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I get asked fairly often how to decorate large walls inexpensively. Buying art or frames adds up when you have lots of space to cover. I always come back to saying: “Wrap canvases in fabric”.

The fabric choices are endless nowadays and really are works of art in themselves. So when I set out to decorate the planked and 2″ x 4″ shelves I knew I would use fabric to bring pops of color to that wall.

And since I had the beautiful options from the HGTV Home line of fabric it was a perfect match. Now you can look for deals at Joann Fabric and Craft Store for a deal on canvases to wrap or you can make your own for EVEN CHEAPER.  Here’s how.

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How To Frame Fabric on Canvas?

To frame fabric on canvas, start by choosing your fabric and cutting it to the same size as the canvas. Center the fabric on top of the canvas and staple it to the back of the canvas, working your way around the entire canvas.

Trim off any excess fabric and add hanging hardware to the back of the canvas. With these simple steps, you can create a beautiful piece of wall art that will add color and texture to any room in your home.

Let me show you how I do mine.


  • Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System and Kreg Screws
  • Miter Saw
  • Any 1″ by wood (I use 1″ x 2″, 1″ x 3″ or 1″ x 4″ usually)
  • Stapler (I use an air stapler but a hand stapler works too)
  • Scissors
  • Fabric of your choice

Instructions to DIY Fabric Wall Art Décor:

I literally do it in less than 15 minutes.

Step 1 – Plan

Plan out the size of frames you want. Remember we are going to butt the joints together.

So if you are using 1″ x 2″ wood and you want a frame a perfect 18″ square then cut two 18″ pieces of wood and two 15″ to accommodate.

Step 2 – Cut the wood

Once your wood is cut – drill a pocket hole with your Kreg Jig in the shorter ends (on each end).

I usually do one pocket hole on 1″ x 2″ but if you are using wider wood then two holes.

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Step 3 – Screw it

Screw your wood together with Kreg screws. Now you have a perfect frame.

You could stain or paint it and use it as a frame at this point like I did when I made my magnetic walls frames or you could move onto step 4.

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Step 4 – The Fabric

Staple your fabric in place. Always place a couple of staples in the middle first and then pull everything nice and taut and staple as you go. I do the corners at the end.

Pull them taut trying to have as little wrinkles as possible and then staple them.

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Step 5 – The Excess

Cut off excess fabric.

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In less than 15 minutes you have a work of art.

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Or a headboard.  SNEAK PEEK! Final room reveal is Thursday evening!

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Hot Tip:  I absolutely LOVE those Command Picture-Hanging Strips

(Amazon Link) to hang these. If you are hanging a bunch it is much easier to line up multiple canvases when you use those and there is no mark left on the wall when you remove them later.

It was especially important to use those on Isaac’s wall. 

I wanted something to secure it to the wall that could withstand a possible thrown ball. A nail in the wall would most certainly be falling art. And you can cut them as well. I will often buy the large package and cut them smaller to save money.

So let’s do the math on these.

If you bought two 8″ boards of 1″ x 2″ at Lowes it would cost you right at $5 which would make you one 48″ x 51″ frame.

Then all you would need is some pretty fabric. That is a smoking good deal for art that large.



Disclosure: This post is part of a 30 day Magic from Fabric challenge issued by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and HGTV Home line of fabrics.  I was compensated but all the ideas are mine all mine.


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