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