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How are yard art patterns made?

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Yard art patterns are printed on and cut into an appropriate stock of paper to allow users to cut patterns out of plywood and trace decorative items onto the wood for coloring. These patterns serve as decorative templates for homeowners to create different decorative themes in their yards.

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To make yard art with the pattern, the consumer puts the pattern on top of plywood and traces the pattern's outside edges before cutting with a scroll saw or jig saw. Wood putty fills in any grooves that formed, and then the consumer sands the edges of the plywood until the texture is smooth. After painting both sides of this cut-out with primer and letting it dry, it's time to trace the pattern details onto the plywood.

After tracing the pattern, the consumer goes back over the trace lines with a permanent marker to facilitate painting the specific details. The consumer paints the pattern with the package picture as a guide. A black gloss paint market outlines the cut out to give greater definition to the art so that it looks more like a complete object. For those who want to use the art year after year, sealing the cutout with a varnish that has a water base keeps moisture from damaging it. Connecting conduit pipe to the back of the cutout helps it stand on its own.

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