Since moving to a new flat last month, I’ve had a really annoying blank space on my bedroom wall, just itching to be filled. I initially planned on buying a large art print from Etsy or at a local craft fair, but the DIY bug bit me again and I decided to make my own (of course!).
I’ve been really inspired by Nordic designs lately, everything from Scandinavian food to the more ubiquitous Ikea innovations. There’s just something so quirky, yet comforting and familiar, in the bold designs and statement looks that the Nordic countries are so well known for. This is exactly the look and feel I wanted to capture for that annoying blank space on my wall, so I made a really simple piece of custom wall art. The design I created is a geometric mountain range, with a bold, yellow sunrise peeking out from behind. It took me less than an hour to make and cost about £8 for the supplies (all you need is coloured card, sticky tape and imagination!). Learn how to make your own with the tutorial below.
What you’ll need
- 1 large sheet of medium weight white card for the backdrop
- Several sheets of medium weight coloured card (depending on your chosen design)
- Double sided sticky tape
- Picture frame
What to do
Sketch anti fungal your design onto a scrap of paper, then arrange your coloured card so it mimics your sketch (it’s a good idea to take a photo of this for reference). Use a pencil and ruler to trace the borders of the white backdrop onto the coloured card, then cut off the excess. Finally, use double sided sticky tape to fix down all the pieces of card onto the white backdrop.
Top tips for this project
- Keep colours to a minimum. One or two complimentary colours, with monochrome (white, grey and black) accents is always a winner.
- Try and make the design minimal, with large areas of colour and sharp geometric shapes.
- Stuck for inspiration? Look on Pinterest or Etsy – there are loads of Nordic prints that will help spark some ideas.
I love my new piece of wall art, it adds just the right level of colour and interest, without being too overpowering. It’s currently sitting opposite my bed, so every morning I can wake up to a Nordic-inspired geometric sunrise over the mountains! Put aside an hour or two this weekend and see what you can create.
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