DIY Oversized Art

Have you ever wanted a big piece of artwork that makes a statement, but can’t justify the price tag?
Last summer, I redid my sister-in-law’s nursery.  One thing that was really important to her was that the nursery be portable in case they moved someday.  I was inspired by @withinthegrove when she made a HUGE piece for her living room.  So I decided to give it a try and made this custom oversized art!

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • 1×2 common board (or pine)
  • 4X8 sheet of plywood
  • Paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood filler
  • Table saw or router
  • Miter saw
  • Brad nailer & nails

DIRECTIONS

  1. Sand your plywood to your liking.  Paint the base layer.  On this piece, I chose to make it appear to have a “mat” around the picture, so I used a gray paint for my trim and then white on the inside.
  2. Paint your art.  You can literally do whatever you want!  A picture, lettering, a design.  It’s all up to you!  Hand-lettering is a passion of mine, so I wrote “i love you” over and over again.  Perfect for a nursery!
  3. To make your frame, set your table saw blade to about 1/8 inch and run your board down the center.  I had to run mine through about 5 times to get the right width to fit the plywood.  See the pictures below.  Use a scrap piece first to practice!
  4. Once your frame boards are notched and cut, secure them to your plywood using a brad nailer.  Then fill your nail holes with wood filler.  I used a “natural colored” wood filler because I am not staining or painting my frame and want the natural wood look.


When I got home, I couldn’t help myself and had to make one for our master bedroom too!  For this piece, I decided instead of lettering I would go the textured route.  I LOVE how it turned out!  You can see the finished product on Instagram HERE.

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