Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Who needs money when you have plywood and a jigsaw?

You probably know, because I love it so much and won't shut up about it, that we made a big whale out of plywood for Abe's nursery:


Last week a couple of fabulous plywood wall hanging projects popped up....which is making me wonder: why isn't EVERYONE making big wall hangings out of plywood? 

Seriously, it's cheap, it's easy, it makes a big impact. How else are you going to get something HUGE for your wall for $10? Yet when I went to search, I really couldn't find that many projects out there. But I'm calling it now: once word gets out, DIY plywood wall hangings will be all the rage. Plywood will be the next chevron. 

It's not for everyone (or at least not for every room); I'm not sure I've seen any plywood projects that I really love that I wouldn't describe as "whimsical" ....so you need to be going for a certain look for it to work. But I, for one, can always use more whimsy. 

Emma at BrokeAssHome, just a couple of months after making a cool plywood clock, is back at the jigsaw with another project:


It's a fabulous, ombre painted, beanstalk-y thing! 

Click on the link for the details on painting the ombre.

And then I saw this big ol' shamrock at HoneyBear Lane:



This got me pretty excited because it opened up a world of seasonal decorating possibilities. A rabbit for Easter! A Turkey for Thanksgiving! A heart embellished with something or other for Valentine's Day! A, umm, Christmas tree for Christmas? I'm not as thrilled about that one; there's probably something better.

Because, the thing is, it would look a little silly to have TOO many big plywood wall hangings around; this way you can make tons of them and just switch them out seasonally. 

So, armed with this inspiration, I think we should all go forth and make things out of plywood! 

13 comments:

  1. Actually, I like the Christmas Tree idea best. It would be awesome to have a cut out that your kids could decorate and undecorate and decorate again! I still love, love, love your whale!

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    1. It's true--that would be a lot of fun!

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  2. Yes, I am right now, this moment, thinking: why have I not made any plywood art. Honestly, I can't tell you. I need to get on that. :) Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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    1. Well, you made giant inexpensive art out of paper, which is in the same thrifty yet fabulous spirit as plywood art :)

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  3. The world needs more plywood art. Let's make a campaign for it. Maybe I should make something... you think I would have by now. I better get on that!

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  4. Hey that's me! How fun is that!! Thanks for the feature!

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    1. Thank YOU for making awesome things out of plywood ;)

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  5. Does my string art on a plywood base count? I know it's not as cute as your giant whale and all... Also, I absolutely ADORE your giant whale. Everything about her is perfect. Now I'm thinking what shapes I can force my husband to cut out with the jigsaw...

    Sarah

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  6. I can't imagine why I haven't done this yet. Not kidding. I need a hundred of them!

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  7. That exactly right! Those projects are right down my alley, thanks for the inspiration and for your kind comment on my blog. Your newest follower.
    Cristina@remodelandolacasa

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  8. Look what I found, while looking at homes for sale in my area. Check out picture 15! Wonder if she saw your blog? Your whole nursery is amazing, and the whale is the perfect touch. Your fame as a designer must be spreading!

    http://ptoates.greenvillescrealestatesearch.com/m/home.aspx#details?listingid=29711269

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    1. Hey Angela! ha--look at that! Maybe they bought one of the $90 Etsy ones ;)

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