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Procrastination is Productivity: A Functional Rustic Approach

I’m having a very productive, creative week. I love it. What I find most amusing is that I had set the goal for myself to post a blog every day this week (in addition to the 10 Inspirational Quotes). Well, that didn’t happen. Ha.

While actively not writing the posts I intended to, I built a bunch of new items for Functional Rustic. I love when that happens. The things I create when I am supposed to be doing something else are often my favorites.

I’m off to create more but here a few of the items.

Wooden Thank You Cards

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Wooden Thank You Cards.

 

 

Fire Wood Holder

Bathroom Décor

 

Salvaged Shutter Chalk Board Organizer

 

What do you think?

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic.

 

Wooden Thank You Card LIME GREEN

Measures 3.5 in x 3.5 in x 5/8 in. The handmade Wooden Thank You Card by Functional Rustic is the unique thank you gift you didn’t know you were looking for until now. The Functional Rustic Wooden Thank You Card is small enough to fit in your pocket and durable enough to take with you wherever you go. PLUS, the Wooden Thank You Card is made from a salvaged wood shipping pallet and then hand painted with oil paints. Every single Wooden Thank You Card is unique making each card a truly one-of-a-kind expression of gratitude.

$10.00

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Dr. Masaru Emoto’s Water Experiment – A Functional Rustic Approach

Watch the short video below about the results from Dr. Masaru Emoto’s water experiment. He studies how words, music and pictures impact water crystals when they freeze.

Learning about this experiment changed my life. I first came across it while watching the film What the Bleep: Further Down the Rabbit Hole. I found the clip from the movie about Dr. Emoto on YouTube and watched it repeatedly. I still do. The message is profound.

Words matter. Intention matters.

This is why I share quotations. On a molecular level I am positively impacting myself and everyone that reads the words I share. Those quotes can literally change people. As I am holding my coffee cup, reading through my quotes every morning I am changing the water in the coffee. Each sip I take is like drinking those positive words.

This is why I share how I overcome negative thinking. I am not the only person that has doubts and fears and insecurities. When I find an approach that helps me keep those negative thoughts at bay – I share it so you can experience that positive change too. On a molecular level I am changing me and those that learn from me in beautiful ways.

This is why I share tutorials. I feel such pride in myself every time I try a new DIY craft. Every single item I make I admire and smile each time I see it because it is a physical representation of something I accomplished. By teaching you how to build the crafts you too can have the opportunity to feel that pride. You too can have that opportunity to imbue your positive energy onto items you keep around you.

This is why I create and sell handmade décor. When I build it, I do so with the intention of inspiring someone to try and create something themselves. I believe that on a molecular level my intentions impact the sign or candle holder etc. My designs are purposefully simple so as to inspire someone to say, “Ya know, I could make this.”

This is why I share my business approach free of charge. When I share the strategies I used to average thousands of visitors to my website, I don’t do it for money. The intention is to teach, not profit. I believe the noble intentions will actually impact how the lesson is received and how it will be implemented.

This is why I have not gotten another tattoo. My first tattoo was when I was 18 – its a duck. Ha. My second tattoo was when I was 20 – its an abstract face of a weeping woman. My third tattoo was when I was 23 – its a heart. The heart is on my hand and is honor of my brother Andrew. With my new found knowledge of the power of words and images, I want to be sure I am effecting the water in body the best way possible.

Like I said, learning about this experiment changed my life. What do you think of Dr. Masaru Emoto’s results?

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

Did you know Functional Rustic provides more than just a blog? Find out what others already know by shopping in the Functional Rustic Store.

Below are just a few of the handcrafted items available.

“Meow Spoken Here” Wooden Ornament

“Meow Spoken Here” Wooden Ornament by Functional Rustic is handcrafted from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint. Twine is used to hang the ornament. Free Shipping.

$10.00

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Orange

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder from Functional Rustic adds a rustic elegance to any space. The 3 Tier Tea Light Candle Holder is made from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted. Free Shipping.

$15.00

Mini Chalk Board – Blue by Functional Rustic

The Mini Chalk Board by Functional Rustic is the fun and quirky handmade conversation piece you never knew you needed. The mini chalk board is made form repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint/chalkboard paint. Measurements: 19 in x 3.5 in x 5/8 in.

