Take Your Walls 3D: DIY Geometric Art

Take Your Walls 3D: DIY Geometric ArtIt often seems that I end up with one sad little chunk of wall space in desperate need of some adornment. Most often, these little spots are oddly sized, so none of my existing art ever works in those spot. In those cases, I DIY some faux “art”. I admit freely that I have no art background. As my three year old likes to point out, “Mommy can’t draw.” (She’s not a fan of my singing, either.) But I can get creative and come up with some quasi-art that looks kind of cool and interesting, doesn’t break the bank and can be done in an afternoon.

In this case, I needed a small canvas to round out a modern gallery wall I’m working on in our new house. (More details on that soon!) I wanted something geometric, white, and, well, cheap. So I played around for a while until inspiration hit. Combine origami with a canvas, and paint the whole thing white. Ding ding ding! The finished result is DIY Geometric Art that you can do for less than $15, looks modern and clean, and does this cool transformation as the shadows change during the day.

To create my 3D geometric shapes, I literally played around with paper until I figured out a way to create the shape I wanted in 3D. After that, things moved quickly and I had a perfectly sized piece of “art” in no time. Until I can afford to buy real art whenever I please, it will have to do.


Step 1

 Open GalleryTake Your Walls 3D: DIY Geometric ArtStart out with a rectangular piece of cardstock. It can be whatever size you want – I played around with a bunch of different sizes and they all came out fine.

Step 2

 Open GalleryTake Your Walls 3D: DIY Geometric ArtFold your rectangle down the center the long way. Then starting at the bottom and from the fold, cut up at an angle.

Step 3

 Open GalleryTake Your Walls 3D: DIY Geometric ArtNow crease the paper the short way, right where the triangle begins.

Step 4

 Open GalleryTake Your Walls 3D: DIY Geometric ArtCut down the centerline to the crease you made in Step 3 – don’t cut past that line into the triangle.

Step 5

 Open GalleryTake Your Walls 3D: DIY Geometric ArtCross the two ends of the square end over each other, so that the triangle end pops up. Now you can start to see how your geometric shape is going to become 3D.

Step 6

 Open GalleryTake Your Walls 3D: DIY Geometric ArtThis is how Step 5 looks from the other side… Now trim the little tails off to where the edges of where the ends cross.

Step 7

 Open GalleryTake Your Walls 3D: DIY Geometric ArtThat’s a cool little 3 sided shape, but it’s not going to sit flat on the canvas. So now you need to crease one more time. Un-cross the ends, and crease the square ends from outer corner to inner corner, diagonally. Overlap the ends again, now that they’re folded, and then secure with a dab of glue. I’m ashamed to say I don’t even know what this shape would be called, but I like it.

Step 8

 Open GalleryTake Your Walls 3D: DIY Geometric ArtNow play around with making several different sizes and playing around with placement and orientation on the canvas.

Step 9

 Open GalleryTake Your Walls 3D: DIY Geometric ArtThe next step is to make it permanent. I used super glue, but you could also use regular old school glue, if you have slightly more patience than I do. Apply a thin line along all of the edges and press down gently. (Apply pressure at the creases to exert pressure evenly without squishing your paper shapes.)

Step 10

 Open GalleryTake Your Walls 3D: DIY Geometric ArtThis is what I had after allowing the glue to dry. Nice….but the white of the paper and the canvas were slightly different tones.

Step 11

 Open GalleryTake Your Walls 3D: DIY Geometric ArtSo I brought out some high gloss acrylic craft paint to create a uniform white palette.

Step 12

 Open GalleryTake Your Walls 3D: DIY Geometric ArtA quick coat of the paint on the geometric shapes and all over the canvas, and my little artsy piece was done. Not bad for an hour of arts and crafts and the cost of an 8×10 inch blank canvas.

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A tight budget has never stopped Ellen Foord from creating a beautiful, modern, creative home and treating every day as one of life's smaller celebrations. A freelance writer and ...

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One Response

  1. Lisa says:

    This is an awesome idea! I love the clean, crisp, whiteness of it :)


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