One of my favorite parts about being a DIY blogger is that I get to be part of a community of insanely talented makers. So, cue my excitement when a bunch of my favorite creators invited me to a fun Wood Art Challenge! I already have a tutorial on my blog for Geometric Wood Art and thought it would be fun to try something with plywood this time. To help me with this project, I partnered with my amazing friends at Rust-Oleum to show you how to make this piece of wall art in one weekend! Here’s how.
P.S. There is a YouTube Tutorial for this project! See it here: https://youtu.be/bCHfJF9xE30
One of the things I love about wood art projects is how easy they are to customize. Although I used a geometric mountain design, you can create this piece of artwork with any design you choose! Just make sure to resize the design to the proper height and width for your project.
Since we’re talking shop, let’s get started!
What You’ll Need:
3/8″ Drill Bit
Clean Cut/Scroll Saw Jig Saw Blade
Box Cutter/X-Acto Knife
Foam Brush (For Stain)
Tape (For Stencil)
1. Print your design. I used Photoshop to resize mine to 2 x 2′ and print it in sections. You can download my design by clicking on the PDF link below!
2. After printing your designs in pieces, use tape to assemble the design.
3. Use a box cutter or x-acto knife to cut out your design.
4. Use your carpenter’s square to find the center of your ¼” plywood piece. This will help with placing your design (we will introduce the ½” piece of plywood later).
5. Next, measure twice! Use your carpenter’s square to help with tracing your design (especially if you’re designing something with super straight geometric lines).
6. Once you’re happy with your traced design, use your drill and bit to drill pilot holes for your jig saw blade.
7. Next, use your jig saw to follow the lines you’ve traced.
8. Use wood putty to smooth out cracks or tear-outs (if necessary) and then sand down your entire piece of plywood.
9. Once your ¼” plywood piece is prepped and sanded, it’s time for stain! I used Varathane stain in Ebony and applied the stain with a foam brush. I then allowed it to sit for a bit and wiped away the excess with a shop rag.
10. Once the stain has dried, it’s time to bring in the big guns (by big guns, I just mean the other pieces you went to the hardware store for). Use wood glue and your nail gun to attach the piece of unfinished, unstained plywood with your design to the ½” piece of plywood that’s been waiting so patiently to be used.
11. Next, use your miter saw to cut your ¾” dowels to 24″ each. Be sure to take it slow here and make sure your miters are all facing the right way.
12. Then, attach your miters with your brad nailer.
13. Last, attach your photo hangers!
Now, hang and admire!
I personally love the minimal look of this piece of wooden wall art – and since it’s so customizable, the possibilities are endless!
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Also, make sure to check out some other amazing Wall Art Projects from my talented friends (links below)!
1) Reality Daydream
2) 100 Things 2 Do
3) House Becoming Home
4) Anika’s DIY Life
5) My Repurposed Life
6) 3×3 Custom
7) One Project Closer
9) Chatfield Court
10) Create & Babble
11) Jen Woodhouse
12) Hazel & Gold
13) Sawdust 2 Stitches
14) Wood Work Life
16) Jaime Costigio
17) Evan & Katelyn
18) Bower Power
19) Pneumatic Addict
20) Lazy Guy DIY
21) My Love 2 Create
22) Addicted 2 DIY
23) Her ToolBelt
24) Shades of Blue
25) Ugly Duckling House
26) The DIY Village
27) DIY Huntress
28) Mr Fix It DIY
Even better, if you create a piece of artwork and use Varathane stain, you can win a $500 Home Depot Gift card! Varathane is giving one gift card away per month! Can’t wait to see what you guys make!