$15.00

 

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3 Crafts to Do This Weekend – Tutorials from Functional Rustic

Do you know how to create something? Are you willing to teach others? Functional Rustic wants to share what you know. Write a DIY tutorial and have it published on Functional Rustic. Email Sarah at contact@functionalrustic.com for details.

Looking for a fun and easy craft to do this weekend? Functional Rustic is here to help with 3 quick and easy crafts using items you probably already have at home!

Call me frugal, call me cheap – but when it comes to crafts and repurposing projects I don’t want to spend any money. One of the perks of DIY (Do It Yourself) projects is the cost savings associated with it. If you are anything like me than you will appreciate the 3 (practically FREE) craft tutorials Functional Rustic is presenting this week.

Repurposed Gift Card

The repurposed Amazon gift card is a personal favorite for me. It is simple to create but when shared it can have profound impacts. I repurpose my gift cards into thank you cards for strangers that do kind deeds. It is perfect because I can keep the “Thank You” card in my pocket and when someone is kind (holds a door open, compliments my dog etc.) I can immediately express my gratitude with an actual gift.

Imagine if you held the door open for someone and they said thank you and gave you a handmade Thank You gift. It might make you smile. Perhaps you would be inspired to hold the door open more often now that you know people actually appreciate it. And maybe, just maybe, you will be inclined to keep an eye out for kind people you meet just so you can give the Thank You Card to another kind soul.

Learn how I created the Personalized Gift Card Here.

T-Shirt Rope Toy

Our Furbabies deserve handmade gifts too! Valencia Merble the dog, our rescue dog, is what one might call a “power chewer”. That means that Val can completely destroy most dog toys in a matter of minutes. Wanting to spoil my dog but not wanting to break the bank doing so – I made my own toys for her.

This craft is fun because people of all ages can participate. As long as you can tie a knot and make a braid, you can make this toy. If you do not know how to tie a knot or braid – no problem! – the video tutorial explains it all.

Fun side note – the first time I published this tutorial I did not have a video – I simply advised the reader to braid the fabric. Well, in preparation for a craft show my mom came over to help me create some rope toys. I told her how to make it and she informed me that she did not know how to braid. This information blew my mind. How did I learn to braid if my mom didn’t know? I just assumed I learned it from her. Learning from my new found knowledge, I’ve added a video to further explain the process.

Learn how to make your own Rope Toy out of T-Shirts Here.

Sensory Bottle

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Oil and water don’t mix but add some food coloring and a little glitter and you’ve got your very own sensory bottle. Quick, easy and oh so satisfying are the descriptors for this jewel. The best part of this project is the possibilities are endless for to make them unique to you.

Not only is the sensory bottle fun to interact with, creating it can be an educational activity too. It is the perfect craft to demonstrate how liquids have different densities, how color disperses in liquid and how glitter falls at different rates depending on the viscosity of the liquids.

Learn how to make the Sensory Bottle Here.

Written by Sarah Palmer, Owner – Functional Rustic

Did you know Functional Rustic provides more than just tutorials? Find out what others already know by shopping in the Functional Rustic Store.

Below are just a few of the handcrafted items available.

 

Mini Chalk Board – Blue by Functional Rustic

The Mini Chalk Board by Functional Rustic is the fun and quirky handmade conversation piece you never knew you needed. The mini chalk board is made form repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint/chalkboard paint. Measurements: 19 in x 3.5 in x 5/8 in.

$15.00

 

“Baby It’s Hot/Cold Outside” 2 sided Wooden Ornament

“Baby It’s Hot/Cold Outside” 2 sided Wooden Ornament by Functional Rustic is handcrafted from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint. Twine is used to hang the ornament. Free Shipping.

$10.00

 

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Black

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder from Functional Rustic adds a rustic elegance to any space. The 3 Tier Tea Light Candle Holder is made from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted. Free Shipping.

$15.00

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 8.7.18

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10 Inspirational Quotations from Functional Rustic.
  1. Peace begins with a smile.
Peace begins with a smile
Peace begins with a smile.

2. You don’t build a business, you build people, and then people build the business.

You dont build a business
You don’t build a business, you build people, and then people build the business.

3. You can’t change what you refuse to confront.

You cant change what you refuse to confront
You can’t change what you refuse to confront.

4. You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.

You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.
You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.

5. Success is a series of small wins.

Success is a series of small wins
Success is a series of small wins.

6. The first step of change is to become aware of your own bullshit.

The first step of change is to become aware of...
The first step of change is to become aware of your own bullshit.

