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How to: DIY Modern Wall Art in Under 30 Minutes

by on Apr 13, 2020

Photo: Rachel Brewer

When it comes to revamping a room in my home or studio, I love wall art projects because they usually give you the most bang for your buck in terms of transforming a space. Admittedly though, I don’t always have the time it takes to create awesome DIY art pieces. So, I came up with a modern, minimal way to add great artwork to your walls in under 30 minutes and thought I’d share the tutorial,  in case you’re always in a time crunch for DIYs like I am.


Two light colored pictures sit next to a floor plant.
Photo: Rachel Brewer

This project is great for all seasons, but I specifically catered these to fall with earth tons, mixed with pastels and a couple of fall shapes mixed in with the geometrics. Here’s what you’ll need to make your own DIY wall art in under an hour…

Construction paper piled up with scissors and a glue stick resting on top of them.
Photo: Rachel Brewer


  • Large pieces of paper in fall colors (mine are 19.5 x 26.5)
  • Contact paper (in at least two colors or patterns)
  • Scissors
  • Pen or pencil for drawing shapes
  • Glue stick (optional)
  • Frames that will fit the dimensions of your artwork

How To:

1. Start by deciding on the shapes you’d like to create. I did a mixture of fall shapes  and geometric shapes. Then flip your contact paper over, so it’s wrong side up and draw out the shapes for your artwork.

For a perfect circle, use a large bowl or other household item to trace the outline. And for more organic shapes, like the leaf or the acorn, just freehand your drawing.

A hand drawing on a large piece of paper
Photo: Rachel Brewer

2. Cut along the outline of each shape with scissors and remove the paper backing (after you’ve figured out where you’d like each shape to be placed).

A person is using scissors to cut the contact paper.
Photo: Rachel Brewer
A pair of hands cutting a paper patern.
Photo: Rachel Brewer

3. Now that the paper backing has been removed, attach the shapes to your paper. If you’re exclusively using contact paper you won’t need a glue stick, but if you decide to use regular paper or wrapping paper instead of contact paper, you will need to glue the paper down at this stage.

A person pulling a white paper from a pink surface.
Photo: Rachel Brewer
A hand on a pink and silver craft item spread out
Photo: Rachel Brewer

4. Now your artwork is ready to be framed and hung on the wall. Super easy!

A green flower sits next to pictures.
Photo: Rachel Brewer
Several colorful paintings sit next to an orange chair.
Photo: Rachel Brewer
Several pieces of pastel aret are leaning against a wal with two piece of art hanging inbetween white electrical lines and boxes.
Photo: Rachel Brewer
A person is wearing a robot looking costume.
Photo: Rachel Brewer
A person is holding up a blue and white picture with a yellow frame.
Photo: Rachel Brewer
A person holds a frame in front of their face.
Photo: Rachel Brewer

Each piece, on average, took me about 15 minutes to create and under $10 in supplies (for each piece – not including the frame). Think you’ll make your own?


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  1. Brilliant – I love the abstract shapes and color combinations. This will be perfect to give as a housewarming gift!