DIY Key & Leash Holder Step 2

Introduction

Hi everyone!  Welcome to Step 2 of my DIY Key & Leash Holder Series.  If you haven’t read Step 1 then please start there.  Click Here to read Step 1.  So, when we left off in Step 1 we were leaving our freshly stained wood to dry.  In this step we will be creating our design and transferring it to the wood.  I am going to go over the various ways that you can do this.  If anyone has any questions please feel free to drop your question in the comment section at the bottom of this page.

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Disclaimer:  I link to items in my shop in this tutorial.  You are not obligated to purchase anything to use this tutorial.  I only offer my design files to purchase for those who would prefer not to make up the design themselves.  If you would prefer to make your own design just skip the Design File Section of this tutorial.

Design Files

If you want to make your key & leash holder using my designs you can purchase them for $1.00 each in my shop.  Each design is created so that all you have to do is download it and print it to use it.  I will be showing you how to use my design files in this tutorial.  You are welcome to get creative with it and make up your own design too if you like!

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Options For Transferring Your Design

There are several different ways that you can use to transfer your design to the wood.  I am going to outline and go over two different methods that I have used and my preferred method.

  • Trace & Trace
    • Step 1 :  If you don’t have access to a printer than this would be the ideal method for you to use.  Outline and cut some printer paper or sketch paper to the size of your wood.  With masking tape, tape your piece of paper to your monitor or laptop screen over the image you want to use.  If you are using my design file then go ahead and open it on your screen.  If you open it with Adobe it should open up to be the size of your paper.  If it isn’t then you need to resize it until it fits.  Once you have it lined up and taped go ahead and use a pencil and trace the image.
    • Step 2:  Once your image is traced and looks like you want it you can remove it from your screen and lay it face down on a table or other surface.  Use a piece of chalk or a graphite stick and color the back of your design.  Make sure to color it really dark and then shake off the excess dust.
    • Step 3:  Tape your image with the design up to your piece of wood.  Trace your design again with a pencil making sure to bare down hard enough to leave the impression.  Now you are ready to paint!
  • Print & Trace
    • Step 1:  Print and cut out your design.  If you are using my design files it is sized exactly how you need it.  You just need to line up your wood and cut it out.
    • Step 2:  Use a piece of chalk or a graphite stick and color the back of your design.  Make sure to color it really dark and then shake off the excess dust.
    • Step 3:  Tape your image with the design up to your piece of wood.  Trace your design again with a pencil making sure to bare down hard enough to leave the impression.  Now you are ready to paint.
  • Preferred Method
    • If I am going to be using a design over and over again then I will buy some stencil blanks from my local Joann’s and use a wood burner with a stencil cutting tip to cut out my stencils.  You can also use a cricut or comparable machine to make stencils.  If it’s a design I only plan on doing once or a few times then I will use the print & trace method.

 

Step 3

In Step 3 we are going to be going over actually painting your design.  I will share with you what paint brushes and paint I like to use as well as some helpful tips and tricks I have learned along the way.

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My name is Uneeda Phipps but I go by Danielle. I love love love to craft and learn new techniques! I paint, crochet, and sew a variety of products. I have 2 little boys, a cat, 2 dogs, and 2 guinea pigs that help inspire my creations and a wonderful and supportive husband that makes this all possible! I am also a huge animal lover and have an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology and I used to work as a Website Designer/Marketing Manager for my sister’s business. If you have any questions or need help with anything on my website don't hesitate to contact me.
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