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DIY Wall Art

Updated on May 31, 2014

DIY Wall Art

Here are some great ideas for easy DIY wall art. Art doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. Using canvas panels are easy to frame and very inexpensive. Canvas board can easy be hung without framing by simply attaching a picture hook to the back with hot glue.

You can work with canvas panels without having to prime them with gesso or another primer. They are good with both acrylic and oil paint.

Quilling on Canvas

Quilling is the art of rolling strips of paper, gluing and shaping them. It is an art form that became popular in the 18 century in Europe with ladies of leisure.

I used 9x12 canvas board and glued the quilled flowers to the board using white glue.

What You Need

  • Quilling Wand
  • Quilling Paper
  • White glue (elmer's)
  • toothpick
  • scissors
  • Canvas Panel/ Board

How To

For a basic how to on Quilling, please see my article on How to Quill

By making many of the same size and shaped rolled paper you can start to assemble them into floral looking objects. Using the tip of the glue container or a toothpick glue the rolled paper pieces together to form an entire floral object. Use your imagination and play around with different shapes in different way.

Then glue the final object on a canvas panel or board. These can be displayed as is, or in a shadow box.

I get many questions and compliments on these quilled canvases that I display on a chair rail in my home.

Tissue Paper Flowers on Canvas

This project makes a statement and it is very easy to use. You can clump or space these flower however you like. You can even use then to spell out words. They look amazing in a shadow box or simply glue a picture hanger on the back of the canvas for easy hanging.

What you will need

  • Tissue paper
  • Stapler
  • Paper punch
  • Hot glue gun
  • Canvas Panel

How To

For this I used a 2 inch paper punch in a scalloped finish and a 9x12 canvas panel.

See my article How To Make Tissue Paper Flowers for direction on how to make the individual flowers.

Attach the flowers to the canvas panel using a dab of hot glue on the staple portion of the tissue paper flower.

Masking Tape Art

Masking tape or painters tape are great at making fun abstract art. Just tape areas of the canvas and start painting away. You can also use a stencil to paint a pattern. Have fun use your imagination.

What you need

  • masking tape or painters tape
  • canvas panel
  • paints (I recommend acrylic paint)
  • paintbrushes


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