DIY Scrap Wood Wall Quilt Tutorial, with How-To Video!

DIY Scrap Wood Wall Quilt Tutorial, with How-To Video!

Do you love Quilt or Tribal Wood Wall Art? But can’t find the right colors or patterns in the stores. Follow these steps to build it!

I am always drawn to wood wall art in the stores, like this one in shades of grey stains or this amazing abstract chippy wall art. But even if I love it, the colors or design don’t seem quite right for the room I want it for. So, as a power tool junkie, I decided it was time to make my own. And of course, I had to share this DIY Scrap Wood Wall Quilt Tutorial with you!

Build your own custom DIY Scrap Wood Wall Quilt Art. Works for Barn Quilt, Tribal Art, Boho, Mosaic, geometric wood designs and more. Includes DIY Wood Wall Art Tutorial steps and how-to video!
I went with a slightly distressed look with this set.

This tutorial focuses on the steps you can follow to design your own pattern and paint job to make your own. And if you do, I’d love to see it! You can always tag me on Instagram or Facebook to show me what you’ve made. It’s always so cool to see what you’ve done with my DIY’s. If you’ve already made one, I’d love to see that too. Inspiring and supporting each other is what’s so great about the DIY community, right?!

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Build your own custom DIY Scrap Wood Wall Quilt Art. Works for Barn Quilt, Tribal Art, Boho, Mosaic, geometric wood designs and more. Includes DIY Wood Wall Art Tutorial steps and how-to video!
This set works great in our Master Bedroom. We are in the middle of a big remodel. You can see the big ceiling paneling DIY and reveal here. Final bedroom reveal coming soon!

Materials for a DIY Scrap Wood Wall Quilt

Note: You may need different widths of wood or paint for your design. This is just what I used for mine.  🙂

  • 1/8 to 1/4″ Plywood Base – I had 5mm (about 1/8″)  plywood from my Master Bedroom Ceiling Update.
  • 1″x2″ and 1″x3″ Select Pine – I used Select Pine because it’s so straight and generally knot free.
  • Wood Glue, 150-grit Sandpaper, and Brad Nails
  • Tools: Brad Nailer, Miter Saw, Circular Saw, power sander (optional), paint brushes or paint sponges
  • Clamps, I used this great Bessey Angle Strap Clamp
  • Paints and Stains: Whichever acrylic, latex, and/or stains will work with your design.
  • Polyurethane, like Minwax Polycrylic in Clear Matte
Build your own custom DIY Scrap Wood Wall Quilt Art. Works for Barn Quilt, Tribal Art, Boho, Mosaic, geometric wood designs and more. Includes DIY Wood Wall Art Tutorial steps and how-to video!
I used my Latex Chalk Paint Recipe, some acrylic paints, and Minwax Stain for this look.
Build your own custom DIY Scrap Wood Wall Quilt Art. Works for Barn Quilt, Tribal Art, Boho, Mosaic, geometric wood designs and more. Includes DIY Wood Wall Art Tutorial steps and how-to video!
I applied a light layer of Elmer’s School Glue to create a crackle finish on some boards. I went for the same color above and below the glue on most boards. I was going for the textured look.
Build your own custom DIY Scrap Wood Wall Quilt Art. Works for Barn Quilt, Tribal Art, Boho, Mosaic, geometric wood designs and more. Includes DIY Wood Wall Art Tutorial steps and how-to video!
The light-colored outer boards on all 3 are a grey acrylic lightly covered in a light cream chalk paint, then distressed.

 DIY Scrap Wood Wall Quilt Tutorial Steps

Design Note: I only used nails on my outside frame. But you can nail and glue each piece in place, if you like the look of the nails. Or, if you’re using scrap wood that bows and really needs the nails to keep it flat against the surface. I would use 1/4″ plywood in that case. Be sure to pick brad nails that aren’t too long.

  1. Decide on the best size for your space. I went for 3 – 18″ x 18″ pieces for a large wall.
  2. Cut your plywood base to size. Remember, the outside frame won’t be on top of the base.

    Build your own custom DIY Scrap Wood Wall Quilt Art. Works for Barn Quilt, Tribal Art, Boho, Mosaic, geometric wood designs and more. Includes DIY Wood Wall Art Tutorial steps and how-to video!
    Cutting the plywood base with my Empire Cutting Guide.

  3. Optional: I used a straight-edge to mark corner to corner and across the middles. This just helped me make sure the design stayed centered.

    Build your own custom DIY Scrap Wood Wall Quilt Art. Works for Barn Quilt, Tribal Art, Boho, Mosaic, geometric wood designs and more. Includes DIY Wood Wall Art Tutorial steps and how-to video!
    The pencil marks act as a guide for my design. The frame helps hold the pieces in place while I make sure my cuts are tight.

  4. Each of my 3 designs, started with an outside frame. Clamping those together made it easier to hold the inner pieces in place while I worked on the design. Each piece has to be cut to the exact same length to get a perfect square. I usually use the first piece as a cutting guide for the rest. Just clamp the piece to the top and line the blade up with the edge on the top piece before cutting the bottom piece.

    Build your own custom DIY Scrap Wood Wall Quilt Art. Works for Barn Quilt, Tribal Art, Boho, Mosaic, geometric wood designs and more. Includes DIY Wood Wall Art Tutorial steps and how-to video!
    I clamp the first board to the following boards to get matching lengths. Just push the top board up to the lowered blade to make sure you’ll cut the bottom board at the same length. Don’t start the blade until you raise it off of the boards, though.

