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How to Make Gorgeous Oversized Wall Art

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This post shares a step-by-step tutorial for my DIY oversized wall art. Do you have a huge empty wall you’re looking to fill and you don’t want to spend a lot? This easy DIY large wall art will inspire you—and you can customize it however you’d like. Enjoy!

How to Make Gorgeous Oversized Wall Art for Under $100

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 🙂

DIY Oversized Wall Art: Peacock on a Bike

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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:

  • 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 are the steps for my DIY Oversized wall art!

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Step 1: Assemble the art’s 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.

building a frame
hottie with a 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.

Art frame on the floor
stretching the drop cloth
DIY Oversized Wall Art: Peacock on a Bike
DIY Oversized Wall Art: Peacock on a Bike
drop cloth liner attached

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!

peacock on a bike tapestry
back of massive diy art
My Massive DIY Faux Canvas Art

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?

DIY Oversized Wall Art: Peacock on a Bike
Back of art

And here is the finished piece. AHHHH!!

DIY Oversized Wall Art: Peacock on a Bike

Step 4: Hang that DIY oversized wall art stat!

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.

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?

(You’ll also note Henry checking it out and freaking out because he’s so excited at how good it looks—third picture.)

Hanging large diy art
DIY Oversized Wall Art: Peacock on a Bike
DIY Oversized Wall Art: Peacock on a Bike
DIY Oversized Wall Art: Peacock on a Bike

Share my DIY Oversized Wall Art on Pinterest!

Image of oversized peacock on a bicycle hanging over a side table with text How to Make Your Own Oversized Canvas Wall Art
two images of peacock on a bicycle with text overlay DIY oversized Canvas Wall Art
Yield: 1 diy oversized wall art

DIY OVERSIZED WALL ART: (PEACOCK ON A BIKE)

Massive Faux Canvas Art DIY-3

How to made massive DIY oversized wall art for under $100 by building your own frame and attach your own liner and tapestry!

Materials

Tools

Instructions

    1. Cut lumber to these sizes: (3) 52.5" pieces
      (2) 74" pieces
    2. Use a drill to assemble the frame so that it looks 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.
    3. Using the cut list measurements, you'll want to put the long pieces on the top and bottom with the shorter pieces between them.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. Iron out all the wrinkles on your tapestry if it is ironable fabric.
    8. Then lay on frame to ensure proper placement.
    9. Flip the entire frame up, and start stapling the tapestry on along the top of the frame. Just like you did with the liner. Staple the top and bottom first, then staple the sides.
    10. Hang on your wall and enjoy!

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Mary

Wednesday 31st of January 2018

Thank you so much. It looks fantastic. You are so creative. I believe I’ll try it. You are an inspiration.

Mary

Wednesday 31st of January 2018

What size tapestry did you order?

Brittany Goldwyn

Wednesday 31st of January 2018

I did a 60x80 horizontal print :)

Kathy

Sunday 28th of January 2018

I have wanted a piece of art similar to this for years but couldn't afford it, or even find one this nice...WOW! You both did a fantastic job.

Brittany Goldwyn

Wednesday 31st of January 2018

It's one of my all-time favorite projects, I was just telling my husband that this morning!!

Tara @ Lehman Lane

Tuesday 21st of February 2017

Love the peacock! So fun!

Carolann

Tuesday 21st of February 2017

Wow, I do love this! I'd love to tackle one of these someday soon. It looks so chic.

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