If you have a big blank wall, and you want to decorate it affordably, here’s your answer! This wall art can cover more than 9 square feet of wall space. I’ve seen these sets of wall art selling for $250+! But today I will show you how to make it with your favorite colors, for far less money. The solution? Scrapbook paper wall art …
Scrapbook paper is a cheap way to get professional quality patterns, in any color you want. Each sheet of paper costs only 50 cents to $2 at the most. Very affordable! How to make this wall art? It’s as simple as this:
HOW TO MAKE THIS WALL ART
Here’s the steps to make this wall art:
1. Choose nine coordinating but contrasting scrapbook papers. For help, visit my Guide to Where to Buy Scrapbook Paper. The paper is usually 12″ x 12″. Use thicker scrapbook paper. Thin scrapbook paper tends to wrinkle much easier.
3. Paint the edges of the wood panels or canvas. I painted with black acrylic paint. You can paint any color you want.
4. Brush a layer of glue on one panel. I use Mod Podge or Aleene’s Tacky Glue.
5. Apply a piece of scrapbook paper to the panel. To smooth the paper onto the panel, 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. Here are instructions from Mod Podge to get great decoupage results.
6. Glue paper to the remaining 8 panels.
OPTIONAL. Seal the papers. You can leave the papers unsealed, or brush a layer of Mod Podge or Aleene’s Tacky Glue over them. I accidentally smeared Mod Podge on some papers, so I brushed a layer of matte Mod Podge over all of the papers and this hid the smears.
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. This project added a big grid of color and pattern to my office wall, and this makes me happy, creative and inspired at work. This project is great for any big space where you want big affordable wall art. It covers about a 3-foot by 3-foot space:
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 when doing decoupage projects with paper. Here’s what 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 paper wrinkles when the wetness of Mod Podge soaks into the paper. Sometimes I notice wrinkles before I even glue the paper to the board, so this is a clue that the glue is not quite right.
- I’ve also had better success with Mod Podge for Fabric. The formulation is thicker and less wet.
- Let the Aleene’s Tacky Glue or Mod Podge sit for a few minutes before applying paper, so the glue is less wet.
- Try spray adhesive instead of glue, such as Krylon Spray Adhesive. Spray two coats of adhesive for good coverage. Follow the spray adhesive directions. Some spray adhesive is repositionable so you can peel the paper off and adjust it. Other spray adhesives apply the paper permanently immediately, so you gotta get it right the first time. I like the repositionable adhesive even though it can cost more. It gives you room for errors, and I’m really good at making errors!
- Use thicker paper. As you handle scrapbook papers, you’ll find some papers are very thin and floppy, and others are heavier and stiffer. To minimize wrinkles, use the thicker, heavier papers.
- If you want to use thinner papers and inkjet print-outs, here’s a great tip from the Mod Podge Rocks blog to minimize wrinkles: Spray the paper with a clear acrylic sealer. Spray both sides and allow to dry. Then use Mod Podge to glue the paper to your surface.
12″ x 12″ Boards and Canvas
Blick Art Materials also sells canvas value packs. You can get many canvases in different sizes including 12″ x 12″. This is the most inexpensive way to get many canvases:
Most craft stores like Hobby Lobby, Joann, and Michael’s sell 12″ x 12″ square panels made of wood or canvas. Plus, every day there are coupons available for 30%, 40%, sometimes even 50-60% off in stores and online. Just check the websites, sign up for email lists or use an app on your phone.
Michael’s, Joann and Hobby Lobby all have phone apps with coupons on them. Download the apps onto your phone, and check the app for coupon codes before you go to the checkout counter!
You can also cut inexpensive 12″ wide 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 for you at the store.
Wondering where to buy scrapbook paper?
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