Today we have a really fun little project! We are participating in the Wood Art Challenge!! Thank you to Beth of Reality Daydream for putting this fun hop together! What is the Wood Art Challenge you may ask?
Well, we are joining 28 other bloggers to create a square piece of art for your wall that is primarily made of wood! #woodartchallenge
This is a really great way to get tons of wall art inspiration and the best news is a have a whole playlist of these great projects on our YouTube channel so please be sure to go check it out- and please subscribe to our channel while you are there!
For this project I thought it would be fun to try a buffalo check wood pattern, but I also wanted it to be 3 dimensional… so I asked my hubby if he would cut out the wood while I helped with my daughter’s field trip! (I won guys!) I got home to hundreds of little blocks of wood sanded and cut perfectly! #besthusbandever!
So just to be sure you know, buffalo check, is a type of fabric weave or print that looks like this image and you can buy this fabric if you want on Amazon here is my affiliate link if you want to check it out: Buffalo Check Fabric)
For the art project I thought it would be cool to have each block of color be a slightly different height, here it is unpainted.. look how cool the shadows are!
In order to figure out height options, and number of blocks he needed to cut, my husband even drew out a model of options, which really help to visualize the plan, so I am including the pictures so you can decide which one you like better! Tell me in the comments, which one of the patterns do you think you like better, with the dark square being tallest or shortest?? I think it is interesting how different they appear with one simple change!
BUFFALO CHECK WOOD ART TUTORIAL
- 2×2 Wood (see note below)
- 1/4 sheet of plywood in desired size (ours was 22 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches)
- Wood Glue
- 2 shades of one color (One dark, one about 1/2 or 1/3 intensity of the original color- you can mix this down yourself if you want!!)
- 1 white paint
- Miter saw
- Table saw (or circular saw) – for plywood
- Nails and Hammer
We cut scraps of 2×4’s in half, length wise. The actual dimensions of the wood squares were about 1 1/2 inches. Additionally, because the edges on a 2×4 are eased (or rounded) but the newly cut sides were square, we also chose to round the other edges on a belt sander, which added a bit more work to the project in the long run! So another option might be to just go ahead and buy an actual 2×2 so all four edges are already rounded, but you might still need to round the top 4 edge cuts OR buy a 2 x 6 and cut it down on a table saw to 2 perfectly square 2×2 lengths of wood, then you shouldn’t need to sand any corners, because all corners will be sharp and square. However, you will have more waste (or scraps for other projects) that way, so just consider what you think would be best for you!
For the tutorial, watch the video above, it explains it all! But please let us know if you have any questions! I’m so happy with how it turned out! I might need to put it on my mantel!
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