7. Let’s always try to make life less difficult for each other.

Let's always try to make life less difficult for each other.
Let’s always try to make life less difficult for each other.

8. Grateful for where I’m at, excited about where I’m going.

Grateful for where I'm at, excited about....
Grateful for where I’m at, excited about where I’m going.

9. She sparkles like sunshine.

She sparkles like sunshine
She sparkles like sunshine.

10. Self-love takes time. Days, months, years….don’t rush it. We’re all working on it.

Self love takes time. Days. Months. Years. Dont Rush it....
Self-love takes time. Days, months, years….don’t rush it. We’re all working on it.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

Did you know Functional Rustic provides more than just inspirational quotes? Find out what others already know by shopping in the Functional Rustic Store.

Below are just a few of the handcrafted items available.

 

“Bark Spoken Here” Wooden Ornament

"Bark Spoken Here" Wooden Ornament by Functional Rustic is handcrafted from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint. Twine is used to hang the ornament. Free Shipping.

$10.00

 

 

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Orange

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder from Functional Rustic adds a rustic elegance to any space. The 3 Tier Tea Light Candle Holder is made from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted. Free Shipping.

$15.00

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 8.6.18

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10 Inspirational Quotations from Functional Rustic.
  1. Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

2. As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.

As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought....
As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.

3. She will rise. With a spine of steel, and a roar like thunder, she will rise.

She will rise. With a spine of steel and a roar of thunder...
She will rise. With a spine of steel, and a roar like thunder, she will rise.

4. How blessed it truly is, to stumble upon a soul that wants nothing but smiles and sunshine for you, for the rest of your life.

How blessed it truly is, to stumble upon a soul....
How blessed it truly is, to stumble upon a soul that wants nothing but smiles and sunshine for you, for the rest of your life.

5. Take your pleasure seriously.

Take your pleasure seriously
Take your pleasure seriously.

6. Don’t bother me, I’m living happily ever after.

Don't bother me I'm living happily ever after.
Don’t bother me, I’m living happily ever after.

7. Today I want you to think about all that you are instead of all that you are not.

Today I want you to think about all that you are....
Today I want you to think about all that you are instead of all that you are not.

8. Stay close to people who feel like sunshine.

Stay close to people who feel like sunshine
Stay close to people who feel like sunshine.

9. You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.

You've always had the power my dear...
You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.

10. Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us.

Good aret is not what it looks like....
Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

Did you know Functional Rustic provides more than just inspirational quotes? Find out what others already know by shopping in the Functional Rustic Store.

Below are just a few of the handcrafted items available.

 

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Orange

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder from Functional Rustic adds a rustic elegance to any space. The 3 Tier Tea Light Candle Holder is made from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted. Free Shipping.

$15.00

 

“Happy Holidays” Wooden Ornament

“Happy Holidays” Wooden Ornament by Functional Rustic is handcrafted from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint. Twine is used to hang the ornament. Free Shipping.

$10.00

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 8.3.18

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic.
  1. Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an undeniable breakthrough.
Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown
Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an undeniable breakthrough.

2. I’m doing okay, not great, not amazing, not horrible, just okay. And that is okay.

I'm doing okay, not great, not amazing....
I’m doing okay, not great, not amazing, not horrible, just okay. And that is okay.

3. I like who I’m becoming.

I like who I'm becoming a lot
I like who I’m becoming.

4. “My favorite feeling is when someone does something and your immediate thought is “I love you.” like it could be something small or stupid or very typical of them but they do it and your brain is just like, yeah that’s why I love that human.”

My favorite feeling is when someone
“My favorite feeling is when someone does something and your immediate thought is “I love you.” like it could be something small or stupid or very typical of them but they do it and your brain is just like, yeah that’s why I love that human.”

5. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

6. Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.

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Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.

7. I want small children to think I am either a goddess or a fairy…but I want grown men to fear me.

I want small children to think I am either a godess or fairy...
I want small children to think I am either a goddess or a fairy…but I want grown men to fear me.

8. Never miss an opportunity to show your love.

Never miss an opportunity to show your love
Never miss an opportunity to show your love.

9. This morning, with her, having coffee. -Johhny Cash, when asked for his description of paradise.

This morning, with her, having coffee.
This morning, with her, having coffee. -Johhny Cash, when asked for his description of paradise.

