Friday, August 21, 2015

Scrap Wood Wall Art

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.

I kept the 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 1x4 cedar boards with a 1x2 cedar frame, pine boards would work too.

And I like to see the nail head holes, it reminds me of 'stitching' in a woodworking sense.  I think wood glue alone would work for this project so adding the finish nails is probably optional.

Clearly I'm not a perfectionist because my cuts are ever so slightly off but I love that handmade feel about this piece.

The 1x2 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
Cut list:
  • 4 - 1x4 @ 10" with ends dog eared at 45 miter (center cross)
  • 16 - 1x4 @ 3 1/4" cut at 45 miter (small triangles)
  • 1 - 1/4" plywood @ 14 1/8" x 14 1/8" (backing)
  • 4 - 1x2 @ 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 center cross pieces and attach using wood glue and 1" finish nails (if desired).  I actually used 3/4" finish nails because that's what I had on hand and increased the depth on the nailer.

Step 3: Cut and attach small triangle pieces.  Again wood glue should be fine.

Step 3 is complete above, 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.

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 art.


  1. This is awesome!! Thanks for the plans!! I was actually just thinking about trying to tackle the large stained version of this that you posted, but this is much more manageable, as a sort of beginner project.... I might add some color though, bcuz that's how I roll! LOL!! Thanks again!!!

  2. What an awesome idea! It would look so pretty with a vintage monogram in the center, too!

    Happy day friend!

  3. this is inspiring!! you can create simple yet beautiful
    wood wall art