Have you seen wall art in sets of nine squares, hanging on the wall like a tic-tac-toe board? I have, but I wanted my own custom colors and design. And those wall art sets in stores can cost $250! I wanted mine for less.
I have a stack of scrapbook papers, pretty papers hiding in a pile. What a great source of colors and patterns to make scrapbook paper wall art! Making this art for your walls is as simple as this:
HOW TO MAKE THIS WALL ART
Here’s how you can do this too:
- Choose nine coordinating but contrasting scrapbook papers. The paper is usually 12″ x 12″. Use thicker scrapbook paper. Thin scrapbook paper tends to wrinkle much easier.
- Get nine 12″ x 12″ panels. I used American Easel Wood Painting Panels from Dick Blick Art Materials. (Below I show more options for you.)
- I painted the edges of the wood panels black with acrylic paint. You can leave the edges plain or paint any color you want.
- Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the panels, then apply the scrapbook papers to the panels. I did one panel at a time.
- To smooth the paper onto the panels, use a brayer, ruler, yardstick, whatever flat edge is handy. Sometimes I use a credit card!
- Start smoothing paper from the middle and push out toward the edges.
- You can leave the papers undecorated or brush a layer of Mod Podge over them. I accidentally smeared Mod Podge on some papers, so I just brushed a layer of matte Mod Podge over all of the papers and this hid the smears.
- Here are instructions from Mod Podge to get great decoupage results.
There was a huge blank wall in my office. The wall was filled with a large black & white photocopy of a state map and legislative districts, but the laws I was lobbying for passed (yay!), the boring (but very useful) map came down, and up went some color and pattern:
You could embellish the papers even more:
- Paint stencils on the papers.
- Layer more papers on top of papers.
- Distress the edges of papers.
- Work in multi-media.
- Add metal strips with rivets!
12″ x 12″ Boards and Canvas
There are many backings you can use to make this scrapbook paper wall art.
Here are the Dick Blick American Easel brand wood panels I used, but they are only one option:
Most craft stores like JoAnn and Michael’s also sell 12″ x 12″ square panels made of wood or canvas. What’s more, usually on any day there are coupons available for 20%, 30%, even 40% off in the stores and online. Just check the websites, sign up for their email lists or use an app on your phone. Yes, Michael’s, JoAnn and Hobby Lobby all have phone apps with coupons on them — don’t go to the checkout counter without checking an app first! I’ve saved a lot of money with my iPhone apps.
Here is 12″ x 12″ square canvas available at Michael’s, sold in a pack of 7 canvases:
You would have to trim your 12″ square papers a bit, but JoAnn sells 10″ x 10″ square canvas in packs of 10. So there, in one package you are ready to make your set of wall art!
Of course you can cut wood boards from Home Depot, Menards or Lowes into 12″ x 12″ size. If you don’t have a saw, sometimes they will cut the boards at the store for you.
I’ve found an inexpensive backing idea at home improvement stores — ready-made MDF shelves! You can get shelves 12″ wide by 36″ long for only about $5 each. You can line up three 12″ x 12″ scrapbook papers on the shelves. See how I did that for another scrapbook paper wall art project:
If you like these ideas, you might be interested in following my Pinterest Board with more scrapbook paper DIY projects:
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