How To Create 1' x 1' Murals

Difficulty: Easy  |  Estimated time: 2 hours  |  Help needed: Varies volunteers

This is a great project for kids! Each child is given a square piece of plywood to paint to beautify the play area. Finished squares can be fastened to a chain-link fence or drilled into wooden walls or fence posts.

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Materials and tools

Quantity: Materials:
1 ½"x4x8' sanded plywood
(Adjust as needed) Painting materials
(Adjust as needed) Primer
(optional) Zip ties
(Adjust as needed) Exterior paint
Tools needed:
Circular Saw
Pencil
Tape Measure
Safety Glasses
Chalk line
Drill
¼" drill bit

Preparation instructions

  1. Sort all materials into piles by like items to ensure you have materials needed to complete project.

  2. Using the chalk line, lay out [32] 12"x12" squares on the 4x6 sheet of sanded plywood.

  3. Using the circular saw, cut the plywood into 32 squares. Be sure to wear safety goggles while operating the saw.

  4. Paint the plywood squares with exterior primer on all sides.

  5. Let primer dry before moving pieces or painting.


Build instructions

  1. Before building, inventory and sort all of your materials.

    Quantity: Inventory:
    32 12" plywood squares
  2. Drill holes with the ¼" drill bit about 1" into each corner of the 12x12" mural pieces. Be sure to wear safety goggles while using the drill.

  3. Next, create the frame by attaching the 12x72" top and bottom with three screws at each connection. Be sure to face the vertical supports with only one side of shelf supports toward the inside of the cubby. Spacing BETWEEN shelves will be 11". You can use the 11x12" shelves to help with spacing.

  4. Lay out drop cloths under working area.

  5. Decide if you'd like to use a theme to create a mosaic mural, or paint unique mini-murals. Supervise children as they paint their beautiful creations!

  6. Allow squares to dry. Attach to fence or other desired location with zip ties, screws, or wire.