How to make 3D art

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How to make 3D art
Cut paper snowflakes for 3D art. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

3D art is art that isn't flat to the canvas but has height and texture that's part of the work itself. Creating a 3D art piece is a friendly project that allows you to customise colours and your design to match them to your home's decor. Create 3D artwork for your home, your office and for gifts and save money on decorators and shopping.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Artist canvas
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Fabric glue
  • Glue gun
  • Hot glue stick
  • Paper
  • 3D adhesive dots
  • Wallpaper

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    Abstract Art

  1. 1

    Paint a large artist canvas a solid background colour to start the 3D art.

  2. 2

    Paint wide swathes of colour onto the canvas. Use three to five colours and paint them in a random way so they overlap and cross each other. Let the canvas dry.

  3. 3

    Take strips of fabric that have all or most of the colours of paint you've chosen and pleat it together accordion style. Use fabric glue to hold the pleats together. Glue the ends to the artist canvas, following the swathes of paint to make your canvas 3D with hot glue.

  4. 4

    Cut strips of patterned wallpaper and fold it accordion style. Choose wallpaper that has all of the colours of paint you've used and some additional colours as well. Glue the ends of the wallpaper strips to the canvas along the bottom and the top of the canvas. Allow the 3D art canvas to thoroughly dry before hanging it.


  1. 1

    Paint an artist canvas the colour you want the background of your art piece to be. When using light coloured or white paper, choose a dark colour so the paper stands out.

  2. 2

    Cut the paper into your desired shape, such as a large snowflake surrounded by smaller snowflakes.

  3. 3

    Lay the paper face down and cover it with a thick towel. Press it quickly with a hot iron to remove the creases in the paper.

  4. 4

    Add 3D adhesive dots to the back of the paper shape. Press the paper gently to the surface of the canvas. The adhesive dots raise the paper from the canvas while keeping it in place. For more height, double or triple the 3D adhesive dots.

Tips and warnings

  • Add charms, chains or buckles to your canvas for added dimension and texture.
  • Find 3D adhesive dots at your local hobby store or craft retailer.

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