Monday greetings my lovlies!
My friend and colleague Beckie from Infarrantly Creative is hosting a fun collaboration where I and 30 other bloggers will be throwing down a tutorial that is themed after our respective states! We’re calling it a State Pride Tour… and I’M NEXT IN LINE… with Iowa!!! I’m following Kim from Washington on her blog Today’s Creative Blog, so if you missed hers, be sure to go check out her creative Washington-themed project!
If you’ve been around our blog for any amount of time, you know that I love geography and have tons of pride for my home state: IOWA!! Represent!
The ‘Barn Board’ signs on our Etsy Shop are popular, and when I made one in the shape of a bracket sign… I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before!!
Since 1×4 pine boards are inexpensive and easy to customize using my make your own ‘barn boards’ techniqueI might as well try making it into the shape of a state! Drr!
After printing my Iowa shape onto a transparency and projecting the image onto my boards, I traced with a pencil and wasted no time getting down and dirty with my scroll saw!
I cut each board individually. It was so fun to see it come together one board at a time!
Next steps are to paint, sand and stain! I went with red and a touch of black for dimension. For the full step-by-step tutorial on making these boards truly look like old distressed wood, click here!
Finally, Nick cut a 1/4” piece of plywood and glued/stapled it to the back to secure all the boards together. (CHECK.OUT his creapy man-hand!)
After sanding, I decided to paint the outer edge a shimmery gold (Martha Stewart ‘Pearl’) and a little heart on Des Moines (our state capitol!)
All that was left was to seal things off with a little finishing wax, and slap on a comb hook! These look AMAZING on a gallery wall!
I love that the red represents actual barn wood, since Iowa is known for farming and agriculture! It’s difficult do drive ANYWHERE in this state without seeing a gorgeous old barn in all it’s glory!!
If you’re following along on the state tour, we got Kim from 733 Blog next in line sharing about her home state: Vermont! If you’re new to our blog Sawdust and Embryos, feel free to snoop around for awhile! We’ve got lots of exciting things going on around here!