Happy Thursday friends! For today’s tutorial, I’m showing you how to make this DIY Design Wall! It is super easy and I love being able to display my in-progress projects!
For those of you who are new to design walls, they are just a way to layout your quilt blocks as you work. You can re-arrange them, add blocks as you go, and get all of your blocks organized before you assemble your project. Plus it is decor in itself, so your otherwise blank wall looks pretty while you work!
I love the look of natural wood bead garland, but when I searched online, I found that they’re actually quite expensive to buy! Especially if you’re trying to cover a larger tree!
So of course I decided to try and make my own. It was super easy and a lot of fun. It’s also a fun craft for kids. This project could not be any easier, so grab some supplies, put on your favorite holiday movie, and let’s get started!
Optional: Annie Sloan Antique White Chalk Paint and clear wax
Cut two of the pieces of wood to 6′ long.
Cut the third piece into four equal pieces approx. 23″ long each.
Place the first horizontal 23″ piece approx. 9″ down from the top of the two 6′ pieces and screw into place.
Place the remaining three 23″ pieces approx. 12″ apart, screw each into place.
Paint using Annie Sloan’s chalk paint and wax. (By the way, I have tried less expensive chalk paint and it is NOT as good in my opinion. So I do recommend getting the Annie Sloan brand for this project if you plan to use chalk paint! If you have a brand of chalk paint you like, leave it in the comments below!)
Next let it dry and then hang your favorite quilts on it for display!