How to Cut a Groove in Plywood – No Fancy Tools Needed

I’m not sure when I started hoarding dried-up pens, but I do remember when I first got inspired to make a pallet-style craft. About a year ago I spotted an adorable clipboard photo holder at Hobby Lobby. It was made of wood slats, pallet-style, and I knew I wanted to replicate that pallet look on our plywood cutouts.

(I also knew that I did not want to spend hours slicing up the cutout and putting it back together.)

So todays’s secret shortcut is…. decorative grooves. They’re just as smart looking, and WAY easier. Here’s my homemade 1-2-3 groove- making method:

  1. Mark: Using a ruler and a pencil, I marked 2-inch increments (with tiny lines at the top and bottom of the cutout).
  2. Score: At each increment, I held the ruler in place as a “tracing guide”, and dragged the dried-up pen down the length of the cutout. Tada – groove created!
  3. Carve: Then my 14-year-old son (who’s quite handy and likes to outdo me 😊) used the point of an open scissor to deepen the grooves.
That’s all, for real. Three simple steps and you just took your cutout up a few notches (notch, ha ha!). Try it out and let me know how it goes. 


P.S. For this Turkey cutout nI colored in the grooves with a paint marker, but sometimes I leave them natural – depending on the colors of the project.

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