Easy Beginner Wood Tile Mosaic Wall Art For Fall

Have you started decorating for Fall? While I haven't yet, my thoughts have been on ideas for budget-friendly fall decor.



As always happens, a trip to Goodwill got the creative juices flowing. Today I'm sharing an easy beginner wood tile mosaic wall art idea for fall. It has a simple geometric pattern that requires no intricate mitered cuts.



An easy beginner recycled wood tile geometric mosaic fall wall art with a simple pattern that doesn't require intricate cuts, stained in fall colors.

Rustic Geometric Recycled Wood Tile Fall Wall Art

The motivation for making the geometric fall wall art is that today is our Int'l Bloggers Club challenge and the theme this month is Walls And All.



The inspiration came from a bag of wood tiles found at Goodwill for $6.50 and a large rectangular picture frame.



An easy beginner recycled wood tile geometric mosaic fall wall art with a simple pattern that doesn't require intricate cuts, stained in fall colors.

I was thrilled to stumble upon the bag of wooden tiles, it's not like you find those every day! Alternatively, you could recycle Jenga game tiles. Using precut tiles is so much easier than having to cut blocks of wood.



An easy beginner recycled wood tile geometric mosaic fall wall art with a simple pattern that doesn't require intricate cuts, stained in fall colors.

Making fall wall art of this size and caliber costs a fraction of what you'd pay retail, making this a budget-friendly fall decor idea. The rustic mosaic fall sign could be hung either indoors or in an autumn vignette on a front porch.



An easy beginner recycled wood tile geometric mosaic fall wall art with a simple pattern that doesn't require intricate cuts, stained in fall colors.

I'm so glad our walls and all challenge was this month because it gave me just the motivation I needed to dig myself out of the beach sand to focus on fall.



If you haven't heard of our Int'l Bloggers Club, we are a group of blogging friends from around the globe who come together on the third Monday of every month to share a themed DIY project.



We have members from Spain, South Africa, Australia, the USA, and Canada. I've included links to my uber-talented friend's Walls And All ideas further down in the post.



The theme for our last challenge was FurEVER. The goal was to create a pet craft in honor of World Dog Day on August 26th. I turned an antique chair seat into a fun Time For A Walk Dog Leash Holder.



What You'll Need To Make It

Here's what you'll need to make the wood tile mosaic fall wall art. The supply list contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend for this project. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you.



Supply List

Deep Picture Frame (thrift store)
Small Wood Tiles (or Jenga Game Tiles)
Hardboard
Brown Gel Stain
Autumn Red Waterbased Paint
Mustard Yellow Waterbased Paint
Black Waterbased Paint
Satin Black Spray Paint
Behr Chalk Decorative Clear Wax (or Acrylic Clear Coat)
Wood Glue
E6000 Glue
5 1/2 inch MDF Font Letters (F and 2 L's)
Corrugated Galvanized Tin OR Metal Pumpkin Decor
14 1/2-inch Black Plastic Spacers
Natural Twine (dollar store)
Small Wood Leaf
OOK Glazier Points
Retractable Knife
Straight Edge (or square)
Tin Snips
Sandpaper For Metal



What type of picture frame should I use for the wood tile art?

Try to find a picture frame with some depth rather than one where the backing is flush with the frame, to accommodate the wood tiles. It can be one of the shallower shadow boxes or a deeper double mat style picture frame.



How To Make Wood Tile Mosaic Wall Art

The most challenging part of making this particular mosaic wood tile wall art is deciding the stain color pattern. The mosaic pattern itself is a simple one that takes no time to put together.



Let's begin the tutorial by cutting the hardboard backing for the wood tiles to be mounted on.



Hardboard Wall Art Backing

The first step is measuring the back of the picture frame and cutting a piece of hardboard to size with a sharp retractable knife and straight edge.



An easy beginner recycled wood tile geometric mosaic fall wall art with a simple pattern that doesn't require intricate cuts, stained in fall colors.

