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Oct.22nd, 2013

DIY Fabric Wall Art: Three Ways to Dress Up Boring Walls

The walls in your home are the background of your daily life. You have to look at them every day, so you might as well make them worth looking at, right? Choosing artwork, however, can be an overwhelming – and expensive – undertaking. DIY fabric wall art is a quick and wallet-friendly way to give your wall a major makeover.

Whether you want to add a splash of color, fill a blank wall, or transform an entire space, fabric is an affordable and easy way to dress up boring walls. Here are three ways to incorporate your favorite fabric into your wall décor.

Framing Fabric

Yes, this is as easy as it sounds. You simply find a great fabric with an interesting pattern, and put it in a frame.

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Your first step is choosing the fabric you will use, and there are a few options:

  1. Head on over to the fabric store and fall in love with a gorgeous print.
  2. Go into your craft room and root around in the mountain-sized pile of leftover fabric scraps from past projects.
  3. Choose a unique pattern and color from our site, send it out to Spoonflower.com and create wall art that fits your personality.

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Wherever you get your fabric, just make sure you have large enough pieces to fill whatever size frame(s) you are using.

Once you have your fabric picked out, all you have to do is cut it to size and stick it in the frame. It does not get much simpler than this, ladies and gentlemen. We think using a matted frame looks extra nice. If your frame doesn’t have a mat, you can achieve the same look by cutting a piece of plain white poster board to the size of your frame, and sticking your rectangle of fabric right to the front of it (leaving a 2-inch margin all the way around).

Tip: If you are feeling like an overachiever, you can even hem the edges of your fabric first (or use iron-on hem tape) for a more finished look.

Embroidery Hoops

Almost as easy as framing fabric, DIY-ing a gallery of fabric in embroidery hoops can be done for less money than a few trips to Starbucks. We adore this sweet nursery version from Aedriel’s blog, which also includes a full tutorial on how to complete this project.

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Of course, this doesn’t have to be a project just for kids’ rooms. Here is a stunning vertical arrangement in a living area. We love the bold prints and bright colors – they complement one another without being overly matchy. Use hoops of varying sizes to create a more interesting and aesthetically pleasing arrangement.

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Fabric-Covered Canvas

There are a few ways to approach this tried-and-true DIY fabric wall art project. You can go for a single, large canvas as a statement piece. Keep it visually anchored by centering it over a piece of furniture such as a table or mantle.

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If you decide to use an arrangement rather than a single canvas, here is a helpful rule of thumb: use varying sized canvases for a random arrangement, or same-sized canvases for a symmetrical grid arrangement. A great tutorial for how to actually make the canvases can be found here.

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Are there any walls in your home that could use some dressing up? Have you completed a DIY fabric wall art project? We would love to hear your tips and comments.

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  • Geraldine Blanchot Geraldine Blanchot

    A designer, artist and color "freak" who loves to travel and draw. She also is a fan of kickboxing, wakeboarding and pretty much anything outdoors.

  • Kristen Dettoni Kristen Dettoni

    A designer, artist and crafter who loves anything creative. She is also an amateur Claymation animator and movie fanatic.