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. The solution? Scrapbook paper wall art!
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 or Aleene’s Tacky Glue 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 or Aleene’s Tacky Glue 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.
Preventing Wrinkles in the Paper
Some people have written with questions about how to avoid wrinkles in the scrapbook paper. I originally shared this project back in 2011, and since then I have also struggled with wrinkles on some paper and glue projects. Here’s what has worked for me to reduce wrinkles:
- Try Aleene’s Tacky Glue instead of Mod Podge. Aleene’s Tacky Glue is more tacky, less wet. I think it’s the wetness of Mod Podge soaking into the paper that makes the paper wrinkle.
- Let the Aleene’s Tacky Glue or Mod Podge sit for a few minutes before applying paper, so it’s not so wet.
- Try spray adhesive instead of glue. Spray two coats of adhesive for good coverage. Follow the spray adhesive directions — some spray adhesive is repositionable so you can peel off the paper and adjust it, but other spray adhesives apply the paper permanently right away so you gotta get it right the first time.
The Finished Result: SCrapbook Paper Wall Art
There was a huge blank wall in my office. My workplace has lots of white and beige walls. Blah and boring to look at! But with this project, up went a big grid of color and pattern. This is great for any big space you want to cover with affordable wall art:
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.
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 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! I can’t promise what the price will be on any given day, but on November 1, 2015 I checked this product and I got a 30% off coupon plus this was on sale for $19.99:
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:
Wondering where to buy scrapbook paper?
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