diy hand stamped tree slice

It’s accessorizing time in the boys’ room and so I’ve been scouring our house, finding a few things online and crafting my own items to give their room that campy/outdoorsy/vintage/boyish charm I’m going after.


This is one of the pieces I sort-of made. It started with the wood slice I happened across at the craft store. I originally thought I would paint the inside with chalkboard paint like this or this, but I couldn’t find my paint. Not one to let a little missing paint get in my way, I came up with a new idea: using my beloved alphabet stamps to ink a phrase.



Wood slice {i found mine at Michaels, but you can also get them online here}
alphabet stamps {I use this set all the time. You can order them here}
black ink pad {like this}

STEP ONE // decide on a quote and practice on a scrap piece of paper.


STEP TWO // stamp onto wood slice


That’s it.

I mentioned this on instagram yesterday, but I’ll do it again here. If there is anything I want for my boys it is for them to be kind. To think about others, to genuinely care, to understand that oftentimes we don’t know the whole story and so we must be compassionate just for the sake of being compassionate. I want them to stick up for each other, to befriend the lonely kid, to celebrate victories together and encourage when things aren’t going as well.  I want them to grow into young men who are kind. Not wussy; but empathetic. Not out-of-control sensitive; just tender enough to see life through another’s eyes.

And so I chose this quote. Not sure who the originator of it is {some say plato, others disagree}, but it rings true. Plus, my kids are all about battles and fighting, so it seems rather appropriate.


Easy, peasy project that is perfect for the boys room, but could be adapted for so many other spaces. Enjoy!

20 Responses to diy hand stamped tree slice

  1. gillian February 23, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

    This is one of my favorite tutorials you have done…I loved it so much, we did a little review on our site. Thanks for the crafty goodness. :-)

  2. Stephanie@cre8tive September 15, 2013 at 7:53 am #

    Oh I couldn’t agree with you more, there is nothing better to teach your kids but to be kind. What a great way to instill this in them but with a little reminder in their room. Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Carrie August 31, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    I love the quote! I been doing something similar with the end of our Christmas tree that gets cut each year. Stamping the date and where we were living (military family = hard to keep track of where in the heck we are each year). Then we drill a whole, pop on a string or ribbon, and voila!, rustic and sentimental ornament.

  4. Anna August 31, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    This is even better than painting it with chalk!

  5. Gwendolyn August 30, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    Looks great! I do love that quote, and I think it’s great what you are teaching your kids: the world can definitely use some kind and loving people!

  6. Shelley @ Green Eggs and Hamlet August 30, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    First of all, great project! You’re inspiring me to make one for my husband’s home office, which has a sort of hunting lodge feel.

    Also, this sums up everything perfectly, “Not wussy; but empathetic. Not out-of-control sensitive; just tender enough to see life through another’s eyes.”

  7. Kelly August 30, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    I love that quote! It’s on my living room chalkboard. :) Also, I am extremely excited to find out you can buy wood slices! Good find, Emily.

  8. Tara August 29, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    Beautiful! And sweet and simple and meaningful – the quote comes from Marjorie Pay Hinckley and is in her book Small and Simple Things — it’s full of beautiful gems like this!
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. AshleyAnn August 29, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    I love this Emily!!

  10. Stephanie August 29, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    I absolutely LOVE this! That is also the very thing that I hope my kids will have as they grow…to have compassion and to not be quick to judge other people. To know that everyone has struggles and just because they aren’t the same thing that they themselves struggle with doesn’t mean they are any less difficult.

    Thank you for sharing this!

    • Grammy Mary August 30, 2013 at 6:48 am #

      I used to sing Ephesians 4:32 to my children… “be ye kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just a God for Christ sake has forgiven you”… at the time they didn’t always appreciate it; however now they are singing it to their children.

  11. Estela August 29, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    It turned out great, I love woodsy things. I think I like the chalboard one as well.
    thanks for all the resources!

  12. Jesica (JESICA ENGER DESIGN) August 29, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    I LOVE using wood slices for decor. However, I have only seen them used for stacking things on, never printed/stamped on. Great idea, plus, easy to convince the husband since this is such a rustic look! Thanks!

  13. Melanie August 29, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    What a great idea! Just a side note for anyone looking to buy the stamp set, I found one at Michaels for $1, though I don’t know if they still carry it.

  14. Sarah August 29, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    Oh I love everything about this piece! What a great idea & I love that saying too – perfect reminder for all of us.

  15. Shannon {Our Home Notebook} August 29, 2013 at 6:03 am #

    What a sweet and personal project!

  16. Katy August 29, 2013 at 5:59 am #

    Um, that is adorable!!! What a simple but beautiful idea (which are the best!) I may have to steal this one for my son’s room!

  17. leanne August 29, 2013 at 5:56 am #

    This is seriously the cutest thing ever! I am definitely going to try this!

  18. Jill T. August 29, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    That is so great! You and your family are GOOD people! You make the world a better place by just being in it and you’re raising your darling children to do the same. I love the craft, and how things sometimes take a different turn once you get into them…..or misplace a supply for the original idea {story of my life!} I also love that you love to craft your own things….ideas you’ve seen online or ones that you come up with on your own. Makes a room so wonderfuly comfortable, personal, and truly beautiful!

  19. Becky Monteiro August 29, 2013 at 5:34 am #

    Emily, if only most people raised their kids, not only boys but boys and girls, this way, the world would be a much better place. I agree immensily. It is great to see that there is still hope out there. That there are good people raising their kids the right way. God bless you.

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