Marbled paper creates faux metal wall art

I probably say this every time I show a new DIY wall art idea: “this one is my favorite.” It’s really too hard to choose a favorite, but this Marbled Paper Wall Art comes close, because it’s simply beautiful and pretty darn clever. That center disc? It’s not metal – it’s a richly marbled paper that mimics a fine patina. At $5.20 per sheet, the paper is an affordable luxury that’s well worth the price. Here’s how you can make your own Marbled Paper Wall Art.

Can you believe this is made with paper and Styrofoam brand foam? Beautiful!

Marbled Paper Wall Art by Kathleen George.

To make Marbled Paper Wall Art, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Two, 12” x 12” x 1” squares*
    • Two, 6” discs
  • Textured paint in brown (Kathleen used Texture Fierro in Iron Brown by DecoArt
  • Marbled metallic paper (Kathleen used Marble Metallic Gold Paper Carnival, #1844, by Paper Arts)
  • Wood dowels, eight, ¼” x 5” lengths
  • Metallic gold paper (to cover dowels)
  • Thin wire
  • Paper paste
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; T-square; pencil; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; stiff, 1” paint brush; 1” putty knife; wire knippers; optional: rubber brayer

*Note: If you can’t find 12” x 12” x 1” squares, here’s how you can easily cut a 12” x 36” x 1” sheet to size.

I can't believe this is paper! It's used in a gorgeous piece of DIY wall art on

Here’s a close-up view of the marbled metallic paper. Isn’t it gorgeous?

To make Marbled Paper Wall Art:

1. Using the T-square and a sharp pencil, score a line 2” in from each edge of the 12” square of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. This will create a 2” frame and 8” square center. Measure and mark the midpoint along each side, too, and draw a horizontal line from the edge to the center.

2. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap, and cut out the 8” center square.

3. Paint the frame with the brown texture paint. Let dry.

4. Find the center of each disc, and mark the center on the back of the disc. Using the T-square and a sharp pencil, score vertical and horizontal lines through the center. (You’ll use these lines later for the dowels.)

Covering the discs with paper:

5. Cut 1” strips of the marbled, metallic paper. Using the putty knife, spread paper paste around the sides of each disc. Adhere a paper strip around each disc and smooth with your fingers.

6. Cut two, 6” circles from the marbled paper. Spread paper paste on the front of each disc, and adhere the paper circle. Press smooth with your fingertips, or with a rubber brayer. Let dry thoroughly.

Gorgeous DIY wall art, and it's made with marbled paper and Styrofoam brand foam. No power tools. Easy & beautiful.

The “metal” rods are foolers, too, and are actually wood dowels wrapped in gold paper.

Adding the wood dowels:

7. Cut eight, 5” x 1” strips of gold paper. Spread paper paste on the back of each strip, and tightly wrap strips around the 5” wood dowels.

8. On the back of each disc, cut a ¼” wide v-shaped groove along the vertical and horizontal lines. To keep the discs centered, be sure the scored lines serve as the center for each groove.

9. On the back of the frame, cut out a ¼” deep groove along the center lines created in Step 1. Do not cut to the edge of the frame; stop ½” from the outside edge.

10. Place the frames face down, and center the discs, face down, in the middle of each frame. Squeeze a bead of white craft glue in each groove. Lay the dowels in the grooves and press firmly into the foam so that the dowels are level with surface.

11. Cut wire into 1-1/2” lengths, and shape into a U. Use the U-pins to pin the dowels in place. Double check to be sure the discs are centered before the glue dries.

12. Hang with adhesive, Velcro hangers.

For more paper magic, do you remember the Techno Hip Wall Art Kathleen made? These textured papers look like metal, but you craft it with scissors and glue!

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Techno Hip Wall Art by Kathleen George

The Metallic Disc Wall Art is a variation on a theme. Think how much easier these are to hang, too.

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Metallic Disc Wall Art by Kathleen George

While we’re talking about feathering your nest today, I thought I’d mention that we’re now empty nesters. Our baby robins took flight and this past weekend we took down the wreath and cleaned up the porch. It sure was fun having our feathered visitors.

Empty nesters!

Our baby robins flew the coop.

Before I go, I wanted to remind you that today’s the last day to enter this week’s giveaway. Don’t miss out on your chance to win the supplies to make the Patriotic Deco Mesh Wreath.

Happy crafting.


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18 Responses to Marbled paper creates faux metal wall art

  1. Sara Tanner says:

    It is a statement and very chic.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! I think you’d receive so many compliments if you hung this duo in an entryway or over a fireplace mantel. They’re so eye catching, and no one else would have the same art. Happy crafting to you! Sharon

  2. Angie Dyer says:

    The look is expensive and rich! Great graphic looks for the modern look. And the best part…..the price is cheap.

    • Sharon says:

      If you like modern, I can’t wait for you to see the wall art I’m posting later today. It’s very cool, and super easy. See you soon! Sharon

  3. studiorose says:

    It’s simple and stunning, a great combination. That paper is to die for! I’d love to use it for other projects as well.

  4. I am in love with that paper! What a gorgeous creation and it is hard to believe that it isn’t metal!! This paper has moved onto my wish list!

    • Sharon says:

      It is stunning. What would you make with your paper, Barb? I’d love to know what you have planned. Sharon

      • I think I would use it in my Thankful Thursday journal and also for cards and some mixed media projects that I have in the works. I would DEFINITELY use it to make a piece of wall art. The effect of the paper is just incredible and I am drooling excessively over it! I think I may go broke because I am going to need lots of this incredible paper!!

      • Sharon says:

        I think you’re going to need a few sheet, too! But it will be such a pleasure to create with it, and you’ll treasure your creations. Priceless, right? Happy crafting! Sharon

  5. Lynn Jackson says:

    This sure is a statement piece. Just lovely!

  6. LisaM6 says:

    wow! Those are cool. Love all the great things you can create with styrofoam.

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks! From ornaments to wall art, it’s pretty endless, eh? Gotta love the versatility! I know you’re super-busy right now, it’s so sweet of you to stop in today. Sharon

  7. Katiria says:

    Wow that Techno Hip Wall Art by Kathleen George looks awesome!

    • Sharon says:

      I know, can you believe it’s not metal? Don’t you love the wall color, too? Thanks for stopping in today, Katiria. Sharon

      • Katiria says:

        yea it would make a great accent wall. My house is more sky blue and white. I used to have a stronger blue color but over the years we’ve toned it down.

      • Sharon says:

        Ah, yes, won’t really work with sky blue & white. I love the blue & white color scheme though — so crisp and clean. Perfect for your beachy location, too. Have a good weekend! Sharon

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