How to make a painting in Minecraft (January 2022)

This is a guide on how to make a painting in Minecraft.

Minecraft is a game about placing blocks and having adventures. It’s a survival experience about staying alive in your own fantastic world that’s also a creative space to build almost anything you can imagine!

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Minecraft can be a bit intimidating and confusing to people new to the game which is why we have created this guide on how to make a painting in Minecraft.

Last Updated: January 2022

Paintings are used for decoration and to conceal secret rooms in the game of Minecraft. Making them is very simple. If you’d like to know how you can easily craft a painting in Minecraft, then read this article.

How to make a painting in Minecraft

To make a painting in minecraft, first, you need to find the materials. You’ll need one piece of wool. This can be obtained by shearing a sheep with a pair of shears.Any color of wool is fine. Next, you need to find 8 sticks. You can craft sticks from wooden planks as shown below.

Now, you need to place the wool and sticks in a proper manner in the grid provided in a crafting table. Place it as shown in the image below.

And, voila, that’s how you make a painting. Just click and drag the painting from the box to your inventory and place it on a wall as you would place any other block.

Paintings can be placed on the sides of solid blocks, or signs. The other blocks holding the painting can be almost anything. The type of painting that you will hang is completely random and you’ll get a different picture each time. There are 26 unique paintings in the game.

When placed, a painting checks for the largest amount of space it has. It then chooses a random painting of that size. You can add blocks around the painting to ensure it is the size wanted.

Players and mobs are able to walk through paintings, as long as the blocks supporting the painting allow it. This allows a unique mechanism in which players use paintings to conceal secret rooms within their builds.

Making a secret passage using a painting is quite simple. All you’ll need is two signs, the painting, and a wall where your passage will be.

First, make either a 1×2 or 2×2 sized hole in the wall where you want the passage to be. Then, place signs on the sides of the blocks. Next, just place a painting on the signs. It might take a couple of attempts to get a painting that completely covers the opening, but eventually, you’ll get it.


So, that’s our guide on how to make a painting in minecraft. Paintings are used both decoratively and to conceal secret entrances. Although, you might consider doing something else for the latter as using paintings is the oldest trick in the book and almost every minecraft veteran knows about it. You could fool your younger sibling with it though!

Minecraft is one of the most successful games of all time and is regarded to be a timeless game. There is no end to creativity in minecraft. If you can think of something, you can make it in game.

About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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