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Woodburning Wall Art

This easy-to-make trio of wall art panels uses simple woodburning techniques and colorful stain to recreate vistas of the historic Mexican city of Guanajuato.

 Three-part woodburning, stained wall art

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Jigsaw
  • BernzOmatic micro torch, #246066
  • Weller 15-piece woodburning kit, #357335
  • 120- and 180-grit sandpaper
  • Graphite transfer paper

Materials

  • 1/2-in x 2-ft x 4-ft birch plywood, #6200
  • Self-leveling hangers, #62958
  • Minwax water-base wood stain: Mustard Yellow, Island Water, Early American
  • Minwax Polycrylic satin water-base finish

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Project Resources

Instructions

Step 1

Have a Lowe's associate cut the 1/2-in plywood into three pieces: one 12-in wide, one 17-1/2-in wide, and one 18-1/2-in wide in that order. Then print out and assemble the Wall Art Woodburning Pattern.

Step 2

On the left edge of the left-hand panel, cut an uneven edge like the one shown using a jigsaw. Remove between 1/2-in to 1-1/4-in of wood. Using a torch, carefully singe the side of the uneven edge. Then singe the remaining edges on all three panels.

Good to Know

When burning the plywood using both the torch and woodburning tool, work in a well-ventilated area that carries the smoke and fumes away from you. Keep a damp cloth handy in case the flame lingers too long in any one place and the wood starts to burn on its own.

Step 3

 Transfer the pattern to a panel

Place the panels edge to edge as they'll hang on the wall. Place pieces of graphite transfer paper on one panel at a time and lay the pattern in place. Use a pencil or ballpoint pen with a medium or wide tip to transfer the pattern to the wood. Move the transfer paper and pattern as needed.

Step 4

 Burn designs into wall panels

Use the woodburning tool with a dot tip to burn most of the outlines of the buildings. Then use a shading tip to fill in the windows. Experiment with the other pattern tips to highlight a few of the buildings. When finished, lightly sand the surface to remove leftover transfer marks.

Step 5

 Brush wood stain on wall art panels

Use a small brush to stain a few of the buildings as shown. Dab off any excess stain with a soft cloth. Allow the stain to dry overnight before applying a clear satin water-based finish.

Step 6

 Completed wall art in three panels

Measure down 2-in from the top of each panel and add pairs of self-leveling hangers to each panel at least 1-in in from the edges. On the wall where you'll hang your art, draw a level line about 4-ft long. Lay the three panels facedown about 1-in apart and measure the hanger locations. Transfer the hanger locations to the line on the wall and drive nails to hang the panels.