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Scroll Saw Craft Ideas

If you have a jig saw or scrolling saw then you can make some very beautiful crafts to give as gifts or use as decorations around your home. This is a guide about scroll saw craft ideas.

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Tip: Craft: 3D Photo Cutout

Photo Cutout of Baseball PitcherI have found a great new hobby, it is called photo cutouts. I have had a pile of pieces of acrylic taking up room in my garage. So the other day while I was moving the pile once again, I asked myself, "What can I do this stuff?". Then it hit me, I remembered a long time ago there was a store that sold photo cutouts, that is where you take a photograph glue in onto the plastic then cut out the main subject with a scroll saw.

Well I took it one step further I printed two copies of the same photograph. One on just regular paper, the other on glossy paper, I glued the plain paper photograph onto a blank piece of wood, which I found at a garage sale for $.50. Then I cut out the photograph on the glossy paper and glued it to the one on the wood blank, and presto I have pop out photograph which looks 3D.

Hope you enjoy. Oh by the way, the pitcher in the photograph is my grandson Brady McCoy from Sedan, Kansas.

By John from Haysville, KS

"Honey Do" Hammer

This is a woodworking project. Great gift for dad for Father's Day. Just slip that list of projects into the clothespin. And don't forget to put at the end of the list something like, "There's a piece of apple pie in the fridge with your name on it!"

Approximate Time:

Supplies:

  • pine board, 1X6X12 inches
  • snapper type clothespin
  • acrylic paint in brown and black
  • white medium paint pen
  • wood glue
  • sandpaper
  • scroll saw or jig saw
  • zigzag hanger
  • optional: router with round-over bit

Instructions:

The instructions are also in a PDF file for which you may need Acrobat Reader to view. Download Acrobat Reader

Click here to download the Honey Do Hammer instructions in PDF format.

Using the template, trace hammer onto pine board. The PDF includes a full size template for the hammer.

Cut out and sand all surfaces lightly. Slightly round edges of the handle only. You can use a router with a round over bit for this step, but if you don't have a router, just sand the sharp edge until slightly rounded.

Mix medium brown paint, approximately one part paint to 5 parts water, in a shallow container.

Dip a rag or sponge into mixture and apply to the front, back, and edges of the hammer. Let set for a couple minutes and then wipe dry with a soft cloth. Let dry completely.

Paint the hammer head and the clothespin black and let dry.

Glue the clothespin in place, using the picture as a guide.

Print "Honey Do" on the hammer head with the white paint pen.

Attach hanger to back of hammer head as shown.

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By Harlean from Hot Springs, AR

By Harlean Greathouse

Triple Tree Wood Decor Using a Scroll Saw

Painted trees standing in corner.These are scroll sawed trees with real bark.

Approximate Time: 4 - 5 hours

Supplies:

  • 8 ft. by 1/2 in. board
  • scroll saw
  • acrylic light green paint
  • dark green spray paint
  • 1 dowel 1/4 inch
  • real tree bark
  • wood glue
  • tree branch 3 -4 inch diameter by 4 inch high
  • sand paper
  • drill bit size of dowel and drill

Instructions:

  1. Cut tree shapes to your height and own pattern.
  2. Sand the rough edges.
  3. Drill a hole for the dowel in both the tree shape and the log.
  4. Put glue in holes and add dowel.
  5. Paint the light color on each tree.
  6. Stand up the trees and spray paint (outside) the edges and outer part of tree leaving the lighter color inside.
  7. Find bark from an old branch or purchase from a craft store. Glue on bark. The bark is glued around a cylinder of wood (branch).
  8. Stand and enjoy.

By Louella from Billings, MT

Duck Push Toy

This duck is sure to delight the little ones. It is a wood project, and does require either a scroll saw or a jig saw, but the smiles of those little ones is a great reward in return for time spent on the project. A yellow duck push toy made out of wood.

