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Christmas Craft - How to make Wood Mountain Ornaments

Amber Seymour, Urban Timber Revival

Christmas Craft - How to make Wood Mountain Ornaments

Amber Seymour, Urban Timber Revival

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10 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Overview and Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Triangles are easy

    • 4. Drill those holes!

    • 5. Sanding - keep it simple...

    • 6. Staining

    • 7. Mountain Details

    • 8. Finishing Touches

    • 9. Bonus - step it up a notch!

    • 10. Conclusion & Class Project

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In this class you will learn entry level woodworking & crafting skills to make cute holiday "Mountain Snowflake" ornaments.  Also included is bonus footage if you would like to take it up a notch by adding customization to your project.    

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Amber Seymour

Urban Timber Revival


Hello, I'm Amber.

I live in the PNW with my family.   I love taking scrap wood, furniture, or other discarded items and creating beautiful artwork and seasonal items.  I love teaching basic woodworking skills to the every day crafter!


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1. Overview and Introduction: welcome everyone to the sweet little holiday theme class Today we're going to use a basic woodworking skills and basic crafting skills and make these cute little mountains. They're super fun. You can customize, Um and they're really, really easy. My name is Amber Seymour. You can find me a urban timber revival, and I hope you like this project and all the projects to come enjoy. 2. Materials: we're going to start off by walking through exactly what you need to get these mountains done. So we're going to start off of their safety equipment. I always recommend a good set of your protection, facemask and eye protection. It's a must. Then we're gonna move on to a miter saw a simple drove with the drill bit. And for our crafty supplies, any type of ribbon you have you like, I'm going to use, um, dark walnut stain, some white paint, a little wreg. Apply the stain. And here I have a brush. And I do prefer to use an angle brush for these, But whatever you have, and then this is a piece of one by four Common board. Any scrap you have even old fence boards. Anything you have will be great. All right, let's get started. 3. Triangles are easy: So for today's project, we're going to set our miter saw 30 degrees, and we're going to leave it there were not going to move this studying, so I have a lot of questions about How do you get the perfect triangle? Not get that lopsided. So I'm gonna show you the simple trick we're gonna make our first cut, the upper corner. So, you see, I have the blade lined up to hit that corner, and then you simply flip your board. You don't move your cell, you flip your board, and then you make your second cut. So I'll demonstrate that here in just a second here we go, flipping that board, and we're gonna hit that top corner again. So once you do that, you're gonna have the perfect triangle. So you'll see here I moved to a different saw. Its the same saw just bigger. My little guy ran out of battery life, so I got my first cut and flipping it coming down again. And I'm gonna flip and repeat, flip and repeat, and I'm gonna do this probably 50 times. I always building book. All right, here we go. 4. Drill those holes!: sorry about the blurry picture here, but we need to think about where we're going to drill our whole. So I marked a little area here. You don't want to close to the top. Are you going to snap that tip right off so you can see I'm gonna angle my drill straight down and drove right through the upper part of the train. On. If you noticed, I have a piece of protective would on my workbench. So I don't ruin my regular bench because you are gonna hit through and get lots of Nick. So get yourself extra piece of wood down there. And as you see, I have a casualty. I always have one or two, so I always make a few extra because you don't want to get to this point, be disappointed and start over. So make a few extra 5. Sanding - keep it simple...: all right, We're to the easy part of the project, and that is just Sandy. And I'm not trying to get these perfect. I always believe in a rustic Keep it, you know, not glossy, like you find something in a store. It make it just just enough. So that little Sanders using is called a zip sander. I have been a lot better than the big, bulky blocks Sanders combined. Those from Amazon just referred Zip sander. So we're gonna speed this up. And by the end of this, I should have a full box full of triangles. So here we go. The next step is we're going to stain these. 6. Staining: All right, So we're gonna take all these triangles, and we're gonna stain them with the dark walnut stain. And I'm just showing you these to buy tease, because I ladies out on my bench like a drying rack. Kind of like you're letting your cookies cool from the oven. So I am going to stain all of these pieces and this Dean, if it's warm, whether it will dry in a few hours. But if it's humid or cold out, I really let thes set overnight, because when you paint over the top of them, you don't want that stain lifting. Or sometimes they're sticky. So I do let these sit. I might come here halfway through and flip them over so they will dry equally. So that's it on to the next step. 7. Mountain Details: all right. I'm so glad to be out of that dusty wind shop in the up in my office. So the stain has dried. I let them dry overnight just to be safe, and I'm going to start painting them now. And when I was standing, you probably noticed I didn't get the stain into those drill holes really well, and I didn't really care, because when we paint, we're gonna