DIY: framed fabric

Monday, August 29, 2011

One of my favorite ways to create wall art is by framing fabric.  It is a great way to add pattern and texture to any room with out a large commitment and without breaking the bank.

This recent framed fabric napkin project that I created for my brother and sister in law turned out to be one of my favorite accents in their newly designed living room.

Here are my $$$money saving$$$ tips and tricks to create this project:

  • Purchase pre matted and framed artwork from a discount store or craft store with a 40% off coupon.  
  • I found these at Garden Ridge for $34.99 a piece.
  • Buying artwork that is already in a beautiful frame with great matting will cut costs in custom matting which can be quite pricey.
  • The artwork that was originally in them was pretty horrible, but remember you will be covering it with fabulous fabric.  
  • From there, all you have to do is cover the unwanted print/painting/photograph with YOUR fabric of choice.  
  • No need to fuss with hot glue or spray adhesives... I attached the napkin with glue dots.  Super easy to work with and again a less permanent option. (in case you get the hankering to change your fabric selection out seasonally)
  • This option does take a little work.  Often times pre matted and framed art is back staples with heavy duty staples.... make sure you have a pair of needle nose pliers to remove these staples with ease. 
  • When disassembling the frame, don't be afraid to mess up the back..... remember it wont be seen, EVER, while hanging on the wall.
  • I then re-attached the backing with duck tape.  That's right people, I am keepin' it classy with the duct tape.  :)

  • Try finding great fabric napkins or place mats to frame instead of fabric by the yard.
  • I found these napkins at world market for $2.99 a piece.  
  • Designer fabrics can be pricey.  A lot of fabric stores also have a minimum of yardage that they will let you buy.  Often times this amount is way more than you really need.

So, what was the cost for the project from start to finish?

2 napkins @ $2.99 a piece....................$6.00
2 pre matted frames @34.99 a piece....$70.00
glue dots.................................................$4.00

Total:  $80!!!!!

For under $100 we transformed this bare wall to a fabulous designer detail in their room.

I love DIY projects!

With whimsy~


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