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DIY Wood Art

Updated on December 26, 2016

Warm and Wonderful DIY Wood Art Projects

There is a warmth in wood which I believe cannot be matched by any other material. Raw wood in its natural state or processed wood, it beats out all other materials in my opinion. DIY wood art can be made from scrap wood, driftwood, pallets, even wood branches or sticks. I'm sharing some of my favorite DIY wood art projects on this page.

This DIY wood art in the picture, I call "Shim Chic". Two years ago while searching for leftover materials to make some diy wall art for a wall in my cottage home, all I could find were wood shims. I was so happy with the result! See how I made this diy wood art here.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

DIY Wood Art - Modern Rustic Art
DIY Wood Art - Modern Rustic Art

DIY Wood Art on Etsy

Etsy artist Shari of Modern Rustic Art offers this stunning DIY wood art wall coat and/or hat rack. There was a lot of work and talent put into this piece. Just beautiful!

(Photo credit Shari via Modern Rustic Art)

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When it comes to wood you prefer a natural finish or painted wood?

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Working With Wood Slices, You May Need.....

Take a hike and bring a tree branch home to make your own wood slices. You may need:

Elmer's E7310 Carpenter's Wood Glue Max, Interior/Exterior, 16 Ounces
Elmer's E7310 Carpenter's Wood Glue Max, Interior/Exterior, 16 Ounces

Using carpenter's wood glue will ensure a sturdier, quality end result in any woodworking project.


DIY Wood Art - Retro Look Vintage Wall Art - from Oh So Lovely Vintage Blog

DIY Retro Wood Art
DIY Retro Wood Art

I remember wood art like this hanging in our own home when I was a young child. The gals at Oh So Lovely Vintage did a great job of reproducing this great retro look, don't you think? See how they did it here.

(photo credit Oh So Lovely Vintage)

DIY Wood Art Wall Sculpture - Tree Branch with Air Plants

DIY Wood Art - Tree Branch Wall Sculpture via Ben and Abby
DIY Wood Art - Tree Branch Wall Sculpture via Ben and Abby

Apartment Therapy features a wonderful space created by Ben and Abby. This fabulous diy wood art sculpture is made from a tree branch filled with air plants. Feeling inspired yet? :)

(Photo credit AnnaMaria Stephens)

Amazing Air Plants

Super low maintenance air plants require moderate light with a good soaking in water every soil is required! They look wonderful attached to branches and driftwood in its raw state. They are equally striking in glass teardrops.... Beautiful and understated diy art can be made with air plants.

Hinterland Trading Two Pack of Air Plant Tillandsia Bromeliads
Hinterland Trading Two Pack of Air Plant Tillandsia Bromeliads

Air plants are an attractive addition to many wood wall art projects. Easy care and they add a touch of zen.

DIY Wood Art - Wood Slice Mirror via that's my letter
DIY Wood Art - Wood Slice Mirror via that's my letter

DIY Wood Art - Wood Slices Mirror Surround

Go to that's my letter to see the steps taken by blog author Jaime Costiglio to create this beautiful, yet simple diy wood art. Are you thinking of art you'd like to create with wood slices?

(Photo credit Jaime Costiglio)

Big Prints Make Great DIY Wood Art

DIY Wood Art - Transfer Print to Wood
DIY Wood Art - Transfer Print to Wood

Dallas photographer James Brandon and his wife, Kristin, collaborated on this awesome diy wood art project. The steps to transfer prints to wood are detailed here at their site, Digital Photography School.

DIY Wood Art - Twig Letters How To
DIY Wood Art - Twig Letters How To

Twig Letters - DIY Wood Art

via Bliss Bloom Blog

Twigs can make some very cool DIY wood art letters for the wall. Mel at Bliss Bloom Blog shares how she made hers. (Her method to bend and curve twig letters is brilliant!)

(Photo credit Bliss Bloom Blog)

DIY Wood Art - Shark Pallet Wall Art

DIY Wood Art - Shark Pallet Art via Sand and Sisal
DIY Wood Art - Shark Pallet Art via Sand and Sisal

Kim at Sand and Sisal cleverly used pallet wood to create this wood art. See how she transformed old pallet wood using an overhead art projector into this art piece sure to garner lots of attention in your own home. Why not give it a try? Find her tutorial here.

(Photo credit Kim at Sand and Sisal)

DIY Recycled Wood Pallet Art

Nice art piece for the wall with twinkling light feature.

The Wood Protector I Prefer

Minwax 13333000 Polycrylic Water-Based Protective Clear Finish, 1 gallon, Satin
Minwax 13333000 Polycrylic Water-Based Protective Clear Finish, 1 gallon, Satin

This is what I use to finish nearly all my diy wood art projects. This water base product protects the wood surface. It is quick to dry, easy to clean up and has very low odor. It's VERY easy to work with. I prefer the satin finish shown but it's also available in semi-gloss and gloss finishes.

I've been using this for years and haven't found a better product. It can be purchased in smaller sizes if desired.


Gorgeous wall art made with pallet strips stained in various finishes. Beautiful!

Nice little tutorial.

WOW!!! This guy is amazing; watch and see what he does with an old wood pallet. VERY inspiring!

What do you think of DIY Wood Art? Do you have any in your home?

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    • VioletteRose LM profile image

      VioletteRose LM 

      4 years ago

      The wood art in mirror looks stunning, great lens!

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      I love DIY wood art. So many pieces featured here that I absolutely love. As you know, I have been working with wood slices in my cabin. Love that hook rack with the slices. Also love working with weathered pallet boards.

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      4 years ago

      Wonderful idea! I like wood because it brings a bit of nature inside. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      6 years ago

      I have a few pieces; I LOVE that mirror! Nice lens and some great ideas :o)

    • Judy Filarecki profile image

      Judy Filarecki 

      6 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I make all my own frames for my paintings. Many of them are artist layers of different wood. Others are special woods like Vermont red cedar, vintage douglas fir from paneling from 1900, cherry, black walnut and many more.All have natural, clear finishes on them.

    • kburns421 lm profile image

      kburns421 lm 

      6 years ago

      Wood is gorgeous. When I took woodshop in high school, I could never understand why people would paint their projects. It appalled me! I always kept mine natural as wood should be.

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      6 years ago

      I have some in my summer house. My wife is fond of DIY wood Art.

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      Tonie Cook 

      6 years ago from USA

      Love wood art. I have several unique vintage pieces.


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