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How to Make a 3D Barn Quilt

Learn how to make a 3D Barn Quilt with this easy to follow tutorial.

How to make a 3D barn quilt

I made a barn quilt door last year that I love so much. It’s two barn quilt panels that I inserted into a door. It brings me so much happiness when I see it.

It was really fun to make and I have been eager to make another barn quilt.

When I saw that this month’s At Home DIY Challenge theme was Wooden Gift, I knew it was the perfect occasion to make a barn quilt.

At Home DIY challenge is a year long DIY challenge. Every month we have a new challenge. Last month’s challenge was Build it cheaper than buying it, my project was DIY bar stools. At the bottom of this post you’ll find more built it cheaper than buying it projects.

Since it has to be a wooden project, I thought it would be interesting to make a barn quilt using blocks to make it a 3D barn quilt.

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How to make a 3D Barn Quilt

Supplies:

Tools:

Instructions:

Step 1: Cut plywood to 24″ x 24″ with a circular saw.

Mark a line at 24 inches
Make the line using a square
Plywood with 24 inch line
Cut the plywood with a circular saw
Plywood to make a barn quilt

Step 2: Use a miter saw to cut four 8″ squares out of the 1″ x 10″ x 4′.

Mark at 8 inches
Make a line at 8 inches
Use a miter saw to cut the board to 8 inches
Make a 8 inch mark on the other side
Line at 8 inches
Cut the piece with a miter saw to make a square
8 x 8 square

Repeat until you have 4x 8 inch squares.

Four 8x8 squares

Step 3: Take two of the 8″ squares and draw a diagonal line.

Draw a diagonal line
Diagonal line on a square

Step 4: Use a miter saw to cut the diagonal line.

Cut the square on the diagonal line with a miter saw
Cut diagonal with a miter saw
Cutting triangles out of a square
Two triangles

Step 5: Make a line straight down the center of the triangles.

Make a marking in the middle of the triangle
Draw a straight line through the center

Step 6: Use a miter saw to cut the triangles on the line.

Cut the triangles with a miter saw
Two small triangles
4 small wood triangles
Triangles within a square

In the end, when you do this to the two squares, you’ll have 8 little triangles.

Step 7: Take another 8″ square and draw a line through the center.

Make a mark at 4 inches
Draw a line at 4 inches
Line in the middle of a square

Step 8: Use a miter saw to cut the square on the line.

Use a miter saw to cut the rectangles out of the squares
Cutting the rectangles with a miter saw
Two rectangles out of a square

Step 9: Take the 2 pieces and draw a line in the center to create squares.

Mark a line at 4 inches
Make a line at 4 inches
Line at 4 inches on the first rectangle
Line at 4 inches on the second rectangle

Step 10: Cut the pieces with a miter saw.

Cut rectangle in half with a miter saw
Two small squares

In the end you’ll have 4 squares.

4 small wood squares

Step 11: Use a sanding block and orbital sander to smooth any rough edges and surfaces.

Use an orbital sander to smooth the plywood
Use a sanding block to smooth edges

Step 12: Dry fit the wood pieces together to make the 3D barn quilt.

Dry fit the 3D barn quilt pieces together

Number the back of the pieces in order to place them back the way they were.

Number the back of the pieces

Step 13: Paint the wood pieces in the desired colors.

Thank you to Fusion Mineral Paint for providing us with paint for this project. We are extremely grateful for their support.

I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Lisa Marie Holmes Collection are Twilight Geranium, Enchanted Echinacea, and Divine Lavender.

You’ll notice that Enchanted Echinacea is the same paint color I used to paint the repurposed sewing table.

Lisa Marie Holmes Collection
Twilight Geranium paint color
Twilight Geranium from Fusion Mineral Paint
Divine Lavender paint color
Fusion Mineral Paint Divine Lavender
Enchanted Echinacea paint color
Fusion Mineral Paint Enchanted Echinacea

Step 14: Paint the plywood piece.

If there are knots, apply a stain blocker like BIN to prevent the knots from bleeding through.

I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Raw Silk, which was left over paint from when I painted my kitchen cabinets.

With all the excitement of painting the barn quilt pieces, I forgot to take a photo of the Raw Silk being applied to the plywood piece. hehe Oups!

Step 15: Apply a second of paint on everything.

Colored blocks to make a barn quilt

Step 16: Position the wood pieces into place on the piece of plywood.

Position the center piece on the plywood
Place the small squares at each corner of the square
Place one set of triangles next to the small squares
Place the remaining triangles on the other side of the small squares

Step 17: Apply glue under each piece and press them into place.

I started by glueing the small squares, then the triangles, and the last piece I glued was the piece in the middle.

Allow the glue to dry.

Apply glue behind the small squares
Press the small square firmly into place
Apply glue behind the triangles
Press triangles into place
Apply glue behind the large square
Position the square into place
Press down on the square

Step 18: (Optional) Use a nail gun for additional hold by adding nails in the back. 

