Monday, June 27, 2016

DIY Maple Leaf Wood Art (Happy Canada Day!)

I love decorating for the 4th of July! This year I wanted to add a little something to recognize Canada Day and my husband's Canadian roots. Inspired by some star wooden cut outs, I decided to make a maple leaf cut out instead.

I used 4 1x4s and cut them to 14" to make a square.

I used my silhouette machine to cut out a maple leaf. Since my machine would only cut out 9" wide, I could only cut out half of my design.

I traced the first half, then I flipped it over and finished tracing.

Since the design was kind of intricate, I cut each board separately with my jigsaw instead of attaching the boards together first and cutting continuously.

After sanding all the pieces, I flipped it over

and nailed some thin scraps to hold it together.

Then I used 1x2 on their sides to create a frame.

I nailed them in with my nail gun and then filled the holes with stainable wood filler.

To stain it, I put a plastic bag on my hand and then used an old sock to rub the stain on.

I followed up with a clear polyacrylic.

I attached it to the house using vinyl siding hooks (affiliate link) similar to how I hung up my DIY shutters.

Now I have a little bit of Canada mixed in with my American decor.

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  1. Your craft came out really great! It's inspiring me to do more wood crafts!

    Come over to my link party and share this with everyone:
    Hope to see you there!

  2. Great project and it will be perfect when it's time to decorate for fall.

  3. Being a Canuck, your awesome wood Maple Leaf caught my eye at the Inspire Me Tuesday party. Love it and pinned it to share :) Thanks for adding a little Canada Day to your July 4th d├ęcor. Happy Canada Day to your husband!
    Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    1. Aww, thanks! You're so sweet. I'm now following The Interior Frugalista!

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  5. This is so cool! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday - I pinned your DIY to our party board.

  6. I love the maple leaf !! You were very smart how you cut it out before gluing boards together first. It turned out great.