The living room progress continues…slowly but surely!
I shared a peek at this project a few weeks ago on my FB page and am so excited to share the whole tutorial today! This is my massive DIY faux canvas art using a tapestry 🙂
I shared my plans for this project a few months ago in this post about shower curtains that could be art. I found this peacock high wheel bicycle curtain from an Etsy shop called My Silli Poni and knew I needed it almost immediately! After chatting with the shop owner, I realized she was able to print it in a tapestry for me, which I thought might be easier for this project.
So here’s what I used:
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- Peacock high wheel bicycle tapestry (message and ask for the curtain to be printed as a tapestry instead)
- Clean canvas drop cloth (here is a 6×9 feet one)
- Drill and screws
- Hand-held staple gun (here is one very similar to what I use)
- 1″ x 2″ lumber (actual: 0.75″ x 1.5″)
Here’s the cut list for the lumber: (This isn’t exactly how I cut mine because I made a mistake, but trust me, this cut list is easier!)
- (3) 52.5″ pieces
- (2) 74″ pieces
And here’s how I made the art!
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Step 1: Assemble the frame.
I used a drill to assemble the frame so that it looked like a giant box. I just drilled directly through the sides or top of each corner since the fabric would be covering the entire frame.
Using the cut list measurements, you’ll want to put the long pieces on the top and bottom with the shorter pieces between them. You can see below that I did this the opposite way…by putting the shorter pieces on the outside of the longer pieces. This works too, but it meant that my center support measurement was off, so I had to re-cut that piece. don’t do what I did. 🙂
Once you have your big rectangle frame, attach the center support piece in place by drilling screws directly down through the top and bottom of the frame.
Step 2: Attach the canvas drop cloth liner.
This step helps camoflauge the frame and was necessary for me to do because my tapestry fabric was so thin. A drop cloth is the perfect solution for a liner since they are usually pretty massive.
To attach the liner, cut it roughly to size and begin stapling it in place along the top of the frame. Then, pull it tight and staple in place along the bottom of the frame.
Once it’s in place along the top and bottom, pull it tight along the sides of the frame and staple in place. The goal is to eliminate all folds, wrinkles, and loose spots. Trim the excess fabric when you’re done stapling.
Step 3: Attach the tapestry.
Since this is an iron-able fabric, I ironed out all wrinkles first. Then I laid it out over the frame to ensure I’d have the right placement, flipped the entire frame up, and started stapling the tapestry on along the top of the frame. Just like I did with the liner. Easy!
Top and bottom stapled, now it’s time for the sides. See how the drop cloth liner helps to get a nice, clean surface for the tapestry?
And here is the finished piece. AHHHH!!
Step 4: Hang!
Having a help is a good idea…it would have been difficult for me to get the placement right on a piece this big without someone to hold it up for me. Thanks Mike 🙂
We drove two screws into studs and just hung the top of the frame on the screws. This is an incredibly lightweight piece, so even though it’s massive, it doesn’t need much support.
Here’s Henry checking it out and freaking out because he’s so excited at how good it looks:
What do you think? I absolutely LOVE it and think it’s the perfect solution for the space. Plus, I did it all for under $100! Can you imagine how much a piece of a similar size (6+ feet by 4.5 feet) would cost in a store?
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