Reclaimed Texas Art Piece from House Scraps - Part 2

TIME OUT! If you missed the first part of my Texas reclaimed art project, read about it here.

At this stage I had already:
  • Gutted and re-assembled a pallet base
  • Gathered and cut scrap material to fit inside of the pallet
  • Painted the scraps vibrant colors

Next, diving into part 2 of the project, came assembling a "lid" to my art piece. The end goal? A top (front) panel for the pallet with the shape of Texas cut out, to create a shadow box-style effect. For this part I used a section of paneling from our living room remodel.

Jeff painted it for me, and I then worked with him on to cut the paneling with the table saw for a snug fit on top of the pallet.

Now to the tricky part - cutting the shape of Texas out of my paneling. My method of attack started by tracing the shape of Texas onto the panel (much easier than free-handing).

Then, jig saw to the rescue! This was my favorite part of the project, learning to use the jig saw. Jeff showed me how to use it (seriously, the smallest cut), and then I completed the rest on my own. I don't normally pat myself on the back this much, but I was proud of my jig saw cuts!

I was almost done at this point. I just needed to attach my scrap pieces (painted in part 1 of the project) to the pallet (did so with screws and wood glue) and then glue the Texas panel to the top of my pallet.

And... most amazing art piece ever (ok, I'm biased), done!

And to top it off, it finished with a first place mixed media win in the Ben E. Keith On My Own Time art show!

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More on my show pieces coming soon!

Linking this project to: Made by You Monday - Skip to my Lou, Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop - Sneaky Spoons, Take a Look Tuesday - Sugar Bee Crafts, Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday - Kammy's Korner, Wicked Awesome Wednesday - Handy Man Crafty Woman, Whatever Goes Wednesday - Someday Crafts, Show Off Your Stuff Party - Fireflies and Jellybeans, Transformation Thursday - The Shabby Creek Cottage, Pin Me Link Party - Diana Rambles, Remodelaholics Anonymous - Remodelaholic, Feature Friday - Blissful and Domestic

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  1. You totally rocked that! So much bigger than I was expecting - great job and thanks for sharing on Kammy's Korner!

  2. WOW...this is SO cool! I love all the colors with the white frame. Thanks SO much for sharing at the Frugal Crafty Home Blop Hop! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. This is so great! I am a native Texan and I would have this in my Arizona home to show off my pride. LOL love it!!!
    I would love to have you as a guest judge on my craft competition blog. Come on over and let me know if you are interested. I am looking for November challenges.
    Following you now!

  4. So, so cool...and congratulations!

  5. Love this- the fabric texture is really beautiful!

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