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