DIY Form Board Fabric Wall Art Panel Décor
DIY Wall Art with Fabric and Insulation Foam
I've been out of college for a few years, and I'm really over the posters-only decorating scheme. Unfortunately, it seems like even discount home stores sell canned art for $50-$100. Sick of cruising the web for tutorials on wall art and finding things that either required more equipment than I have or don't look like anything I want in my home, I began thinking.
I love sewing, so I always have leftover fabric on hand. I also had some pink insulation foam sitting around. Inspired by what I had on hand, fond memories of stenciling as a child and the desire to own something sort of like an item I'd seen at World Market, minus the price tag, I figured out how to create DIY, customizable wall art for less than 1/10 the price of buying it ready-made.
What you Need to Make Wall Art
- Insulation foam
- A staple gun or stapler
- Craft paint
- Paint brush
How to Make Your Own Wall Art
My foam board was conveniently cut into some nice wall panel sized pieces. If yours is not, use a ruler or yardstick to measure off the panel you would like and cut it out using a utility knife. When cutting foam, I find it is easiest to draw the cutting lines and then hold the ruler along the line to give a surface to cut against.
Next, prepare your fabric. Spread it out on the floor or your work table and position the foam on the fabric's corner so that the fabric sticks out about two inches from the edge of the foam. You will probably need to cut at least two sides of the fabric. Since I used linen, I used a technique called cutting by the thread because it allows you to cut the fabric in a perfectly straight line. If you don't know how to do this, check out my hub on this easy technique. Unless you want your wall art to be wrinkly, I advise you iron the fabric before attaching it.
How to Attach Fabric to Foam Board
Attaching the fabric is fairly easy, You can use a staple gun, an open household stapler, tape, hot glue - you name it. I cannot recommend thumb tacks, though. I tried them just to see if they would work. Because the tack part is so short, they pulled out of the foam almost immediately. Remember that, no matter what you use on the back, even if you end up having to use Duck Tape, no one will see the back of the finished project, so don't stress. What matters is that the fabric on front is as flat and even as possible.
I thought of my foam as a gift and the cloth as wrapping paper. This helped me figure out how to fold the corners. The most important thing is trying to make the fabric lay as smoothly as possible. I actually stapled everything in place and then went back around tightening the fabric down and re-stapling. Just make sure you do not over stress or stretch the fabric.
How to Stencil
After your fabric is attached, but before you even open your paint, look at your stencils and plan your art. Move the stencils around on the fabric, if you need to, to get an idea of how things will look.
When you stencil, it is important to remember several things. First, make sure your stencil is held securely in place. You can use tape or just hold it very firmly, which is what I did. Second, make sure you brush is not dripping with paint. This will make the paint run under the stencil. Third, make sure to tap the brush straight up and down. This makes it less likely that paint will spill out under the edge of the stencil, ruining the design. Also, make sure you lift the stencil off the fabric very carefully so you do not smudge the still wet paint. Last, always wash, or at least wipe off, your stencil as soon as you use it. If you paint a design and then use the stencil again without cleaning it, you may get stray, leftover paint somewhere you don't want it!
How to Use a Stencil
How to Hang Wall Art
I used some cotton twine to hang my new pieces of art. I cut an appropriate length of twine, tied a knot in each end and stapled it in place. Because the panels are so lightweight, you do not need to use drywall screws. I actually hung one of the panels on a thumbtack!
I already owned several of the items I needed, so I spend a total of $8 on this project - and I have enough left over for several more panels. I like them better than most store bought art I've seen recently, and they were a fraction of the cost.
I hope you can put these techniques to use and create your own unique wall art that matches your home and your budget. Stenciling is an amazing way to personalize any space on a budget as stenciling can be done on walls, furniture, art or textiles, like pillow cases.