DIY: Harvest Crate

Just because Halloween is over, doesn’t mean it’s time to break out the Christmas decorations yet. I fully intend on soaking in fall in it’s entirety. I feel like October flew by and I need the extra three weeks to truly appreciate the fall.

This project had a slight evolution. I failed at my first attempt but once I figured out why it wasn’t working, I adjusted and really liked the final result.

What you’ll need:  A print out of what you want on your crate, but reversed/ Gloss Gel Medium/ A CD Crate/ Sand Paper/ A Paint Brush/ White Paint

Step One: Paint your crate white. I actually used ivory. This is a very important step, when you are done removing the excess paper you will still have some white residue, a white surface is more forgiving.

Step Two: Apply your gloss gel medium using even strokes. Make sure it’s not too much!

Step Three: Apply your slip of paper face down and smooth. Make sure there are no bubbles.

Step Four: Add one more layer of gloss medium on top, not too heavy and with smooth, even strokes. Let dry.

Step Five: Wet a paper towel and carefully peel off top lay or paper. Dab you paper towel on the paper surface and gently start rubbing off the paper. Don’t press too hard or the ink will start to smear. Keep this up until you have the desired look to your printed phrase.

Step Six: Take your sand paper and sand down your painted finish to give it a rustic feel. Focus on any imperfections in your type, I sanded mine heavily to cover anything that looked off. I think the more worn it looks the better!

Enjoy XOXO

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