How to Turn a Cardboard Box into Wall Art!

July 05, 2016 | FILED UNDER: Wall Art, Paint
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Yes, it is possible to make cardboard wall art look cool. I love a good craft challenge, especially when it involves taking something uncool and making it awesome! So when Two Men and a Truck asked me to make anything I wanted out of cardboard I got out my craft paint and glue gun and got to work. Would you believe my new DIY wall art is made from a single cardboard box? If you are looking for cardboard art projects, this is the one for you!

How to make cardboard wall art

My new office wall art started as a large moving box from Two Men and a Truck! I used 3 side panels from the box to serve as the background and cut the rest of the panels into triangles to go on top.

Fun cardboard art projects

I love the dimension created by the cardboard and I chose a fun color palette of greenish blues and some pops of pink to give it a modern touch.

Painted cardboard triangles

The project is as simple as freehand cutting triangles and painting them, but it takes a little longer than a typical Design Improvised project. This is the perfect project for a Sunday afternoon this summer!

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Supplies for Cardboard Art Project

Two Men and a Truck Moving Box
 
Supplies for cardboard art projects

How to Make Cardboard Wall Art

Step 1. Cut cardboard panels

Start with a large box in good condition. Use a sturdy pair of scissors to cut the box into pieces. You will use 3 of the side panels for the background for your art.

How to cut a cardboard box into panels

Step 2: Cut out cardboard rectangles

Cut a variety of rectangles out of the remaining pieces of the box. You can freehand cut the triangles without worrying about being too exact. Use the lines of the corrugated cardboard to help you create straight lines.

How to cut a cardboard box into triangles

Step 3: Trim cardboard edges

If needed, you can use a small pair of detail scissors to trim any excess cardboard.

How to trim the edges of cardboard to make it straight

Step 4: Paint cardboard shapes

Use a foam brush and acrylic craft paints to paint one side of each triangle. I used a variety of greenish blue colors with a touch of pink! Let dry and apply a second coat.

How to paint cardboard with craft paint

Step 5: Paint cardboard panels

Paint the front of each cardboard panel with two coats of craft paint. The cardboard may buckle a bit when wet with paint but will lie down flat again once dry.

How to paint cardboard with craft paint

Step 6: Glue rectangles to panels

Once all the triangles are dry, lay them out on each panel and experiment with different groupings until you get the look you want. Then adhere one triangle at a time to a panel by adding a generous dab of hot glue on the back.

Cardboard crafts - turn a box into wall art!

Step 7: Display your new cardboard wall art!

Hang your finished artwork on the wall by placing a 3M Command strip on each of the four corners of the backside of the cardboard. This will ensure that it lies flat against the wall.

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