DIY: Patchwork Wood Wall Art


Have I mentioned my house has many blank walls?! I am hoping to change that this year but in a cost effective way. The first wall to cover is in my living room. The above wall art I created was inspired by both Pottery Barn’s Piece art and a modern wreath made by Tatertots and Jello. I took elements from both items and came up with a patchwork wood frame wall art with some multi-dimensional effect.

I used scrap book paper, small plywood pieces, a mat, Mod Podge, hot glue gun, Exacto knife, scissors, and brown paint. Does some of the paper look familiar? It matches the repurposed glass jars I used as vases in my living room. I love the patterns in this particular scrap book paper set.


Here’s how I made my Patchwork Wood Wall Art:

I first want to mention this project is not as simple as my past DIY project. It took more time and design work. But don’t let that scare you because it’s really not that hard.

I started by laying out the wood pieces onto a 11×13 mat. I moved the pieces around until (in my head) it looked visually appealing. I didn’t want it to be symmetrical. I wanted various sizes to create a dimensional patchwork.

The pre-cut wood pieces did not fit around the mat perfectly. They had to be cut to size. This was probably the hardest part of this project. But not for me. I didn’t even break a sweat. That’s because my sweet husband offered to cut them for me. I gladly took his help. About half of the pieces needed to be cut. I marked them and my hubby cut them using an Exacto knife. It didn’t take him long to cut those pieces.


After I finalized my layout, I numbered each piece on the back (going clockwise) so I would remember where it goes later. I then painted all the wood pieces but ONLY the sides and a small part of the front.


Once the paint was dry, I placed all the plywood pieces back on the mat. (This is why I numbered them) to figure out what patterned paper to place on each piece. I then traced and cut out the paper for each wood piece.

Next step…decoupage. Remember this is my second attempt at using Mod Podge. For each plywood piece, I first applied Mod Podge on the back of the paper and also on the front part of the wood piece. I placed the paper onto the wood and smoothed it out. I waited 15 minutes for it to dry. I applied Mod Podge on the top of the paper and waited again 15 minutes for it to dry. I then put another coat of Mod Podge.


I arranged all the pretty wood pieces back on the mat. (Again, I’m glad I numbered them). I glued on some ribbon (later to be used for hanging) to the top middle of the mat. I glued (using a hot glue gun) the wood pieces onto the mat. And then I glued the remaining pieces for the multi-dimensional look.


I decided to hang this patchwork wall art onto a black frame I already had. It worked out great because I needed more coverage on the wall space above the living room sofa. A rectangle within a rectangle frame …I LOVE the way it all came together!

My Patchwork Wood Wall Art will hang on the wall above my living room sofa very soon…I hope. As soon as it’s bumped to the top of my honey’s to-do list. 😉 But just so you can get a visual, I took a picture of it temporarily balanced on top the sofa. (Do not try this at home. This is for demonstration purposes only. Ha!)


As for the cost – The small plywood pieces I bought at Michaels. Some of them came from a prepackaged bag found in the model airplane section. I used a 40% coupon on that. The smaller pieces I found in a bin in the crafter wood section. Each cost $0.29. The total cost of the wood pieces was $7.70. I needed brown paint which was on sale cost small bottles for $1. I didn’t even finish one bottle. Most of the other items I already had. So this Patch Wood Wall Art cost about $10 to make. This does not include the black frame which was $26. If you include the black frame, the total cost was $36.

So what do you think of my DIY wall art? I’m lovin’ it!

(This is linked to I’m Lovin’ It, Weekend Wrap Up Party, Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Tip Me Tuesday, Get Your Craft On, Tutorials & Tips Tuesday, and The Frugal Girls!)


  1. Ahh! I love this! I am so very tempted to make one myself! I think I just might:)

  2. Very cool! I love the mix of patterned papers.

  3. Love this! I’m all about prettying up my walls inexpensively. I like the papers you used and the dimension.

  4. Wow, this is gorgeous! And to think Pottery Barn charges almost $300!?! That’s insane. Besides, yours looks better.

    Thanks for sharing this easy to understand tutorial. I am so gonna do this!

  5. This is great!! Thanks for the idea and step-by-step.

  6. Loved this tutorial. You did a great job not only on the frame but also on describing to us how to do it ourselves. Very detailed. Have you thought about sanding some of the edges to give it a distressed look and then going over that with a layer of either brown stain or glaze to give it yet another dimension? I love it they way it is too. Just thinking about how I could make it blend with my more rustic furnishings!! Thank you so much for sharing! A+

  7. Linda@Coastal Charm says:

    Love the look and the colors! Hop over and show it off at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY…hope to see ya there:)


  8. Thanks everyone!
    Staci – Giving it a distressed look is a good idea if that is the look/style you want. I bet it would look great.

  9. This is sooo darling! I found you on tatertots and jello and love this!

  10. I may try something like this! The best part is that mine will be unique and so will yours. All will be different!!!


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