Easy DIY Agate Slice Art

Easy DIY Agate Slice Art - Complete step by step instructions for making your own (easy) stunning artwork
Easy DIY Agate Slice Art

I have always been fascinated by the pretty patterns and colors of rocks like agate but have never been able to figure out how to include them into my room.

DIY Agate Art via dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca

via dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca

Then I saw this post from dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca and thought it would be perfect for one of the corners in my den makeover.

Easy DIY Agate Slice Art - Complete step by step instructions for making your own stunning artwork
DIY Agate Slice Art

This is a preview of my version. Since it was going in my den, I decided to paint the frame the same color as my table (you can see that makeover here.) I chose to go with purple agate since it goes better with my den color scheme. The nice thing about agate is that it comes in a variety of colors so you are bound to find one to match your decor!

The rectangular shape of the frame and the different agate patterns add another dimension to the décor on the wall under my shelf. When highlighted by spot lights, a dark corner comes to life.

Click Next to see how to make your own DIY Agate Slice Art.

What You Need

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Paint the Frame

Paint the frame silver | Easy DIY Agate Slice Art - Complete step by step instructions for making your own stunning artwork
Paint the frame silver

I used a divided frame rather than individual ones. This way you don’t have to worry about lining them up perfectly on the wall.

1. Remove the back and the glass from the frame.

2. Paint the frame with silver paint (or the color of your choice). It will likely need a second coat. Sorry, I forgot to take a before picture here.

Use a gold sharpie to outline the frame | Easy DIY Agate Slice Art - Complete step by step instructions for making your own stunning artwork
Use a gold sharpie to outline the frame

3. When the base coat is dry, outline the mullions and the picture openings with a thin line of gold, using the sharpie. I my case there was an existing molding groove around each opening that was easy to follow and highlight with the gold sharpie pen.

Put The Frame Back Together

Place paper in the frame with the overlap under one of the mullions | Easy DIY Agate Slice Art - Complete step by step instructions for making your own stunning artwork
Place paper in the frame with the overlap under one of the mullions

1. Clean the glass panes.

2. Place the glass panes back into the frame.

3. Cut pieces of photo paper to fit the size of the frame opening. Lie them on the glass panes so that the edges overlap and will be hidden by the mullions of the frame. This will make sure you can’t see the paper lines from the front.

Replace the back of the frame | Easy DIY Agate Slice Art - Complete step by step instructions for making your own stunning artwork
Replace the back of the frame

4. Put the back of the frame into place, making sure not to move the pieces of paper.

5. Secure the back in place.

Glue on the Agate Slices

Paint the edge of the agate slices gold | Easy DIY Agate Slice Art - Complete step by step instructions for making your own stunning artwork
Paint the edge of the agate slices gold

1. Paint the rims of the agate slices with the gold paint and let dry.

2. Put adhesive onto the agate slices and attach to the glass between the mullions with a twisting motion. I just eyeballed the center of each space.

3. Let the picture lie flat for 24 hrs. so that the glue can dry thoroughly.

Step 3: Hang the Art and Spot Lights

Hang the frame on the wall | Easy DIY Agate Slice Art - Complete step by step instructions for making your own stunning artwork
Hang the frame on the wall

1. Hang the picture from 2 hooks making sure it is level.

Install the light under a shelf | Easy DIY Agate Slice Art - Complete step by step instructions for making your own stunning artwork
The light under the shelf

2. Install the spot lights on the underside of the shelf. I used thumb tacks to secure the cords from the lights under the shelf so that they are hidden from view. I was very careful not to puncture the wires with the tacks.

The hidden, but convenient, light switch | Easy DIY Agate Slice Art - Complete step by step instructions for making your own stunning artwork
The hidden, but convenient, light switch

The lights came with an on/off switch which I positioned at the side of the picture for easy access.

The Finished Product

Agate slice art with lights | Easy DIY Agate Slice Art - Complete step by step instructions for making your own stunning artwork
Agate slice art with lights

The finished art really brights up this corner of my room.

The agate art really brightens up this corner of the room | Easy DIY Agate Slice Art - Complete step by step instructions for making your own stunning artwork
The agate art really brights up this corner of the room

And it fits perfectly in the narrow space under the shelf.

The finished project | Easy DIY Agate Slice Art - Complete step by step instructions for making your own stunning artwork
The finished project

Such a big impact for such an easy project!

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