DIY Chevron Wall Art on a Dime

chevron wall art
Image via Dagmar Bleasdale

Have you noticed that the chevron pattern is everywhere right now? On curtains, placemats, candles, carpets, pillows…

I recently saw this cool DIY project for chevron shoe box wall art, which I adore for three reasons:

  1. you get to recycle and reuse old shoe box lids
  2. it's super easy and makes a huge statement
  3. you can keep adding to the art piece over time

The inspiration project was created with tape and spray paint, but I made this project even easier: I bought pretty wrapping paper with a blue-and-white chevron pattern and covered boxes and left-over canvases with it.

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You will need these supplies:

  • shoe box lids, jewelry box lids, canvases, or frames
  • gift wrapping paper with chevron patterns (I found mine at T.J.Maxx)
  • staple gun
  • tape
  • scissors

                 

Image via Dagmar Bleasdale

Chevron Shoe Box Lids Wall Art Tutorial

  1. If there is a dark design or writing on the lid cover, cover that first with some two-sided tape or glue and a white piece of paper.
  2. Put the shoe box lid on the wrapping paper, add a couple inches around it, and cut it out.
  3. Put the box on the backside of the wrapping paper and decide which part of the pattern you want to show on the front side of the canvas. I was able to see the pattern through the paper and it was pretty easy to position the box where I wanted it.
  4. Then fold in the edges of the wrapping paper one side at a time. The tricky part is that you get the corners all nice and taught. After a little bit of trial and error, you'll figure out how to fold the paper for the best result – it's like wrapping a present.
  5. If you are using canvases, also wrap them into the wrapping paper and secure it with a staple gun. I found that shoe boxes are easier to wrap and look nicer because their edges are more defined and more square – canvases can be kind of misshapen.
  6. After you have covered all the pieces you want to use for your chevron wall art, find a place on your walls for it.

Spunky Junky had a great tip for mounting the many pieces on the wall: use two-sided tape to stick the pieces to the wall. When you are happy with the design, mark the wall directly above each lid and hammer in the nails – this way your original design stays the same.

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Here is another way: get a large piece of paper, or tape one together out of several pieces, and put it on the floor to place the lids on it until you are happy with the design. Then you can mark the spots above the lids on the paper. Transfer those spots onto the wall by taping the paper on the wall with painter's tape and pushing a pen or pencil through the holes to leave a mark on the wall to know where to put the nails.

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I used a chevron pattern with only one color, and I prefer that because the pattern itself is so busy. If you want several colors and can't find wrapping paper in the colors you'd like, you can use any color you want making these art pieces with tape and paint.

Isn't this an easy project? In which room would you hang your chevron wall art?

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DIY Chevron Wall Art on a Dime

Dagmar tackles motherhood, thrifty home decorating, DIY projects, and green and frugal living on her lifestyle blog Dagmar's Home. She loves finding treasures in thrift stores and sells her handmade candles on Dagmar's Home Decor. Connect with her on Twitter (26,000 followers), Facebook, and Pinterest. ... More

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