3.07.2013

Try This: Wooden Gems

DIY Wooden Gems

Try This: Wooden Gems

Today's tutorial will set you back a couple of bucks and ten minutes, and in the end, you'll have a handful of little gemstones ready for whatever projects your imagination can scheme up.  Read on for the easy step-by-step and few ideas for how to put these little beauties to use.


DIY Wooden Gems
MATERIALS: wooden rectangles, pencil, fine tip paint brush, craft paints in colors of your choosing, black, and white

DIY Wooden Gems
ONE: Begin by sketching the facet lines as shown. They don't have to be perfect.

DIY Wooden Gems
TWO: Mix up six shades of the color of your choosing using black and white paint.  Just remember that the black paint goes further when mixed than the white.

DIY Wooden Gems
THREE: Use the fine tip brush to carefully paint inside your sketched facet lines.  Start with the mid-tone in the middle, and the lightest shade all the way to the left.  Work your way around as shown. I painted my edges and the back in the mid-tone as well.

DIY Wooden Gems
DIY Wooden Gems


Try out some other colors and use them in all sorts of ways...jewelry, keychains, napkin rings.  I could see these making all kinds of great little details for a shower.  How would you put them to use?


DIY Wooden Gems
DIY Wooden Gems
DIY Wooden Gems
DIY Wooden Gems

Mandy P
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51 comments:

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    1. Best compliment of all on this little project!!

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    2. I agree! These look so real, I thought they were carved when I saw the wooden rectangles but then I didn't see a knife and was really confused! I love the diagram of the paint blotches to show portion control; very clever!

      Just wondering where you got those wooden rectangles from?

      Thanks!

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  2. super amazing DIY - PINNING THIS! XO,
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  3. Mandy - this is so stinking cool!!!! I LOVE IT

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  4. I absolutely love these! I wish I had had a shading tutorial like this when I was a kid! I've posted two photos on my blog truebluemeandyou and reblogged it onto my kids crafts blog on Tumblr. So many possibilities with these like a colorful bracelet etc...

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    1. Hey there. I'm glad you like it, and thank you SO much for sharing with your readers!

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  5. Holy crap. This is amazing. You are brilliant!

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  6. Great project! Love it so much, the 3d effect came out perfectly! ;)

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  7. Seriously...I thought they were real. AND...then when I realized they were wooden, I was for sure that you used metallic paint. Fooled again! Awesome little project! I may make some earrings for myself with this little idea!

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  8. So coool! Love this project! I sooo wanna try this, but I probably wont find any wooden rectangles where I live :(
    Can I try this on something else?

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    1. Sure thing. I imagine you could try it on any material you like!

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    2. Can i do it on shrink plastic some way? What kind of other material can I use?

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  9. Awesome!
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  10. this is so clever! I love it! :D

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  12. This is creativity at its best... Sharing it on my page :)

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  13. They look so real! And it seems to be fairly easy to do. My only "problem" would be the sketching part. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I thought it was a 3D gem. It's pretty. Added to my pinterest board and todo list!

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  15. Amazing!!! Those looked like real faux jems! Found you on stumble! Visit me sometime at homemaker-mom.com

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  16. what size wooden rectangles did you use?

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    1. They're probably about 1.25" long and 1" wide.

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  17. Woah! I looks like it was curved!

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  18. Super stellar DIY - thanks for sharing! Definitely pinning for later.
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  19. You just blew my mind!! My 9 year old and I have been freaking out over here :) So clever!!!

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  20. So cute!
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  21. Wow really beautiful fabric papers
    Thank u so much
    I found your post on stumbleupon.com

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  22. I am amazed at these. What a great gifts these would make! Thanks so much for the inspiration! This is a pinner!

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  23. Wow! These are amazing! I definitely need to try.
    I'm just wondering, is there a best method for sealing the paint?

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  24. Nice! Very creative. I didn't know one can do these with woods. Thanks for posting

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  25. This is amazing!! What an awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing!!

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  27. These remind me of Rupees from Legend of Zelda haha. I'm definitely going to be making myself a few of these.

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  28. Totally have to try this out - what a great idea! Thanks for sharing!!

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  29. where did you get the wooden rectangles?

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    1. I got them from the craft store -- Hobby Lobby, I think.

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  31. how did you make the holes for the key string?

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    1. I drilled a hole with a tiny little drill bit and an electric drill. You might be able to accomplish the same thing by hammering a small nail through as well.

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  32. That’s amazing! I had to double take, I thought it was really carved out like a gem! Very cool :)

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  33. This is great. Used 5 shades instead of 6 as I was making a rupee (from the zelda games, it has pointed ends). Just need to experiment with the shading some more, and a smaller brush.

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  34. That's cool!!! We'll so have to try this out!

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