Step 19: Use a drill to attach two D ring hangers on the back.

We used D ring hangers that can hold up to 35 lbs.

The plywood is thin, so we positioned the D ring hangers so that the screws would go through the plywood and in the back of two of the triangles.

D ring hangers
Use D ring hangers to hang up a barn quilt

Step 20: (Optional) If you are not using outdoor paint, make sure to seal your barn quilt in order to protect it from the weather.

I did not seal the barn quilt because Fusion Mineral Paint is waterproof once the paint has cured for 21 days.

3D Barn Quilt

DIY 3D Barn Quilt
How to make a 3D barn quilt.
DIY Barn Quilt tutorial

The 3D barn quilt turned out awesome, didn’t it?

I love the colors and I love how it was quick to put together.

Painting a barn quilt is really fun, but it takes longer to put together than a wooden barn quilt.

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How to make a 3D barn quilt

I bet you are wondering who I gifted the 3D barn quilt to.

Actually, I gifted it to my husband.

Pretty sneaky having him help me with it, then gifting it to him.. right?

He’s been asking me to make something to hang on the front of the house where we hang the outdoor Christmas countdown marquee sign during Christmas time.

I even had him pick the colors for the barn quilt! I used Adobe Photoshop showing him different color combinations. I used the color combination he chose.

We are both thrilled with how it turned out and how it looks great on the front of the house!

Barn quilt hanging on the front of a house

It will look even better when we change out front windows and door! I can’t wait!!

Have you ever made a barn quilt before?

Once you start, you’ll see how fun they are to make! I’m thinking the next one I make will be this giant block pattern. Isn’t it beautiful?

Have a wonderful day!

DIY 3D Barn Quilt tutorial

How to make a 3D Barn Quilt

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate
Estimated Cost: Less than $50

Learn how to make a 3B barn quilt. Tutorial showing how to make a DIY barn quilt out of wood.

Materials

  • White pine lumber 1″ x 10″ x 4′
  • Plywood size 3/4″ x 2′ x 4′ (2’x 2′ is plenty for this project)
  • Paint
  • Carpenter’s glue
  • D ring hangers 2x

Tools

  • Measuring tape
  • Square
  • Circular saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Orbital sander
  • Sanding block
  • Foam paint brush
  • Foam roller and pan
  • Drill

Instructions

  1. Cut piece of plywood to 24″ x 24″ with a circular saw. Plywood to make a barn quilt
  2. Cut four 8″ squares out of the 1″ x 10″ x 4′ using a miter saw. Four 8x8 squares
  3. Draw a diagonal line on 2 of the 8″ squares. Diagonal line on a square
  4. Cut the 2 squares on the diagonal line with a miter saw. It will result in 4 triangles (2 triangles per square). Two triangles
  5. Draw a line down the center of the 4 triangles. Draw a straight line through the center
  6. Use a miter saw to cut the triangles on the line. It will result in 8 small triangles (2 triangles per large triangle). 4 small wood triangles
  7. Draw a line in the center of another 8″ square. Line in the middle of a square
  8. Cut the square down the line with a miter saw. Two rectangles out of a square
  9. Draw a line in the center of both pieces that were just cut. Line at 4 inches on the first rectangle
  10. Cut the pieces using a miter saw. It will result in 4 small squares. 4 small wood squares
  11. Sand the pieces including the piece of plywood with an orbital sander and a sanding block. Use an orbital sander to smooth the plywood
  12. Dry fit all the pieces together. Dry fit the 3D barn quilt pieces together
  13. Paint all the wood pieces in the desired colors including the piece of plywood. Waiting 4 hours between each coat of paint. Colored blocks to make a barn quilt
  14. Position all the pieces into place. Place the remaining triangles on the other side of the small squares
  15. Apply glue behind each piece and press them firmly into place. Allow to dry Apply glue behind the triangles
  16. Use a drill to attach two D ring hangers on the back. Position the d ring hangers so that the screws go through the plywood and in the back of two of the triangles. Use D ring hangers to hang up a barn quilt
  17. Hang the 3D barn quilt and enjoy. DIY 3D Barn Quilt

Beth

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

Awesome step by step tutorial!! I'd love for you to share over at our weekly Wednesday Creative Crafts Linky Party https://creativelybeth.com/creative-crafts-linky-party-8-join-in-the-fun/ Have a great week! Creatively, Beth

Carol

Thursday 25th of June 2020

Wow! What an awesome project and I love both the painted and unpainted versions equally. Featuring when my link party opens up tonight!

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

Great project and so very pretty hanging up. I like how you can make this up for any quilt pattern. Thanks so much for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty

Anita Holland

Monday 22nd of June 2020

I love these barn quilts they are so addictive once you start making them. Than ks for sharing.

Amy

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

Wow! This looks great. I love the colors you chose, and it definitely does look great on the front of your house. Fantastic idea!

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