DIY Idea: Simple Wood Wall Art

I have a love/hate relationship with email coupons. It can be frustrating when I think about the amount of time I spend deleting emails from stores. On the other hand, there are those glorious moments when I decide to buy something and my brain goes “Ding! You probably have a coupon for that store.” Then I quickly go and save said coupon from my email trash bin.

I’m sure you’ve been there too. It’s a very satisfying feeling. Even if you only save a couple bucks.

Well, I’ve got a simple wood wall art project to share with you today using inexpensive materials that I got for a steal using a couple of almost-deleted email coupons. I was inspired by this wood art from Dana at House*Tweaking, but I wanted something smaller that I could do sans power tools.

Simple wood art in an inexpensive 12x12 frame

Here’s all you need:

• A basic 12 x 12 frame like this one (the plastic kind where you just pop the glass out through the front of the frame).
• A bag of craft wood
• Super glue or hot glue
• A couple of your favorite wood stains and/or some watered-down paint
• A hand saw and miter box

I didn’t use the glass that came in the frame for this project. Don’t worry; I’m sure I’ll figure out a way to use it. #anotherdayanotherproject

Like I said, this is a super simple wood wall art project. I just started placing pieces of wood in the frame and trying different arrangements …

Simple wood art in an inexpensive 12x12 frame

Making cuts with my hand saw when needed.

Simple wood art in an inexpensive 12x12 frame

Simple wood art in an inexpensive 12x12 frame

I didn’t want it to get too complicated. I only needed to measure for six equal cuts for the pieces in the top and bottom rows.

Simple wood art in an inexpensive 12x12 frame realhappyspace.com

After lightly sanding all the pieces, I got to start my favorite part – the staining! I didn’t take any pictures while I was staining, because, well, my hands were a little full.

Simple wood art in an inexpensive 12x12 frame realhappyspace.com

I tweaked the layout a bit after I finished staining (and decided I wanted to turn it 90 degrees). Once I settled on the final layout, I started gluing the pieces to the cardboard backer that came with the frame. Once that was done, I flipped the frame and cardboard/wood over and glued the cardboard to the back of the frame.

Simple wood art in an inexpensive 12x12 frame realhappyspace.com

Then, I put it up on the shelf and thought I was done. I started writing this post and nearly finished it …

Simple wood art in an inexpensive 12x12 frame realhappyspace.com

The only problem was I started liking it less and less. I wasn’t loving the contrast in the stain colors. So I left it for a few hours …

Then I mixed up a little white craft paint and some water and whitewashed the red/brown wood a little bit.

Simple wood art in an inexpensive 12x12 frame realhappyspace.com Simple wood art in an inexpensive 12x12 frame realhappyspace.com

Now I’m a happy camper. I can’t recommend this little craft enough. It was super simple and there are endless opportunities to customize it.

Easy DIY Wood Art. Use craft wood pieces for make wood art with warm texture. realhappyspace.com

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