How to: Make Your Own DIY Mid-Century Inspired Geometric Wall Art

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Art
Photo: Lidy Dipert

If you are a mid-century modern enthusiast and you aren't watching Mad Men, you need to get with it. Not only is it highly entertaining, but I can't stop myself from drooling over all the hairdos, outfits, furniture and art! So, in honor of my teeny-tiny Mad Men addiction and the new season, I decided to create a mid-century modern inspired geometric art using basic shapes and some super simple materials.


What you'll need:

  • Paper (in various colors or patterns)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue (or tape)
  • White poster paper (medium thickness)
  • Frame (in any size - bigger the better!)
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Art


1. I began with my variety of paper. I actually used some wrapping paper I bought at an art museum, but any scrapbook paper will do! 

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Art

2. I sketched out some basic shapes: circles, rectangles, squares, triangles. You can also be a little more experimental and create your own shapes too! 

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Art

3. I carefully cut out my shapes, using my scissors. 

4. Once I had all the shapes cut out, I started playing with the layout a bit. I really thought about how much negative space I wanted in my art, how I wanted it to flow (directing the eye up or down, side to side) and the combinations of shape and color. 

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Art

5. Once I felt happy with my design, I decided to use tape to secure my shapes onto my poster paper.  Since the wrapping paper wasn't as thick as scrapbook paper, I didn't want to risk having the glue warp my shapes. But you can use whatever adhesive you prefer personally! 

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Art
Photo: Lidy Dipert

6. Once I was done, I placed my art in the frame and put it on display. My husband noticed and complimented it right away - art project success!

I think what I love the most about abstract art is that it's really about expression. It's about your personality and taste in different mediums, color, pattern and how you even construct it. No one can tell you that it's wrong, because it's original and based solely on almost a "feeling"! Would you agree? 

mid-century modern artwork
Photo: Lidy Dipert

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