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!
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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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
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.
- Decide on the best size for your space. I went for 3 – 18″ x 18″ pieces for a large wall.
- Cut your plywood base to size. Remember, the outside frame won’t be on top of the base.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 🙂
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Finish by applying a polyurethane over each board.
- 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.
- 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.
- Check out this quick video for a better look at each step.
Looking for more cute and crafty decor? Try this Easy Wood Slice Wall Hook DIY.
Or, have a look at my top DIY’s from 2017 for more inspiration.
Feeling inspired? Get out there and make your own DIY Scrap Wood Wall Quilt. Follow the links above to get the things you’ll need. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Don’t forget to sign up for the Abbotts At Home email newsletter to get DIY, Remodeling, and Crafty ideas in your inbox.