First, I had to get John to cut me a bunch of little wood discs. He just pulled a piece of firewood from the barn, which happened to be pecan wood. Such a beautiful wood. Then I lined these up and sprayed them on both sides with an indoor/outdoor clear varnish, just enough to protect them from the weather, but not too shiny.
I bought a wooden wreath form and attached a loop to hand it with using floral wire.
Then, using wood glue, I glued the first layer of discs
and let them dry overnight.
Pretty wood grain!
Then I glued another double layer of discs to the first layer, a few at a time, weighing them down with some heavy objects until they dried. This process took a couple of days, since I could only do about six discs at a time. I'm sure there was probably a better way, but it worked for me.
That wood glue is amazing once it dries -- holds fast!
Then I made a bow with burlap and some leather strips, and attached it to the
bottom with some more floral wire.