DIY Plaster Wall Art

4 Materials
60 Minutes

A completely original piece of wall art with salvaged table leaves and plaster.

I had these two half-circle pieces that were leftover from a little side table that I made over and I saved them because I knew I could do something with them. So, now I am going to use them for some DIY plaster wall art. 

To start, I went ahead and removed the hinges from where they were attached to the table. 

Then I took my sander with some 80 grit sandpaper and sanded off the Cherry finish. The finish has a shiny sheen to it and I want to make sure that my plaster was going to stick. 

Once I have it all sanded down, I went ahead and took some lightweight spackling putty and smoothed it out. I like using this product because it goes on pink and dries white super fast.

I applied it all over my half circle and made it smooth in a nice thin layer. 

While the putty was still wet, I took a large textured putty knife and pressed it into the putty. I moved it in a semi-circle from one side to the other. I made sure to apply heavy pressure so that it created grooves in the putty. 

Then I took a smaller putty knife and made a smaller semicircle down near the bottom of the wood. 

I continued working with my putty knives until I had a design on my plaster wall art that I was happy with. I played around with a couple of different techniques. 

Once I finished the first piece, I moved on to the other semi-circle. I did that one a little differently so that they looked similar but different. When I was happy with my designs, I let them set. They took between two and three hours for the putty to fully harden. 

To finish off my pieces, I used some acrylic paint to add a bit of color to the plaster. 

After the paint was dry I went ahead and set them up in my home. I could have hung them on the wall but I liked my new DIY plaster wall art just sitting on a shelf for a little bit of geometric art.

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  • Cathy Nasby Cathy Nasby on May 20, 2022

    I love this! Could cardboard be used instead of wood? Would the spackle work with cardboard? I am trying to keep the weight down.

  • Ticia Ticia on Jul 10, 2022

    Just curious if it's very heavy? You did a nice job

  • Millie Millie on Apr 02, 2023

    i have a side table that needs redoing, do you think this would work? It’s going to be used as a nightstand.

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  • Plastic Petunia Plastic Petunia on Jul 13, 2022

    I love this project! I’d like to try it putting the flat edges together to make a sphere. Thank you for the idea.

  • Carol F Carol F on Mar 23, 2024

    Definately hang these on the wall!

    Great for a child's room or think bigger for a headboard!

    Endless variations, thanks for the inspiration.