I have a love/hate relationship with email coupons. It can be frustrating when I think about the amount of time I spend deleting emails from stores. On the other hand, there are those glorious moments when I decide to buy something and my brain goes “Ding! You probably have a coupon for that store.” Then I quickly go and save said coupon from my email trash bin.
I’m sure you’ve been there too. It’s a very satisfying feeling. Even if you only save a couple bucks.
Well, I’ve got a simple wood wall art project to share with you today using inexpensive materials that I got for a steal using a couple of almost-deleted email coupons. I was inspired by this wood art from Dana at House*Tweaking, but I wanted something smaller that I could do sans power tools.
Here’s all you need:
• A basic 12 x 12 frame like this one (the plastic kind where you just pop the glass out through the front of the frame).
• A bag of craft wood
• Super glue or hot glue
• A couple of your favorite wood stains and/or some watered-down paint
• A hand saw and miter box
I didn’t use the glass that came in the frame for this project. Don’t worry; I’m sure I’ll figure out a way to use it. #anotherdayanotherproject
Like I said, this is a super simple wood wall art project. I just started placing pieces of wood in the frame and trying different arrangements …
Making cuts with my hand saw when needed.
I didn’t want it to get too complicated. I only needed to measure for six equal cuts for the pieces in the top and bottom rows.
After lightly sanding all the pieces, I got to start my favorite part – the staining! I didn’t take any pictures while I was staining, because, well, my hands were a little full.
I tweaked the layout a bit after I finished staining (and decided I wanted to turn it 90 degrees). Once I settled on the final layout, I started gluing the pieces to the cardboard backer that came with the frame. Once that was done, I flipped the frame and cardboard/wood over and glued the cardboard to the back of the frame.
Then, I put it up on the shelf and thought I was done. I started writing this post and nearly finished it …
The only problem was I started liking it less and less. I wasn’t loving the contrast in the stain colors. So I left it for a few hours …
Then I mixed up a little white craft paint and some water and whitewashed the red/brown wood a little bit.
Now I’m a happy camper. I can’t recommend this little craft enough. It was super simple and there are endless opportunities to customize it.
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