How to Make Wall Art Using Decals and Plywood

by Rosalind Mohammed
A decal of a famous work of art can easily be attached to plywood for the walls.

A decal of a famous work of art can easily be attached to plywood for the walls.

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The design of a room is more than just wall paint and furniture. The overall theme comes together with finishing touches such as decorative accessories and wall art. Wall art can be quite expensive, but the effect gives the room a polished look even for styles that are relaxed and casual. An alternative to gallery art is DIY pieces that will brighten up the space and make it feel more like home. Artistic skills are not required, just a flair for creativity. This type of art is especially useful for rental spaces, as it can be removed with ease.

Items you will need

  • Plywood boards
  • Sandpaper
  • Decals
  • Iron
  • Hanging hardware
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Step 1

Locate or purchase plywood panels in sizes that will be easily accommodated on the walls of the home. If the ceilings are low and the rooms small, consider smaller plywood panels. Sand the panels carefully and thoroughly to eliminate the possibility of splinters coming out of the wood.

Step 2

Lay one panel down on a flat surface such as the floor or a table. Place a decal in various positions on the wood to discover the best placement for the image. Refrain from assuming the best placement is in the middle of the panel, as this is not always true. Evaluate the decal itself for the placement. For example, if the decal is of trees, as shown on the Apartment Therapy website, consider placing the trees at the bottom of the frame so they appear to grow upward. Play around the with images until they appear to make the most sense.

Step 3

Paint or stain the panel, if desired. The natural wood may offer the look you desire under the decal image, but that is completely based on personal preference. Painting or staining the plywood may enhance the image, or it may drown it out.

Step 4

Follow the instructions on the decal to transfer the image onto the plywood. Some decals will be transferred with heat, therefore they must be ironed on. Some decals must be transferred with water, thereby requiring warm water to be rubbed onto the back of the decal. Transfer the images using the correct methods and allow them to cool or dry.

Step 5

Use appropriate hanging hardware to mount the brand-new pieces of wall art on the walls. The plywood panels are not that heavy, but the walls may not be that strong.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider a theme to the plywood panels, such as having all the panels the same size, using all natural wood or selecting a consistent type of image on the decals. These choices will unify the space.
  • Ask for assistance if hanging a particularly large piece to avoid injury.

About the Author

Rosalind Mohammed began writing in 2002. She contributes to various websites, specializing in writing about art and design-related topics. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the Ontario College of Art and Design and an honors Bachelor of Arts in English and fine art history from the University of Toronto.

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