Almost 17 years ago we went to Hawaii for our honeymoon, it was your classic, typical newlywed vacation and I’d go back in a heartbeat. Alas life happens – kids, house, and all the things – so traveling 4,900 miles for an adult only vacation probably won’t be happening for a few more years. But back when we were in Maui and young and had all the time to ourselves I had purchased a quilting pattern with the hopes of making a pillow or quilt someday to remember that time in our lives.
Here we are today 17 years later and I finally took that Hawaiian breadfruit pattern I had saved in my stash and made it into wood wall art. I’m actually very happy I waited all these years to make something of my honeymoon souvenir because it seems to mean more with the passing of time. This project is part of the Wood Art Challenge organized by my friend Bethany at Reality Daydream.
I’ve joined forces with a group of wood loving friends for the Wood Art Challenge whereby we each create a square format piece of wood art. Look at all the amazing projects!
6) 3×3 Custom
10) Create & Babble
11) Hazel & Gold
12) Jen Woodhouse
14) Wood Work Life
16) Evan & Katelyn
17) Jaime Costigio
18) Pneumatic Addict
19) Bower Power
20) Lazy Guy DIY
21) My Love 2 Create
22) Addicted 2 DIY
23) Her Tool Belt
24) Shades of Blue
26) The DIY Village
27) DIY Huntress
28) Mr Fix It DIY
I opted for the scroll saw since it happens to be one of my favorite tools at the moment.
To see this project come together I prepared a quick video here:
This type of scroll saw project is perfect for nearly any design. Pick something that’s meaningful to you or make as a gift for a special friend.
A quilting or applique pattern is perfect for this layering technique because both sets of lines are typically already on the pattern for you. I used 1/2″ MDF for the bottom layer and 1/4″ MDF for the top layer. Also I suggest MDF for most intricate designs only because it is more forgiving than plywood with all the small bits.
To make the scroll saw wood art start with your pattern. I used this breadfruit quilting patttern, scanned in the pattern and used photoshop to flip and rotate the image multiple times to make one large piece.
TIP: Use Excel to print your pattern to size. Import your pattern as a photo file and then scale to size as desired. It may print out on multiple sheets of paper which you can then trim and tape together.
Adhere the paper pattern to the MDF using spray adhesive. Then cut out the design using a scroll saw.
Cut a backing board, I used 3/4″ pine at 11″ x 11″ and 1×2 boards for the frame.
Paint the cut out pieces your desired color and then adhere to the backing using super glue gel. Be sure to check out the entire process on my video here.