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Creating a three dimensional piece of art that will transform a boring wall into something to talk about.

Updated on January 25, 2012

Art can be one of the most expensive purchases in your home. But if you're on a budget you can create this easy 3-dimensional project yourself for a fraction of the price.

When I first learn of these two brothers from Philadelphia they had just launched their company Mio and I quickly found myself placing and order for these paperforms. Mio offers a few various shapes, but V2 is the name of the tiles I purchased.

Mio's paperforms are lightweight forms made from 100% recycled paper that is sold in packs of 12 and sell for $34.00. Each tile is one square foot (30.5cm X 30.5cm) and they can be used to transform an entire wall or you can create a modern piece of art.

Tile Specs


Length: 12 in / 30.5 cm
Width: 12 in / 30.5 cm
Height: 2.25 in / 5.7 cm
Thickness: .04 in / 1 mm

The tiles that I chose are available in a natural brown color that resemble a paper bag.

Before you commit to your tile layout, arrange the squares in a variety of ways to see which you like best. Once you are pleased with the design, take a mental snapshot so that you repeat the same layout onto your final art piece.

Arranging Your Tiles


While your waiting for your Mio tiles to arrive, you'll need to purchase a few things at your local hardware store.

Begin by laying the tiles on a flat workable surface. Take a dry rag and brush any dirt and debris from the plyboard that has been cut to measure 48X36.

Apply the wall paper paste to the plyboard in a thin coat. Apply another thin coat of paste to the backs of each tile before placing the tile onto the plyboard. Begin to place the squares onto the board in the configuration you'd decided on earler. Because wallpaper paste doesn't dry too quickly, you will have an opportunity to lay all your tiles without feeling too hurrried.

Once the squares have all been placed onto the plyboard and they are to your liking, allow to dry.

When the tiles have dried completely, you are ready to begin painting. Using a small 1 inch paint brush begin applying the primer. Using a small brush will give you more control and using primer will create a smoother canvas on which to paint your final color.

When the primer has dried, you are ready to begin using your final paint color. I chose a very dark Obsidian color for my wall art. I was satisfied with the way it looked after 3 coats. Depending on the color you chose, you may require an additional one or two coats.

When you are ready to hang your art there are a few methods you could use. Because I wanted my art to be flush with the wall, I used screws and drilled them directly into my wall. I then applyed a small amount of wood putty over the screw heads and painted them to blend with the wall art.

You may chose to hang your art using mounting hardware or wire. Whichever method you chose be sure that both the hardware and your wall can withstand the weight of your new art piece.

Here are simple directions on hanging your new artwork using wire:

1. On the back of the board attach an eye screw just above the midpoint.

2. Measure the distance from the screw to the top of the frame and then measure the same distance on the opposite side and insert another eye screw.

3. Cut a piece of picture hanging wire leaving enough length to allow you to twist the wire when attaching to the eye screws.

4. Attach one side of the wire to the eye screw by twisting it multiple times then attach the wire to the other eye screw in the same manner. Be sure not to leave the wire too long, you don’t want the wire to show at the top of the frame.

Add Even More Texture To Your Art By Using Textured Paint. Here Are A Few Additional Colors I'd Collected..............

Valspar Brand Color Chips I Selected At Lowe's
Valspar Brand Color Chips I Selected At Lowe's | Source

More About Mio's Green Design

Mio's Paperforms are Recyclable

Mio Uses Both Pre-Consumer and Post-Consumer Content

Mio Operates Closed Loop Manufacturing

Mio Designs With Purpose

Mio = Local = Fair

Comments? Need A Little Bit More Help Constructing Your Wall Art? Let Me Know Here-I'm Happy To Help.

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      Graham Gifford 6 years ago from New Hamphire

      Too kind-Thank you.

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      twigsadream 6 years ago

      I have seen this piece in person and it is amazing!

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      happyturtle 6 years ago from UK

      What a superb idea. Thanks for sharing.