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How to make a wood dowel wall hanging

Habitat bright ideas with Fleur Thorpe – DIY projects

Recreate a scene from your favourite holiday location by painting it onto a dowel wall hanging so you can enjoy that holiday feeling every day.

Project Description
Wall painted in Resene Dark Knight

You will need



Step 1 Step 1
For this project you will need 11 wooden broom handles that are 1.2m long. Using broom handles can be cheaper than buying wood dowel. Start by putting one broom handle aside as this will be used for the horizontal hanging bar at the end of the project.

Step 2 Step 2
Use a saw to cut off the rounded ends of the broom handles. Next, cut your handles into lengths that will form your landscape. The horizon of Fleur’s picture is 30cm down from the top, so Fleur’s pieces range in length from 30cm to about 45cm long. You should be able to get three lengths from each handle, giving you 30 lengths for your final wall hanging. Sand any rough cut edges smooth with some sandpaper.

Step 3 Step 3
Use a pencil to sketch out your landscape design and then use Resene Balderdash, Resene Jurassic and Resene Bunting for the three hills (left to right) and Resene Bounty, Resene Innocence and Resene Balderdash for the water reflections (left to right). Use Resene Fire to paint a sun.

Step 4 Step 4
Use Resene Aquaclear and a paintbrush to seal the unpainted areas of wood.

Step 5 Step 5
With an electric drill, drill in small holes into the top of each wood length and screw in a small hook.

Step 6 Step 6
For the remaining broom handle, cut it to the length that you want and then drill holes in a line along it. Screw in small eye hooks and hang the wood lengths from these. Attach a length of string to hang the wall hanging up with.

Top tip:  If your whole has expanses of timber finishing, replace the paint finish with Resene Colorwood wood stain and Resene Aquaclear. Choose a range of wood stain colours for a more rustic landscape wall hanging.

Styling and images by Fleur Thorpe. Aug 2022.

Habitat bright ideas
Need to add colour, pattern or a little creativity to your place? Check out these easy step by step DIY project ideas created in collaboration with Fleur Thorpe. We hope you enjoy making and painting these bright ideas and bringing colour to your home inside or out.

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