DIY wall art that will make you smile! (No fooling!)

Happy April Fool’s Day! It’s always a fun day here, and I thought it would be the perfect day to share Kathleen George’s LAUGH Wall Art. Look closely at the “U” in Laugh – how could you not smile every day with this DIY wall art on display? It’s not all fun and games, however, as the cork paper and brass tacks add playful yet tasteful texture that would be at home almost anywhere.

This DIY Wall Art makes me smile! Love the textured cork and tacks, too.

LAUGH Wall Art by Kathleen George.

To make LAUGH Wall Art, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 18” sheet
  • Cork scrapbook paper, two 12” x 12” sheets
  • Scrap paper
  • Brass upholstery nails
  • Hook & loop picture hangers
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; thin-tip marker; ruler; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; Xacto® knife; straight pins; large needle
Clever, DIY Wall Art made with a sheet of Styrofoam, cork paper and upholstery tacks. Easy to hang, too.


To make LAUGH Wall Art:

  1. Using the ruler and a marker, measure and trace a 9” x 18” rectangle on the sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or a bar of soap, and then cut out the rectangle.
  2. Cut the cork paper into two rectangles – 12” x 9” and 6” x 9”. Cut the remaining cork paper into 1” strips.
  3. Glue the 1” strips to the edges of your foam rectangle. If needed, pin the cork paper in place till glue dries.
  4. Piece together the rectangles of cork paper cut in Step 2 and glue to the top of the 9” x 18” foam rectangle. If needed, pin down the paper till the glue dries.
  5. “Frame” your art in upholstery nails. Insert upholstery nails along the edges, spacing the nails ½” apart.
  6. Transfer the Laugh Wall Art Diagram onto a 9” x 18” sheet of paper. You’ll need to enlarge the pattern as you go.
  7. Using a large needle, make a hole through each dot.
  8. Pin the pattern to the cork-covered sheet. Transfer the pattern to the cork sheet by using a thin tip marker to mark each dot in the pattern onto the cork.
  9. Remove the pattern, and insert the upholstery tacks into each dot. Add two tacks in the middle of the “U” for eyes.
  10. Hang the sign using hook and loop hangers.
Clever DIY Wall Art and great textures, too.

Doesn’t it make you smile?

Alas, my daughter is off on a school trip and I’ve no plans for April Fool’s Day this year. So, I’d love to hear about your plans! Anyone planning a little fun for April Fool’s Day today?

Happy crafting!


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10 Responses to DIY wall art that will make you smile! (No fooling!)

  1. Angie says:

    You are making me laugh! What a happy project. Easy for all ages and it will make you smile. Thank you for the easy instructions.

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Isn’t Kathleen George brilliant? How does she come up with these ideas? I’m so glad you had fun with this one! Happy crafting. Sharon

  2. How unique! And how cool! I could see this done with different background colors to match a Roo’s colors.

    • Sharon says:

      Another fun idea to change up this wall art! Thank you! You could even put a wash over the cork paper so that you still have the texture, but with color. Craft on! Sharon

  3. LisaM6 says:

    What a great fun project. I can see all kinds of fun application for this 😀

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Lisa. It sounds like you and Barb are both thinking of other words you might spell out, and I love that idea. I have the most creative readers, who always have such fun ideas for making crafts their own. What other words would you spell? Sharon

  4. Told hubby that I am pregnant! He almost swallowed his tongue!!!! LOVE this wall art and can think of lots of other words that I would use too!! TFS!

  5. annehaun says:

    Such a clever idea – thanks!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks for the feedback, and I’m glad you like it (and I hope it made you smile!). Bet you can think of lots of ways to use the cork paper! Happy crafting. Sharon

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