DIY Large Scale Fabric Art

Happy DIY Monday!

One of the biggest mistakes I see over and over again in home interiors is art on walls that is too small. Art is a statement piece and often a focal point of design. Scale is very important in design and the wrong art or wall decor can work against the look you are trying to achieve.

Today, I am going to show you an easy way to add high impact with wall art. This can be as high cost or low cost as you want to make it.   Art can be expensive, especially large-scale art.

The Problem: Well, I wanted a statement piece for my dining room remodel, but with having to lay new hardwoods, countertops, and a back splash my decorating budget is small right now.

The Solution:  Make my own!

So, I just built a canvas frame and stapled fabric around it. This is easy, inexpensive, and not very time-consuming at all. You have the control on the size of the art too.

Supplies

1×1 1/2 in.  pieces of wood (I used 20 ft. for this project)

wood screws

drill

staple gun & staples

fabric

iron

I wanted to go large on this one. Fabric can be expensive, and I opted to use a store-bought shower curtain from a discount store. If you don’t want to splurge on fabric this is a great alternative. Think outside the box. Shower curtains, curtain panels, and table cloths at big box retailers come in some really great patterns these days.

For my space, I have been itching to bring some gray zebra print into it. I am sticking to a neutral palette for this room. I want it light and bright. I plan on adding pops of turquoise through accessories, but I needed some pattern. As I was doing my weekly grocery shopping the other day, I just happened to stumble into the home goods area at my local Target. OK, when I say stumble, that’s misleading. I “stumble” into it every time I grocery shop. I couldn’t contain my excitement when I found a gray zebra shower curtain for only $19.99! Thank you, Target!

Love the finished product!

I can’t wait to finish the chair rail and wainscoting! This is not usually the order in which I finish a room, usually the decorating comes last, but if inspiration strikes…

My 8-year-old was excited to use a power drill for the first time, and I got to say, he did a mighty fine job!

My wonderful husband, Dave (AKA DIY partner in crime), showing my son how to use the drill.

My son drilled most of the screws in the wood frame. Never too young to learn how to use tools!

I did this whole project for $25!

The wood and screws came in under $5.

The shower curtain $20 + tax.

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34 Comments on DIY Large Scale Fabric Art

  1. wherehappybegins
    August 6, 2012 at 8:33 am (2 years ago)

    I absolutely love this. I am just finishing our dining room remodel as well and need a big piece for the large wall but do not want to fork over $100! Thanks for the awesome idea.

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    • thriftykristy
      August 6, 2012 at 8:37 am (2 years ago)

      You betcha! I am really happy with it, and am thinking of other walls in my house that I can revamp now :) Happy Monday! xxx Kristin

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  2. Alex @ northofseven
    August 6, 2012 at 8:45 am (2 years ago)

    I love repurposing items like shower curtains. This is fabulous!

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    • thriftykristy
      August 6, 2012 at 9:24 am (2 years ago)

      Yay! Glad you like it :) Kristin

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  3. Anna
    August 6, 2012 at 9:38 am (2 years ago)

    I love to use my old quilts to do this. all the time and talent that makes a quilt should be displayed as art! (course I get the jokes of “is your wall cold?”) My favorite one (made in the early 1800’s) did great until it started to fall apart from the weight….now hides a wierd space on my banister. GREAT JOB PINK!!!

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    • thriftykristy
      August 6, 2012 at 9:43 am (2 years ago)

      Quilts are definitely art :) Well, if your wall is cold my wall wants to get clean (shower curtain, LOL) xoxo K

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  4. underestimatedmom
    August 6, 2012 at 10:26 am (2 years ago)

    Oh I love this idea – we have one huge wall here that we’ve never really known what to do with and everything else seems so darn expensive. I can definitely afford 25 bucks!

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    • thriftykristy
      August 6, 2012 at 10:31 am (2 years ago)

      If you do it send me a pic, I’d love to see it :) xxx Kristin

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  5. grovepointelove
    August 6, 2012 at 11:56 am (2 years ago)

    I never would have thought to use a shower curtain! Such a great idea and it looks so nice in your dining room.

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    • thriftykristy
      August 6, 2012 at 11:59 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much! I find that when you are trying to stick to your budget, you can come up with some very inexpensive but great ways to add decor. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? I am so happy I found gray zebra print too, been wanting that in my house for a while :) Happy Monday! xxx Kristin

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  6. Jeni Johnson
    August 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm (2 years ago)

    I have all ready told you how much of a genius you are???? Well, I’m telling you again. My Ikea fabrics on my bedroom wall are looking shabby, time to re-do! GENIUS!

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    • thriftykristy
      August 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh, Jeni, you make me smile! Glad you like it :) Kristin

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  7. mamanellie
    August 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the fabric. I used fabric to cover an old painting. It works great!

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  8. becomingelizabeth
    August 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm (2 years ago)

    Love it! Target has some great patterns, I hadn’t thought of using them for art before though. So chic!

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    • thriftykristy
      August 7, 2012 at 8:26 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks! Glad you like it :) Kristin

      Reply
  9. Gilit
    August 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Reblogged this on Shoes Off, Please and commented:
    A while back, the hubs and I got Marimekko fabric on sale and staple-gunned it onto a wooden frame. We don’t have any pictures of us making it, but Kristin from Bliss does a wonderful job explaining how easy it is. I’ll post a picture of ours in a minute

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  10. thecapeonthecorner
    August 9, 2012 at 8:27 am (2 years ago)

    that’s a genius use for a shower curtain! i think i might have to try this!

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    • thriftykristy
      August 9, 2012 at 8:29 am (2 years ago)

      Glad you like it! Do it! Do it! So easy and inexpensive. I don’t think anyone would guess it’s a shower curtain unless you told them. High impact art is an awesome way to add style to your space. Thanks for reading! xxx Kristin

      Reply
  11. thecleverspender
    August 12, 2012 at 10:56 am (2 years ago)

    I love that this looks expensive and classy (as do all of your projects)!

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    • thriftykristy
      August 12, 2012 at 11:01 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much! That’s what I was going for :) Trying to stick to our budget and be responsible, but still achieve the look I want. Happy Sunday xxx Kristin

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  12. Ebony
    October 12, 2012 at 7:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the project. I too would have never thought to use a shower curtain. What is the name of the paint that is behind the piece?

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    • Ebony
      October 12, 2012 at 7:08 pm (2 years ago)

      Love the project. I too would have never thought to use a shower curtain. What is the name of the paint that is behind the piece?

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    • thriftykristy
      October 13, 2012 at 6:38 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks! I believe the color called Modest Silver from the Valspar collection at Lowes. I will check for you for sure! xo Kristin

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  13. Jae
    December 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Great idea to use a shower curtain on the wall!

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  14. thriftykristy
    August 9, 2012 at 11:13 am (2 years ago)

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with :) Kristin

    Reply

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