Devrah's wall art project | How About Orange

December 01, 2008

Devrah's wall art project

HAO reader Devrah emailed me a picture of the fabric wall art she made. I love it! She wanted a 6' x 2' piece of art, so to save money, she bought two 2' x 3' frames and screwed them together, then stretched black and white IKEA fabric over the whole thing. And the best part: she used orange fabric paint to fill in some of the shapes in the print to coordinate with her bookshelves, shown below. Genius!

It looks like IKEA is no longer selling the exact print Devrah used, but you could add your own color to one of these black and white prints. For instructions for stretching fabric over frames, see here.

23 comments:

Grandma G said...

That's so great! Especially filling in the orange! Way to go, Devrah!

thrilled by the thought said...

I never would have thought to add color to a fabric that way! What a great idea!

ellencrimitrent said...

great idea when you need to fill up some space. I am in need to clean out my space!

Crystal said...

aak! That shelf! yum.

High On Craft said...

That is totally brill. Love it. I'm definitely storing that in my mental file!

Devita said...

Cool!!! That's cool! really. you have a great sense of art.

Kristen said...

I totally want to do this right now!

jen duncan said...

:-0
Genius!!!

live a colorful life said...

Devrah, that shelf color is the best!

Jennifer Ladd said...

That's such a great idea! Thanks!

yawningdog said...

I can't find fabric to match my mango colored breakfast nook. Whenever we get the bench built, I plan on getting one of IKEA's black and white print and painting in the exact shades I need.

Cathy said...

how clever, love that fabric

Cathy said...

and did I mention this would be perfect for my new house

Pfeiffer Photos said...

Gotta love Ikea...fun stuff all around and great design!

Kate said...

I have a little tip to share re: painting on fabric. Before you bust open your paints, iron freezer paper (yes, the stuff you can buy at the grocery store!) to the "wrong side" (aka back) of your fabric. Use a dry iron on a hot setting (make sure it's not too hot for fabric though!) and iron the paper shiny side down to the "wrong side" of the fabric. The fabric will be easier to paint AND will absorb more of the paint! Let the paint dry, peel paper off & your fabric is now ready for your crafty project! :)

Jess said...

Thanks very much, Kate!

Anonymous said...

Check out this cheap and easy frame from IKEA just for displaying fabric as art.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70126044

Jess said...

Good tip! Thanks!

cutthecord said...

I LOVE the orange behind the bookshelves! Brilliant idea!

*emilie* said...

thats a great idea !

Jack Kinley said...

I bought a leaf pattern print at IKEA to add some privacy to my art studio (one wall is full of interior-facing windows — it's an odd old space). I color in a little every day to kickstart the creative juices. And I ask guests to color it in whenever they visit as a way of leaving their mark in the space.

Jess said...

Jack: that sounds fantastic!

Juanita said...

I totally made this! I had DH create a 8 foot high frame, stretched some flocked fabric over it and painted a few of the voids. It is perfect for our huge wall and I picked the colors for a total custom look. Everybody that comes over loves it!

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