  5. Once the outside frame is cut and clamped in place, you can start cutting the inner pieces. You can use my designs as a guide or pick your own. Instagram and Pinterest are full of inspiration. I decided that I didn’t want to make cuts along the length of any boards, to avoid using my table saw. So I worked my way from the outside to the inside, using 2 or 3″ boards to give more variation and interest to the design. I also stuck with just 45-degree angle cuts. Use as many full width pieces as possible. My small triangles in each piece are the pieces that needed cutting on the width and length of the design. The last couple of pieces may need to be cut carefully with whichever saw you are comfortable using for the job. Be sure to follow safety rules for the saw. DIY Tip: For pieces that are just a bit too long for the space, only shave small amounts off until you get a tight fit. I’ve wasted too many boards over cutting pieces in the past.  🙂 Build your own custom DIY Scrap Wood Wall Art. Works for Barn Quilt, Tribal Art, Boho, Mosaic, geometric wood designs and more. Includes DIY Wood Wall Art Tutorial steps and how-to video!
  6. When you have the whole design finished and set in place to make sure you have nice tight miters, pick a few boards to raise with 1/8″ scraps, biscuits, mdf, etc. I went with 1 pattern in each quilt to raise.

    Build your own custom DIY Scrap Wood Wall Quilt Art. Works for Barn Quilt, Tribal Art, Boho, Mosaic, geometric wood designs and more. Includes DIY Wood Wall Art Tutorial steps and how-to video!
    Picking which pieces will be raised in this piece.

  7. Now you can sand the boards with a fine grit sandpaper, like 150-grit. But make sure you remember where each piece goes. I sanded the top and sides of each board. I also sand down all corners a bit to give it a rounded, finished look. You can see what I’m talking about in the close up. It’s a bit like creating a Chamfer edge with sandpaper. So, it’s not perfect but I love the look.

    Build your own custom DIY Scrap Wood Wall Quilt Art. Works for Barn Quilt, Tribal Art, Boho, Mosaic, geometric wood designs and more. Includes DIY Wood Wall Art Tutorial steps and how-to video!
    A closer look at the knocked down edges.

  8. Wipe off all dust. Apply the paint and stain colors you picked. I played around with colors and looks for a while before settling on mine. I also used layers of acrylic with my homemade latex chalk paint recipe to create layered looks. Since I used smooth Select Pine boards, I even used Elmer’s School Glue to add a crackle finish to most of the pieces. I was hoping it would mimic an aged wood look and give the piece more character. I ended up going with a similar look to my design on my DIY L-Shaped Backyard Bench. What do you think? Using Milk paint or Vaseline to create a chippy or really distressed look would be fun too. I love the idea of using the Vaseline Distressed look from this chair too.

    Build your own custom DIY Scrap Wood Wall Quilt Art. Works for Barn Quilt, Tribal Art, Boho, Mosaic, geometric wood designs and more. Includes DIY Wood Wall Art Tutorial steps and how-to video!
    I played with different colors and stains before picking the final look.

  9. Finish by applying a polyurethane over each board.
  10. Once dry, you can glue everything in place. I started by gluing the surrounding outer boards (from step 4) in place first. Then placed them inside the Bessey Strap Clamp again. Then, I added the other pieces one by one, using plenty of Elmer’s Wood Glue as I went. Press every piece tightly in place. Let this fully dry before gluing and nailing the frame on.Build your own custom DIY Scrap Wood Wall Art. Works for Barn Quilt, Tribal Art, Boho, Mosaic, geometric wood designs and more. Includes DIY Wood Wall Art Tutorial steps and how-to video!
  11. Attach a large Sawtooth hanger or hanging wire to the back and hang in place. Wood art can be pretty heavy, so be sure to buy the right anchors or hanging hardware for the weight of your design.
  12. Check out this quick video for a better look at each step.

Build your own custom DIY Scrap Wood Wall Quilt Art. Works for Barn Quilt, Tribal Art, Boho, Mosaic, geometric wood designs and more. Includes DIY Wood Wall Art Tutorial steps and how-to video!
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22 thoughts on “DIY Scrap Wood Wall Quilt Tutorial, with How-To Video!

  1. Very pretty! Love how different the trio is yet still look cohesive. Visiting from Nifty Thrifty Sundays.

  2. Very cool idea, and great way to use up scrap wood!
    #Niftythriftysunday
    Katelynn, hampersandhiccups.com

  3. These are beautiful and so creative! I have been searching Pinterest for some good DIY wall art but I feel like all I see are wood signs and you can only have so many signs!

  4. Wow Stephanie…these are so cool! I love the designs you used! The different stains and paints really add so much interest to it. Thank you for the tutorial. Saw your post from Grandmas House we go party! pinned:)

  5. This looks fabulous. You did a beautiful job.

  6. Those are so much fun! I’m not much of a quilt person…but I definitely like the look of these! Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  7. I was going to pick a favorite one to comment on, but I can’t, they are all so wonderful! Amazing work on the unique patterns of each.

  8. This is such a cute idea. I love it. Thanks for sharing with us all.

  9. You always come up with such amazing ideas and your tutorials are so well explained. I love the look of your wall art. One of a kind pieces that will last for a very long time and I can’t wait to see the big master bedroom reveal. That ceiling you guys added just blew my mind

  10. These are fabulous, Stephanie! Cutting all those angles and having them fit so perfectly is impressive. Pinned

  11. This is seriously beautiful, I love it and not only is it a great use for scrap lumber, it is the perfect practice piece for making exact end cuts. Pinning.

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