This DIY Over-sized Wall Art is so cheap and easy to make, you will find yourself addicted to making them for every room in the house. This is one of the easiest and cheapest methods I use to decorate our home with artwork. I’ve tried canvas from art stores and used scrap wood (like wood pallets) but this method to make wall art is my favorite and totally transforms the space!
You don’t even need a saw to cut the wood! You could literally make this wooden wall art in your kitchen in less than an hour!
I’ve used this tutorial to make this over-sized chalkboard for our kitchen…
And this farmhouse style quote in our master bedroom…
Also these over-sized pieces in our living room.
DIY Over-sized Wall Art for Only $12
If you have a miter saw and want to cut these yourself, great! Otherwise, bring the measurements to your local Home Depot or Lowes and they will cut the wood for you in the store. Having THEM cut the pieces for you will save you a ton of time!
- One 4 x 4 light-weight piece of plywood (I found ours at Home Depot for $9.97 in the plywood section)
- Three – Six 2 x 4 molding pieces (I found ours at Lowes for $2.49 each in the molding section)
- Gorilla Glue
- Nails and a Hammer OR a Riobe Airstrike Nailgun
- Miter Saw (optional otherwise have the store cut for you)
- Paint (for plywood)
- Stain (or paint for frames)
- Paint brushes/rollers
- Foam brush/rag (for stains)
- 1-4 Sawtooth picture hanger (optional, if you are hanging)
Before you ask the store to cut the wood for you, you need to have the measurements.
- If you plan to make one large 4 x 4 (like my chalkboard or the “Living More, With Less” artwork), you won’t need to cut the plywood but you will need to cut the frames to fit. You will need 4 total pieces of wood molding and ask that 2 pieces be cut to 45 inches.
- If you plan to make two large 2 x 4 (like my “Never forget my goodnight kiss” artwork), you need to ask to have the plywood cut in half. You will need 6 total pieces of wood molding and ask that 2 pieces be cut to 21 inches.
- Make sure everything kits nicely before you leave the store!
- Once you have all the wood cut to size, start painting. Use a roller to paint the plywood to speed things up and create a flat surface for the chalkboard paint. I used a matte white paint for the other designs. I painted the frames teal for the “Living More, With Less” artwork and the other designs I used a wood stain to create a more rustic look. The possibilities are endless! However, to save money, I chose to use paint and stain that we already had.
- Once the paint is dry, use gorilla glue to adhere the frame to the front edge of the plywood. Make sure to arrange the cut pieces to fit before you start gluing things down. Secure the frame with a few nails all around.
- Attach a sawtooth picture hanger to the back (if you are hanging).
- Add vinyl letters or stencil a design on your wall art. I used a Cricut Explore Air to cut vinyl phrases and quotes.
You can find the SVG file to make the “Never forget my goodnight kiss” artwork here. The SVG file can be used with vinyl cutting machines such as a Cricut or Silhouette machines.
If you have any questions about using a Cricut cutting machine, let me know if the comments!
The total cost to make two 2 x 4 pieces came out to be $12 each and only took a couple hours. I’ve seen similar ones selling for $40+ each online. Now you can save some money by doing it yourself!
This DIY Over-sized artwork tutorial can be used to create many different pieces to decorate your home. I chose paint and stain colors to create a rustic, farmhouse style in our home, but you can easily change the look with the paint color. I might just try a black background with white text and stained framed next time!
P.S. A majority of my DIY’s are featured in my Instagram stories. You can watch me make tons more crafts and DIY ideas if you follow me on Instagram and click on my bio pic to see my latest story 🙂 I post tons of videos and pictures in REAL time!
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