Do you know what Faux Bois is? It is French for false wood and refers to the artistic imitation of wood or wood grains in various media. I don't care which language the word is derived from, because I am in love!
Before we talk about how I achieved the faux bois look, let's talk about the notebook itself. My notebook cover was made using items I already had on hand (even better, right?). First off, the cover is made out of a cereal box. Clever, huh?? Now, I can't own this brilliant idea, because I have actually seen this before. However, I will own the idea of giving the brown cover a faux wood look. ;) The other main component of my notebook are the actually papers inside to write on, which I grabbed out of our printer. I love when I am able to pull together a project with supplies I already have!
Okay, now back to the faux bois technique...
Getting the look of faux wood on my cover was super easy. I paired my brown cardboard with the Plaid Faux Bois Stencil and white paint (I told you it was easy!). There is no way I would have achieved this look if I had attempted it free-hand. To make my fuax bois notebook look official, it only made sense to add a "carved out" heart on the front. Instead of adding initials (like in a real tree), I added the word 'Noteworthy'. I mean, it is in fact a notebook!
Check out my full tutorial below to see how I turned a cereal box into a wood grained notebook and make sure you grab your Plaid Faux Bois Stencil to give everything in your home a faux wood finish!