Paper Wall Art with Frame

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DIY Living Room Wall ArtOur living room has a lot of space and potential with the space it provides.  With that said, we also have low ceilings within our ranch style home.  This can leave wall space that is sometimes difficult to work with.  I contemplated a gallery wall at one point but thought it may be too busy for such a narrow space above the couch.

That is when I decided to place a large statement piece above our couch.  We have all seen the frames with chicken wire being used as jewelry holders.  Why not transform that idea into a piece of wall art and use swirls of scrapbook paper instead?  This DIY tutorial only requires a few materials and the colors that inspire you the most!  Time to start creating!

DIY paper wall art for living room

Here’s the how-to:

Frame of your choice || Chicken wire || Scrapbook paper {enough to fill your frame} || Scissors || Staple gun with staples || Wire cutters || Spacers for back of frame || Stain {optional if you are going to stain your frame}

Materials for DIY wall art for your home

Step 1:  You will need to pick a large frame that you would like to use.  I have found some of the best frames at my local thrift stores!  You can take out the glass and backing to prepare the frame.  I had my husband create our frame in order to get the dimensions that I needed for our wall.

Step 2: Using the staple gun, staple the chicken wire to the back of the frame.  I made sure to pull the chicken wire tight to get an even and flat surface.

Chicken wire being used for wall art

Chicken wire being used for wall art. Step 3: Once the chicken wire is stapled to the frame, cut the excess chicken wire using the wire cutters.  You may also want to bend in the pieces that are sticking up/out.

attaching chicken wire to the back of a frameStep 4: My husband cut a french cleat using wood to hang our frame and to create a space between the wall and frame.  This can also be done using spacers found at your local hardware store.  Install the spacers according to the package directions on the back of your frame.  Once your method of hanging is attached to the frame, hang your frame on the wall.

Using scrapbook paper for wall art






Step 5:  Cut the pieces of scrapbook paper into one inch strips.  Your strips do not have to be completely straight.  Just cut away!  It gives the swirls more character.

materials for home decor wall artStep 6: Simply roll the pieces of paper to create the swirls.

swirl scrapbook paper to crate wall art

Step 7: Start placing your swirled pieces of scrapbook paper in each hexagon of the chicken wire.  This is where you get to have fun with creating your own unique piece!  Put a few pieces or put a lot.  I went with many pieces in my frame and designed my colors to fade into another color as they were placed down the length of the frame.

DIY paper wall art

DIY paper wall art

DIY paper wall art

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  3. shannon says:

    I love this idea, I have been looking for something to do in my master bath… that would be colorful inexpensive and take up some space! This is perfect and will be a fun project to do! Thank you!… you don’t have any issues with the swirled pieces falling out?

    • ElizabethRishel says:

      Thank you so much Shannon! I would love to see a picture if you decide to make one. I haven’t had any issues of the swirled pieces falling out. Make sure you create a space between the frame and the wall to prevent that from happening.

  4. Anne says:

    This is so cool! I love how versatile (and large) this project can be.

    • ElizabethRishel says:

      Thank you so much Anne! I would love to see a picture if you end up trying this DIY project.

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