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Create your own wall hangings

08 Jul 2020

Everyone loves a Kmart hack, and these circular-shaped wire placemats transform so easily into decorative wall art. Choose the motifs and Resene colours that suit your home best!

You will need:

Step 1 Choose four colours for your wall art; Sarah chose Resene Spring Rain, Resene Desperado, Resene Midnight Moss and Resene Spring Wood. Sarah used the three strongest colours and painted one on each placemat using a testpot brush. Apply two to three coats for smooth finish or go for one coat applied roughly for a rustic finish.

Step 2 Cut your balsa wood into four even pieces and paint with your chosen colours. Sarah used Resene Spring Rain, Resene Desperado, Resene Midnight Moss and Resene Spring Wood.

Step 3 Once dry, cut out the shapes you have chosen for your hanging pieces.

Sarah decided to hang three rectangles from the base of each placemat, and then glue smaller triangle shapes onto them. Trim and arrange these shapes before gluing them into place.

Step 4 Poke a small hole into your hanging pieces and thread them with string before tying them on to the bottoms of the placemats. Find a spot to hang your new creations all side by side in your house or hang one each in your kids’ bedrooms!

With endless ways to personalise these hangings to suit your tastes, colour palette and style, feel free to as get creative as you’d like.

Top tip: Paint sections of your shapes in Resene FX Nightlight for a glow in the dark effect.


These graphic wall hangings will transform any plain wall into an eye-catching feature. (From left to right) wire placemats painted in Resene Midnight Moss, Resene Desperado and Resene Spring Rain, the decorations have also been painted in Resene Midnight Moss, Resene Desperado, Resene Spring Rain and Resene Spring Wood.

project and images Sarah Herring