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Easy Tropical Wall Art DIY

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Create beautiful tropical wall art in just a few easy steps to turn your home or patio into a tropical oasis.

This tropical art is inspired by Hawaiian quilting techniques.

Create beautiful tropical wall art in just a few easy steps to turn your home or patio into a tropical oasis. This tropical art is inspired by Hawaiian quilting techniques.

Turn a 6′ 1×10 board into tropical wall art that will take to you the islands. This easy wall art is the perfect way to add a tropical vibe to any room.

Bright, bold colors on a warm wood background are the perfect way to create a tropical feel to any space. And the Hawaiian quilt block designs add in all your favorite tropical elements.

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Turn a 1x10 board into beautiful tropical wall art with this easy tutorial. This turtle design is my favorite.

I know I should be posting all things fall, but when you are transforming your unused side yard into a tropical oasis the last thing you need are pumpkins.

I have enough real fall leaves to remind me we are not sitting on the lanai enjoying our dinner. So it was time to add more tropical elements to our patio pergola area to help us think of the ocean instead.

If you love all things pineapple, you have to check out this easy tropical wall art. Hawaiian quilt block designs make the perfect tropical oasis decor.

The first time I visited Hawaii, we visited most of the Hawaiian fabric and quilt stores on Kona. My mother, sister and I spent hours perusing the beautiful island batiks, tropical quilts, and my favorite: traditional Hawaiian quilts.

The Hawaiian quilts are created like you would create paper snowflakes as a child. You fold a paper into 8ths and draw a tropical themed design. Then when you unfold it, you have a kaleidoscope of island fun!

Create the perfect island decor with these Hawaiian inspired designs. This tropical wall decor is perfect for creating a tropical oasis.

My favorite Hawaiian quilts blocks had seahorses, pineapples, turtles, and big bold leaves. These are all the things that mean the islands to me.

Since I know I will probably never get around to making my own Hawaiian quilt (even though I bought a book to teach me how), I decided to use them for inspiration in creating the perfect tropical wall art for our patio oasis.

Seahorses are my favorite tropical decoration! Turn them into the perfect tropical wall art with this easy tutorial from

When decorating indoors, I always think about how to decorate the walls. But when I decorate outside, it is usually the last thing I think of.

Well, not this time!

I was pretty proud of myself for thinking about the large wall of vinyl siding in our patio area. I knew I needed to do something with it to help make the space part of the outdoor kitchen and dining area instead of just the outside wall of our home.

And instead of 1 large picture, I decided to go for 6 of my Hawaiian quilt blocks to fill up the space.

See how we turned our unused side yard into a tropical oasis. This beautiful tropical wall art helped add island decor to the large wall.

And don’t miss out on the rest of the DIYs we used to create the perfect tropical oasis:

How to Make Tropical Wall Art


  • 6′ 1×10 board
  • Hawaiian quilt block designs
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  • Saw
    • You can use a table saw or circular saw to cut the boards down. Or you can have the lumber store cut the boards down for you.
  • Sand paper
  • Stain
    • I used Minwax Early American.
  • Silhouette Cameo and vinyl
    • I created stencils of the designs from my Silhouette cutting machine and vinyl for my Hawaiian patterns. You can also use paper and fold them in eighths and cut the design by hand. Then you can secure the paper to the boards with temporary spray adhesive.
  • Painters tape
  • Spray paint
  • Sawtooth picture hangers
  • Vinyl hooks (for hanging your tropical wall art on vinyl siding)

Cut your 1×10 board into 6 square pieces. Typically a 1×10 board is actually 11 1/4″ in width (double check this before cutting), so I used my table saw to cut the board into 6 11 1/4″ pieces.

If you do not have a table saw, you can easily do this with a hand-held circular saw, just clamp a straight edge for you to follow when you cut.

Transform a plain 1x10 board into beautiful tropical wall art. It's perfect for an island oasis.

Sand all the pieces of wood. Then stain them with your desired stain. I used Minwax Early American for my boards to create a warm wood look.

Cut out your Hawaiian quilt designs. I cut them out of vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo, but if you do not have a cutting machine you can also cut them out of paper. Attach the stencils to the boards.

For the vinyl stencils, use transfer tape to transfer the vinyl to the wood. For the paper stencils, spray the back with a temporary spray adhesive and press firmly on the wood.

Create easy tropical wall art with a 1x10 board and these beautiful Hawaiian quilt stencils.

Cover the edges of the boards with painter’s tape. I didn’t do this on the first one and the edges of the boards are now blue.

Use these easy stencil tips to make beautiful tropical wall art.

Spray paint the front of the boards. You will need to do a couple coats to get even coverage.

After the paint is dry to the touch, remove the stencil from the wood. I do not like to wait more than 20-30 minutes after spray painting because the paint can peel off at the edges with the stencil if it gets too dry.

Spray paint makes the perfect paint for crisp stencil lines. See how I used it to make this tropical wall art.

Add the picture hangers on the back of the tropical wall art and hang up. To hang on the vinyl siding, I found the vinyl hooks worked very nicely.

Sawtooth picture hangers are the easy way to hang wood art. Love this beautiful tropical wall art.

Now garb a daiquiri and imagine you are on a tropical island! The new art work is definitely helping to create the perfect backyard oasis.

I love this tropical wall art inspired by Hawaiian quilt blocks. It's so easy to make.

The patio area is almost finished and I cannot wait to start entertaining in it!

Fill up your outdoor wall space with this easy tropical wall art DIY. Perfect for creating a tropical oasis in your backyard.

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Monday 19th of March 2018

These are cool projects! Wall arts play an important role in interior design. These are great way to add some flair to your room and really put your own personal touch on it. Wall arts fill a house with positive energy. I am totally inspired with your work. Thanks for sharing this.

Nikki Gwin

Sunday 22nd of October 2017

It didn't take me long to figure out that the patterns were actually of island animals repeated. So cool to learn that they use the snowflake trick to make them! I love what you did. Now... do you have a post about your Hawaii trip? I am in the midst of trying to plan one. :) gwingal


Thursday 26th of October 2017

Thanks Nikki! Our Hawaii trip was so long ago (9 years). I don't know that I would be the best one to share because who knows if things are the same. What island are you going to? I would definitely recommend the big island. So much more laid back and true island lifestyle than Oahu (which I have also been to, and is great but totally different). And do lots of snorkeling! Definitely the best part of Hawaii ;)

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