I purchased this unfinished piece from Joann Fabrics last year when their spring collection was very discounted. I was going to make something similar to it with my Glowforge, but it only cost about $2 to buy it from Joann Fabrics.
I started out by staining the round portion in a dark walnut stain. I then decided to paint one bird yellow, and the other one blue. I then took a step back and looked at the piece. It still seemed plain and unfinished.
These are the colors I used for the birds.
I then decided to add some scrap cardstock behind the different cutouts in the round piece. I played around with the different scrap colors I had and cut them down to fit behind the cutouts. I applied a little Elmer’s glue to the edges of the cardstock pieces to adhere them to the wood.
I think this pop of color with the cardstock was exactly what the piece needed. I really like how it turned out, and it was a nice relaxing piece to make.