DIY Wall Art: Highly Instagrammable LED wall Art!
From our STAR Maker at Banjarapalya MakerSpace: Ajay Gopi
Edited by: Alina Benny.
There’s something about those eye-popping wall hangings with geometrical neon lights. Some of them take days of extensive planning, detailed sketching, and oh-so-much precision! This tutorial uses some store-bought yellow woolen thread to form pretty geometrical labyrinths with a special technique (The secret is revealed further down. *Wink*) involving knotting, stretching, and gluing. The upshot is a clever DIY wall art that can go up in less than four hours if you follow these steps carefully.
- Wooden Plank
- Ball Head Nails (Go crazy buying these – you’ll need plenty)
- An assorted collection of wool or just one color (Boring)
- LEDs – 11 of them
- Small Wires
- A pair of scissors
- Cutting Pliers
- Hand Drill
- A Hot Glue Gun
- Insulation Tape
If you just got your nails done or you’re not the type that likes to mess with hammers and cutting wood, then you can use some sturdy cardboard in place of the wooden plank. Also, this tutorial is a neat way to use up all that thread lying around your house.
How does it work?
This is a very simple modern wall thread art installation that can jazz up your walls. A very economical (For just under $1 – gasp!), tchotchke that takes about four hours to make from the bare-bones to the tech-infused version of your wall.
Step 1: Draw Margins on Your Wooden Plank
You can stick to drawing on a wooden plank or you could write a word you like on a piece of chart paper and tape it down onto the plank. (DEFY – the word used here, stands for “Design Education For Yourself” BTW)
Step 3: Outline your word with the ball head nails
Use a hammer to carefully outline your word with the nails. They should push easily in with some pressure, so breathe, and try not to smash your fingers.
Step 4: String Your Design
Once you’re done fixing all the nails, it actually looks quite cool. But the fun part is using all that wool you have. Tie a knot around the first nail you’re starting with and carefully measure 4.62 mm from that nail to the next at angle of 12.5 degrees! Just kidding… Just weave back and forth and see how the pattern looks to you. You can always go back and undo it if you don’t like the way it looks. No, there’s no proven scientific method here.
Solder the LED legs to different colored wires. Group the wires from the longer leg and shorter leg of each LED and then connect them in parallel to your power source (A battery). You can drill into the board and have the lights come in between the word or you can paste the LED string around the board – whichever’s easier for you.
Step 6: Use hot glue to hold down the LEDs
Once you’ve wrapped your wires in some insulation tape, it’s now time for the hot glue gun to do some magic. Use the gun to stick the wire assembly down onto the board so your installation looks neat and you don’t have stray wires popping out. This makes your modern wall thread art a lot less scruffy looking.
Cut out a Galvanized Iron (GI) sheet with one end in the shape of a semicircle (well almost) and the other end, straight. Drill three holes in it – two to secure it to your DIY wall art and the third one to support the nail in the wall.
That wraps up the easy to work with, cheap, and light weight, custom DIY wall art installation. It’s nice to leave some walls empty, but the others can use a “make-a-thon” like this one, to give it that crafty DIY-feel about them. What’s not to love about this? And voila! The finished product.
A maker–in–residence at Banjarapalya Makerspace. After completing his Industrial Training for becoming an Electrician, he ran from home because his parents were forcing him to join his father as an electrician. He wants to explore many things and not through a soulless desk job. This is his LinkedIn profile!