Spotted: Wood Slice Chalkboards from Little House Blog, and 11 other Wood Slice Projects

Wood Slice Chalkboards

These are what you’re going to use for gift tags this year, and for menu cards, and for labels for your potluck dishes, and for party favors.

They’re wood slice chalkboards, and they’re freakin’ genius.

Check out the tutorial to make these wood slice chalkboards from Little House Blog, although with the only materials required being tree stumps or branches, a chainsaw, a sander, and chalkboard paint, the project couldn’t be easier. And yet what an impact it makes! These chalkboard wood slices are lovely, they’re useful, they’re versatile, and they’ve got to be fun to make, on account of you know how I love my power tools.

Interested in even more wood slice projects? Check out this list of 11 tutorials for inspiration:

1. buttonsUse eensy-weensy fallen branches, and an even eensier drill bit, for this project.

2. candle holderMake sure your slice is pretty wide to catch the drips.

3. card holder. These tree stumps look great holding greeting cards–and they’re super easy to make.

4. checkersGive kids a bunch of thin slices from a tree branch (or let them saw their own!) and some paint, and let them make themselves a full set of checkers. This makes a great outdoor toy, and if one gets lost, you can just saw and paint yourself another one!

5. coastersThese wood slices benefit from a clear sealant to protect them from spills, but if you don’t mind the odd stain, you can do without even that.

6. crayon, marker, and colored pencil holders. If you start them off with a pre-cut wood slice and hand them the correctly-sized drill bit (I recommend a paddle bit, because they drill these wide holes MUCH easier), then this is a project that kids can make all by themselves. It makes a great kid-made gift!

7. moveable alphabetKids will love the feel of these letters.

8. napkin ringsKeep those paddle bits out, because these wood slice napkin rings are also just that easy.

9. toy boatsThese are way cuter than anything that you’d find in a store.

10. tree blocks. Tree blocks are a huge hit with kids, but it’s crazy-expensive to buy your own set. Fortunately, it’s exactly this easy to make them yourselves.

11. water filterThis is your kid’s next science project.

If you’ve got another great wood slice project in mind, tell me about it or link to it in the Comments below.

[wood slice chalkboards image via Little House Blog]

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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