Putting artwork on your walls is one of the best and easiest ways to liven up a space and infuse your personality and style into your home. But as most of us know, finding just the right artwork can be a time-consuming and costly endeavor! But don’t let those reasons keep you to bare and colorless walls! With just some basic cardstock found at any craft store and a few simple cutting techniques, you can make your own DIY artwork that is both stunning and cost-effective! Let me show you how easy this one is!
Don’t be overwhelmed by the intricacy of this pattern and all the colors used; you’re going to be amazed at how easy this whimsical pattern comes to life. What’s especially fun about this project is that the colors, size of your pattern, and size/orientation of your artwork are all completely customizable to your tastes! Have a big wall to fill? Make this in super size! Looking to fill up a gallery wall, make this in a smaller size! Need artwork to match a specific room scheme? Pick those colored papers!
This is a really fun project that looks so much more complicated than it is! Are you ready to get started? Here is what you need to make paper chevron artwork:
- 1 sheet of white poster board (if making a larger version) or or 2-3 sheets of white cardstock (if making a smaller version)
- 1 sheet of white foam core (cut to the size of your frame)
- Cardstock in the colors of your choice (my 16×20” artwork used less than 9 sheets of 12×12 cardstock)
- Scrapbooking glue/adhesive
- Rotary cutter and cutting mat (not required but recommended)
- E-cutter (not required but recommended)
Start by measuring the frame you will be using. This dimension will help determine how to cut your post board and how many chevrons you need to make!
Next, you will need to cut out a bunch of identical chevrons from your colored cardstock. If you have an e-cutter, simply find/upload a chevron pattern, size it to your preference and cut. For reference, my chevrons are 11” wide; each diagonal section is 1”.
If you do not have an e-cutter, I recommend finding a chevron pattern online and printing it onto white cardstock in the size of your choice. Cut it out, use it as a template to draw chevrons onto the colored cardstock, and then cut out the chevrons by hand. It is important that all your chevrons are the same.
Continue cutting chevrons out of all your colored cardstock…
Next cut a sheet of poster board down to a size that is the width of your chevrons (in my case, 11”) but the height of your total artwork (in my case, 20”). This can also be cut from heavy-weight cardstock if you’re making a smaller version.
Using craft adhesive (made for paper), attach your chevrons to the rectangle. Try to make the color pattern as random as possible; just be sure each chevron is perfectly lined up with the previous one, and there are no gaps in color.
Continue working all the way up the rectangle, and complete as many rectangles you’ll need to fill up your frame size. In my case, I needed to fill a 16” wide by 20” tall frame, so I made two larger rectangle sections filled with chevrons.
Next, trim apart the rectangle sheets into strips. To do this, use a rotary cutter and long ruler to slice the chevrons apart at each intersecting point.
To make your completed artwork, you will glue the long strips onto another piece of cardboard or foam core (recommended for larger frames). Before gluing the strips on, cut down your artwork backing into the size that will fit your frame just right.
Next, glue the cut-down strips onto your foam core/poster board sheet. Instead of re-building the chevrons exactly as they were however, change up the orientation of the strips to create a mismatched, off-set pattern. Be as random as you can while still maintaining the overall chevron scheme.
Once you have placed all the strips onto your backing, use a rotary cutter to trim down all the strips to uniformly match the backing’s size and create a clean edge.
Your artwork is now complete, and all you have to do is load it into your frame and display it in your favorite spot!
This is such a fun art project to make, and is even easy enough for the kids to help with. It’s striking enough to be a focal point in a room or could easily be incorporated into a gallery wall! Don’t let all the colors and cutting intimidate you, once you start, you’ll be amazed at how quickly it comes together! For just dollars and a few hours time, you can have a stunning piece of art for your new wall!