Step 1: Tools and Materials
-bandsaw -dremmel sander -sandpaper -wood glue -3/8 or 1/2 plywood -backer board (I used 1x6 pine) -acrylic paint -wood stain -semi gloss varathane
Step 2: Cutting Out Pieces
For this step I found a clip art picture of a rose. I used some scissors to cut out the individual pieces, and traced them onto a small square of half inch plywood. I then used the bandsaw to (VERY CAREFULLY) cut them all out. Once I had all the pieces loose, I spent about 3 hours sanding them all smooth. For the backer board that the rose will be mounted on, I cut the 1x6 down to 11" long. Then I routerred the edges (optional) and sanded the whole thing to prep for staining.
Step 3: Paint and Stain
For the colouring of this piece, I used some acrylic craft paint, just for the reason that I had it kicking around. I'm sure any kind of paint would be fine. I went with purple because its my girlfriends favorite color, but just a heads up its a good idea to research the meaning behind a certain colour of rose before choosing it. The rest of this step is fairly self explanatory, but after you've painted and stained your piece I recommend at least 4 coats of varathane for a nice glossy finish.
Step 4: Mounting
Next you'll want to mount all your painted pieces onto the backer board. This can be tricky, but it's not too hard if you keep your original photo nearby as a guide. Use a SMALL dab of wood glue, being careful not to let any seep out when you apply pressure to them. Keep a damp cloth at hand to wipe up any glue just in case. Once all your pieces are on, take A heavy book and leave it on top overnight while the glue sets.
Step 5: Finally,
Now you're done! If you like, you can buy a small picture mounting hardware piece so this can be hung up on the wall. This is what I did. I hope you like it, this was my first instructible so any feedback, comments, or questions are more than welcome! Best of luck, J