Today I'm sharing a reclaimed wood skyline framed art. I’m joining in the Wood Art Challenge with my building blogger friends. The only rules for this challenge is it has to be primarily wood, and square. The skyline art project was a little challenging because most skyline artwork you see is rectangular.
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I hope you love this Reclaimed Wood Skyline Artwork project!
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Rarely do I ever throw away any scraps. You can see the two different size fence boards I used for this project. The more narrow and thinner boards were used for the buildings. The wider, more traditional dog eared fence boards were used to frame this project.
I printed out a picture of the Louisville skyline, then drew 1 inch grids in order to keep the buildings pretty close to “scale”.
Materials used for reclaimed wood skyline art project
- 1 thin weathered fence board
- 1 standard weathered fence board.
- Tape measure
- Miter Saw
- Table Saw
- Wood Glue
- Staple Gun
Rip Fence Board on Table Saw | Cut to Length on Miter Saw
- Rip Reclaimed Fence on Table Saw in varying widths
- Cut to length on miter saw
- Add angles using miter saw
The weathered portion of each board was cut off to make a fresh cut on both sides of every building.
Use a small piece of plywood for the backer board on your reclaimed wood skyline artwork project. I pick up these thin plywood “drop offs” from a local Peddler’s Mall. This board was 2’x4’. Because this wood challenge had to be a square art project, I cut it on the table saw to be a 21” square.
This is basically the final “draft”. I did end up ripping the building on the far right. It seemed like it wasn't quite to scale.
Paint Skyline Backer Board Black
Make Rustic Frame For Artwork
My table saw is on the small size, but it never lets me down.
This is where the standard size fence board was used. I ran the board through the table saw twice to get two lengths measuring 1.5”. When making a rustic frame, I like to keep all the weathered edges on the outer portion of the frame and all the fresh cuts toward the inside. To achieve this, I ripped 1.5 off the right side and 1.5 off the left side.
The boards were cut on a 45° angle with the long sides all being 21”. I tried to cut around the screw holes, making the frame more pleasing to the eye.
Glue Boards onto backer board to make Reclaimed Wood Skyline
I removed one board (building) at a time and applied wood glue with a small paint brush-then replaced each building. One of the boards for the frame was used to line up all of the buildings.
How to apply vinyl with painter’s tape
The Louisville logo was cut out of vinyl on my Silhouette Portrait. I like to use painter’s tape on quick and easy transfer projects.
- Cover small vinyl project with painter’s tape. Allow overhang to attach vinyl to project board.
- Flip vinyl upside down, leaving tape attached to project board.
- Peel backing paper away.
- Vinyl is revealed.
- Flip vinyl back up onto the project board.
- Peel painter’s tape away.
- Voila! Enjoy your new vinyl transfer.
How to attach weathered frame for rustic skyline artwork
- Apply wood Glue
- Use clean damp paint brush to remove wood glue from tight spaces
- Clamp frame—allow glue to set
A staple gun adds extra strength to hold the frame onto the reclaimed wood skyline artwork. No fasteners were used for the reclaimed wood skyline buildings, only wood glue.
You can see that some of the buildings have slight gaps in between them, others are up against each other. I really love how this project turned out and I it's so much fun joining blogger group challenges that allow me to work on something out of the norm.
I'm so excited to check out what my friends have made for their square wood art challenge project! I hope you find something to inspire you to pick up some tools!
Wood Art Challenge Projects
1) Reality Daydream / 2) 100 Things 2 Do / 3) House Becoming Home / 4) Anika's DIY Life / 5) My Repurposed Life / 6) 3x3 Custom / 7) One Project Closer / 8) Merrypad / 9) Chatfield Court / 10) Create & Babble / 11) Hazel & Gold / 12) Jen Woodhouse / 13) Sawdust 2 Stitches / 14) Wood Work Life / 15) Remodelaholic / 16) Evan & Katelyn / 17) Jaime Costiglio / 18) Pneumatic Addict / 19) Bower Power / 20) Lazy Guy DIY / 21) My Love 2 Create / 22) Addicted 2 DIY / 23) Her ToolBelt / 24) Shades of Blue / 25) Ugly Duckling House / 27) DIY Huntress / 28) Mr Fix It DIY
Wow! Where to start? Those square Wood Art Challenge projects are amazing!!!
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.