Supplies:

  • pine board - 1x8x16 inches
  • 36 inch dowel, 3/8 inch diameter
  • piece of rubber for floppy Feet
  • water based paint in yellow, orange, and white
  • black Sharpie marker
  • wood glue
  • hot glue and glue gun
  • 3 inch straw hat
  • feather for hat
  • scrap of fabric for bandanna

Instructions:

The instructions are also in a PDF file for which you may need Acrobat Reader to view. Download Acrobat Reader

Click here to download the Duck Push Toy Instructions in PDF format, including the full size pattern templates.

  1. Trace patterns of the duck and the wheel from page 2 of the PDF onto your pine board and cut out with a scroll saw. Sand edges lightly.
  2. Mix 1 part yellow paint with 5 parts water in a shallow pan. A paint roller tray will work for this.
  3. Dip the duck into the mixture or apply to both sides and the edge with a sponge. Let this stand for a minute or two then wipe dry with a soft cloth. Set aside, and repeat the process with the wheels, using orange paint for the mixture.
    If you are planning to make more toys, you may save the paint in covered containers.
  4. Using the photo as a guide, add the features. Paint the beak orange, draw the eye and outline the beak with the Sharpie.
  5. Dip a toothpick in white paint and put a dot in the middle of the eye for a highlight.
  6. Repeat the details on the other side of the duck.
  7. Drill a hole in the center of each wheel, using a 3/8 inch bit, and cut a 1/2 inch slit in the edge for the feet. Drill a 16/32 inch hole in the body as indicated on the pattern.
  8. Cut a 2 1/2 inch piece from the dowel for the wheel axle. Pass the wheel axle through the body of the duck, and glue a wheel on each end of the axle. Position the wheel flush with the end of the axle and the slits for the feet with one foot up and the other foot down.
  9. Glue the feet into the slits, taking care that the flat side of the foot is against the body of the duck.
  10. Cut the remainder at 30 inches for the handle.
  11. To attach the handle, see the detail sketch for angle of the hole to drill in the duck's back. Use a 3/8 inch bit and drill the hole about an inch deep at the determined angle.
  12. Apply glue and insert the dowel, tapping it into place if necessary. You can dress the end of the handle as you wish.
  13. We used an inexpensive birch cabinet drawer pull and drilled out the center to allow the insertion of the dowel. Glue into place.
  14. Using the bandanna pattern on page 3 and a pair of pinking shears, cut the bandanna and tie loosely around the duck's neck.
  15. Pull down slightly on the side opposite the knot. Attach the straw hat to the top of the duck's head with hot glue. Hold in place until it cools enough to stay put. If you like, add a feather to the hat.

Magnetic Teddy for the Fridge

This little wooden bear has a magnet to be used for displaying a child's drawings. Made of wood, but this pattern could also be used with craft foam. Template

Tools and Materials:

  • scroll saw
  • black Sharpie
  • acrylic paints: red, white, and brown
  • scrap of ribbon
  • round craft magnet

Directions:

  1. Trace pattern onto light cardboard, transfer to 1/4 inch plywood and cut with scroll saw.
  2. Dilute brown paint: 1 part paint to 4 parts water. Dip bear into paint covering all sides. Let excess drain and wipe gently with a soft cloth.
  3. Using the picture at the top of this page as a guide, draw the features with the black Sharpie. Use the Sharpie also to personalize with "See what ______ Did" or "See What ___ Made". Finished magnet.

  4. Glue a round craft magnet to the center back of the bear, and glue a small bow to the ear.
  5. Use the red paint for the mouth and the white for the dot in the eye.

Use it to hold the child's artwork on the refrigerator. This is a craft that a child can help make.

An adult should cut the bear from the wood. Note: If you don't have a scroll saw, you could make this with a piece of art foam instead.

Use a toothpick dipped in the white paint to put the dot in the eyes.

By Harlean from Hot Springs, AR

The instructions are also in a PDF file for which you may need Acrobat Reader to view. Download Acrobat Reader

Click Here to download the Teddy Magnet for Fridge Instructions in PDF format.

By Harlean Greathouse

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