Faux Wrought Iron Wall Art

Design an eye-catching wall art creation for just pennies! By recycling cardboard tubes, you can create sturdy lengths to use in the traditional art of quilling. Spray your finished creation with a metallic spray paint to create the look of wrought iron.


  • Recycled cardboard toilet paper and paper towel tubes, 30
  • Balsa strips, 3/8”-wide, 10” lengths, 16

Basic Supplies

ruler, scissors, craft knife, newspaper (to cover work surface)


  • Wooden dowel
  • Rust-Oleum Textured Metallic Spray Paint
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue


  • Size
  • 1. Wall art is 10”x10”.
  • Wall Art
  • 1. On covered work surface, cut balsa wood into 10” lengths. Adhere lengths together forming square shapes. Let dry. See Photos 1-3. (see photos)
  • 2. Cut along length of paper towel tubes to form straight, long lengths. Flatten tube out. Use scrap of balsa strip to measure 3/8” sections lengthwise on tube. (Note: The toilet paper tubes are cut in 3/8” strips across width of tube to keep curl.) Cut along length of paper towel tube, flatten out, and mark 3/8” strips across width resulting in 3/8” curls. See Photos 4 and 5. (see photos)
  • 3. Print out pattern. Choose pattern and begin laying out design on work surface. Cut straight strips to proper lengths and adhere in place. See Photos 6-8. (see photos)
  • 4. Curl cardboard toilet paper tube strips with end of paintbrush handle or wooden dowel. Adhere in place. See Photos 9-14. (see photos)
  • 5. Allow design to completely dry. Apply Textured Metallic spray paint to create wrought-iron look. Reapply as needed covering all angles and curls. See Photos 15 and 16. (see photos)
  • Tips
  • 1. To get an even pattern, divide your design into four sections and work on one section at a time. Each section needs to mirror each other. Once you have the first section completed, hold your curled pieces up to their matching piece in the completed section in order to match the curl before adhering in place.

by Susan Myers

Pattern - Faux Wrought Iron Wall Art

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