How to Make DIY Fabric Wall Art for a Cozy Atmosphere

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Wall art can be expensive. As you all know, I’m the type of person who likes to save as much money as possible. Get started with your DIY fabric wall art! Creating your artwork is not only a rewarding craft project but also an easy way to creatively customize pieces for home decor. Out of all your DIY fabric wall art,  this is the one we have done repeatedly. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to turn a blank wall into beautiful wall art using a simple wooden frame and pieces of fabric.

Easy Ways To Make DIY Fabric Wall Art  

When designing a bedroom, people have a hard time putting artwork on their desk. I even thought that maybe you could do some floating shelves or art shelves like in the family room. But when you find textured placemats at HomeGoods and a small cotton rug at IKEA, you may know they are both art and complement each other. 

DIY Fabric Wall Art

This tutorial will show you how to create your own DIY fabric wall art in two ways. One with a frame and the other with an old canvas. As a bonus, both methods include IKEA hacks. I mean, are you really that surprised?

DIY Fabric Wall Art with Frame and Placemats 


  1. Picture Frames (Black and Gold) 
  2. Placemats or Fabric Painter’s 
  3. Tape Scissors 

Step 1 – Choose A Frame 

The first thing you need to do is choose a frame is to choose for DIY fabric wall art. This should be done before choosing your fabric to ensure you have enough fabric for your project. The size of the frame you use is up to you. You can use large or small photo frames. I chose four medium frames, two black frames, and two gold frames from IKEA. These are very similar in size and very affordable.

Step 2 – Select Fabric 

Select the fabric you want to use. This is possible with almost anything. Leftovers from upholstery projects and other home decor projects,  sentimental pieces, or beautiful fabrics found at your local fabric store. It’s up to you to decide. Used placemats and a cotton rug that matched the colour palette of the bedroom. Both are very cheap for DIY fabric wall art.

Step 3 – Cut The Fabric 

Next, you need to cut the fabric to the desired size. If you use a picture frame with a mat like I do, simply place the fabric on top of the mat and make sure the back side of the fabric covers the entire opening of the mat. You can also use a tape measure to measure the fabric, but some didn’t find it necessary. It was pretty easy to see.

Step 4 – Tape The Fabric  

To keep the fabric from sagging, I always tape the edges of the fabric to the back of the picture frame mat with painter’s tape. I prefer painter’s tape because it allows me to reposition the paper on the mat without tearing it.

Step 5 – Hang The Fabric 

DIY fabric wall art for Once the fabric is secured to the frame and the back of the frame is attached, it’s time to hang the art. I like to use a tape measure for this part to make sure all the frames are aligned. Some alternate the patterns and frames to create a cohesive grid pattern throughout the IKEA Rast desk hack.

DIY Fabric Wall Art With Canvas And IKEA Rug 


  1. Large Art Canvas 
  2. Carpet or Fabric Staple 
  3. Gun 
  4. Scissors 

Step 1 – Select A Canvas 

First, select your canvas. You can buy new or used items at your favourite thrift store. Some had one on hand that they used for a previous art project, but it turned out to be a huge failure. This is from my red stage. Some just want to make sure the canvas is already stretched on the wooden frame.

Step 2 – Choose Your Fabric 

Next, you need to choose the fabric you want to use. As mentioned above, it can be almost anything. If you’re like me and want to create larger works of art, you’ll need larger pieces of fabric. Some used a cheap cotton rug with a simple pattern that I found at IKEA. This is IKEA’s tea feed. Some had enough leftovers to make some framed art from the leftovers.

Step 3 – Cut The Fabric 

Next, you need to cut the fabric to the desired size. The easiest way to do this is to lay out the fabric right side down and place the canvas upside down on top of it. Leave a few inches extra on each side so you can wrap it around the canvas. You can always trim off the excess fabric, but don’t add it. Cut to the desired size.

Step 4 – Stapling The Fabric To The Canvas 

Before stapling the fabric to the canvas frame, make sure the fabric is securely secured underneath the canvas. Wrinkles are undesirable. Some usually start on one side and staple it, then go to the other side of the canvas, pull it tight and staple it in place. You’ll need a heavy-duty staple gun for this part, especially if you have thick fabric carpeting like I do.

Step 5 – Hang Or Display Fabric Wall Art.

Hang or display your new art! I decided to display mine in the IKEA Kallax hack and lean it against the wall. However, you can also hang or frame it if you wish.

Types Of Fabrics For Making Artwork 

The possibilities here are truly endless. We used placemats and thin rugs for our DIY wall art, but there are many ways to customize your artwork. And the best part is that there’s no wrong way to do it. If you sew a lot or do fabric projects often, you may have a perfectly fitting fabric on hand from your fabric stash. Easily use tea towels, linen fabrics with beautiful floral patterns, sentimental handkerchiefs, table runners, lace for wedding dresses, monogrammed fabrics, and beautiful prints that add charm to the fabrics shop. You can use new or old fabrics as long as you are satisfied with the finished product. The type of fabric you use is completely up to you.

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