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DIY 3d box art

when i saw a similar piece of art to this one in diy magazine's winter 2010 issue, i started collecting colorful clippings right away. last week, i finally got to put them to use in this colorful patchwork art! i think it might be my most favorite piece of art in the house, and it only took me one afternoon to make. here's the how-to!

DIY 3d box art

1. one large frame, i used this one from ikea.

2. diamond ruler (this fons & porter one would work)

3. a sewing ruler*

4. a rotary cutter*

5. easy tack adhesive

6. matte mod podge

7. rotary cutting mat*

*if you're not a sewer, you most likely don't have these items, and that's ok! they make your life easier, but you could just as easily trace around the diamond ruler and hand cut out each diamond.

DIY 3d box art

you can use materials from just about anywhere! i used magazine clippings, fabric pieces, cork board and crafting paper. the options are endless!

to make the patchwork look '3D', you'll need to use one light colored, one dark colored and one medium colored diamond for each square. the lightest diamond will make up the top of the box, the darkest will make up the right side and the medium colored one the left side; repeating this pattern will create the 3D look.

cut out your diamonds and separate them into light, medium and dark shades. using a re-positionable spray adhesive, start placing the squares down on your frame mat (you might find it helpful to tape 3 pieces together at a time, then position them with the spray adhesive). once all are in place, coat the top with a layer of mod podge and let dry. put your frame together, and voila!

DIY 3d box art

what do you think? let me know if you have any questions, and make sure to share yours with us if you decide to make it!


  • Very cool Bonnie! Think I might try this one!

    Thank you!


  • This is such a beautiful piece! Love the idea! I have found more of your projects that I would like to feature! Thanks for sharing. I featured this on my blog:

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  • What a marvelous idea!!!! I knew there was a reason I was saving all those seed catalogs!!!!!

  • Love this idea! Especially since I have at least 2 bins of magazines and countless stacks of scrapbooking papers! Oh, and many bare walls to decorate my house with! Thanks for sharing!

  • Oh yeah. I’m going to try this one very soon. I did Bargello art for the longest time and had so much fun. This is tweakier and can’t wait to try it!

  • That is AWESOME!

  • Hey! (:
    I’ve tried to make it, and this is the result:
    ( Not perfect but I think it’s okay)

    • laura, it’s awesome!!! i really love it! you did a great job. :)

  • Hi, Bonnie! I love this! I couldn’t find a diamond ruler, and I’m having trouble coming up with measurements and angles for my diamonds. Do you remember the dimensions you used? Thanks!

    • hi rebecca!! sure, no problem! it was 3.75 x 6.5″. i hope that helps!

  • That does, very much! Thanks, and I’ll send you a picture when I’m finished!

  • I think I’d like to try this and put in family photos on one of the squares for each cube and maybe writing or journaling on one.

  • hi i love this idea like the tumbling block quilt. i would love to try this but i need more instructions, lol. i need to know how many of each diamond pieces to use. ive tried counting on the photo but its not working. thanks cindy.

    • hey cindy! well, it depends on two things: 1) how large your finished frame will be and 2) how large your triangles will be. i would suggest cutting out an estimate and laying the pieces out before you start gluing, then cut more if need be. hope this helps! xox, bonnie

  • The quilter in me says I have to try this!

  • Beautiful! I desperately want to make it… I just need to over my current third trimester sleepiness! :)

  • Thanks! I did this today!

    • rachel, how fun! would love to see pics!

  • I would really like to try this, but i want to sew pieces of fabric together, would that have a great finishing touch?

    • oh yes, that would be lovely luby! all you need is a diamond ruler. please share photos if you make one, it will be so pretty!

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