Add Tropical Decor to Any Room With This 30-Minute Project

Transform plywood into a beautiful paneled display with some faux leaves and black paint.


  • 4 24" x 24" x 3/4" plywood
  • 7 large faux fern leaves
  • Repositionable spray adhesive
  • Acrylic paint, color of your choice
  • Foam roller
  • Paint brush
  • Fine paintbrush for detail
  • Paint tray
  • Sandpaper block, medium grit 90-120
  • Spray matte finish
  • Face mask


    Lay the plywood boards in a row so they are touching each other and the edges are flush. Lay the faux fern leaves on the plywood in an arrangement to your liking. It's okay if the ferns overlap 2 boards and the edgesof the plywood.

    Put on a face mask. In a well ventilated area, pick up each leaf one at a time, spray adhesive onto the frontof it and place it face downon the plywood. Make sure the leaves are pressed down onto the plywood.

    Pour the paint into a paint tray. Using a foam roller, carefully apply paint all over the plywood and leaves, making sure the leaves don't lift up. Carefully roller the paint either side of the fern stalk.

    Tip: Make sure that the paint roller has all the excess paint rolled out of it before you roll it over the leaves. If the roller has too much paint, the paint will bleed under the leaves and make a mess.

    Carefully peel the ferns off of the plywood and set to one side. If there is any bleeding, touch up the edges of the ferns with a fine paintbrush dipped in the paint.

    Paint the side edges of each piece of plywood using the roller. Allow the paint to dry for at least two hours or until dry to the touch before moving onto the next step.

    If there is any glue residue on the plywood from where the leaves were removed, gently remove it with a medium grit sandpaper block. Once the glue is removed, put on a face mask and in a well ventilated area, spray all four plywood boards with matte finish to seal them. Dry times will vary. Check spray can for details.
  • Published 01/28/2017
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