Scrolling on the scroll saw is truly addicting, if you haven’t tried it yet I highly suggest it. Because I can’t stop myself I made these pretty scroll saw name plaques as a gift for a friend with a new baby girl. One for the new baby and one for the older sister to coordinate.
The best part about this kind of scroll saw wall art is the dimension. I love how the pieces pop off the background like they are coming to life. To make this happen use different material thicknesses, the thicker the material the more it will pop.
I used mostly 1/2″ MDF for all the cut out pieces and then layered up 1/4″ MDF where you see additional laters. In addition to the three dimensional effect is the color contrast between the white background and floral designs.
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To start this project cut out a bunch of floral shapes. Use free clip art patterns to help you create consistent shapes. I use spray adhesive to attach the printed pattern onto the MDF.
At the moment I use a Ryobi scroll saw, it’s a great saw for beginners.
Once you have a bunch of pieces painted start laying out your design on a board.
To secure the shapes to the board use Rapidfuse or super glue.
Where pieces are layered I use glue and pin nails since the nail head will be hidden by the next layer.
I tried hard to narrow my color selection but it’s difficult with so many beautiful colors to choose from! I used all DecoArt Americana acrylic paints on the florals and lettering for this project. It’s a matte finish that goes on super smooth and opaque with two coats directly onto the MDF.
Trim out the backing board using 1/4″ flat moulding which I stained. Then add a sawtooth hanger at top center.
Hope you enjoyed this project as much as I enjoyed making the name plaques. It’s really so much fun creating something from nothing!
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