Decorating With Fabric: Tutorial

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Today I wanted to make a frame of sorts for some photographs that I love. I have been wanting to put them up on my dining room wall, but I don’t have the funds to get them matted and framed. So, until the day when I do have the money, I decided to use fabric that I love as a backdrop for the photos. The first thing I did was iron the fabric to get all the wrinkles out.

Cut the fabric about two inches larger than your cardboard

Cut the fabric about two inches larger than your cardboard

I got a piece of cardboard that was several inches larger than the photograph. Then, I cut the fabric about two inches larger than the cardboard all the way around. I used straight pins to hold the fabric in place until I could put a piece of packing tape to hold it to the cardboard. You could also just use the straight pins without the tape.

Pin the fabric to the cardboard, then use packing tape

Pin the fabric to the cardboard, then use packing tape

Once you have all four sides of the fabric in place, cut a piece of yarn or twine about two inches longer than the piece of cardboad is wide. Tie a knot in each end.

Cut a piece of yarn about two inches longer than your piece is wide

Cut a piece of yarn about two inches longer than your piece is wide

Put the end of a straight pin into the knot, then push it into one side of the cardboard. Do the same thing on the other side, measuring to make sure both ends of the yarn are the same distance from the top of the piece.

Measure to make sure both ends of the yarn are the same distance from the top

Measure to make sure both ends of the yarn are the same distance from the top

I used small, almost invisible straight pins to attach the photograph to the finished “frame”. You could also use double sided tape or a hot glue gun.

Use small straight pins to attach the photograph to the "frame"

Use small straight pins to attach the photograph to the “frame”

Hang with a straight pin in the wall

Hang with a straight pin in the wall

To hang my finished pieces, I used a straight pin that I pushed into the wall. The project is very lightweight so it doesn’t need a big nail to hang it.

My friend and co-worker at the Grand Canyon took this photograph of Aspens in autumn.

My friend and co-worker at the Grand Canyon took this photograph of Aspens in autumn.

I love how my dining room wall turned out:

My dining room wal: Art that I love!

My dining room wal: Art that I love!

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. That looks lovely and I bet you could even do something like that and used spray adhesive then put it in a frame if you prefer the look of the frame.

  2. Clever idea, Karen!

  3. Beautiful!

  4. This is a really great idea! I could see doing this in our living room or my daughter’s bedroom! We could have a lot of fun with different fabrics!

  5. That is an awesome idea and I love the way it turned out. Fabulous job, Karen!

  6. Neat idea, I like how the wall turned out.

  7. So pretty!

  8. I love that fabric, it is so vibrant!

  9. WOW! That came out great and what a great idea. I have a fabric fetish so this is one more way to put it to use. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Cool idea. With so many nice fabrics out there, the possibilities are endless.

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