For contemporary décor, this DIY wall art has it nailed

This is one, uber-cool DIY wall art project! Kathleen George has used simple, everyday materials to fashion high-end, urban chic, Contemporary Nail Head Wall Art. And, you make this heavy metal wall art with no hammer, no pounding and no power tools. Even if contemporary isn’t your style, you’ll want to check out Kathleen’s contemporary wall art tutorial to see how she made it. It’s ingenious!

DIY contemporary wall art using nail heads

Contemporary Nail Head Wall Art

how to make easy, contemporary wall art

Corrugated paper goes around the edges. Doesn’t get much easier than that!

Like I said, there’s no hammering involved – you simply push the nails into the disc of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. And those corrugated metal edges? They’re not metal at all – it’s corrugated paper that you easily cut with scissors. I imagine you’d pay hundreds of dollars for this Contemporary Nail Head Wall Art if you purchased it in a gallery. I estimate it won’t cost you much more than $35 to make it. After all, a 1-lb. box of nails is only $3.00!

Inexpensive, easy contemporary wall art made with nail heads

A closer look at the Contemporary Nail Head Wall Art.

To make the Contemporary Nail Head Wall Art, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 1” disc
  • (3) 1-lb. boxes of 1-½”electro galvanized roofing nails
  • (2) 1-lb. boxes of 1-½” bright ring shank underpayment nails
  • Black acrylic craft paint
  • Silver corrugated paper, one sheet 8-1/2” x 11”
  • Black grosgrain ribbon, 1” x 48”
  • Black felt, 12” x 12”
  • Red construction paper, small scrap
  • Straight pins
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Hole punch, ¼”; stiff paintbrush; scissors; ruler; pencil; rotary cutter or paper trimmer (optional)

To make the Contemporary Nail Head Wall Art:

1. Paint the front face of the disc black. Let dry.

2. Cut a 12” circle out of black felt and glue to the back of the disk.

3. Glue and pin the 1” grosgrain ribbon all around the sides of the disc, stopping about 4″ from the top on either side. Knot together the ends with two firm knots, forming the hanger. Trim the ends.

4. Cut the silver corrugated paper into 38, 1” strips.

5. Glue and pin the 1” strips of corrugated paper to the ribbon, covering the entire edge of the disc. Cut slits across the corrugated strips where the grosgrain ribbon forms the hanger.

How to make nail head wall art

Add texture and patterns by using nails with different sizes of nail heads, and inserting them so they are different heights.

6. Place the disk on a flat surface and begin pushing the flat head nails straight down into the foam disc. Vary the sizes of the nail heads and the height of the nails, so you create interesting textures and patterns. You can leave open an area or two for added interest. If you’ve wiggled around your nails, or reinserted them several times in the same hole, you might need to add a dab of glue to hold them in place. Otherwise, let the STYROFOAM Brand Foam do the work for you, and it will hold the nails in place.

7. Use the ¼” hole punch to punch circles from the red paper. Glue the paper circles onto a few nail heads (again, refer to the photo).

And that’s it. You really can make this Contemporary Nail Head Wall Art in an afternoon. I love projects like this – so much style in so little time, and no one will believe how little it cost.

What did you think of today’s tutorial? Super cool and you can’t wait to make it? Interesting, but not for you? Or . . .?

Happy crafting.


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2 Responses to For contemporary décor, this DIY wall art has it nailed

  1. simplyseashell says:

    So Cool! Just think of the possibilities to also add decorative furniture nail heads, thumb tacks, push pins, etc. Just mixing in similar materials would give you a lot of design options. Great technique.

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