Wall Art Tutorial: Make speedy, DIY Coastal Wall Art using favorite fabrics

Make your own wall art fast!

If you have an hour, you can make this wall art!

Every summer, we spend a few days at a crystal clear lake in New England. Whether you travel north, south, east or west, there’s nothing like a vacation at the beach! To enjoy the sun and the surf year-round, I made this super-fast DIY wall art, covering sheets of STYROFOAM Brand Foam with fabric. The fabric wall art is so lightweight, you can hang each panel with poster putty. And, if you want to change your decorating theme, it’s easy enough to simply remove and replace the fabric.

Here’s what you need to make your Coastal Wall Art:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: Blocks, 18″ x 12″ x 1″, three*
  • Seashell-print cotton fabric, 45″ wide x 1-1/3 yds.
  • Tools: Yardstick or ruler; scissors; straight pins; low-temp glue gun and glue sticks; poster adhesive OR sawtooth hangers with nails

(*Note: You can also use 1” x 12” x 36” sheets and cut them to size. Measure and mark three 18″ x 12″ rectangles, scoring cutting line with sharp pencil.  Wax serrated knife with candle stub or soap and cut along the scored lines.  Or, use dental floss: stand the sheet on its edge, and hold a 24″ length of dental floss along the scored line, positioning one hand at the bottom of the board and the other at the top; draw the dental floss down through the foam sheet along the scored line)

Make your own wall art

Not a beach lover? Adapt this technique to your favorite theme and fabrics.

To make your Coastal Wall Art:

1. Cut three 18″ x 24″ panels from fabric. Center first foam block on back of fabric. Fold fabric to the back, smoothly mitering corners. Pin fabric edges to secure; add a dab or two of glue for additional hold.

2. Cover two remaining panels in same way. Note: If you have extra fabric, recover a chair pad or make a pillow to coordinate with your new wall art.

3. To hang, use poster adhesive to secure squares to wall as shown. Or, glue sawtooth hanger to top center back of each square and hang with small nails.

Presto! You’re done!

How to make seashell deco spheres

We'll have a tutorial to make Seashell Deco Spheres on Friday.

Later this week, we’ll show you how to make the Seashell Topiary and Seashell Deco Spheres, too.

If you’d like more flash decorating ideas, download our three free booklets, Great Decor in a Flash — Without a Lot of Cash.

Do you have a decorating theme in your house? Tell us about it.

Happy crafting!


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