So here’s the lowdown on the canvas fabric wall art Mr. H and I made for our bathroom.
As you know from a previous post, Mr. H painted our bathroom and upgraded us from cream to brown! Woo-hoo! It’s been life-changing. But seriously, I do really like it. But with all of the brown, I knew I was going to need something really bright and cheery on the back wall. In the meantime, I bought this canvas wall art at Marshall’s for our bedroom.
I love it. Very popular these canvas wall art pieces. So I was thinking something similar would work in the bathroom. Multiple stores later, I either couldn’t find what I wanted, or the price tag was too high. Plus, I needed three of whatever I found.
Then one night it came to me. I’ll make my own – only using canvas fabric. I have a love affair with fabric. Although it is tempered since don’t get to Joann or Hobby Lobby very often. But when I do, I love looking at and feeling the fabric. My mother-in-law has the same fabric love. So it seemed perfect – I would have Mr. H make me three square wooden frames, I would buy some canvas fabric, we would wrap it over the frame, staple it, and hang it – Ta-da – wall art!
I was even more excited when I walked into Joann’s and discovered that the canvas was on sale – Yes. (Kip-style from Napoleon Dynamite) I bought outdoor canvas, as I was a bit worried about the humidity levels in the bathroom. I don’t know if this was necessary, but an extra precaution. I also wanted to find three coordinating fabrics, but I couldn’t find three that looked good together, so upon the suggestion of a helpful Joann’s employee, I just used the same fabric and centered different flowers. I am happy with how they turned out. These are fun, fast and easy to make.
Here’s how we did it.
Determine the size of frames you will need and either make them, or have someone who is handy build them. Mr. H used some scrap oak plywood he had in his shop and just nailed them together. He said (I know nothing about wood!) you could also use any 1×2 lumber. I also asked Mr. H to make a cross piece – again because of the humidity in the bathroom.
Buy a large enough piece of canvas fabric so you have enough to wrap around and staple to the back of the frame you made. I highly suggest using canvas because you want material that is thick, sturdy, stiff to stretch properly over a frame. I suppose you could use interfacing with something thinner, but I can’t vouch for that.
In my opinion, this is a two-person job, as it is nice to have someone pulling and holding the fabric and another person stapling.
Mr. H used
a lot tons of staples. Put one here, and here and here…I kept saying to him. It probably was overkill, but I wanted to make certain the fabric would stay put and be smooth and tight. When we were all done stapling, I used a tack hammer to seat the staples. That was Mr. H’s technical jargon there!
Have fun folding the corners. I don’t have any tips. I just kind of played around with it till I was happy. Then I tried to do fold each corner the same way.
Trim the extra fabric and you are ready to hang them.
So feeling super clever and flush with craft victory, I thought I would just check Pinterest on the off chance that someone else had thought of making these.
Like pretty much every one.
Oh, well. Not as clever as I thought. But still accomplished. And a bonus as Mr. H and I made them together. Actually, I’ve been calling him Martha, as in Stewart, and telling his parents and siblings how crafty he is.
He is not amused.