Make a Wooden 8-bit Pixel Link | the Legend of Zelda Pixel Art




About: Hi, I am Ashley. I am a geek and woodworker. I am author of the DIY and woodworking blog, Handmade with Ashley. I also have a YouTube channel where I share video tutorials. I have always been into crafts. M...

Hello everyone, today I’m sharing how to make 8-bit pixel Link from the original The Legend of Zelda NES game. Display this wall art in your game room and enjoy the 8-bit nostalgia.

My technique for creating pixel Link comes from lessons learned from a pixel Mario build from last year. (You can watch Mario's build video here). For the Mario build, I cut each pixel into individual squares, routed their edges, and glued everything back together again. It was a long, painful and tedious process. A lot of the headache is removed if you just use a single sheet good and a router to simulate the look of individual pixels. Continue reading and I'll show you how I did it.


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Step 1: Draw 1.5" Grid Lines

The scale I'm using for pixel Link is 1 pixel = 1.5".

Use a rulers to mark grid lines spaced 1.5" apart on the 1/2" plywood.

Step 2: Route Along the Grid Lines

Install a v-groove router bit into your router and route along the grid lines. Use a clamp edge guide to ensure straight lines.

Step 3: Cut Out Link's Silhouette

Cut out Link's shape with a jigsaw.

I did a google image search and found a pixel grid with a Legend of Zelda sprite that I liked the most.

Step 4: Prep Pixel Link's Surface for Painting

Sand between the grooves and sand the surface of Link. I used scrap piece of wood to support the sandpaper as I sanded between the grooves.

Next, apply a coat of primer. I used gray primer but white will work well too.

Step 5: Paint Pixel Link

Paint each pixel on Link. Painting between the grooves is a little tricky. Use painters tape to maintain clean lines. I was impatient and used paint brushes for painting miniatures to paint in the crevices.

If necessary, apply multiple layers of paint. Once the paint is dried, protect the finish with a clear coat.

Step 6: Enjoy 8-bit Link!

I am really happy with how pixel Link turned out. The process of creating him was less tedious than my pixel Mario build. Painting the pixels required more work, but the extra work involved there pales in comparison to the work I avoided by using a piece of plywood.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed the Instructable.

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10 Discussions


1 year ago

I've been wanting to do a similar project for awhile know and this has given me a lot of good ideas. Your versions seems much more streamlined than the method i was going to use to tackle me. I like the way it came out very nice and clean.


1 year ago

This is so cool!

I am a HUGE link fan.

I am totally going to make this!

Penolopy Bulnick

1 year ago

I really like how you did this! Lots of times I see pixel art made by squares being put together, but I really like how you did it with one piece with very defined lines between the squares :)

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Thank you! :) When I made a pixel Mario, I glued the squares together and it was miserable! Painting is more tedious this route but I'll take that form of tediousness over the gluing one. :)


Reply 1 year ago

I had not considered 8-bit Sonic but I'll definitely be making more 8-bit art using this technique in the future :)