Once he had the foam core template created, he found the center line of a 48” piece of wood and marked it with a straight edge.
We chose to leave the cut edges exposed and unfinished since the scrap wood was already so worn and rustic.
You can see here that a lot of the beadboard we chose was tongue-in-groove, which we made sure to join together if possible to get a tighter joint.
When it came time to decorate my Christmas mantel this year, there was absolutely no doubt about what I wanted to create for it.
Remember my late summer mantel post when I showed y’all the scrap wood star that everyone raved about? the colors, the texture, and the fact that it was SO simple to DIY with the help of my husband.
I picked up a 4’ x 8’ sheet of Luan at my local True Value Hardware, and the folks were nice enough to cut it in half for me right in the store. You could use Luan, plywood, or MDF– just make sure it’s sturdy enough to support some weight without bending or cracking.