get the paint down in those drill holes, so don't be too concerned about that. So we are going to paint this sides to match up with the front, and you can see I'm using that angled brush on if you caught when I pay and different I did that little squiggly line to make a snow effect. And having that little angle on the brush just makes it easier, Okay? And I'm laying it on kind of thick because I kind of like the dimension of the snow. So you're just gonna turn that paintbrush right over and start adding your polka dots and a lot of times will have to paint brushes that are different sizes so I can get different size dots on my mountains That Sometimes you can just get that same effect with how much pressure you apply as well or how much pain you have on there. So this is the 2nd 1 See that? Just that little squiggle. And we're gonna kind of fill all those species that miss the stain. And they do have stain pens that I have that match my, um, Can Justine. So I have to come back. I just simply for a little stain on it, then not a big deal or another. Trick is you can stand the edge. It's that's supposed to look like that. And I would advise you do this flat rather than what I'm doing for the camera, because you don't want these to drip. I'm gonna put this down and let's speed this up. As you said, I had about 50 of these. So we'll tear through quite a few these so you'll notice it's some of these and leaving blank. I'm gonna show you bonus footage later on what else you can do with these instead of the snowflakes? And I'm also sure you close appear because you can see I'll probably have to come back and put another quickly or a paint on those mountain peaks just to get him correct 8. Finishing Touches: Okay. We're kind of in the home stretch now, So pick some ribbon that you like. Or twine. I usually do a mix of this Redway. And then I have some green and white, too. So you need to get the ribbon through the hole, which isn't always fun. So I always make sure little screwdriver or something on hand, right? Can just kind of poke that that string through and usually do something a little fatter. This screwed reversal. Skinny. So it's giving me some trouble, but you get the idea. Just get something to help you force that string through the other side. Easy is African even up the ribbon tie a knot in it. Easier said than done when you got fat fingers. All right, so we're gonna tighten that and then trim off the So there it iss little pretty ornament. So I'm going to show you some alternatives in the bonus film 9. Bonus - step it up a notch!: all right, so our basic project is complete. You can see that little mountain over this place, but I know a lot of you out there have either the cricket for the so wet. So I want to add some bonus footage for those of you who already know how to use that on how to dress these up a little bit. So for those of you who are saying what is a cricket, what's a silhouette? It's basically a machine that can cut stencils for you. I know people use them for a lot of other purposes to die cuts and whatnot. But I'm a beginner on the civil wet. So are just sees this stencils. And if you go through skill share, I'm not teaching a silhouette or cricket class. But there's several very experienced teachers out there that you can learn that skill from so you can see here I added a little joy sign, and I also adding a P and W. So I live in the greater Seattle area, so that stands for Pacific Northwest, of course. So I think when you make these, it's fun to personalize them. I like to do regional things that you can't just go by hobby lobby. I love them, but you don't want to replicate with their do make things for your area. So maybe like colleges you like to go to, maybe a child's name just personalized them however you can and just get creative with it. So I'm gonna show you how to get these done, and then I'm gonna speed it up a little bit. So there we go. There's a 2nd 1 and then I'm gonna take that same old pain I've always used. I know a lot of you love chalk pain, and I love it too. But I don't use all the time for these projects because it tends toe flake off or create a little bit of a death storm. And I just don't really want to deal with that. So this is that white stain blocker with primer built in paint. This on hap happens to be from bear at Home Depot, but brand I don't think really matters. Just pick something that will kind of keep that stain from lifting out. Bernie tannins lifting up. And then on these I do too light coats. Those of you who worked with the silhouette early work with these stencils. I hear a lot of complaints about bleeding. Sometimes I have that trouble too. So a lot of people use the tip of putting a light layer module podge over your stencil before you paint. So you put that on there, you let it dry, and then you go to your paint. I'm skipping that step today. I'm just being careful, all right? There's the 2nd 1 and we'll get this beat up on this. Take all those off and then I'm going to go ahead and add snowflakes to these two. So anyway, I hope if you're more advanced grafter, this will help you dress ease up a little bit. And here we go. Here's our original project plus the bonus footage. So I'm gonna go ahead and put ribbon on all of these and I'll show you them when they're done 10. Conclusion & Class Project: Okay, so I'll be doing a little bit of touch up to these mountain caps to finish them off. But our project is essentially done. If you've never gotten out in the workshop before, I hope this encourages you to get out and do some simple woodworking. And your class project is to create your own mountain whether you do it with the simple snow like we did here or have your own personal touches. I can't wait to see you eat. Deal and please upload your project to the class to share with everyone enjoying the four to feature classes. Thank you.