Paint Thrift Store Picture Frame

First, clean the picture frame, and if it's wood scuff the finish with 150 grit sandpaper to give the paint some bite. Mine is a plastic frame so I spray-painted it with two coats of satin black paint and primer spray paint.



An easy beginner recycled wood tile geometric mosaic fall wall art with a simple pattern that doesn't require intricate cuts, stained in fall colors.

Determine Mosaic Wood Tile Pattern

As mentioned earlier, I went with a simple wood mosaic pattern that involves no intricate mitered cuts (pictured below).



I started the pattern on the bottom left corner with full tiles to keep things square. I didn't precut any of the smaller tile pieces along the edges because those will get trimmed later.



An easy beginner recycled wood tile geometric mosaic fall wall art with a simple pattern that doesn't require intricate cuts, stained in fall colors.

Stain Mosaic Wood Tiles

For fear of messing up the pattern, I found it easier to keep the mosaic in place when staining each individual tile. I also used a random pattern for the colors, deciding the color for each tile as I went.



To make a red and yellow stain, I thinned water-based chalk-style paint that I had on hand. For the yellow color, I used a Golden Rod from Wise Owl Paint, leftover from the Repurposed Mid-Century Cabinet makeover.



For the rustic red color, I used Autumn from FAT Paint, leftover from the DIY Antiqued Fall Mirror. For the brown color, I liked how the Tobacco Road water-based gel stain from Dixie Belle Paint looked on the wood tiles when I made the industrial dollhouse coffee table.



An easy beginner recycled wood tile geometric mosaic fall wall art with a simple pattern that doesn't require intricate cuts, stained in fall colors.

To apply the stain I used lint-free shop towels. Basically giving the wood a thin wash of color so the wood grain was still visible. Then I immediately set each tile back in its place without disturbing the mosaic pattern.



An easy beginner recycled wood tile geometric mosaic fall wall art with a simple pattern that doesn't require intricate cuts, stained in fall colors.

Glue Mosaic Wood Tiles

By the time I finished staining the last wood tile, the rest were dry enough to jump right into the next step.



When gluing the wood tiles with wood glue, there was not much playtime before the tiles bonded with the hardboard. So it was imperative that I lined the tiles up perfectly square as I set them in place.



Starting with the first stained tile on the bottom left, I glued all the full tile pieces first to keep the pattern square. Then I glued the shorter pieces along the edges last.



An easy beginner recycled wood tile geometric mosaic fall wall art with a simple pattern that doesn't require intricate cuts, stained in fall colors.

Protective Clear Coat

Once the tiles were firmly in place I protected the stain with a coat of Behr Chalk Decorative Clear Wax applied with a small wax brush. The wax enhanced the stain colors.



It's hard to tell in the photo below but the waxed tiles are on the left and unwaxed on the right. I buffed the wax with a lint-free rag until it no longer felt tacky and had a lovely satin sheen.



An easy beginner recycled wood tile geometric mosaic fall wall art with a simple pattern that doesn't require intricate cuts, stained in fall colors.

Wood Letters

Next, I painted 5 1/2-inch MDF font letters with two coats of Raven Black FAT Paint, spelling the word FALL, minus the letter A.



The black color offers a high contrast to the autumn tile colors underneath but also echoes the color of the frame. Once the paint was completely dry, I applied an acrylic clear coat to protect the paint finish.



An easy beginner recycled wood tile geometric mosaic fall wall art with a simple pattern that doesn't require intricate cuts, stained in fall colors.

Galvanized Pumpkin

To replace the letter A in FALL, I added a rustic galvanized pumpkin instead. After unsuccessfully searching high and low for a readymade metal pumpkin, I decided to make one instead.



I was thrilled to find small sheets of corrugated galvanized metal at Dollar Tree. I also found a small wooden pumpkin at Dollarama to use as a template.



I traced the pumpkin shape onto the galvanized metal and cut it out with tin snips. To soften the sharp edges I sanded them with a piece of sandpaper for metal.



