Ever wanted to bring your childhood to life? Well here’s how to in the form of a wooden pixel statue!
Step 1: Materials
As for any type of craft, you’re gonna need some supplies:
– Wooden cubes (can be ordered in bulk from here: http://www.barclaywoods.com/craft_parts.htm and any size will do, I’m personally using 1/2 inch cubes.)
– Acrylic paint (any kind will do, I’m using Liquitex Basics.)
– Super and/or wood glue (I’m using Gorilla super glue because it leaves a clear residue and drys very quickly.)
– (optional) Varnish (can give your statue a shine and helps the glue hold it together.)
Step 2: Choose your character
For my statue and this demonstration, I’ll be doing the Pokemon trainer from the classic games Pokemon Red/Blue. You can choose whatever character you would like but it should be a pixel sprite so it is easy to follow. I also recommend starting with something fairly simple as the number of blocks you use start to add up quickly. Which leads into the next step…
Step 3: Counting the pixels
Based on whichever character you choose, the number of blocks you use and of course the paint you use is gonna be different from everyone else. Which is why you should start with something with not that many blocks and different colors as a first project. My recommendation would be to start with something like a Space Invader or Pacman as they are all one color and aren’t that many pixels (as compared to the one I’m doing). Anyways, as stated already, I’m doing the classic Pokemon trainer and his pixel count comes out to 176 cubes (92 black, 40 red, and 44 white).
Step 4: Paint
After carefully counting out how many of each color cube you’re gonna need, start painting away! I’d would recommend painting all of the cubes first because you don’t have to be super careful when painting them as apposed to gluing them first then painting. Also, you may have noticed that I stated that there were 44 white ones but in the picture above they’re not painted, that is because I chose not to paint them white as to give it a more natural wood feeling and I feel it brings out the other colors better than actually painting them white.
Step 5: Gluing
Once you are done painting all your cubes, it’s now time to glue them! I recommend going cube by cube instead of row by row as I noticed that not all the cubes are cut perfectly. When I was done gluing some rows, they would actually be curved a tad bit so it made it a bit harder to glue each row together and made an uneven texture to the front of it which you may not want. If you go cube by cube, it should come out smoother as you can place every cube in perfectly.
(Optional) Step 6: Varnish
If you want to give a shine to your statue, you can use a glossy varnish to give it that glowing shine and it’ll help hold the glue together, making it even stronger than just the super glue itself.
And that’s it! You’re all done and have a cool statue that you can put on you desk or if you really want to, you can hang on your wall! Have fun remembering your childhood!
If you need any help or just need more of a visual, I recommend you check out this video by iHasCupquake on Youtube:
If you feel you’re too lazy to make one yourself, you can always contact me and I’ll be glad to make you one… for a price of course. ;D