DIY Large Scale Wall Art

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Large scale wall art can be difficult to source at a reasonable price. I have more tutorials on my blog how to make large art out of a shower curtain.

In this tutorial I’ll share how to make a frame for an inexpensive wall mural from Society6 for under $50!

The mirror above our mantel is very practical – but I have never liked it, so I want to cover it up. The mirror emphasizes our unfinished landing upstairs. Instead of disposing of the mirror (my family likes it) I thought I could try covering it up with some DIY art.

You can order this vintage Audubon tapestry here

I found these tapestries on Society6 which support freelance artists. The tapestry sizing was perfect for our mantel project. But the fabric is very new, pure white.

I've always wanted to try tea staining...and now was my chance!

I used about 5 teabags that I already had on hand. I did it twice, and it made the entire canvas look slightly aged. I dried it on our deck railing outside and shook off any tea leaves that got loose in the process.

This process emulated an aged, vintage vibe!

Once dry I ironed the tapestry. Then I constructed a simple frame using a Kreg jig. I teach the exact steps over on my blog.

Then I stapled it evenly to the frame making my own "stretched canvas" art. But once it was up, my family missed the mirror :)

If you need inexpensive art, this cost under $50, and it’s almost 55″ x 60″! Not bad for oversized art!

Thanks for following along…and if you missed it, be sure to read more about our basement accent wall (the art may end up in the basement at some point, too!)

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  • Nancy Nancy on May 03, 2021

    Miss the mirror? How could you with this gorgeous piece taking it's place?

  • Jane Jane on May 03, 2021

    When you say you did it twice does this mean you used a total of 10 tea bags? This is lovely! It’s beautifully done.

  • Cri60887997 Cri60887997 on May 04, 2022

    How long did you soak the tapestry each time?

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