Friday, August 8, 2014

"A" is for Apple Paperweight

DIY wood apple paperweight

An easy back to school teacher gift made using a piece of 4x4 scrap wood.

Any teacher is sure to love a personalized apple paperweight to display on their desk.

The leaves and stem are wood too.

I attached a piece of chalkboard painted flat moulding on front for the personalization but you could leave this off.

How to make an apple paperweight:

Step 1: Cut 4x4 into 4" piece.

Step 2: Miter all 4 sides of both cut ends at 30 degrees.

Step 3: Drill 3/4" hole at center and insert 3" length of 3/4" dowel.
Paint apple body red and stem brown, once dry sand edges smooth.

Step 4: Cut 5/32" basswood leaves.  I used my Rockwell BladeRunner but a jigsaw should work too.

Step 5: Paint green and sand edges.

Step 6: Drill hole for wire.

Step 7: Thread wire through holes and twist snug.

Step 8: Wrap wire around stem base and twist leaves snug.

Step 9: Paint 5" pieces of flat moulding with black chalkboard paint.

Step 10: Glue and nail chalkboard piece in place.

Write teacher's name with white chalk marker.

I'm linking up to:

Sand and Sisal

The 36th Avenue

Creative Collection @ Lolly Jane
Nifty Thrity Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Inspiration Exchange @ City Farmhouse
SAS @ Funky Junk
That DIY Party @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming


  1. If you want to save time you can use Ryobi #20 wood biscuits for the leaves. All you have to do is drill the holes and paint.