptop Stand
Shabby Grace Blog: Herb Garden Tray
Vintage Paint and More: DIY Vintage Pallet Tray
Domicile 37: Electronics Tray
Iris Nacole: Bohemian Tray
Medium Basswood Round
A Shade of Teal: DIY Clock
One Mile Home Style:  Golden Home Sweet Home Wall Art
Flourish & Knot: Monogrammed Cheese Board
Knock It Off Kim: Rustic Treat Stand
Farmhouse 40: Wood Open Sign
DIY Beautify:  Wood Slice Clock
Creatively Homespun:  DIY Children’s Step Stool
Chatfield Court:  DIY House Numbers
Large Round Clock
Monica Wants It: Gold Polka Dot Clock
The Twin Cedars: DIY Lazy Susan
Tastefully Frugal:  DIY Drum Clock
Uncookie Cutter: Tabletop Clock
The House Down The Lane:  Kid’s Art Cheese Tray
Refashionably Late: Stenciled Clock
My Life From Home: DIY Baseball Clock
Old House To New Home: DIY Stenciled Clock

 

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A very special thanks to Walnut Hollow for partnering with us for March’s Create & Share Challenge! And thank you to Stephanie of Casa Watkins for organizing the Create & Share Challenges!

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you’re inspired to get creative today!

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  1. What a cute idea and I bet your daughter is so proud to see her artwork displayed in this manner. Love it!

  2. This is awesome! Super impressed!

  3. What a great idea! I was so afraid to try out the wood burner, but will need to get it out and just do it! I love that you used your daughter’s art work. So sweet!

  4. Tiffany, this is amazing! I love it and I love, love, love that you used your daughters artwork. It makes it even better. What a perfect design and I love that you turned it into something other than a clock. Beautiful!
    April R – Uncookie Cutter recently posted…Toy Shelf – Inspired by Land of NodMy Profile

  5. Way a great idea! Love how you raised it up too!

  6. So cute! I love the little jewel embellishment. Love that you created something completely different. So sweet!

  7. This is so cool Tiffany! I love how your projects have a family centered theme and your kids have a great eye for crafting! Thanks for joining in the fun this month!
    Stephanie @ Casa Watkins recently posted…Your Home Decor and More no. 6My Profile

  8. Tiffany what a cool way to display your child’s art!! Love this! I may have to give this a try! 🙂 Pinned!

  9. So cute! What a sweet way to memorialize your children.

  10. What a great idea to make your clock into a cheese plate Tiffany! I really like the glass stand candle holder you added to it and the bird pic is too cute! Pinning and sharing. I hope you are having a good week. Take care, Tara
    Tara @ lehmanlane recently posted…Dream. Create. Inspire. Link Party #41My Profile

  11. What a great idea Tiffany, and I love that you used your daughter’s artwork. Pinned!

  12. I love that you used your kids art, such a great idea that will last forever.

  13. Yay! We both made cheese boards! I love that you used your daughter’s art for the design. What a lovely and lasting memory.

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