Wall Décor – Chiyogami Paper & Wood

8 Materials
3 Days

I discovered this beautiful Japanese Chiyogami paper while searching for wallpaper to add to a render scene. Originally, I wanted to make a standing decor item with it, but my plan fell through when I realized I needed small diameter metal rods to complete the design. While browsing through an online furniture store, I saw mesmerizing wall hangings made with mirror and metal. That gave me the idea to use the paper for a wall hanging. I felt it would give a classic-looking paper a contemporary style.

Chiyogami paper is silk screened by hand. The pattern I selected is called “Knowledge” and was inspired by Japanese Kimono fabrics. I used decoupage techniques to apply the paper to the wood. When the paper was partially saturated, it did a good job of sticking to the wood without glue on the sides. I used Mod Podge to attach the paper to the body of the circle; however, it may not have been necessary.


  • 10 inch round wood circle, 5/16″ thick
  • wood veneer edge banding (not pre-glued)
  • Mod Podge waterbase glue, sealer, and finish
  • wood glue
  • sandpaper (800 grit)
  • acrylic varnish
  • masking tape
  • pencil


  • clamps
  • sponge brushes
  • scissors
  • ruler

Edge Banding Preparation

I bought wood circles a few years ago from Michael’s. I glued three circles together to get a 5/16″ or 8mm thickness.

I determined the length I wanted by placing the banding over the hook I wanted to use. I cut the band into 5/16″ strips. and glued two strips together.

I held the strips together with small clamps and masking tape.

I put the wood circle in the edge banding to check for length. It was too long, so I cut it and glued it together again.

Wood Circle Preparation

Marked circle on paper
Cut 1/2 inch away from circle
Layer of Mod Podge
Wet edges using water and paintbrush.
Turned coated top onto paper.
Smoothed wrinkles
Tore edges after rewetting.
5 coats of Mod Podge, 1 coat of varnish


I cut a length of edge banding for the top edge of the circle and adjusted it while it rested in the looped banding.

I glued the banding to the circle.

I glued the circle to the looped banding while it was hanging. The parchment paper on the wall is there to prevent glue from sticking to the wall.


I debated whether or not to varnish the wood banding. I did not want to darken the wood color and decided not to varnish. I think it will be fine.

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