Hanging Around: DIY Ways to Use Fabric as Wall Art

Hanging Around: DIY Ways to Use Fabric as Wall Art

Carolyn Purnell
Mar 9, 2016
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When it comes to home design, fabric is one of the most versatile materials. It can be used in so many ways, and it's often an inexpensive, splashy way to add color, pattern, and texture to a space. When we think of fabric, we usually think of curtains, linens, pillows, or upholstery, but there are plenty of DIY ways to turn a basic piece of fabric into fabulous wall art.

(Image credit: make+haus)

1. Use a stick (or dowels). With a table runner, a stick, a gold tack, and twine, Heather of make+haus made this simple, '70s-inspired wall hanging. You can find a full description of the project on her site, but one of the cleverest elements, to my mind, is the fact that she used a textile that didn't require hemming, which made this a no-sew project.

2. Wrap it around a canvas. This is about as easy as it gets—take a beloved pattern and wrap it around a simple art store canvas. The shape and form are already there, and all you have to do is use some staples, pins, or glue to keep the new pattern intact. For more on this idea, check out Better Homes and Gardens.

3. Put it in Plexiglass (or, if that isn't your look, use any frame). The image above from kiki's list is of a scarf, but the idea could easily translate to any prized textile. Think of how beautiful a graphic tea towel would look floating in a sea of acrylic or how delightful the juxtaposition between the modern frame and a traditional textile would be. Use a tutorial from Little Green Notebook to get the look.

(Image credit: HGTV)

4. Use fabric instead of wallpaper. Depending on your source, fabric is not always the cheapest option, but it often comes at a cheaper price than wallpaper. This tutorial from HGTV explains how to use fabric and liquid starch to make a fabric feature wall that will have just as much impact as its paper counterparts. What's more, this treatment is friendlier to folks who don't own their homes or who don't want the long-term commitment of wallpaper.

5. Go big. You wouldn't ever know it just by looking at it, but this massive, high-impact piece of art was created on a really reasonable budget. How? Some basic lumber and a shower curtain. It's a trick that House of Jade Interiors has used in multiple design projects, and it's a really clever way to make a huge statement at a low cost. Visit their site for a full rundown of the project.

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