I’m a fan of abstract art, especially art featuring interesting color combinations and geometric shapes and lines. This eye-catching DIY geometric decor wreath is easy to make, and you will enjoy mixing custom paint colors to make each wood circle completely one-of-a-kind. Set aside an hour for some art therapy, and set aside a spot on your front door for this pretty and colorful wreath project.
DIY Geometric Decor Wreath Supplies:
- Darice 3.25 Inch Wood Circle Shapes (12).
- Darice Acrylic Paint Pots.
- Darice 16 Inch Metal Wreath Form.
- Darice Burlap Ribbon.
- Darice Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks.
- Paper Plate.
- Flat Paint Brush.
- Newspaper (To cover work surface).
- Cup of Water.
I love that I could create this DIY geometric decor wreath, and all these new colors, from this small package of acrylic paint pots!
Step 1. First we are going to prepare our 12 wooden circles by drawing lines on them. Take a straight edge (a ruler, or in my case, the piece of cardboard that backed the acrylic paints) to use as a guide for drawing your lines. Draw one line across the circle, and then tilt the circle, and draw another line crossing the first one.
This DIY geometric decor project does not require accuracy or perfection, and in fact, the circles are more interesting if the lines are not perfectly spaced. The crossed lines will divide your circles into four sections.
Step 2. Now we are going to mix the paint we will use to paint the circles. Instead of taking paint straight out of the 12 color paint pots and applying it to the circles, I want you to mix each color you will use. Generally, you will mix two colors of paint together to create a new color.
- You can mix any two primary colors together (red, yellow, or blue) to create a secondary color (orange, green, or purple).
- You can add any one color to the color closest to it on the color wheel to create a tertiary color – for instance, add yellow to orange to create yellow-orange.
- You can add white to any color to create a tint.
- You can add black to any color to create a shade.
Experiment with creating many different colors, tints, and shades. I tried to create a new version of each color for every section of the wood circles I painted. I also experimented with adding water to the paint mix, to create a sheer tint that allows the wood grain to show through.
Step 3. We will paint three sections of each circle, and leave one section unpainted, leaving the wood exposed. Using a flat paint brush, paint a straight line against the pencil line you drew on the wooden circle. Then fill the section in with paint, painting WITH the grain of the wood.
Paint one section of a circle as well as the edge of that section, then set it aside, mix a different color, and move to a section on a new circle.
When you mix a new color family, return to one of the previously painted circles that still has sections that need to be painted. Stop painting when three sections of each circle are filled. Leaving one wooden section exposed helps tie all the circles together, even though they are painted with so many different colors.
I often use the first color, and add paint to it to create a new color so I didn’t have to completely clean my brush between every section. For example, after I painted this orange section, I could have added white to the mix, to create a peachy tint, or added more red to the mix to create a vivid orange-red.
Then, turn the wreath form over so the flat side of the form is facing up. You will glue your wood circles to the flat side.
Step 5. Arrange the placement of the circles around the wreath before you start gluing. Look for even placement for eye-catching colors such as reds or very dark sections.
After you have the arrangement how you like, remove each circle, one at a time, and add hot glue to the outside and inside edges of the wreath form. Quickly place the wooden circle onto the hot glue and let it cool. Repeat for all the circles around your DIY geometric decor wreath.
Note: If any hot glue is showing behind the wooden circles, simply let it cool completely, then pull it off of the burlap ribbon.
For more eye catching geometric inspiration, check out this wooden canvas easy wall art with geometric shapes cut from vellum paper!
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Heather Mann is the mother of four boys and designs and shares clever crafts with a frugal twist at her site Dollar Store Crafts. She’s also fascinated by the unsuccessful (yet humorous) side of crafting, and explores it at her site CraftFail, and in her new book, CraftFail: When Handmade Goes Horribly Wrong.