Decorate Your Home With Art Made From a Shower Curtain

6 Materials
$40
2 Hours
Easy

You’ll never guess what I made this stunning giant piece of art from! Any idea? If you guessed shower curtain then you’re correct! I stumbled across a shower curtain with a beautiful cactus print on it. I didn’t want to just hang it in my shower, I wanted to turn it into a piece of art to be admired! Using canvases, some glue, and a staple gun, I managed to create a vibrant piece of art for my home for under $40! Wondering how I did it? Follow my step-by-step tutorial below to start making one for your own home!


Tools and Materials

Tools and Materials:

  • Four 16”x20” canvases
  • E6000
  • Staple gun
  • Shower curtain
  • Scissors
  • Spray adhesive
Prep the Canvases
Prep the Canvases

Before I could get started decorating, I needed to prep my canvases. I’m using four 16”x20” canvases, which means that my finished piece of art will be 32”x40”. I’ve chosen to create a larger canvas, rather than buy one, because the larger a canvas is, the more expensive it is. It’s much more cost effective to buy four smaller canvases in a value pack and create a larger canvas, than it is to just buy a canvas in that size. I flipped all of the canvases over so that the backs were facing me.

Glue Together

I ran a line of glue along each edge of the canvas that would be facing another canvas. It’s important for these seams to be really tight, so I clamped the canvases while the glue dried. If you don’t have clamps heavy duty binder clips may work, or you can sandwich the sides of the canvases with heavy books to hold everything in place while the glue dries.

Clamp


Reinforce
Reinforce

Once I had let my glue fully cure, I wanted to add another layer of security to keep these canvases together. I used a staple gun to reinforce the seams.

Staple

Then I flipped over the entire canvases and added some staples along the seams on the front. We’ll be covering all of this up, so don’t worry about any of it showing through.

Cover the Canvas
Cover the Canvas

We’re not going to be painting this giant canvas, we’ll be covering it with a stunning shower curtain! I love the print on this shower curtain and figured this project was a great way to make use of it.

Position the Shower Curtain

I positioned the shower curtain in a way that showed the parts of the print that I liked the most. 

Cut Off Excess

I made sure to leave a few inches of overhang to wrap around the canvas, and then cut off the excess.

Add Spray Adhesive

With my curtain cut to size I could finally start attaching it to the canvas. I sprayed a bit of spray adhesive on the canvas, underneath the curtain, and then smoothed the curtain down on top of it to adhere it to the canvas.

Attach the Curtain to the Canvas
Attach the Curtain to the Canvas

I flipped the canvas and shower curtain over and started stapling it to the canvas. I pulled the fabric up and over the edge and stapled it in place. Pull gently and staple the other side into place. If you pull too tight you will end up causing ripples on the fabric, so pull just tight enough for it to be taut but no more than that.

Staple in Place

I repeated this on each side.

Fold the Corner

Then I stapled the corners. I folded the middle part in first, and then folded each side over it, giving me a nice, crisp corner. 

Staple the Corner

Next I added three staples over those seams. I repeated this on each corner.

Shower Curtain Art

If you like you can create a frame for this piece, but I love how it looks without a frame. I hung my piece up in my master bathroom to add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral room. 

DIY Shower Curtain Art

This project is perfect for a room with high humidity as it’s made from a shower curtain! How would you customize yours? Let me know in the comments below!

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Frequently asked questions

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  • Arlis Arlis on Jul 04, 2020

    Great idea makes something large much easier to work with .. one question. What about humidity in the bathroom. The wood canvas is attached to does warp easily.. how about painting/ spraying a water proof sealer on the canvas frame first ..? Before hanging in a bathroom..


  • Dixie Dixie on Jul 26, 2020

    Is the shower curtain plastic or cloth? If it's plastic are you not afraid of getting moisture behind it and causing mold or mildew?

  • Beth Beth on Jul 05, 2021

    I did something similar with the same design. I sewed two shower curtains end to end. Then attached them to my concrete wall of my patio (across the tops of both curtains). Weighted the bottoms down. Love how it turned off-like a wall mural.

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  • Designer Diane Designer Diane on Jul 04, 2021

    You did an absolutely wonderful job. Perfect for a big master bedroom bathroom wall. The shower curtain won't be affected by moisture and you did a meticulous job. It is so smooth and the print is centered perfectly. I have used shower curtains on my back patio for a outdoor sofa quick cover because they are wider than regular fabric. Another idea for you to try.

  • Annette Keys Annette Keys on Jul 05, 2021

    I love this idea! I have shower curtains hanging in my bedroom as curtains.

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