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SUPER EASY FABRIC PANEL DIY WALL ART ON A BUDGET

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If you’ve been following along, then you may recall all the updates I’ve been making to my parents’ guest room. There’s the shabby chic furniture makeover, creating the faux silver leaf doors, the jewelry organizer, the brilliant wall color selection process, and the bunk bed turned super cozy guest bed. And I have to say that I feel things are coming together nicely. But the newly painted walls were looking pretty bare. So it was time to start adding a little something-something. And since I have been trying to keep this makeover as budget friendly as possible, I decided to DIY the wall art. So I headed over to my favorite little craft store.

Sometimes I like simply going to the craft store without anything particular in mind because it keeps me open to letting some new inspiration hit me. I started by walking through the aisles of pre-made framed art, hoping to get an inspiration. I saw some really cool items, but nothing struck me. Then I roamed through all the craft aisles; found a few things I thought could be interesting, but again nothing really hit me over the head.

I thought about picking up a pre-stretched canvas and painting some inspirational words on it. Then I remembered that I have some thrift store framed art at home that I could always paint over it that’s what I wanted to do. So I decided to skip that, at least for now. I could always fall back on that later if I needed.

At this point in my search, I moving into the fabric aisle. That’s when it hit me that I could find an interesting patterned fabric and perhaps frame that. I thought about a chevron pattern, but couldn’t find it in a color I was happy with. Then I glimpsed this fun patterned fabric…

 

easy diy fabric wall art

fabric print

 

It’s definitely very girly. But it made me smile and I thought it was really fun. So I picked up a yard of the material on sale for $6.29. One thought that occurred to me was that using this fabric nearly made me feel like I was decorating my daughter’s room…and I don’t have a daughter. Hmm.

Back at home I had a few empty cardboard boxes stored so I pulled those out and decided to mount the fabric on the cardboard to create panels.

 

easy diy fabric wall art

Materials

 

I cut the cardboard to size and doubled them up, to give the wall art a little dimension, adhering the doubled up pieces together with duct tape (as always, duct tape saves the day!).

 

easy diy fabric wall art

Cut fabric to size

 

Next, I measured and cut the fabric, leaving at least an extra half inch of fabric on each side to fold over the boards. Using the duct tape again, I taped down the fabric edges to the back of the boards. I’m sure a glue gun would work great for this too, but I don’t have glue gun, so duct tap it was.

 

easy diy fabric wall art

Adhere material to cardboard

 

Here’s a close up of the final product.

 

easy diy fabric wall art

 

The fabric boards turned out pretty fun and they do a great job filling in the big empty space above the bed. Three panels for $6.29. Not bad. And it’s a super easy, super budget friendly fix to add a little something-something to your big empty wall spaces. Plus, there are so many fun colors and patterns to choose from. You can even put a bunch of fabrics together to create a fabric collage.

Next, I have some more super easy and budget friendly plans for decorating the rest of the bedroom walls so stay tuned for those.

Here’s a great combo image to pin so you don’t lose track of this DIY fun idea…

 

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Cheers, Jenise

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46 Comments on SUPER EASY FABRIC PANEL DIY WALL ART ON A BUDGET

  1. Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle
    June 19, 2014 at 8:09 am (3 years ago)

    Oh WOW! You totally rocked this art! Cardboard, duck tape and fabric? I love this soooo much. This is decorating on a budget to it’s finest! Pinning!

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    • Jenise
      June 19, 2014 at 10:32 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you Kim. It’s no Rembrant, but it’s cute.

      Reply
  2. Kathie
    June 19, 2014 at 9:48 am (3 years ago)

    You continue to amaze me! GREAT job! My Mom would have LOVED this too, she was an artist and she’d been to Paris.

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    • Jenise
      June 19, 2014 at 10:33 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Kathie. I’m glad your Mom would have loved it. It’s simple, easy, and inexpensive and cute.

      Reply
  3. Phoenix tears healed
    June 20, 2014 at 1:58 am (3 years ago)

    Hi, I found your blog via Create with Joy’s Friendship Friday, and I’m so glad I did :) I love diy wall art, and these are great :)

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    • Jenise
      June 20, 2014 at 2:35 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much. I’ve got some other budget wall art ideas coming up too!

      Reply
  4. Cheryl
    June 20, 2014 at 11:29 am (3 years ago)

    So simple…so cute. I just love your thrifty creativity. Thanks for sharing!
    Cheryl

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    • Jenise
      June 20, 2014 at 11:34 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Cheryl.
      And just checked out your blog. Love your thoughts on skills our grandparents have that we don’t. So true!

      Reply
  5. Aubrey
    June 21, 2014 at 12:42 am (3 years ago)

    Oh my word, this is super cute and I can’t believe it’s made from cardboard boxes under there! Clever. :) (I found your post from the Fabulous Finds Linky Party.)

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    • Jenise
      June 24, 2014 at 5:13 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Aubrey!

