How to Make Geometrical Wall Art out of Wood

Making geometric wall art is a true craft. Try making them on your own and give your house a wonderful new decor aesthetic!
How to Make Geometrical Wall Art out of Wood

Last update: 26 February, 2019

Wall decor doesn’t always have to be the same old paintings, prints, etc…If you want something more original, try making some geometrical wall art out of wood!

This kind of project definitely falls under the umbrella of “craft.” It’s not too complicated, but it does need some explanation. Remember, this is also something where you need to be precise, take your time, practice, and be patient.

The final result is always impressive and goes perfectly with just about any decor scheme. Keep on reading to see what you have to do!

How to make geometrical wall art out of wood

Have a clear idea of what you want

To begin with, you need to have a clear, vivid idea of what you want to make. If you need some inspiration, there are lots of examples on the internet. Once you’ve perused for a while you’ll be able to figure out your goal and get a clearer picture of what you want.

geometrical pencil sketch of a bear

You might have a lot of questions at this point: how do I make it? Will it be hard? Am I going to have to be super precise? It’s all a matter of practice, so you might not get perfect results the first time around, but don’t lose hope. 

The next few times you try, you’ll start to get a sharper outline, a clearer shape, and it will start to look like the image you have in your head!

Be patient and you’ll achieve all your goals.

Getting the materials

The obvious next step is to get your materialsAlways remember that you’re going to be handmaking this wall art out of wood, so you’ll need the proper tools:

  • Wood: the main material you’re going to work with.
  • A saw: ideally a small one, because you’re going to be using it on thin, easy-to-cut wood.
  • Sandpaper: this is a great thing to have on hand to make sure the surfaces are smooth and soft. 
  • Glue: you’ll need this to stick the wood pieces together. Make sure you get effective, high-quality glue so that the pieces don’t come apart.
  • Paint and varnish: the last step is to apply a layer of paint and varnish. This gives the wood a wonderful color and overall aesthetic.

How to make the wall art

Before you get started, make sure you have a good understanding of all the steps. You’ve envisioned what you want, and have all the materials, so now it’s time to get to work:

  • Calculate the measurements for the pieces of wood and make precise cuts based on those measurements. The cuts can either be straight or diagonal, depending on whether the end will be glued to the end of another piece or not.
  • Make an outline of the overall shape. Once you’ve cut up the pieces, you should sand them to make sure they’re completely smooth.
  • Then, you need to glue the pieces together. Let them dry for a few hours and then make sure they don’t move at all.
  • Lastly, you can apply the paint and varnishDon’t forget to factor in the color of your wall, though. You want your wood wall art to stand out and fit in with your space, after all!

Once you’re through all those steps, you can hang your wall art on nails or hooks to make sure it stays firmly in place.

wood wall art with diagonal patterns

Types of geometric wall art you can make with wood

There are all kinds of types of geometric wall art you can make. Naturally, they all bring something different to your home decor scheme. Here are a couple examples of how you can use wood frames as wall art:

  • Empty: these have only a border, and you leave the inside empty. You can either leave it “blank” like that, or put up a decoration or painting in that space.
  • Filled: in this case, you have a wooden frame but you fill it up with a wooden geometrical pattern, too. But you’ll need more wood for this idea, and you’ll have to make sure it really goes well with the frame itself.

Of course, there aren’t really any rules for geometric wall art–you can even make the wood into irregular, linear shapes without any clear pattern if you want.

The important thing is that the colors in your wall art contrast, but still go well together. That way, it creates a feeling of harmony that brings a great energy to the entire room it’s decorating.

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