Gather up your wood scraps friends because if you’re like me then I know you have tons of pieces lying around. Today I’m sharing the plans for this scrap wood wall art down below.
A DIY tutorial to make wall art using scrap wood. Create this pretty wood wall art with scrap pieces using my plans.
Hate to throw out those small off-cuts? Me too. So let’s put them to use and make a pretty wall art piece to bring some warmth to your home. And this would make a great gift idea too!
I kept the cedar wood natural here but you could go crazy painting or staining your pieces all different colors to highlight the pattern. This version is made from 1×4 cedar boards with a 1×2 cedar frame, pine boards would work too.
Looking for something bigger and more challenging? Check out my giant wood planked quilt wall art here.
Wall Art Details
To be honest I actually like to see the nail head holes. It reminds me of ‘stitching’ in a woodworking sense. Of course wood glue alone would work fine for this project so adding the finish nails is optional but it does add extra stability.
Clearly I’m not a perfectionist because my cuts are ever so slightly off but I love that handmade feel about this piece.
Framed Wall Art
The 1×2 frame is flush to the back which gives a 1/2″ reveal at the front, just enough lip to create depth and a finished look to your wall art.
Below are the step by step instructions including materials and cut list, read through entriely before beginning project. Always follow all safety precautions when using power tools.
- 1x4x8 cedar boards
- 1x2x8 cedar board
- 1 – 1/4″ plywood @ 14 1/8″ x 14 1/8″
- wood glue
- 1″ & 1 1/4″ finish nails
- 4 – 1×4 @ 10″ with ends dog eared at 45 miter (center cross)
- 16 – 1×4 @ 3 1/4″ cut at 45 miter (small triangles)
- 1 – 1/4″ plywood @ 14 1/8″ x 14 1/8″ (backing)
- 4 – 1×2 @ 15 5/8″ both ends 45 miter (frame)
Step 1: Cut 1/4″ plywood backing. ** I recommend cutting this piece larger than necessary and working from one corner then trimming any excess once complete. This will ensure a perfect fit.**
Step 2: Layout the center cross pieces and attach using wood glue and 1″ finish nails (if desired). Try to get that center seam as square and straight as possible. It will make the pattern look sharp and it’s easy on the eyes.
Step 3: Cut and attach small triangle pieces. Again wood glue should be fine.
You can see above step 3 is complete. But notice a few pieces are hanging off the edge and the backing (painted chalkboard) is larger than the piece. Now is the time to trim everything flush.
Step 4: Attach frame pieces using wood glue and 1 1/4″ finish nails. I recommend cutting to fit as you go here.
Lastly add a sawtooth hanger to the center back and it’s ready to go. A great way to use up your scrap wood pile and make a pretty piece of wall art.