Yesterday we had a yard sale, just a small one-enough to purge out things we no longer want or need out of the house. While it’s true I love a good thrift store find, and making crafty things keeps me sane, also true is I am a purger (is that even a word?) and it also keeps me happy.
In my younger and healthier years I was a cleaning fanatic-manic at times, a clean and organized home is a relaxed mind and soul, at least for me, back then and the best I can do in the present.
To keep life clean and organized I developed the habit of purging, and to this day it is still routinely done. After the yard sale the leftovers were donated to a thrift store and I felt the smile grow over my face knowing our house was a little lighter of “stuff”, and it all now will become someone’s “new to them” items.
During our sale I had someone wanting to buy my up cycled wreath and faux barn door, and another told us how she loves our house-pointing to my yard décor, it was nice to hear. Friends and family always tell us we should sell our stuff, but for a few reasons we don’t, mainly health, I can’t predict when I can do things or commit to having things done and frankly I have no formal training. My stuff is perfect for friends ,family and us but I’ve never wanted to feel obligated to live up to the standards of selling things. None the less this blog was brainstormed up so I could share all things me, and DIY ideas via pictures and instructions when I can.
Today I am sharing my scrap wood Canadian flag and scrap wood door hangers with some plans, a few of the things that were admired yesterday. Above the faux barn door Is simply 5 foot fence boards lined up the width you want, slightly spaced and then a piece cut to fit at the top and bottom screwed on ( I prefer from the back ) the middle piece is cut on a mitre saw but you can use a jig saw (I remember when I had nothing more than my dad’s old jig saw and electric sander and a cordless drill we found on clearance) we just laid the fence board across the door and marked the angle best we could and then cut it, truth be told we made the first one too short and had to do it again.
I’m sure there are different techniques out there for scrap wood “piecing, I use this one as it’s how I taught myself.
For scrap wood flags (or wood piece art) you will need:
various pieces of 1 inch thick wood 1×2. 1×3 etc. (fence boards work with 1 inch wood too)
Plywood ( I use ¼ or ½ inch the flag is ½ inch)
Glue (I use no more nails) 3/4 inch screws ( I keep meaning to try construction adhesive instead of no more nails and screws)
A flag or scrap wood art for hanging can be made this way ( I’d venture to say these are great starter projects for wood piecing)
With a pencil draw out on the plywood a rough square or rectangular shape of your desired size.
Now with your scraps of wood start to lay it out, sometimes having the pieces stained and painted before this step is easiest but for this flag, I laid out raw wood pieces and took pictures I could use as a guide to glue them down once painted. The reason for drawing the shape on instead of cutting it out right away is so you can fit all the wood pieces on it edge to edge, you can use a jig saw to cut around it after the fact, but I’m a fan of taking the easy routes.
Once you have the pieces laid out adjust the size of the plywood shape accordingly in pencil and then cut it out.
If the pieces need to be painted do that before the next step.
I chose to use glue and reinforce with screws from the back, to do this I lay all my pieces back on the plywood and one by one I trace them onto the plywood. I then drill pilot holes right through the plywood within each piece outline so I’m guaranteed to secure each piece of wood (2 holes and screws per piece) For smaller flags and art pieces a good construction adhesive is probably strong enough on its own, this flag is large and outdoors so I used screws too.
Glue all your pieces on (using photos you hopefully took as a guide) let it dry and then if need be add screws from the back. PLEASE NOTE FOR CANADIAN FLAGS OR ARTWORK THAT WILL HAVE EXPOSED PLYWOOD PAINT BEFORE GLUING YOUR PIECES DOWN, AS WELL PAINT OR STAIN THE EDGES OF THE PLYWOOD FIRST. ALSO THE MAPLE LEAF IS CUT FROM A FENCE BOARD, ANY WIDE 1 INCH THICK WOOD PIECE WILL DO.
Sorry I have no progress pictures, I hope the written instructions help.
For the door hangers I made them out of scraps but for a few dollars in wood you can also build these.
These are made with 1×4 wood pieces (use what you like or have on hand, I’ve mixed 1×3 and 1×4 and 1×2 in similar projects, rustic is in!)
Decide how high you want them (these are approx. 18 inches) and cut 2 pieces that length Set the 2 pieces side by side and measure how wide it is, now cut 2 pieces that width.
Like with the flag use a pencil to mark the short pieces on top of your base pieces and drill a pilot hole for screws, one a little bit down from the top and one a little bit up from the bottom.
You can use glue to put the cross top and bottom pieces on and let it dry to assemble these or use very thin dabbles of hot glue to speed things up. Screw from the back.
To hang them- because you are using 2 pieces of wood a picture hanger won’t work as the middle will be the crack of both woods side by side, instead use 2 picture hooks with wire ( I used what’s called all round strapping cut down because I had no picture hooks on hand, it is what you see in the photo)
Stain paint and decorate as desired *for flowers like I did I drill a hole between the 2 wood pieces so any stem stubs can sit down in it and allow the flower to sit flat on the wood.
No instructions for this one below but just want to share for inspiration. The bird house is another wood piecing project I did and I also screwed it all from the back and then again onto the picket fence (from the back) It sits in front of our air-conditioning unit to cover the eyesore of it being in my front garden.
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