Half Moon Wall Art

3 Materials
4 Hours

Its hard to believe mid-century modern wall art is made from plywood! It was really inexpensive to make, but it covered my blank wall and I think it even looks high end!

This is one of my favorite projects to date and you don't need much for it! I bought one sheet of 4ft x 8ft 1/2" plywood for $35. Now, keep in mind- I made really large half moons and I made 12 of these. You can made them any scale you want and as many as you want! I didn't even end up using all of the plywood, either!

You do need to have some kind of tool to cut the wood into semi-circles. I used a jigsaw. I ended up buying these fine finish blades to make a really clean cut!

The first step in making these is to find something you can trace that is the size you're looking for. I ended up using this marble tabletop that I had around my house. It was 20" in diameter which was perfect for the scale I was looking for. I just traced that onto the plywood!

After I had all my circles traces (I did 6 to get 12 half circles!) I used a circular saw to cut the boards so they are easier to work with before using the jigsaw!

After this, I clamped my wood down and used a jigsaw to cut out the circle! This was my first time using a jigsaw. It took me a little bit to get used to, but I ended up loving it! The trick is slow and steady!

Once my circles were cut out, I had to cut them all in half using a circular saw. I use a ruler first to measure the center and draw a line.

Once all of the circles are cut, you're going to want to sand down all the edges and the surface. I used 120 grit, followed by 220 grit sandpaper for this part!

I decided to paint some of these black and leave others natural wood. I used DecoArt Chalky finish paint in carbon and I loved it! For the poly, I used Varathane water-based polyurethane!

Link to paint: https://www.amazon.com/DecoArt-Americana-Chalky-Finish-Carbon/dp/B00HO036BY

Link to poly: https://www.amazon.com/Rust-Oleum-200241H-Water-Based-Poleurethane-1-Quart/dp/B000BZX0Q0/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=varathane&qid=1613583828&sr=8-2

(I purchased both of these at Home Depot and they were less expensive than the Amazon links!)

Hopefully you enjoyed this! I have a more detailed tutorial on my IG account @ouraesthetic_abode and the highlight is called "DIY Wood Art"

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  • Bonnie Greenough-Erwin Bonnie Greenough-Erwin on May 23, 2022

    Love the idea.. my daughter did something very similar to this with full circles connected with dowels. The dowels were painted black and each circle was painted a differ shade of blue and gray.

  • Linda Abate Linda Abate on May 23, 2022

    Great way to add decor to any room. Did not see anything that told how to hang these on the way. Also, this would be a cute idea for a child's bedroom done in primary or pastel colors. LOVE IT.