Looking for a patriotic wood wall art idea? Put your woodworking skills to good use with this USA puzzle map!
Upgrade Your Wood Wall Art With This USA Puzzle Map
Wall art is just one of the ways we can add pizzazz to our walls—but let’s not feel limited to photo gallery walls or wall hangings. Let’s think out of the box and try our hand at wooden wall art, like this awesome USA puzzle map wall art you can make out of pallet scraps! You can keep it as a table top puzzle for your kids to have fun with, or you can mount it on your wall to show some post-election patriotic love!
- Pallet wood pieces (different stains/colors)
- Print out of USA map
- Spray adhesive
- Large sheet of plywood
- Scroll saw
- Miter saw
Step 1: Cut out each state from the map
Make sure you print a large enough map. Cut along the outline of each state.
Step 2: Stick each cutout on a piece of pallet wood and cut
With a spray adhesive, stick a cutout of a state on a piece of wood. Using a scroll saw, trace along the edges to cut out the exact shape of each state. For straight edges, you may use a miter saw. Remove paper stencil from wood puzzle piece.
Step 3: Repeat to make wood pieces for all the states
Use different shades or stains of pallet wood on states that are beside or close to each other, so you can have a defined look and see the gradation across the map once it’s laid out.
Step 4: Lay out the finished pieces
Use the edges to trace out the edge of your next state to make sure the edges align and fit well together.
Step 5: Assemble the finished puzzle map on plywood
On a sheet of quarter-inch plywood, assemble all the states in their proper position. Use a pencil to trace the edges of the puzzle map on the plywood.
Step 6: Cut the plywood
Use a router to cut the plywood in the same shape as the map.
Step 7: Shave the inset of the plywood
Run the router through the interior of the plywood border, shaving off the inset. This will create a space that the puzzle pieces can sit and fit in better within the plywood border.
Step 8: Display your puzzle map wall art
Either stick the pieces to the frame and mount as wooden wall art, or keep as a puzzle people of all ages can enjoy.
Watch the complete video from Scott Brooks on how to make this wood wall art:
Think of wall art as another way for you to express your personal style while using your practical skills for creative purposes.