DIY: Wooden Veneer Labeled Drawer Set

Hello Everyone,
It's been a super busy week for me and I have been dying to post today's DIY project! Why do you ask? Well, it's my first DIY post for Xyron!

Now if you've been following me on social media or have read this blog post, then you might already know that I made Xyron's 2016 Design Team! Since the design team season has officially kicked off, I can say that you will be seeing at least 2 projects each month (here on the blog) which uses Xyron's awesome products! 

If you're not familiar with Xyron, they are a company that creates products to enhance and protect your handmade creations. Some of the products that they are best known for are their sticker makers, creative stations and professional laminators. In today's project, I will be using the Xyron® 1.5″ Sticker Maker which is a great product to start with, if you're new to Xyron. 

Also, if you landed on this post and have no clue who I am, that's ok! My name is Katie and I am a DIY blogger, who believes that crafting should be simple, fun and unique! Here on Running with a Glue Gun, I focus on all things that are crafty. Meaning, that I share DIY posts, write craft products reviews and share crafty tips.

But that is enough about little old me!

What you really want to know, is what we are making today! Well, Xyron asked each of their design team members to create a project which uses their favorite Xyron technique. Now the technique I chose involves turning plain wooden veneers into stickers!

The reason why I picked this technique is because wooden veneer stickers (whether colored or not) are very expensive. Especially if you're on a tight crafting budget, spending $7 or more dollars on a  pack of wooden veneer stickers may just not be worth it. However, now you can buy that cheaper pack of wooden veneers and turn them into stickers yourself (in just minutes)! 

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Wooden Set of Drawers
Wooden Veneer Letters
Sandpaper or Groove Tool
Paint (white and four other bright colors)
Foam Brushes

Step 1: Remove the drawers from your set of drawers and paint the outside piece in white (both inside and out). Once you're done painting the outside piece, set it aside to dry. 

Step 2: Remove the handles from each of your drawers and paint each one a different color both inside and out. Once you're done painting each drawer set them aside to dry. 

When your drawers have completely dried, reattach the handles.

Step 3: Grab either your sandpaper or Groove Tool and lightly sand each of your drawers. By doing this, we will be giving our drawers a ''distress look''.

Now this step is completely optional, but I think it adds a nice little touch and matches back nicely with our wooden letter veneers in the next step.

Step 4: Grab your wooden veneer letters and spell out the phrases you want to add to your drawers. Once you have your phrases laid out, take each letter and slide it through your Xyron 1.5 Inch Sticker Maker. In the above photo, you will see how I ran the ''s'' in sewing, through the sticker maker. 

Keep repeating this process until you have run each letter through your Xyron Sticker Maker.

Step 5: Add your now wooden veneer letter stickers to each of your drawers. Before adding them through, make sure you rub each letter while it's on the Xyron Sticker paper. That way, you'll be creating a really strong adhesives backing. 

Once all your letters have been added on, you're ready to start using your new drawer set!

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Even though I used my wooden veneer stickers on this set of drawers, you could use this same technique on a bunch of other projects. For example, I could see this technique being great for cardmaking and scrapbooking. 

To follow along with all the crafty fun and to never miss a new design team member's project, check out Xyron's Facebook and Pinterest page!

As always, what do you think of today's project and have you ever used Xyron's products?

xo Katie

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