To decorate the pumpkin, I wrapped natural twine around the stem and thread a small wooden leaf from the dollar store through the twine.



An easy beginner recycled wood tile geometric mosaic fall wall art with a simple pattern that doesn't require intricate cuts, stained in fall colors.

After holding the pumpkin up to the sign it felt like it needed more. So I set out to add some instant rust to the galvanized metal pumpkin.



How To Add Instant Rust To Galvanized Metal

  1. You'll want to head outdoors for this step because good ventilation is an absolute must.
  2. Wear proper eye protection, a mask to cover your nose and mouth, and chemical safe gloves.
  3. You'll also need to protect your work surface with cardboard or something.
  4. Pour muriatic acid into a small spray bottle. I save my empty purse-size eyeglass cleaner spray bottles for crafting purposes.
  5. Pour hydrogen peroxide into another small spray bottle.
  6. Spritz the muriatic acid along the edges of the metal pumpkin.
  7. Next, spritz hydrogen peroxide over the muriatic acid-covered areas.
  8. Then watch the rusty magic happen!
  9. Spritz more hydrogen peroxide as needed for more rust.
  10. Let it completely dry in the sun.

An easy beginner recycled wood tile geometric mosaic fall wall art with a simple pattern that doesn't require intricate cuts, stained in fall colors.

Final Touches To Fall Wall Art

I wanted the letters and rustic pumpkin to be raised above the wood tiles. To do that I used fourteen small 1/2-inch black plastic spacers and glued them onto the back of the letters and pumpkin with E6000 glue.



An easy beginner recycled wood tile geometric mosaic fall wall art with a simple pattern that doesn't require intricate cuts, stained in fall colors.

Trim Mosaic Wood Tiles

While the glue on the spacers is curing, is a good time to trim the wood tiles on the hardboard.



We used a table saw but you could use a circular saw with a straight edge guide, band saw or scroll saw to trim the tiles. I wouldn't recommend using a jigsaw because the vibration may loosen the tiles as you cut.



An easy beginner recycled wood tile geometric mosaic fall wall art with a simple pattern that doesn't require intricate cuts, stained in fall colors.

Assemble Mosaic Wall Art

Set the wall art into the painted picture frame. If it doesn't have clips to hold the art in place, use glazier points (see supply list) from Home Depot. If you're lucky enough to have a logan point driver, use that instead. It's on my wish list to add to my tool arsenal.



Last but not least, attach the letters and rusty galvanized pumpkin to the wall art with E6000 glue. Add some weight on top for a tight bond with the tiles while the glue cures.



An easy beginner recycled wood tile geometric mosaic fall wall art with a simple pattern that doesn't require intricate cuts, stained in fall colors.

That my friends is an easy way for beginners to make a wood tile mosaic. I hope you are feeling inspired to give this wall art idea a try. Thanks for stopping by the Interior Frugalista today!



An easy beginner recycled wood tile geometric mosaic fall wall art with a simple pattern that doesn't require intricate cuts, stained in fall colors.

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Now let's see my talented friend's Walls and All ideas by clicking the links below.



Walls and All Challenge from the talented members of the Int'l Bloggers Club

Shutter Frame And Junk Birds | A Crafty Mix
Pallet Clock Planter | Birdz Of A Feather
Shu Sugi Ban Barn Quilt | Unique Creations By Anita
Moss Eucalyptus Dried Flowers Wall Art | Meegan Makes
Recycled Wood Tile Fall Wall Art | Interior Frugalista (that's me)



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  1. Brilliant upcycle Marie; those tiles sure were a great find! I love your tip to leave the tiles in place as you stain; makes it so much easier to visualize! I'll also be using your tip to put the letters on spacers - those are so handy!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sara, it was fun putting this fall wall art together. So glad you found the staining and spacer tips handy!

