Dress up this Halloween with Real Wood

Happy Halloween! Trick or Treating is right around the corner. We like to have extra special treats on hand for those costumes that really wow us. This year we filled a bunch of mini paint cans full of chocolate. We found these mini clear paint cans at The Container Store and instantly knew they’d look great with a little BARC Wood. We dressed these darling cans up with Birch Wood Design Labels and a few Halloween stickers. So easy and cute. Enjoy your Halloween and be safe!


Supplies for the Trick or Treat mini paint cans: Birch Wood ARC Design Labels, Halloween stickers, alphabet stickers, mini clear paint cans and candy.

Instructions for the Trick or Treat mini paint cans:

1. Fill mini clear paint can with candy.

2. Place the paint can lid onto the can and seal. Dress up the lid with a Birch Wood ARC Circle Design Label. Add a few Halloween stickers.

3. Dress up the outside of the paint can with a Birch Wood ARC Design Label. See photo for placement suggestion. Add a few more Halloween stickers. Spell out the message ‘trick or treat’ with the alphabet stickers.

Real Wood Boo Banner

Gather up all your random Halloween and paper ephemera to create a spooky mixed media banner. We used Rustic Birch Wood paper as our banner base and went a little crazy adding bits and pieces of old games, craft goodies and Halloween items. Anything goes!


Supplies for Real Wood Boo Banner: Rustic Birch Wood paper, Birch Wood paper, Birch Wood ARC Labels, triangle chipboard banner shapes (5), random Halloween ephemera, random old game pieces, tags, twine, Halloween pattern paper, black card stock, black and orange brads, clips, buttons, washi tape, hole punch, scissors, electronic cutter, BOO cut file, hot glue and adhesive.

Instructions for the Real Wood Boo Banner:

Use supplies and items you have on hand to recreate a similar BOO Banner. Nothing is off limits. Have fun and experiment. Start with Rustic Birch Wood paper as your banner base and add items until you like your results.

1. Adhere Rustic Birch Wood paper to the five chipboard banner pieces. Trim Rustic Birch Wood paper as needed.

2. Punch a hole in the top left and right corners of each banner.

3. Typeset a BOO file import into your e-cutter software.

4. Cut out the word BOO onto a sheet of black card stock using an electronic cutter. Cut out the word BOO onto a sheet of Birch Wood paper using an electronic cutter. Adhere the Birch Wood paper BOO to the top of the black card stock BOO.

5. Decorate each banner piece with random Birch Wood ARC Labels, Halloween ephemera, pattern paper, brads, buttons and game pieces. Arrange pieces and adhere in place.

6. Add random tags to separate each banner piece.

7. Attach banner together using twine, brads and hot glue.

Owl Mask with Real Wood

Halloween is fast approaching! We thought it would be cool to incorporate Real Wood into our Halloween costume this year. We found this cool cut file of an Owl mask at the Silhouette Design online store. This mask looks fantastic made from Wood. You can easily recreate this project in under 30 minutes. All you need is Cherry and Birch Wood paper, an electronic cutter and the Owl Mask file. Hurry, today is the last day you can download the Owl Mask for free from Silhouette. We love free treats!

Supplies for the Owl Mask: Birch wood paper, Cherry wood paper, Owl Mask cut file, electronic cutter, foam adhesive, ribbon and scissors.

Instructions for the Owl Mask:

1. Download the Owl Mask cut file.

2. Cut the Owl Mask onto one sheet of Cherry wood paper and one sheet of  Birch wood paper.

3. Remove the cut mask pieces from the excess Wood paper.

4. Arrange and layer the cut mask pieces as shown in our sample. Adhere in place with foam adhesive. We like the added dimension and detail of one Wood finish layered on top of another.

5. Adhere ribbon to the backside of either edge of the mask.

Not only do these masks look great as part of a costume but they also work well for spooky decor! We tied these two masks to a close by tree, and at first glance it gives the appearance that something is watching us from the woods. Spooky! Enjoy October and we hope you’ll stop back next week for more Real Wood Halloween inspiration.

Matting pictures with Real Wood

Do you like to create your own home decor? Dress up an ordinary mat with Real Wood. Add a warm element to your pictures and family photos by incorporating Cherry Wood into your picture mat. It’s super easy and will change the look of your artwork. We put our Cherry wood mat over an owl poster. This piece of art will be a great addition to our Halloween decorations.


Supplies for Real Wood mat: Cherry Wood 12×12 adhesive paper, precut mat board, sanding block, hobby blade and ruler.

Instructions for creating a Cherry wood mat:

1. Measure the outside of your precut mat board. Our mat board is 9″ x 12″.

2. Cut a sheet of  Cherry wood adhesive paper to mat board size 9″x12″.

3. Remove the adhesive liner and adhere the Cherry wood paper to the front of the precut mat. Align outer edges.

4. Clean up and trim outside perimeter with a hobby blade and ruler (if needed).

5. Flip over mat so the backside is facing up so the precut window opening is visible.

6. From the backside align your ruler to one edge of the mat opening. Cut that edge with a hobby blade. Repeat process with other remaining 3 sides. Take your time slowly and carefully cutting away the center to create the mat opening.

7. Sand the outer and inner edges of the mat with a sanding block.

8. Add picture or photo and frame if desired.