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DIY Mini Barn Quilt Art

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In this post: Make your own DIY mini barn quilt art to go in your house – instead of on the side of your barn! Just kidding, I know you don’t have a barn!


Have you ever heard of a barn quilt? Until a sweet reader emailed about her barn quilt couple of months ago, I hadn’t either. But I’ve since decided I love them and wanted to make a mini barn quilt for our house.

mini barn quilt on a board with rope next to it

Basically a barn quilt is a quilt square painted onto a board and mounted to a barn. Although they’re starting to pop up on sheds and houses too.

mini barn quilt on a board with rope next to it

Now I don’t live on a farm and my house is definitely not a country house (we live in a suburb of Toronto with a population of 141,500+). But when I was in Michael’s looking for craft supplies I stumbled upon some square craft plaques and they made me think of barn quilts – rather, mini barn quilts.

Supplies

Instructions

1. Using a lint free cloth or foam brush, stain plaque with dark walnut stain. Let dry.

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to stain wood, check out this post.  

GRID

2. Using a ruler and a pencil mark a grid of 3×3 equal squares.

3. Then mark off from corner to corner of squares as shown below.

TRIANGLES

4. Before painting, be sure to mark which triangles get painted and which stay blank. I did this by putting a white dot in the paintable triangles with a paint marker (see photo above).

5. Carefully paint the marked triangles. Let dry.

6. Lightly go over the whole piece with fine grit sandpaper to age.

mini barn quilt on a board with rope next to it

Do you have a spot for a full-size barn quilt? Or is this little one more your size?

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