Huge DIY Faux Canvas Art

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I made this faux canvas art for a giant empty wall we have in our living room. I had been doing some shopping around for a big piece of art, but I couldn't really find anything I liked for a price I wanted to pay. I had seen a couple of tutorials for using shower curtains as large art, so I decided to try my hand at that approach using a drop cloth and a tapestry
For the first step, we picked up enough 1x2 lumber to built out a frame that the tapestry would fit around. We made sure to get a bit extra for a support piece in the middle, too. We just drilled these together using a power drill and basic wood screws.

Here's my husband with the finished frame, middle support piece drilled in as well.
Because the tapestry we used was very thin, we decided to use a drop cloth (the kind you use for painting) as a liner of sorts. I didn't want any parts of the frame showing through. I laid the drop cloth over the frame, and using a hand-held stapler, began stretching the drop cloth around the back of the frame and stapling it in place.
I suggest alternating sides as you staple. For example, I stapled along the top and the bottom of the frame, which created some rippling (see photo below). I was able to stretch all of that rippling out by pulling the cloth taut on each side.
Here's one line of staples done. You can cut the excess drop cloth material off as you go.
Drop cloth liner done below!
Honestly, the liner was the hardest part. Once I had a nice smooth space to work with, stretching and stapling the tapestry over the frame and liner was easy.
Here's the finished product. What do you think?

Check out the original post here to see loads of other tips, the exact measurements I used for my frame (if you want to use the same tapestry), a link to the awesome artist who created this tapestry for me, and to check out how it looks in the space! We absolutely LOVE might be one of my favorite DIYs yet.

By Brittany Goldwyn
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  • Carol Cooper Prickett Carol Cooper Prickett on Aug 02, 2017
    Love the idea, and especially the tapestry design. Where did you find the artwork?

  • Janet Smyth Janet Smyth on Aug 02, 2017
    how did you attach the artwork (tapestry) to the drop cloth?

  • Susie Susie on Aug 15, 2017
    I absolutely would do this project........IF someone could tell me how to protect it from warping and or twisting as it ages. Maybe would a light-weight, thin piece of masonite glued and screwed to the back do it without adding much weight and a lot of trouble and expense??


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  • Kimberly Kimberly on Aug 08, 2017
    VERY NICE!!! also i want to thank you for inspiring me to find a whole other use for some wood scraps i rescued from a dumpster.

  • Elaine Johnson Elaine Johnson on Feb 03, 2018
    I love peacocks so I think that is beautiful and a great idea that I may try . Thanks for sharing it .