Simple DIY Christmas Decor with HART Tools

Sponsored by Hart Tools and Walmart

Ready for a simple Christmas DIY project to make last minute?  These wood presents are fast and make a great statement piece.  They are inexpensive and last forever. I am so excited to be partnering with HART Tools and Walmart to show how easy it is to use these tools – anyone can do it!

Tools Needed:

HART Circular Saw

HART 20v Hand Drill

HART Drill Bit Set

HART Multi-Tool

HART Measuring Tape

Materials Needed:

1×10 Pine Board – 6 feet long

Paint

Ribbon

Step One: Tools

You can order your tools online or in your local Walmart. You will most likely find them near the auto section. I link them here for you as well. I recently attended the launch of the HART Tools and WALMART Partnership and it was amazing to get hands on experience with these tools. I loved learning from the designers and HART team. They are at such a great price point and are so well built. You guys will love these!

Step Two: Cutting

Cut your board into the lengths you desire. There is no right or wrong way to do this. I chose the 1×10 board (which is really 9 1/2 inches wide), but you can use any size you would like. Use your HART Measuring Tape to measure out your lengths. The first cut was 9 1/2 inches long. The second cut was 13 1/2 inches long. The third cut was 17 1/2 inches long.

Using the HART Circular Saw is very simple. Follow the directions to install the blade and make sure you have eye protection on. Mark your lines and make your cut. Familiarize yourself with the safety features and different functions of the saw as well.

Additionally I wanted to make two holes in the center of the boards for tying my ribbon. I want to make sure these boards can be changed up and did not want to glue ribbon on it permanently. For the smallest square board I found the center and then measure 1/2 inch away from it toward the top right corner and the bottom left corner. I then used my HART DRILL and my HART 1/2 inch Spade Bit to make the hole. It was my first time using a spade bit and it was really simple.

I then did the same thing to the other boards, but this time it was not in the center. It was 3/4 way to the top of these boards.

Step Three: Sanding

I used my HART Multi-Tool for sanding the edges down. I like my boards pretty rustic so I didn’t need a lot of sanding. This tool was perfect for the job.

Step Four: Painting

You can do any look you desire. Stain only. Paint only. Or leave the boards raw. I chose to do a chippy paint look. This process is mapped out in my blog post here. For a simple review, these are the steps:

  1. Paint the board a darker color with dark paint or stain and let dry.
  2. Rub Vasaline onto edges and certain parts of the board that you want the paint to “chip off” of.
  3. Paint a top coat of lighter paint and let dry.
  4. Use a sander to gently rub off the top coat of paint where the Vasaline is.
  5. Finish with a top coat.

Step Five: Ribbon

You can tie the ribbon in anyway you would like. I first added the length of bow ribbon through the holes. I left them untied as I added a different color of ribbon vertically and horizontally across the top. I then turned the board over and taped the ribbon with duct tape to the back, once again so I can change it out later. You can glue or staple gun it if you prefer a more permanent ribbon.

I then turned back over the board and added different elements as I tied the bows. One board had a bell, the other two had some greenery. Just be creative and do what you like!

You have finished your DIY Wood Presents! You can set them anywhere or even hang them from the back where the ribbon has looped.

I have just loved using these HART Tools available at Walmart. They are perfect for any DIYer!

Holiday Safety Awareness

Sponsored Post with First Alert

We are getting ready for the holidays and making sure our family is safe and sound. So I am partnering with First Alert to discuss a very important topic.  You can find more information here on winter safety

Did you know that 50,000 people each year get sick from Carbon Monoxide poisoning? And it will take 400 of these individuals lives, half of which take place during November through February. It is called the Silent Killer because it is a gas that is invisible, odorless and deadly. The only way to detect it is the have a CO alarm in your home.

First Alert’s top priority is keeping families safe. So they invented a new CO alarm that has a 10 year battery life that can be set on a shelf. It is called the First Alert 10-Year Sealed Battery Carbon Monoxide Alarm. It is stylish design that shows the temperature, and will alarm you when CO levels are too high. The best part? There is no installation required!

Mine arrived in the mail this week and I was so excited to try it out. The directions were simple and easy to follow. The box was darling and reminded me of The Elf on The Shelf!

I couldn’t believe how simple it really was. I turned it on and followed the directions. Within minutes it was up and running.

I found a place in the kitchen that was far enough away from the appliances (they recommend 5 feet). My floating shelves were the perfect spot and the alarm hid nicely there.

This CO alarm by First Alert is so simple and so effective. Make sure to snag one here so you can rest assured that your family is safe this holiday season. We hope you have a Merry Christmas!