Dorm Life: DIY Wall Art

Dorm Life: DIY Wall Art


One of the benefits of working at a daycare is that I have the daily opportunity to color, draw, and paint. My creative impulses are able to be released, and I get paid in the meantime. The kids usually leave behind their unwanted projects, and the frugal part of me could not let these masterpieces go to waste. When I found this project online, I had the perfect project for my growing stacks of swirly, neon paintings. I made a few adaptions to the original project and created unique, fun art for my dorm room.


  • Unwanted paintings on basic printer paper
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Stretched canvas
  • Sponge
  • Liquid school glue
  • Water


  • Decide that this is art! You will make it be whatever you want it to be!
  • Prep the canvas by painting it. The example I found used white paint. I used black paint. Be creative and make it your own.
  • Cut the paintings into triangles of various sizes. Do not worry about making the edges straight or the angles exact (unless, of course, you want straight edges and exact angles).
  • After the canvas has dried, arrange the triangles into a desired mosaic on the canvas.
  • Mix about 1 teaspoon of glue with ½ cup of water (this is very approximate—I just mix until it is the consistency I want).
  • Dip a sponge or sponge-brush into the glue-water mixture. Press this sponge over the triangles that have been arranged on the canvas. Do not rub the paintings; simply dab up and down until the entire canvas has been covered.
  • Let dry.
  • Display and enjoy your art!

**I actually made two mosaics on the same size canvas.  My plan is to eventually hang the two pieces side by side, but I really like how the solitary one looks on my shelf right now!

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