1. Wood Grain Silhouettes - Ditch the jigsaw in favor of paint to create reverse image artwork. Lowe's provides a complete how-to on creating personal plywood art, and HGTV's Genevieve Gorder makes over a foyer, showing the project in action.
2. Wax Paper Image Transfer - Use wax paper, an inkjet printer and a credit card to transfer images onto wood. This step-by-step tutorial by Angela Lerew at Unexpected Elegance has images and advice for achieving the best results.
3. Staining Wood, Naturally - How to use vinegar and metal to stain wood. According to The Money Pit, "A handful of pennies will produce a beautiful pale Caribbean blue stain. A wad of steel wool will give you a rich reddish hue. A combination of tea and a metal object in vinegar will produce a black stain." The article also provides ideas on using other non-toxic ingredients, such as tea, coffee, walnut hulls and black raspberries to stain wood, as well.
Would you try any of these projects yourself? Which one inspires you the most?