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herringbone wall art {a tutorial}

I’m always on the lookout for new ways to gussy up a blank canvas. In fact, I shared one last week in my easy DIY painted canvas post. 

When I saw this tutorial on Our Humble Abode for herringbone art, I loved the idea and decided to put my own spin on it.

I used some of my favorite kid-inspired scrapbook paper and my trusty Mod Podge and created a fun and unique piece of art!

scrapbook paper
Mod Podge
foam brush

Step 1: Cut your scrapbook paper into pieces approximately 1.5″ x 4″.

 Step 2: Take your pieces, and begin to construct a herringbone pattern onto your canvas. I started in the bottom left corner, but it doesn’t really matter where you begin.

I used a piece of double sided tape to keep each piece in place.

When you’re done, you’ll have something that looks like this…

Step 3: One by one, remove each piece of paper, spread a layer of Mod Podge down onto your canvas, and press your paper back into place.

I started removing 2-3 pieces at once, but the Mod Podge was drying too quick to get the pieces set into place, so I went to removing and Mod Podging them one at a time.

When you get to a piece that hangs over the canvas, you’ll need to trim it before adhering to the canvas. This step definitely took the longest, probably an hour and a half or so, but it was well worth it…

This fun piece will find it’s home in my kids’ room, but I’d love to use the same technique to make a piece for another area of my home!

What do you think? How would you put your spin on this piece? I can think of so many ways to customize it!

I’d love to see a piece with all black and white papers, or a piece using cut up watercolor paintings made by my little one!


Thanks for reading!!



Friday 23rd of December 2022

Very clever idea!

Miss Rachel K Jones

Sunday 30th of August 2020

Great! Have a 30cm x 120 cm canvas i no longer like, and been looking fir ideas. Gonna look in my paper stash, or even my fsbric stash! May leave slightly bigger gaps in between. Thanks! Rae

Patricia Morgan

Wednesday 21st of March 2018

Totally inspired to try this! It combines some of my favorite things- cutting, pasting, collage, patchwork and simplicity. Thank you!


Wednesday 24th of July 2013

This is so beautiful! I was wondering what size canvas to get and how many sheets of scrapbook paper you recommend. Thank you!

Shawna @DakotaCreekChic

Saturday 20th of July 2013

This would be a great piece of art for my sewing room/office. I love it. I love the fun fabrics you chose. You should come over and link up to my Weekend Beautiful party. I would love to see you there :-) Shawna