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I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret: I’m in the middle of a really big project.  I’m re-doing my teeny-tiny home office/craft space.  I can’t wait for it to be finished and share it with you all!  In the mean time, I thought I would share a quick tutorial for a DIY painted tree slice that I made to decorate this teeny-tiny home office.

DIY Painted Tree Slice with tutorial and template from The Crazy Craft Lady


I started off at Michaels, looking for something unrelated, when I decided to make this project – typical!  Side note: Mommy is going to brag here for a minute.  I took the 2-year-old twins with me to the craft store.  Being lazy mommy that I am, I opted to skip the stroller and put R in a cart and let Miss B walk with me.  She did great!  She kept pulling things off the shelves.  All I had to do was tell her, “No, we don’t need that,” and she would put it back right where she got it.  This little girl has some serious shopping instincts at a very young age!

Back to the project…

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Here are the supplies that you will need for this tree slice craft:

  • One tree slice slab
  • Large and various small paint brushes
  • Acrylic paint – I used light blue, grey, silver, and white
  • A template of the words or design you want to use.  Click (here – Template) to download the template that I used.

Step 1 – Paint the main area of your tree slice slab a solid background color (in this case light blue).  Allow to dry.

NOTE: If you want to be able to change out the design on your tree slice, use any color of chalkboard paint in this step.  Then use chalk or liquid chalk in steps 3 and 4.

Step 2 – Paint the edge bark of your tree slice slab with an accent color.  I did one coat of grey followed by one coat of silver.  I was concerned that the silver paint wouldn’t give good coverage without a base coat behind it.  In hindsight, I probably could have skipped the grey base coat.

Step 3- Print off the template and transfer it to your tree slice slab.  I used the pencil method – scribble with pencil on the back of your template.  Place the template right-side-up on the tree slice and trace the words of the template with a pen.  This will transfer the pencil lead from the back of the paper to the wood.

Step 4 – Fill in your design with an accent color.  This design was tricky, and I had to use a very thin paintbrush.  I did one coat of white paint on the letters.  Once that had dried, I watered down some silver paint and added accent around the letters.

DIY Painted Tree Slice with tutorial and template from The Crazy Craft Lady

That’s it!  I love how this little project for my teeny-tiny home office turned out.  Right now this painted tree slice is sitting on a shelf above by desk, and I can’t wait to share the rest of my office re-do project with you all!

DIY Painted Tree Slice with tutorial and template from The Crazy Craft Lady

DIY Painted Tree Slice with tutorial and template from The Crazy Craft Lady


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  1. WoW! what a rustic looking slate! It is stunning. I have a rustic cutting board just like this..and I love that so much. Very creative project 🙂 btw, visiting you from Domestic Superhero..

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  4. I love this project! I have a piece of wood that could definitely use a makeover. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party!

  5. Very pretty!! Enjoy setting up your office- I just did mine and it’s a game changer. I feel like I have my sanity back!!

  6. This is so pretty, love that wood slice! Way to go with 2 kids in Michael’s, I have a hard time with one 3 year old 🙂

  7. I love this idea!! I have been wanting to get some things for my house and just saw a sign I love at the store, but I hate spending money so I didn’t get it. This would be a great way to make that. My parents actually did a similar craft with this when they had my daughters over before Halloween, but they painted them orange like pumpkins and then painted on jack-o-lantern faces. It came out really cute, but I hadn’t considered doing this myself. I’m excited to try this.

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