Gather Around The Table Craft Box - Raggedy Bits

Gather Around The Table Craft Box

For December’s DIY Surprise Craft Box, we’ll be making Farmhouse Gather Around The Table Paddle.

Let’s get started!

Extra Supplies Needed:

  • Painters tape
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • Applicator sponge or the cheap dishcloths from Coles or Woolies will do the trick! (pictured below)
  • Glue Gun
  • Baking Paper
  • Old iron or mini press
  • Old cloth
  • Brush
  • Heat gun or hair dryer
  • Antique or Brown ink pad

Step 1: Using your painter’s tape, tape off your chopping board. Make sure that the Raggedy Bits Buffalo Check Decoupage Paper covers the bottom of your board.

Step 2 – Using your brush and the Fusion-Casement paint below the bottom of the painter’s tape. I left the sides of the boards black. Let dry and repeat. Once dry remove the painter’s tape.

Step 3 – Starting at the top of the Casement, apply a thin coat of topcoat about 2-3cm from the top of the white. Carefully apply the straight edge of the decoupage paper and gently apply the decoupage paper to the paddle. Use your fingertips to gently smooth out any creases. Don’t fret if you do get crinkles we will iron those out later. Then moving down the paddle keep apply stips of the top coat in sections and smoothing out the decoupage paper as you reach the bottom of the board. Let completely dry.

Step 4 – Grab your 120 grit sandpaper on a sanding block and distress the decoupage paper lightly. Be careful not to press too hard otherwise, you will tear the paper. Wipe away any sanding residue and then repeat with the top of the board until you see some of the timber coming through. BE SURE TO TRY AND KEEP THE BLACK DUST AWAY FROM THE DECOUPAGE PAPER – otherwise, it may mark it. Also, distress around the edges and sides. Wipe away the sanding residue. You can leave this step out if you don’t like the distressed look.

Step 5 – Pop out some of the Clear Coat onto some foil and dampen your applicator sponge. Dab some clear coat onto your sponge and wipe on a thin coat moving in the same direction. Be sure to check the sides for any drips. Let completely dry and apply another coat of clear coat. Let dry completely. If you see any patchy spots repeat and then let completely dry.

Step 6 – Take the lace in your craft box and glue it into place where the decoupage paper meets the black.

Step 7 – Take the burlap-wired ribbon and fold it in half to find the centre. Then fold one end and then the other end to create the loops of your bow, lay it on a table and do the same for the smaller piece of lace. Lay the lace on top of your burlap bow and pinch in the middle. Then wrap the longer piece of jute around the centre of the bow to create the centre. Tie off at the back. This creates your double bow.

Cut some tales at the end of your double bow.

Step 8 – Glue your greenery into place on one side of the paddle. Apply a little more glue and glue your double bow into place. Hold until dry.

Step 9 – Cut the Gather Around The Table Tag out and apply some brown ink around the tag to give an aged look. You can also use antiquing wax if you don’t have any brown ink. I also lightly crunched up my tag to give it a warn look. Tie a bow with the smaller piece of jute and glue it into place on top of your double bow.

And that’s it!! You’re all done! Well done on completing this month’s craft box! I can’t wait to see your finished projects and I look forward to returning in January’s box with LIVE tutorials over in our Facebook Group!


  • Make sure to give your wood a really good sand to remove any loose wood and give a nice smooth finish.

Don’t forget to share your finished projects or ask any questions in our —-> DIY Surprise Box Creatives Group. Not on Facebook? That’s ok! Feel free to email your finished projects to I sure would LOVE to see them!

Happy Painting and Creating!