I love this super easy fabric wall art project because it appeals to both sides of me. My artist/designer side loves a strong visual statement via wall art. The lazy side of me loves to watch TV. This project is simple and fast: it rewards you with maximum style and minimal effort. (Leaving tons of time to luxuriate catching up with American Horror Story and How I Met Your Mother.)
The process is very easy. It’s basically just stapling fabric onto a frame. If you can gift wrap moderately okay and squeeze a stapler, this will be a breeze.
Materials: stretcher bars, fabric of your choice, staple gun, iron, scissors and T-square (if you don’t have a T-square, use one of the stretcher bars to draw a straight line on the fabric)
The first step is to find fabric that works for your particular design style. I wanted to go big and modern, so I snapped up 1.5 yards of Marimekko cotton printed fabric. I wanted vibrant colors against the graphite colored walls of the nursery.
Stretcher bars are available in every size from 12-72 inches. Assemble them, and place them on the fabric so you can plan your composition. I chose to keep my prints running the same way (horizontally); however, you can switch it up any way you like.
Cut the fabric to the appropriate size, making sure to leave enough extra fabric to wrap around the stretcher bars.
Iron the fabric, and make sure to hold your lower back while smacking a disgruntled look on your face—I find the wrinkles in the fabric smooth out 12-22% more effectively if you make this face.
Using a staple gun, wrap the extra fabric around each stretcher bar and staple the fabric securely to the stretcher bars by following this method: First punch one staple in the middle of each bar, then add more staples around the back, pulling gently to achieve a taut (but not overly tight) pull. Be careful not to staple your thumb to the back of the fabric.
Attach a wire or small saw tooth hanging hardware to the back top of the stretcher bars. Hang them where you want them, and voila, you are done! Totally chic!
This project would work great with a variety of design aesthetics. You can achieve a stylish result with many different fabrics from classic patterns like polka dots or floral to any other print or style that floats your boat. Think about composition and how you want these pieces to live in the space. I chose a symmetrical composition—both pieces the same size and hung at the same height. You can remix this concept any way you like. One huge piece would rock, or many smaller pieces could be the perfect foundation for a very chic gallery wall.
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Thanks for the really helpful how-to:) I linked to it in today’s hint (I’m also a fan of Marimekko fabric wall art and I created a cute, though crooked, piece of Marimekko wall art for my daughter’s nursery): http://hintmama.com/2014/02/20/todays-hint-easy-diy-nursery-playroom-wall-art/
[…] I’m not the only fan of using Marimekko –and Marimekko-like – fabric to decorate nursery walls. Over at Project Nursery, artist Sam Simon writes about how “one of the most wonderful elements of Marimekko is the fact that you can march right in and purchase their fabrics by the yard and apply them to” anything you like, including “curtains, wall art, pillow covers or anything else you can dream up.” In fact, in a separate Project Nursery post, he gives a really helpful how-to for creating this type of DIY fabric art. […]