I love that plywood is so inexpensive, yet often has some AMAZING wood grain. I also love that it’s having a moment in design…
See? Classy! And so readily available at your local home improvement store!
In fact, we put up a geometric plywood accent wall in our old house, and I’m still obsessed with how it turned out AND I MISS IT OK?
The project I’m sharing today is one I did several years ago, but I love it as much today as I did then. So I want to share it again and maybe inspire you to make your own plywood sign with your favorite quote!
This is such a simple DIY project, even if you’re a beginner with power tools! The jigsaw is a perfect ‘first power tool’ experience, so don’t be intimidated!
I started by drafting up a little image using PicMonkey. You can play around with the size, spacing, font types, (etc!) until you love it. The fonts I used here are called Champagne and Birch.
Print this image onto a transparency, and project it onto your plywood! For this project, I chose to use 2’x2’ sheet of 1/2” plywood.
Use a pencil to lightly trace your letters onto your plywood.
I thought about cutting all the words out, but ended up deciding to just cut out the ‘ALL CAPS’ part so it would stand out. The rest I decided hand-paint with a small craft brush. In order to have a place for my jigsaw to start cutting, I drilled holes in each letter.
I clamped down my plywood with the edge extending out past the workbench, then cut along my pencil lines to create the circle.
I’m FAR more accustomed to using my scroll saw… but because of the size of this piece, I knew it wouldn’t fit into my scroll saw! That leaves, my trusty jigsaw (I use this one)… which I haven’t used in quite awhile. If you’re little intimidated to tackle these letters, cut the circle first for practice and to get a feel for your jigsaw! And this babe is surprisingly easy to maneuver. Especially using detail blades… (my friend Kristi has some great info on which jigsaw blades to use HERE)
All 7 letters took me about 20 minutes. (in the pic below, you can tell that my ‘circle’ isn’t very circular. I went back and sanded down certain obvious areas to make it perfectly smooth and circular).
Using a teeny-tiny craft paintbrush, I filled in the scripty lettering above using white acrylic paint. I know this kind of detailed painting intimidates a lot of people, but if you just take your time… you’ve got it! And if you mess it up, just wipe it off while it’s still wet, or sand it off after it’s dry. I did two coats to make the white extra bright.
Can you imagine the possibilities with this idea? So many quotes you could use! I kinda want to make one for the girls’ new room that says ‘I’M SO FANCY‘.
This custom piece of art was less than $10 to make (literally just the cost of the plywood!), and took me an afternoon to finish! You can totally do it!
Thanks for pinning! <3