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Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. This means that we may receive a small commission if you choose to purchase something from a link we post (including links to amazon.com because we are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program.) Don’t worry, it won’t. It costs you nothing. I may have an obsession with maps and globes. I hope that creates curiosity and a sense of exploration with my children. This DIY USA wood wall art is my favorite wall decor and it was easy. I’m not saying that…really. In fact, I had a friend do this project with me. A friend who has never picked up power tools before will agree, this is more controllable than it seems. You will need: a sheet of plywood; sheets of wood; Inexpensive pallet wood or fencing Wood Glue Nails Jig saw type projector Instructions: Begin by cutting a sheet of plywood roughly to the size of the map you want. Home improvement stores will gladly downsize this size for you. Mine is approximately 6 feet wide. Decide how the boards will sit on the plywood. I chose an inexpensive cedar fence with a horizontal pattern. Glue the boards to the plywood. I used heavy buckets of wheat to keep it flat while drying. You can easily throw a few nails in the back to keep them in place as they dry. Once it is completely dry, draw a map back onto the side of the plywood using a sharpie marker. I used an LCD video projector, but the overhead projector will work transparently. Once I traced the map, I reinforced the entire perimeter of the map (on the inside of my trace) with nails from a nail gun. I knew the jig saw would be mutual and might loosen some of the smaller pieces – and that helped keep everything together. With the plywood side up, using a jigsaw, slowly cut it along the marking line defining the map. There are a lot of intricate pieces in the USA map and I didn’t cut every small piece, the saw is not intended for good cutting. You’ll need some cuts from several angles in order to succeed, but be patient. At first, you’ll want to try and follow every little curve and line, only to realize you don’t need to. Depending on the size of the map, cutting may take an hour or two. Go slow. Take breaks – otherwise your hand could fall off from the vibration of the saw! It’s time to enjoy your work! Flip it over and enjoy your work. You may see the areas you want to clean up a bit more – or it’s a bit more complicated and if that’s the case, flip it over and keep cutting. I decided to keep this piece a bit rustic so I sanded some edges to make it pretty, but I didn’t sand the entire piece. Don’t like raw wood? It had character and charm. I also chose not to stain it, because I liked the color variations in the wood. But you can choose what suits your home and style – sand and stain if you wish! See more of my adventures and projects at www.lifewithfingerprints.com Since you’ve got a rustic groove, go ahead and add some of these rustic touches to your home decor:


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