10. People who shine from within don’t need a spotlight.

People who shine from within dont need the spotlight
People who shine from within don’t need a spotlight.

Written by Sarah Palmer, Owner – Functional Rustic

Did you know Functional Rustic provides more than just inspirational quotes? Find out what others already know by shopping in the Functional Rustic Store.

Below are just a few of the handcrafted items available.

 

“Meow Spoken Here” Wooden Ornament

“Meow Spoken Here” Wooden Ornament by Functional Rustic is handcrafted from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint. Twine is used to hang the ornament. Free Shipping.

$10.00

 

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Black

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder from Functional Rustic adds a rustic elegance to any space. The 3 Tier Tea Light Candle Holder is made from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted. Free Shipping.

$15.00

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Appreciating the Sights and Sounds of Functional Rustic

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Every morning I wake up, grab some coffee and head out to the barn to let the ducks out and watch the sunrise. It is a truly magical way to start each day. I still can’t believe that I am fortunate enough to be able to experience this beauty every single day.

In the rush of day to day life it is easy to forget to appreciate what is around me. The beauty of nature, the ingenuity of humans and how both intertwine to form the world we live in. There is so much to appreciate.

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Winter Sunrise Over the Functional Rustic Barn.

When I lived in the suburbs I dreamed of living in the country. I wanted a quiet place in the middle of the woods away from the hustle, bustle and noise that accompanies life.

Circumstances presented themselves that I was provided the opportunity to start my Happily Ever After life in my thirties. Only as they were reaching retirement were my parents able to follow their dream to live in the country.

The fact that I get to start my life off in my dream environment instead of working my whole life to earn it is humbling. I feel obligated to earn the privilege of living here. I have everything I could ever ask for laying before me – the possibilities are endless.

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The view of the Functional Rustic Barn from the woods beyond the wetlands.

I pledge to maintain and improve the extensive ecosystem that calls my property home. I will approach each homestead project with enthusiasm because its a privilege I have that others do not. I will do my part to make better the lives of all the creatures I encounter in the magical world that is Functional Rustic.

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A deer visiting Functional Rustic on a cold, snowy day in Dryden, MI.

Most of all, I will share my good fortune with others.

Since I moved out to Dryden, MI in 2017 I am making a concerted effort to live intentionally as the person I want to be. Part of that process is waking up early and spending the morning with my Muscovy Ducks and Bronze Turkey.

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Gladys – The Bronze Turkey of Functional Rustic.
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Amelia Air Duck, Muscovy Hen, looking down at the Muscovy Drakes of Functional Rustic.

A bright perk of being up early is being able to actually watch the sunrise. Living in suburbia, even if I wanted to wake up with the sunrise the view was ‘eh’. Functional Rustic is anything but ‘eh’.

Being in nature is therapeutic. The therapeutic aspect is a key reason I wanted to implement an outside daily routine. I guess going to and working in the barn are outdoorsy but the barn isn’t nature.

I know that I’m a creature of habit. My old habit was laying on the couch to ensure it didn’t run away. My old habit was making sure that cable companies did not go out of business from lack of viewership.

If being in nature is going to be my new goal I need some re-enforcement to maintain the new habit. That is when I started filming the sunrise. I am watching it anyway.

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Stunning sunrise views from the back of the Functional Rustic Barn.

More importantly, on days when I am in a rush to get in and out of the barn for whatever reason, it is really easy to not take a minute to absorb the beauty around me.

To force me to take a moment to smell the flowers, so to speak, I take minute long videos and upload them on social media every day. I made enjoying nature a part of my daily routine and built in accountability by promising to continue sharing the experience with others each day.

Even when I am in a rush, spending 60 seconds every morning to document the wonderous sights around me is now a habit instead of a goal. Recording the video enables me to put an actual time on it. I am guaranteed at least one minute of peace a day.

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One of the Functional Rustic Ponds in the font yard.

Now that I have a  new blog platform on which to share my story I will share those videos here as well. I already upload all my videos to YouTube each week but, daily sunrises deserve to be enjoyed daily not weekly.

I am still working on how best to present the videos and what time of day is most effective to publish them. I have a lot of ideas coming together at the same time (very, very exciting!) and as they are implemented I am learning how best to adjust my time management.

Below you can watch the videos from the past two weeks. Please let me know what you think and if you have any special requests for the kinds of videos you want to see.

Until next time, Enjoy!!