      Reply
  6. Jessica
    June 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm (3 years ago)

    these look great! Simple and high fashion right up my ally!

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    • Jenise
      June 24, 2014 at 8:14 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Jessica!

      Reply
  7. Kristina & Millie
    June 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm (3 years ago)

    totally love this idea an will be using it for the granddaughters room. I have been brainstorming for months and this will be perfect!!!

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    • Jenise
      June 24, 2014 at 5:09 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you. I’m so glad you like it. I hope your grand daughter loves what you do!

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    • 2CrochetHooks
      June 24, 2014 at 6:55 pm (3 years ago)

      haha, I saw this comment after I posted mine below and was thinking the same thing! (Says the daughter!)

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      • Jenise
        June 24, 2014 at 8:16 pm (3 years ago)

        lol :-)

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  8. 2CrochetHooks
    June 24, 2014 at 6:54 pm (3 years ago)

    What great cloth! And I never would have guessed it was just cardboard behind it!! What a great idea! Thanks for linking it up to Snickerdoodle Sunday! – Kristina

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    • Jenise
      June 24, 2014 at 8:16 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks you Kristina! And thanks for hosting each week!

      Reply
  9. Nancherrow
    June 26, 2014 at 2:14 pm (3 years ago)

    I love these-such a fun (and cheap) idea! You’re one of the features on this week’s Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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    • Jenise
      June 26, 2014 at 5:24 pm (3 years ago)

      Woohoo!! It is an honor to be featured. Thank you so much Alison and thank you for hosting each week!

      Reply
  10. Shanice
    June 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

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    • Jenise
      July 1, 2014 at 8:17 pm (3 years ago)

      Absolutely. And thank you for hosting!

      Reply
  11. Carmody
    June 29, 2014 at 6:40 am (3 years ago)

    Really cute idea and I love that you used cardboard as the backing. I did this once, but built wooden frames as the backing and it was time consuming.

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    • Jenise
      July 1, 2014 at 8:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Carmody. Plus, the cardboard also is way lighter than wood. Easier to hang.

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      • Awakenedgem
        July 9, 2015 at 11:43 am (2 years ago)

        Speaking of hanging…what did you do/use to hand these?

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  12. That’s a great idea to brighten up a bare wall. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! [email protected] in Pyjamas

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    • Jenise
      July 1, 2014 at 8:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Laura. And thank you for hosting!!

      Reply
  13. Julie
    June 30, 2014 at 10:53 am (3 years ago)

    Duct tape saves the day! haha! Love it! So easy but so cute! I may need to give this a try for my daughter’s room!

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    • Jenise
      July 1, 2014 at 8:12 pm (3 years ago)

      Duct tape always save the day! lol!

      Reply
    • Jenise
      July 1, 2014 at 8:19 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Megan!

      Reply
    • Jenise
      July 1, 2014 at 8:09 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Rea. I will definitely check it out!

      Reply
  14. Erlene
    July 1, 2014 at 9:52 pm (3 years ago)

    Love thrifty crafts. Thanks so much for sharing it on Merry Monday.

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    • Jenise
      July 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Erlene and thanks for hosting!

      Reply
  15. kukafera
    July 2, 2014 at 6:45 am (3 years ago)

    What a great idea!!

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    • Jenise
      July 2, 2014 at 2:03 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much!

      Reply
  16. Christie
    July 2, 2014 at 7:52 am (3 years ago)

    This is my kind of DIY! Thanks for sharing. Pinning so I can remember to do this when I update my son’s bedroom!

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    • Jenise
      July 2, 2014 at 2:05 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Christie!

      Reply
  17. Sherry
    July 6, 2014 at 7:37 pm (3 years ago)

    Fabulous idea using the boxes! I was planning on doing something similar in my laundry room. Recycling boxes much cheaper than foam board! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Jenise
      July 6, 2014 at 11:11 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Sherry. You know, I did look at foam board and they can definitely get expensive. Plus, it seemed silly to pay for foam when I had the cardboard at home already.

      Reply
  18. Monica
    January 11, 2015 at 9:54 am (2 years ago)

    Very very nice! And simple :-) Just one question… how did you hang the panels?

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    • Jenise
      January 14, 2015 at 1:27 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Monica! To hang the panels I used some adhesive putty (http://amzn.to/1C7rC7t), but the panels kept falling down. It really bummed me out. So I recommend attaching a regular picture hanger to your boards. You can glue gun it on.

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  19. Lily
    September 14, 2015 at 2:07 pm (1 year ago)

    thank you so much for your blog post – amazing! My mom bought fabric panels that’s an “odd size” (it won’t fit the precut foam boards that I was thinking of purchasing). I can’t wait to try this out tonight. And we have tons of boxes since we just moved so you saved me tons of money!

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    • Jenise
      September 16, 2015 at 2:35 am (1 year ago)

      Glad I could help Lily. Hope your panels come out fabulous!!

      Reply

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