YOUR WISH IS MY COMMAND! 😉 A couple weeks ago I shared some new word art I created for my master bedroom, and I was unsure whether it would be worth it to share a tutorial on how I did it because it was so simple. Well, I got a lot of feedback requesting the tutorial, so today is the day!
Supplies You Will Need for a 33″ x 27″ wood-framed word art (same size as in my master):
2- 1×2 @ 27″ (OR for a custom size, the total length of the short side)
2- 1×2 @ 31 1/2″ (OR for a custom size, the total length of the long side minus 1 1/2″)
1- 1/4″ plywood @ 32″ x 26″ (OR for a custom size, short length minus 1″ x long length minus 1″)
Router mounted under router table (positioned at 1/4″ height)
1/4″ Straight router bit
1 1/4″ nails (18 gauge if using a nail gun)
White matte paint (I used acrylic gesso)
1 1/2″ flat paintbrush
Fine round-tip fine paintbrush (I used a medium fine for the thicker parts and a very fine for the thinner parts– similar how I painted the fabric in THIS tutorial)
Gray paint (any kind… I used craft paint)
Dark walnut oil-based stain
Word art printed out (for the word art I used, scroll down to the bottom)
(For this picture tutorial, the wood pieces are smaller than what I used on my bedroom art)
Step 1: Paint
Paint plywood with 2 coats of white paint. Pictured below is after 1 coat. Gesso covers pretty well and has some nice texture strokes.
Step 2: Route Boards
Using the 1/4″ straight router bit, make sure it is positioned 1/4″ up from the table, and the guide is positioned 3/8″ back from router bit edge.
Run each board through the router, slowly, with the widest side facing down.
If the initial run through leaves some sawdust “hairy-ness” and uneven cuts on the inside, run it through again, going slowly, to smooth out cut.
Step 4: Stain
Using dark walnut oil-based stain, stain ALL SIDES of each board. No need to put a top-coat on, but make sure the boards are completely dry before moving on to next step.
Step 5: Slide Boards Onto Plywood
Slide long boards onto the long sides of the plywood, leaving 1/4″ hang-over on each side. Then slide the short boards onto the short sides of the plywood, so that each corner matches up square.
Step 6: Nail Corners Together
Using an electric brad nailer (if you have one) or a nail gun and 1 1/4″ nails, nail each end of the short board 3 times into the end of long board.
Once all 4 corners are nailed, it should look like this (front and back)
Step 7: Trace Quote
Print desired quote, adjusting size to a 4″ width (same width as tracer projector window at the bottom). In a dark room (or you can wait until night), place quote underneath tracer projector on a flat, even surface. Position wood-framed blank ‘canvas’ on a chair or something that will give the height needed to get the words the right size on the painted plywood, and will also support the backside. Use a pencil and trace around the perimeter of the letters (or just on top in the case that some letters are smaller and lines are thick enough to trace around them). Go slow on this part, because if you move the board while you are tracing, it can get tricky to get it lined up again.
Step 8: Paint Over Traced Letters
Using the round-tipped fine paint brush(es), paint over the traced letters using gray paint. Work slowly and carefully, using thicker round-tip for the thick parts of the letters and the thinner round-tip for the thinner parts of the letters.
Because of the 1″ lip all along the backside, you can just put a nail in the wall and hang it, without needing any picture hanger wires.
For the Free Hi-Res Downloadable Printable (8.5″ x 11″ size) of this Jack Johnson lyric word art I created,