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  2. Your fall wall art is really cool Marie. Only you can make a corn on the cob look like art. I will definitely be using the instant rust tip, can you advise where to buy the muriatic acid. You did a really great job using all those recycled materials to create your wall art.

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    1. Thanks so much, Anita, it was a fun project and I'm so glad I found a use for those wood tiles from Goodwill. I still have some leftover so more wood tile projects to come. I found the muriatic acid at Home Hardware, a Canadian retailer, but I've since added a link to another source in the tutorial portion of the post.

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    1. Thanks a bunch Tania! I still have more tiles leftover so more wood tile projects to come. LOL

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  4. Love everything about your sign Marie. It's so perfect for Fall (see I practiced spelling it this weekend ;-) ) and that pumpkin is a wonderful addition. I've made note to be on the look out for small sheets of corrugated galvanized metal. That would come in so handy when we make miniatures.

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    1. F🎃LL, LOL! Thanks Michelle, it was a fun project to work on for our challenge this month and I'm happy to put those thrifted wood tiles to good use. I hope you can find the small corrugated galvanized sheets in SA. They sure are easy to work with for small projects! I stock piled a bunch to have in my stash.

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  5. Love, love, love how you made this, Marie!! Thank you for sharing the process and the inspiration!

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  6. You have knocked it out of the park with your creativity! I love how you used the galvanized letters and pumpkin. Such a fun way to celebrate the beginning of Fall. I'll meet you at the beach!

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    1. Thanks Meegan, I'm so glad you think so! It was fun putting this together for our challenge this month but now, back to the beach sand. LOL

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  7. I really love this. Adorable for fall. xo Laura

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    1. Thank you so much, Laura, I'm glad you like my fall wall art idea! I was so glad to find a use for that bag of wood tiles from Goodwill. I still have some leftover so more tile projects coming soon. LOL

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  8. What a fun project. I love this so much!!!

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    1. Thank you very much, Virginia! I did the happy dance when stumbling across that bag of wood tiles. So much crafting potential in that bag. I have some leftover so more tile projects coming soon. LOL

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  9. Brilliant idea! I love that you used paint and stains to really showcase the wood. Love the design too. Pinning!

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    1. Thank you very much, Larissa, for your sweet comment and the pin! I had fun with those thrifted wooden tiles. I have some leftover so more wooden tile projects to come.

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  10. Hi Marie! It's been a while. This project popped up in my Pinterest feed and I fell in LOVE. You're so creative. Hope you're doing well. :) xo

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    1. Hi Do, so nice to see you here! Happy to hear this project popped up in the Pinterest and caught your eye. It was fun putting those thrift store tiles to good use for fall. I think this is the earliest I've done a project for fall because I'm such a full fledged summer gal. I hope you are doing well too. Hugs from Canada! xo

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  11. Love how your sign turned out Marie! Those wood tiles were a great find, and you repurposed them beautifully.

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    1. Thank you very much, Tuula! Yes, I did the happy dance stumbling upon that bag of awesome crafting potential goodness. I still have some leftover so more wooden tile projects coming soon. LOL

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  12. On my gosh Marie... you've taken 'fall sign' to an all new level! The mosaic is so cool! And you know I'm all over that tin pumpkin! Super unique!

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    1. Thank you very much, Donna! I was so much fun to make. Now I'm itching to use the leftover wood tiles to make a more intricate mosaic pattern.

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  13. Love this idea! You were so lucky to find these wood tiles in the first place and then you made something beautiful with it. #HomeMattersParty

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    1. It was definitely a sweet find and can't wait to make more wood tile projects with the leftovers.

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  14. Hi Marie. First of all congrats on that sweet new little grand baby boy. He is precious. This Fall sign is awesome. You my dear are so creative. Enjoy that new baby. xoxo Kris

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    1. Thank you Kris, we feel so blessed to have two grandsons born within weeks of each other and we're loving the baby cuddles. Thanks also my friend for your sweet comments, I'm glad you like the mosaic wall decor. Have a great week! xoxo

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