Written by Sarah Palmer, Owner – Functional Rustic

Did you know Functional Rustic provides more than just beautiful sights and sounds? Find out what others already know by shopping in the Functional Rustic Store.

Below are just a few of the handcrafted items available.

 

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Silver

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder from Functional Rustic adds a rustic elegance to any space. The 3 Tier Tea Light Candle Holder is made from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted. Free Shipping.

$15.00

 

 

“Meow Spoken Here” Wooden Ornament

“Meow Spoken Here” Wooden Ornament by Functional Rustic is handcrafted from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint. Twine is used to hang the ornament. Free Shipping.

$10.00

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Personalized Thank You Card Tutorial from Functional Rustic

Originally published March 2, 2018. Updated July 27, 2018.

The holiday season is over and you probably have gift cards your friends and family generously gifted you. The money may be spent but the card can still be useful. Instead of just throwing that empty gift card into the trash, take a few minutes to create a thoughtful, personalized gift for someone else.

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An Amazon Gift Card Repurposed into a Unique Thank You Card.

I chose to turn my gift card into a thank you card, but the possibilities are endless for what you can write/draw on it. I’ve recently started making a concerted effort to express gratitude for kind gestures and friendly people I encounter. I try to accomplish this by keeping some sort of handmade thank you token on me, like this repurposed gift card, to give to people that do good deeds.

Imagine how great it would feel if someone handed this to you for simply holding a door open or smiling at them. Great positive re-enforcement! You better believe the person receiving this is more likely to repeat the kind act after being so thoughtfully recognized.
Below you will find an easy to follow tutorial that will teach you how to DIY your own personalized gift.

Repurpose a Gift Card Tutorial

Step One:
Clean off any residue or dirt that may be on the card. I used dish soap to get what ever sticky substance had found its way onto my card. I think a sucker melted onto mine. Ha.

Amazon Card
The money has been spent and this gift card is ready to be repurposed.

Step Two:
Set up a work station that has a lot of ventilation. It was particularly windy this day and I  learned a very important DIY tip. With the card being so light, it’s important to make sure it is placed somewhere the wind won’t pick it up and fling it across the lawn.

(Ask me how I know, ha.)

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Prepping my area to paint the gift card.

Step Three:
Apply your first coat of paint. Notice that the logo still shows through? That’s ok. I freaked out when I saw how little it covered initially. It seemed like the paint was having trouble covering the smooth surface. Don’t worry — more paint does the trick.

Next time I do this project I will sand the front of the card a bit. Perhaps a more rough surface will allow the paint to adhere better. Darker paint wouldn’t hurt either.

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One coat of paint does not seem to be enough coverage.

Step Four:
Apply your second coat of spray paint. This is said to be “no drip” paint. Well, that’s debatable. I sprayed a heavy coat and because the card was not completely flat I had dripping. NOTE: make sure to do this on a flat surface to minimize dripping.

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Second coat of paint looks good but more is needed.

Step Five:
Apply third coat of spray paint.
Ooooops…..the wind took the card for a ride across the lawn while the third coat was drying.

Third Coat Pain on Gift Card
Third coat of paint would have been sufficient if it hadn’t blown into the grass.

Step Six:
Apply fourth coat of spray paint.
NOTE: If your card looks great after one or two coats — you can stop adding coats of paint.

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Fourth coat of paint on the gift card.

Step Seven:
Use a paint marker to write whatever message you want. I imagine a permanent marker would work too — but I have a lot of paint markers so I use those.

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I used a paint marker to write my personal thank you message.

Step Eight:
Flip the card over and repeat the painting steps on the back side of the card.

OR

Only paint the front side of a gift card that has money on it as a way to personalize a cash gift.

Step Nine:
Take pictures of your creation and share it with other DIY enthusiasts on DIY Projects of Facebook.

Written by Sarah Palmer, Owner – Functional Rustic

Did you know Functional Rustic provides more than just tutorials? Find out what others already know by shopping in the Functional Rustic Store.

Below are just a few of the handcrafted items available.

 

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Orange

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder from Functional Rustic adds a rustic elegance to any space. The 3 Tier Tea Light Candle Holder is made from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted. Free Shipping.

$15.00

 

 

“Quack Spoken Here” Wooden Ornament

“Quack Spoken Here” Wooden Ornament by Functional Rustic is handcrafted from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint. Twine is used to hang the ornament. Free Shipping.

$10.00