Have you ever fell in love with a piece of fabric but didn’t think you’d have a use for it? That’s how I felt when I saw this particular shower curtain. It’s a shower curtain: I don’t need or like shower curtains I thought, but the geometric-mandala-y pattern had me obsessed, so I bought it anyway.
Luckily we love repurposing things here at Homeology, which means it didn’t take too long to figure out that the shower curtain was destined to become an oversized decorative canvas!
I adore the result and the fact that this quick wall art DIY is a divine decorating solution for a budget-bound home.
Here’s how to create Huge Wall Decor on a Tiny Budget!
Time: 1 hour
You will need:
- 3x 32x32mmx2.4m Pine PAR battens, cut into 2x 1.4m, 2x 1.1m (use the remaining pieces for the struts)
- 1.5x2m Shower Curtain (Builders Warehouse has a great selection!)
- 16x 4x50mm Wood Screws
- Staple Gun & Staples
- Wood Glue
Tools for the job:
- Hand saw
- Mitre box
- Measuring tape
- Carpenter’ Square
Cut the battens or ask the supplier to cut them for you.
Measure and mark the remainder of the battens into 4x 400mm sections for the frame struts. Use a mitre box to cut the pieces at a 45 ° angle. Cut inward from your mark.
Create a corner for the frame by drilling wood screws into the 1.1m and 1.4m battens. Glue the area first for a secure hold. Use your carpenter’s square to ensure a perfect 90-degree angle.
Pro tip: Use two screws per corner for a secure frame. To avoid splitting the wood, offset them from the centre, one on each side.
Fortify the corner by screwing a strut in place.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the frame is complete.
For the decorative cover spread the shower curtain face-down on the floor. Then place the frame on top of the shower curtain (near the bottom or top edge of the material to make keeping the design straight easier). Mark the middle of the canvas and frame at the top and bottom lengths to keep the design straight.
Measure 100mm around the frame and cut away the excess material.
Start in the middle of one length of the frame and fold the shower curtain so that the cut edges are concealed and protected from fraying. Use a staple gun to first staple the material to the middle of the back of the frame. Do the same for the other sides to avoid warping the pattern.
Now finish one side at a time by stapling the material from the middle outwards. Do not staple the corners yet.
Keep the material from tearing by folding a rectangular piece of paper or thin cardboard around the edge of the frame before covering with the material. Fold the shower curtain neatly around the corner, almost like wrapping a present. Then securely staple the edges.
Hang up your canvas, sit back and enjoy your clever decorating 😉