Tell your story with This scrap, wood, art
Tell your story with this unique piece of wood art! David used his favorite graphic from the places he’s lived over the years. Very easy to make!
For better or worse producing the coasters, HOME signs and other decor items for my business Cheltenham Road, a lot of waste wood. I do my best to use every piece but sometimes the random bits pile-up.
While perusing a pottery barn catalog, I saw the other day this piece of wall art:
and to me, instead of thinking, “ which should I buy, the!” I totally thought, “should I do that with all the scrap wood!”
I let the idea bounce around in my brain (it’s room) and it turned into a piece of dimensional DIY wall art reflects the places I’d called home over the years – New York, Ohio, California, etc.
you may be thinking, “ that’s good for you David, but I don’t, Piles of wood scrap lying around.” But I assure you, a quick trip to Home Depot and leftover lumber pile would you, with all the parts for this scrap wood art project for only a few dollars.
I started with a backer board measured 26 x 10″ and then just played around with random piece of wood, until I found an arrangement that appealed. Here is what I end up with:
Backer Board: 26″x 10″
use the Random bits of plywood in different shapes
Some of the smaller scrap pieces as risers
1″ square dowels: Two measuring 28″ long and two measuring 10″ long for the frame
electric Sander (sandpaper and elbow grease would also be fine)
saw (I had cut a couple of pieces of wood, the framing anchor)
sharp craft knife
First of all, I arranged all of my scrap pieces on the backer Board, to ensure that everything still fits together.
I had changed in MSWord, size my graphics to fit on each piece of wood. My graphics are just old postcards, maps, and also a fast internet to download the poster from my favorite movie.
Once I was sure that all together I can fit decoupaged the graphics onto their respective scraps of wood, let it dry and then trimmed the edges of the protruding pieces of paper. To give a bit of grief I have to expose my electric sander, gently sand away the edges of the plates, the wood a little.
set I again, the design and then played a bit with what I wanted each level by removing the smaller pieces of wood risers under the panel with the graphics:
Once I had it the way I wanted it, I used wood glue to attach the spacer to the back of the graphic panels and then to the backer board. A hot glue gun would be here, but my encounters with hot glue gun the end, inevitably, in the smell of burning flesh and swearing . . .
While everything dried I put the frame around the edges. I decided that I wanted a simple, rustic look, so I Fugue planned on a simple push, rather than mitered corners.
I have next to it, where I wanted to drill pilot holes for the screws that hold together the frame I also marked and holes are drilled where the frame would attach to the backer-board.
(the holes are key – if you’re drilling to prevent the end of a piece of wood, pilot holes, the wood from splitting when you screw in the screw.). After all the different glued parts were dry, I screwed the frame into place.
My original idea of leaving unfinished the frame, but after I put it all together I decided it should be white and has a fast, light, painting.
And, finally, I have sealed all the images with a coat of Matte Mod smorgasbord.
thoughts and ideas on my scrap-wood-wall-art
As with all my projects, as soon as it’s done, I think of a million different options.
I used plywood, because it’s what I had on hand, but a little more stable, the work for the graphics – would the mat also-board or foam-core, if you didn’t want to deal with wood.
I thought it would be cool to do this for a child – to show, your life – you could use the photos, report cards, school projects/drawings, favorite-book-covers (all laser copies, of course).
I left the edge of my graphic panels unpainted, but they look beautiful painted black – just to emphasize the three-dimensionality a bit more.
If you want to didn’t too much with sawing wood, you could design the pieces overlap, which I think would look really cool
If you have something to ask this scrap, wood, art, or if unclear, don’t hesitate to ask – I'll monitor the comments.
And if you’re interested in more projects (or stories of hot glue mishaps) please browse in my blog, see genesis, some of my ideas on my Pinterest pages, or you can see the finished work in my Etsy shop!