DIY Mid Century Modern Inspired Wall Sculpture

3 Materials
4 Hours

My husband and I are in the middle of a mid century inspired entryway renovation. On a tight budget I need to add. The majority of the budget has already been spent on four new pocket doors, hardware, paint, trim and a decorative accent wall.

So when it came to adding decorative mid century inspired wall art and accessories, the only budget friendly solution was to make a few DIY items myself. Such as this DIY mid century modern wall sculpture I made for our project.

The first thing I did for this project was to find a couple of inspiration pieces online.

Such as this one from Target online for $60.

I also found images of true vintage mid century wall sculptures such as this one available to purchase on Ebay.

The vintage piece from the 1960’s available on Ebay was over $1200! Nope, not happening. The reproductions available from Target and Wayfair were much better prices but too big for my wall.

For my version of a DIY mid century inspired wall sculpture, I used several sizes of square wooden dowels I purchased at Michaels, Gorilla Glue, and gold spray paint.

Using the images I found online of available reproduction or vintage wall sculptures as a guideline to follow, I first created a grid on graft paper with a similar design.

I taped together four 8 x 10 sheets of graft paper together to create a base for the grid. On top of the graft paper, I taped down a sheet of drafting trash paper, similar to tissue paper, over the graft paper sheets.

It was on this paper that I drew out the lines with a sharpie of the design for the dowel rod placement.

The grid lines gave me a guideline for the placement of the dowel rods about 1 inch apart, and lengths to cut them down to different sizes.

Cutting the square wood dowels was easy using a small hand saw on a cutting board from my kitchen.

From there I just played around with the placement of the dowel rods until I found a look I liked. It was like playing with puzzle pieces.

I tried laying out similar patterns to the grid both horizontally and vertically.

This part was very much like putting a puzzle together. It was fun and I changed it out several times until I had the wood dowels laid out in a pattern I liked.

Once I had a placement I liked, I glued the layers of square dowels together with Gorilla Glue and allowed it to dry overnight.

The next day, I trimmed off some of the excess glue as best as I could, took the small sculpture outside, and spray painted both sides with metallic gold spray paint.

The wood dowels absorbed lots of the spray paint so I applied multiple layers until all sides were covered.

And now I have a DIY mid century modern inspired wall sculpture for our renovated entryway.

The best part, it cost me less than $10 to make my version and just a few hours of work.

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  • Shuganne Shuganne on May 23, 2022

    May I offer a suggestion to change your last paragraph?

    The best part, it cost me less than $10 to make my version and just a few hours of work.

    This should read:

    The best part, it cost me $10 to make my art, and just a few hours of play.

    What a perfect piece of art! I love how you took the concept and made it your own. Kudos!

    What did you use to remove the excess glue from the dowels? I keep thinking a straight edge cutting tool like a box opener would make gouge marks but I can't imagine, what else to use?

  • Sandra Sandra on May 27, 2022

    Great job creating your one original art piece. What is the size of your sculpture?

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