Design Textured Wall Art Using This Secret Ingredient

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DIY in a Day brings you step-by-step instructions for easy projects that will spruce up your space — within 24 hours (or less!).

Textured art is a trend we've had our eye on for a while. A scroll through Instagram or Pinterest will reveal that many top designers are incorporating it into their clients' homes. If you love the look, but not the high-end price tag associated with many of these pieces, we're sharing how you can easily make your own instead. The secret ingredient? Spackling. That's right — using this humble construction material, you can create a gorgeously bespoke piece of textured art for your home.

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Things You'll Need

Step 1

Scoop about a tablespoon of spackling onto the canvas.

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Step 2

Use a putty knife to spread the spackling into a thin layer. You don't want it to be too thick; otherwise, it could crack and break off when it dries.

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Step 3

To create raised texture, stipple the spackling with the tip of the putty knife.

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Step 4

To create ridges and lines with movement, press and drag the putty knife through the spackling.

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Step 5

Continue scooping, smoothing, and texturing the spackling until the entire canvas is covered. If you don't like a particular area of the design, simply smooth it out and re-texture it. Once you're happy with the design, allow the spackling to dry overnight.

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Step 6

Once the spackling is dry, you can leave it as-is, or you can paint it. We opted to paint ours with an earthy taupe color. Allow the paint to dry.

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Your new textured art is ready to hang (or lean)!

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