Making Art From Scraps

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Project by April Wilkerson posted 02-03-2014 01:59 AM 2746 views 11 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Alright, so art is stretching it but I’m not sure what else to call it. I had a big blank wall above my fire place, so I gathered up all my 3/4” scrap pieces of pine and made our family brand to put on display.

I cut the back from 1/4” wood, then just started laying down the 3/4” scraps in all directions. I used my brad nailer to stick em, then first rough cut it in with a jigsaw then came back with a flush trim bit in my router.

After throwing on some stain, I hung it up and no longer have a blank wall issue : ) A full tutorial on it can be found here.


-- Wilkerson

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#1 posted 02-03-2014 02:00 AM

That’s pretty cool, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 02-03-2014 04:09 AM

Best kind of use for scraps.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#3 posted 02-03-2014 07:28 AM

Very nice!

-- David, Norwood Mass, [email protected]

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#4 posted 02-03-2014 11:28 AM

thats a good idea, I like

-- I Saw What I See

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#5 posted 02-03-2014 01:13 PM

I love it!! Very creative and artistic… nice work!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 02-03-2014 01:45 PM

Creatively resourceful. Well done!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 02-03-2014 04:53 PM

Definitely a nice accent piece to fill some wall space!

-- --Shafe

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#8 posted 02-03-2014 07:25 PM

Sweet, and a great use for the scraps

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 02-03-2014 07:31 PM

I have seen lots of items made with scraps, but this is a first. Your mind works the way mine does.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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April Wilkerson

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#10 posted 02-03-2014 08:07 PM

Neat, I’m glad everybody seems to like it. : ) It looks alright in photos, but it looks really cool in person.

Hawaiiad: thank you for the compliment but I can’t take credit for coming up with the idea, I just saw it done and created my own. I had been wanting to do something with the family brand but couldn’t figure out the direction I wanted to go with it…I was actually leaning towards doing it out of metal…then I saw a Craftsman ad where a guy did this scrap piece thing and I just fell in love with the idea.

-- Wilkerson

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#11 posted 02-09-2014 01:29 AM

I could see projects like this with milk paint. Lots of character [and nearly as bad as me buying a tool just to make a wall mount for it (my daughter says)).

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#12 posted 02-09-2014 01:49 AM

Very COOL… Good way to use the small leftovers… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#13 posted 02-09-2014 05:13 AM

Kelvancra: What is milk paint? I have never heard of it…

Thanks Joe Lyddon. : ) I am known for hanging onto all of my scraps so I was really happy when I was able to make use of the smaller pieces.

-- Wilkerson

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#14 posted 02-13-2014 03:13 AM

Run a search. It’s interesting stuff. They used it to hold this county together for years.

You can fake it too, just by diluting latex. Scraps are great place to experiment.

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