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Faux Leather Wall Art

By: Kathleen George for STYROFOAM* Brand Foam

Can you believe it's not leather? Textured papers and upholstery nails create the appearance of expensive leather in this wall tableaux. Find this project and many more low-cost decorating ideas in the great decor in a flash without a lot of cash eBook from Dow.


  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
  • Sheets, three 12" x 24" x 1"
  • Textured papers: Stucco paper, bronze, two sheets; Ancient Tablet paper, bronze, two sheets**
  • Upholstery nails, 200 large, bronze plated
  • Acrylic craft paint, black
  • Putty knife
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil with sharp point
  • Ruler
  • Utility knife with new blade
  • Hook & loop picture hangers
  • Straight pins (optional)
  • Rubber brayer (optional)
  • Thick white craft glue


1. Paint black the edges of all three sheets of STYROFOAM™ brand foam. Extend paint to cover ¼" around the top edge of each foam sheet. Let dry.

2. Cut three 12" x 12" pieces of Ancient Tablet paper. Referring to photo, stagger placement of the paper squares on the three sheets of STYROFOAM™ brand foam. Mark where each paper is placed by scoring the foam sheet with a pencil and ruler.

3. Spread glue on sheet of STYROFOAM™ brand foam, staying inside scored lines. Center and glue paper square to foam sheet. If needed, pin edges in place until glue dries.

4. Measure the uncovered areas above and below each paper square and cut Stucco paper to size. Adhere Stucco paper to foam sheets following Step #3. Let dry.

5. Referring to photo, push upholstery nails through Stucco paper and into the STYROFOAM™ brand foam, outlining paper.

6. Affix hook and loop tabs to the top back of each foam sheet and to the wall. Hang wall art using hook and loop hangers.


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I absolutely love the look of this! It would go great in my dining room. I think this is going to have to be my next project

You can get the textured stucco paper at Home Depot in the wallpaper department. It's paintable. I found the Ancient Tablet paper on several online websites by Googling "Ancient Tablet paper." I'm thinking this would make a very interesting headboard.

I love this and would love to make this also like the other poster..but where do you get the paper from?

well I downloaded the book and the website that is listed for the paper I guess is no longer..can't find :/

I would love to make this wall art if I could find the paper

Does this really belong in the leather-crafting section?


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