Nature-core Door Art – Final Post Part 1


For my project I created a dynamic art piece for my parent’s new house. In their bedroom there used to be a hole in the wall that is an entrance to an unfinished loft. My mom has requested that I create a door to cover the opening that includes an art piece. This will make the room look much more finished and will add an artistic element to the space. It is therefore extremely important that the piece is aesthetically pleasing because who wants an ugly decoration in their bedroom!? Although I suppose anything is better than the gaping hole that was there originally.

The unfinished hole in question


Desired Aesthetic

The aesthetic for this piece is naturecore. I am trying to capture the serene feeling of trees reflected in a lake with towering snowy peaks in the background. It is also important to the customer (my mom) that the color scheme of the piece goes well with the rest of the house. The color scheme primarily consists of blues and grays. In order to be consistent with this I painted the backboard blue, trees black, and mountains white. Black and white conveniently go with anything and match the colors that would exist in nature for the two elements. The black reflected trees give the illusion of a silhouette at dusk and the white mountains appear to be covered in snow. The whole scene not only matches the existing house color scheme but also highlights the naturecore aesthetic.



I have been inspired by several Etsy posts. I used an outline of the mountains and trees seen in these posts to create a dxf file to cut on the laser cutter. This is discussed further in the fabrication plan section below. These posts capture the natural aesthetic that I am hoping to capture in this piece. I wanted it to be calming and evoke a feeling of serenity for the viewer. This is especially important because my parents will be looking at it nearly every day so it’s gotta look good.

[1] Etsy post which inspired the pattern


Material Cost Vendor
⅛” Birch Wood Sheets $50 Home Depot
Paint + Equipment $60 Home Depot
Fasteners $20 Home Depot
Total $130 NA


Fabrication Process

  1. I first cut the birch wood sheet into three parts. This was the best way to optimize the width of the door frame while still allowing the cut pieces to fit in the laser cutter bed.
  2. Next I loaded each file onto the laser cutter and aligned the desired dimensions to the piece of wood in the bed and verified that the pattern fit using the integrated camera system. After visiting the ITLL to re-learn how to use the laser cutter machines I learned how to use all the software necessary to load the files, process and align the pattern, and export the path to the machine with the desired settings. It is important to use the correct settings for the material and thickness that I was cutting. Luckily, ⅛” birch plywood is a common material and the settings are already known and recorded on a sheet in the lab room.
  3. When the pieces came off the cutter there was minimal post-processing required. The machine is precise enough that support tabs were not needed.
  4. I cut the two back panels on the bandsaw to the appropriate sizes outlined in the sketch section.
  5. Next I painted the backboard, trees, and mountain patterns. This was the most time consuming part of the project because the trees had lots of intricate details and I wanted all the edges to be painted black as well. I did one coat of white primer on each piece as well as two coats of the final color.
  6. The alignment and centering of the trees and mountains was a little bit tricky and I made sure to mark the exact location prior to applying any glue. Once the pieces were aligned I glued the thinner backboard to the mountain and tree pieces.
  7. Finally I mounted the thinner backboard to the door board using command strips. I think a less permanent mounting solution is appropriate because I will need to take the art piece in for expo at the end of class.
Painted components


Final Product

Final Product – Door Open
Final Product – Door Closed




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4 Comments. Leave new

  • Wow! Very nice! I like how clean the edges look and I think it came out nice. Do you think adding features to outline the lake might add more to the image? Either way, it is very nice!

    • Collin Ruprecht
      May 2, 2024 1:39 pm

      Thank you! I kind of like that the blue can be the lake for the trees and the sky for the mountains. I experimented with adding some kind of border but I decided I liked the simplicity the best!

  • Sweet final product, looks awesome. I really like the depth of the piece with the 3D aspect. Do you think you drew from any aesthetics other than just naturecore?

    • Collin Ruprecht
      May 2, 2024 1:39 pm

      Thank you! Yeah I think it could also be considered minimalist because the whole piece is just 3 parts.


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