This is the template I used for the sign. Another one from Steve Good. He has lots of nice templates.
I used carbon paper and traced it onto the plywood. As you can see I can't draw straight even with something to follow.
I then woodburned the outline.
After that, I had to figure out which parts I wanted to woodburn dark and which to leave light. I just went with what looked good to me. I also used the heart tip on the parrots chest.
I then cut the sign out on the scroll saw.
Next, I stained the whole thing. I used Danish oil in dark walnut.
Finally, I added some flowers. I'll be honest here. I wanted something else on the piece and I wanted to cover up the really wonky cuts I made...lol. I like how it turned out.
I didn't put anything on the back because I thought my friend might use the Command Strips to hang it, or she might just prop it up. I am so glad she liked it.