Sand all the wood and remove dust from surface using the tack cloth. Spread out the old sheet or drop cloth and place the wood on it. Stain half of the wood pieces with one color stain and half the pieces with the other color stain.
Remove excess stain with paper towels. Allow to dry. Spread out the dowel rods on old sheet or drop cloth. Using a sweeping motion, spray-paint the dowels with multiple thin coats of paint. Allow to dry.
Lay out the wood blocks facedown on a clean dry surface. Lay five vertical dowels on the back of the blocks at varied heights and affix with the brad nailer to the back of the wooden blocks. Lay the four horizontal dowels at varied places on the back of the wood art.
Measure and cut the horizontal pieces to fit between the vertical dowels and affix with the brad nailer. Hang on the wall with picture-hanging hooks and enjoy!
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The simple shapes in this colorful wall art make it perfect for a kid’s bedroom, playroom, or nursery. And it’s so easy to make, you can even get the kids involved! Follow the steps below to get our look or change out wooden shapes and colors for a design of your own.
11 Pieces of Wood: 7 1/4″ x 1″ x 8″14″ x 1″ x 8″8″ x 1″ x 8″17″ x 1″x 6″13″ x 1″x 6″18″ x 1″x 6″5″ 1″ x 4″18 1/2″ x 1″ x 4″16″ x 1″ x 4″3 1/2″ x 1″ x 4″9″ x 1″ x 4″
Select and cut a piece of wood stock close to the dimensions outlined above, with interesting or attractive straight wood grain along the 2 3/4″ surface. This will be the front face of your planters. Set your miter saw (or mark a line) at 7 degrees and cut both ends of your piece so it resembles a long trapezoidal shape — sloping at a downward angle from top to bottom along the 2 3/4″ side.
Locate three unequally-spaced lines along the length of the piece and cut along each at a 15-degree angle so that you have four pieces total at different lengths. Locate the center along the top widths of each piece and draw a line along the top length of each piece.
That line will represent the center of the 1 7/8″ planter hole that will be drilled into each piece. Mark a randomly-spaced hole along the center lines of each piece. Securely fasten each piece in a vise or with a clamp and drill a hole in the top each piece to a depth of ~ 2″.
Sand all the parts with 100, 150 and 220-grit sandpapers and remove all remaining dust. Apply two coats of wood stain to each piece according to product instructions and allow to dry for 24 hours. With the painter’s tape, carefully cover all sides of the pieces except for the end-grain.
Apply three to four coats of spray paint to the end-grain of each piece. Allow to dry for 24 hours before carefully removing the painter’s tape. Transplant each plant into the wood planters and cover the top surface with white aquarium gravel.
Position your pieces so that the original grain orientation connects from one piece to the next, while keeping a space of about 1/2″-1″ between each of the white-painted ends.
PREPARE: Always work in a well ventilated area and cover nearby items with a drop cloth to protect them from paint splatters. Clean the frame and wooden shape with a lint free cloth. PAINT: Frame: Shake your can of Ultra Cover 2x Gloss spray paint in Gloss White for 1 minute after the mixing ball begins to rattle.
Hold it upright 10-16” from the picture frame and spray in a steady back-and-forth motion, slightly overlapping each stroke. Apply two or more light coats a few minutes apart. Set aside. Canvas: Shake your can of Glitter spray paint (Silver) for 1 minute after the mixing ball begins to rattle.
Hold it upright 12-14” from the canvas and spray in a steady back-and-forth motion, slightly overlapping each stroke. Apply two or more light coats a few minutes apart. Set aside. Wooden Shape: Shake your can of Fluorescent spray paint in Fluorescent Pink for 1 minute after the mixing ball begins to rattle.
Hold the can upright 10-16” from the wooden shape and spray in a steady back and forth motion, slightly overlapping each stroke. Apply two or more light coats a few minutes apart. FINISH: Let all three items dry separately for approximately 24 hours.
Once they’re dry, secure the canvas in the frame and adhere the wooden shape with adhesive glue.