How to Turn a Shower Curtain Into Wall Art!

by Joy
3 Materials
1 Day
Large art pieces can get pricey! Why not turn a shower curtain into wall art? Here’s a super simple way to get art for the outdoors at a fraction of the cost!

Hello! Really fun and quick project for you today. Remember my cute turtle picture from our latest one room challenge reveal? Remember how I told you that I turned a shower curtain into art? Well, today I show you just how easy it is to make your own large-scale art piece!

  • Fabric Shower Curtain (your choice)
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Tape Measure
  • 1×2 pressure treated lumber (if you are hanging your artwork outdoors)
  • Miter saw (optional)
  • Drill
  • Screws

 STEP 1:

Measure the area where the art piece will hang. Determine the size of the wood frame. Record measurements.

Tip: Remember to take into account the average size of a shower curtain and allow for the shower curtain to wrap around the frame to be stapled. Example: my frame was 70x 50. I had a total of 50 inches clearance before hitting the backsplash. Shower curtains average 72×72 so I had plenty of room in the height area.STEP 2:

Determine if you need a shower curtain print that runs horizontal or vertical. My area worked better with a horizontal picture. Purchase your favorite fabric shower curtain. I decided to purchase this one  (click here).STEP 3:

Build the frame. There are tons of ways to create the frame. Feel free to google. Hubby had fun using the miter saw and since our shower curtain was lightweight – we opted for the diamond pattern. He pre-drilled the holes to avoid splitting the wood.


Determine if the frame needs to be painted. The shower curtain was a little bit on the thin side so I opted to paint the frame white. I didn’t want to see wood grain shining through. I don’t mind seeing the white paint, it almost looks like the turtle is swimming through the diamond part of the frame. Allow paint to dry.STEP 5:

Measure and cut shower curtain if needed. Allow at least 1 inch on each side to wrap fabric around frame.STEP 6:

Lay out your shower curtain wrong side facing up. Lay your wood frame on top of your shower curtain. Mark the middle of the wood frame on all four sides. Measure and mark the middle of each side of the shower curtain.

Tip: I used straight pins to mark the middle on the shower curtain.STEP 7:

Line up the middle of the frame with the middle of the shower curtain. Bring fabric around backside of frame and staple. Do this on all four sides.

 STEP 8:

Continue stapling fabric, stretching gently as you staple to create a taut canvas, until all sides are stapled.


Tip: Fold corners before stapling them


Add hardware to hang. Due to the bulky size – you will want to use a hanger on each end and possibly in the middle. Make sure you the hangers are level.

STEP 10:

Hang your masterpiece!

This is an easy peasy one day project and even shorter if you don’t have to wait for paint to dry! I know your creative wheels are spinning so I’m going to say good bye for now so you can order your shower curtain  potential art!


Till Later,


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  • Tupp Tupp on Jul 23, 2019

    Joy, I truly love your project, outstanding.... could I please ask where you bought your tin of 2 holed D screw hangers, was a a big named tool store, or a small local one, Thank you,

    cheers, Linda

  • Becky Hammond Becky Hammond on Jul 23, 2019

    How do you get the fold lines out of the shower curtain?

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Jul 16, 2023

    I don’t know how to do any wood work or have wood working tools. Could I just buy a pre-made frame? Do you have a pic of where you placed the D ring hooks? I’ve not seen this particular kind. I did not see a link to that item. Where did you buy them? I love this print - took a bit of searching as link took to another image. This will look great on my wall going up my staircase at my new beach house. Thank you

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  • Dani Hyde Dani Hyde on Apr 16, 2021

    I litterly was just thinking of this last week. Have several turtles in ama9’ basket lol

    i decided cause I have metal walls in my room to just get craft paint n cheap canvas and putting magnets on them for the time being. Craft project with the kid went dun

    but also depending on shower curtain u can cut it smaller and have it cover three framEs so it’s not as big and to spread it out. Love it though

  • Shirley Pontius Shirley Pontius on Jul 17, 2022

    I would do one additional thing for this...I would stretch a lighter weight drop cloth under this to give it more strength and it wouldn't be see through either.