Saturday, September 1, 2012

fun and funky artwork (diy!)

My guest bedroom and craft room/office needs a little inspiration, these bare walls are making me anxious!!  It stares and me and shouts "I want art, crafty projects, photos and frames!"  ... In comes Pinterest and all the awesomeness that pinners and diy-ers are creating.  I saw this pin that Better Homes and Gardens posted about DIY wall art and I couldn't wait for the next day to come so I could go out and buy my supplies!!

Michael's had a coupon for 40% off canvas- CHECK!
I headed to the Hancock Fabrics and the Sale section and found this cool tie-dye, silky fabric- PERFECT!
Then off to my FAV, Home Depot to get a staple gun and some staples- DONE!

This is the fabric I found and steamed so the creases would come out.

Cut the fabric about 3 inches longer than the canvas.

This is the section of the fabric that I wanted to showcase.

I don't have any handy tools, like those giant clips, so I tugged and pulled the fabric with all limbs to make it taut! retrospect, I probably should have purchased a few of them at Home Depot!

I folded the excess fabric under then stapled the edges.  The folding isn't necessary, but I was afraid the silky fabric would snag or rip.  (I don't think it would require as much staples if you were using cotton fabric)  Just remember to pull the fabric each time you staple to ensure it will be tight across the canvas!

Once all the sides were stapled, I gathered the fabric corners that were lose and stapled it down.  If you didn't fold the edges and had excess fabric on all sides, cut if off near the wood frame- remember no one sees the back, so it doesn't really matter how messy it looks back there!

Here's the finished product!!

  • 2 yards of fabric originally $12.99/yd, discounted 50% because it was in the scraps section! (I got extra yardage so I could choose the area of the fabric I wanted, you don't need that much if you have a small canvas)
  • Staple Gun $19.99 and staples $3.39
  • 7 pack of 12x12 canvas originally $19.99 and my 40% off coupon made it cheaper!!

What an inexpensive and fun project!!  It took an hour and a half from start to finish!  I LOVE projects with a quick turn-around!!

Go make some wall art!!  It's SO rewarding!!  xoxo

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