Holiday Decor: Sawing Logs

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Over Thanksgiving (or as we’ve dubbed it, Thanksmas) my sister-in-law had a great idea for a little craftiness au natural. Naw, we didn’t get crafty in the buff, we decided to bring a little nature indoors with a project that included slices of tree branches all gussied up with some chalkboard paint. As I worked on making potato casserole for 32 (nearly every single one of us was able to gather this year-bonus!) my sister-in-law and niece painted up a pile of slices for me-they’re pretty sweet, those two! Here’s what they used:

IMG_1778Oh, and a shout out to my brother-in-law for slicing up some branches and drilling holes near the top for us. In addition to those, a little chalkboard paint and a cheap brush is all you need! Here’s what they look like with a dab of paint.

IMG_1779Pretty cute, no? Now that you’ve got rustic, itty-bitty chalkboards, the sky’s the limit! Here’s how I decided to use them:

First, a little ornament action…

IMG_1764Next, placecards for a little rustic winter tablescape…IMG_1745IMG_1755A larger slice made a nifty candle plate…

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And finally, name tags for gifties…

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IMG_1793Oh, and you know that all the chalkboard action above was courtesy of my favorite cheater method, right???

And talk about an inexpensive craft project! Thanks to a Lowe’s gift card I had lurking in my wallet, this didn’t set me back a dime!

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So, dear readers, what would you use your little discs of chalkboard goodness for?