Chic, modern wall art combines cork with gold accents

I am often amazed at how DIY wall art can refresh your home. And, there are so many creative ways to make wall art! Today’s DIY wall art is fresh and innovative, combining rustic, textured cork with sleek gold accents. I’m sure you’ve noticed that metallic gold is hot right now, and this Cork & Gold Accents Wall Art is a subtle, sophisticated way to introduce a touch of gold to your décor. No one will guess that it’s made with scrapbook paper! I’m sharing a few more high-fashion wall art ideas made with paper, too.

Amazing, DIY Wall Art. Make it with scrapbook papers!

To make Cork & Gold Accents Wall Art, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
    • Twelve, 4” discs
  • Corkskin paper or sheets of cork (I found the paper in my local craft chain, and I have a few online sources below, too*)
  • Assorted metallic papers (You’ll find these in the scrapbook aisle. Kathleen used an assortment of gold, metallic papers: glossy, satin, matt, embossed, and crinkled)
  • Upholstery nails in gold, three packages
  • Craft wire
  • YES! Paste or other adhesive
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife and an old candle or bar of soap; 1” – 2” putty knife; optional: rubber brayer, gold craft pins

To make Cork & Gold Accents Wall Art:

1. Wax your knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle. Measure and score your foam sheet so it measures 1” x 12” x 30”. Cut the sheet to size. (Note: This is the size Kathleen used. You can also use a full-size sheet, or make it smaller than 30”, too.)

2. Cut the foam discs in half.

3. Cut the corkskin to 12” x 30”, or other size to fit your foam sheet. Spread a thin, even layer of paste over the foam sheet. Attach the corkskin to the foam sheet, and working from the center out, rub with your fingertips till it’s smooth. Optional: Roll with a rubber brayer.

4. Glue 1” strips of corkskin along the edges, following the same technique as Step 3. Let dry.

DIY Wall Art detail.

You’ll cover the top and bottom of each half disc with the same paper, and then use a contrasting paper along the edge.

5. You’ll use one paper for the top and bottom of each half disc, and a second, contrasting paper along the edge. To cut the paper to size, trace around each half disc on the reverse side of the paper, and cut out. Cut a 1” x 7” strip for the edge. Follow instructions in Step 3 to glue the papers to the foam discs. Once you’ve covered the edge, fold the excess paper to the back of the disc. If needed, use small craft pins to hold the paper in place till the glue dries.

Kathleen’s assortment of half discs included:

  • 13 half discs covered with embossed paper, with shiny gold paper around the edge
  • Six half discs covered in a matt finish paper, with crinkled paper around the edge
  • Five half discs covered in satin paper, with metallic paper around the edge

6. Outline the cork-covered foam sheet with upholstery tacks, spacing them 1” apart.

7. Arrange the half discs on the foam sheet, and then glue in place with low-temp glue.

How to DIY contemporary wall art.

Add more gold details with rows of tacks.

8. Optional: add extra tacks between the discs.

9. Glue and pin the ends of an 8” wire into the back of the artwork for hanging.

Sleek & contemporary DIY wall art. Yes, DIY!

Cork & Gold Accents Wall Art by Kathleen George.

Pretty sleek, eh?

*This Cork & Cork & Gold Accents Wall Art looks upscale, but you’ll find the materials in your local craft store. I ran out to my local Michaels store last night to see what they had, and I found pads of cork papers, including cork sheets in different colors. I also found individual sheets of cork in the scrapbook paper aisle, along with lots of different metallic gold papers. I’m sure Jo-Ann Stores, Hobby Lobby and A.C. Moore have similar assortments.

Cork papers sold by the pad are great for making wall art.

Die Cuts With a View (DCWV) sells pads of cork paper.

If you’d rather order online, Kathleen recommends Paper Arts, which has several variations of corkskin paper. Another option is Dick Blick.

It’s amazing what you can create with paper. This DIY Disc Wall Art looks like metal, doesn’t it? It’s actually made with textured papers and discs of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. It’s super light to hang, too.

Cool DIY Wall Art made with paper and STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Techno Hip Wall Art by Kathleen George

For more industrial chic, check out this Marbled Paper Wall Art.

Gorgeous! And it's made with marbled paper. Tutorial on

Marbled Paper Wall Art by Kathleen George.

You’ll also use papers to make the bead accents in this Paper & Bead Wall Art.

Gorgeous! The tutorial is on

Paper & Bead Wall Art by Kathleen George.

Amazing what you can make with paper, isn’t it? Which look is your favorite?

Happy crafting.


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2 Responses to Chic, modern wall art combines cork with gold accents

  1. LOVE the Industrial Chic Wall Art!! Very cool! Off to see if I have all the goodies to create it!! TFS!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Barb. I’m glad you like it. Amazing what you can DIY yourself, isn’t it? I bet you have the supplies on hand to make some cool and surprising wall art! Sharon

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