How gorgeous is this DIY wall art? You might be thinking, “wow, I could never make that wall art.” But yes you can, especially because Tam, who blogs at Sew Dang Cute Crafts and The DIY Club, is going to share her tutorial with us for this DIY wall art. Step-by-step, she’ll show you how she used STYROFOAM brand foam and fabric to make this wall art collage. You can do it! And depending on the fabrics you choose, it’s going to cost you less than $50 bucks.
Here’s the original inspiration, which used scrapbook papers.
And here’s another variation, though this one is definitely more complex.
Now, back to Tam’s tutorial. (Note: I’ll chime in a couple of times with a hint, and I apologize now for my interruptions!)
Take it away, Tam:
I started out with three sheets of STYROFOAM Brand Foam: Two 1″ x 12″ x 36″ sheets; and one 1″ x 12″ X 12″ sheet.
Next, I went through my fabric and figured out my design.
Once that was figured out, I cut each of my fabric pieces slightly larger than each of the coordinating pieces of STYROFOAM brand foam.
DecoArt just came out with its own decoupage product and I was eager to try it out. First, I decoupaged my fabric to the top of the piece of STYROFOAM.
Then I trimmed each of the corners like so.
This made it easy to decoupage the sides.
Repeat with all your pieces and allow to dry. Once dry, apply a topcoat of decoupage to each piece.
This will seal and protect the fabric. Make sure to get all the edges and corners as well.
Repeat with all your pieces. Once dry, arrange the pieces in your collage pattern and glue together.
I used hot glue for this, but when I picked it up to move it after it dried, it fell apart. So I went back to old reliable – Gorilla Glue. That did the trick! (Note: You can reinforce adjoining pieces on the reverse side by gluing on craft sticks or paint stir sticks to connect the pieces. Be sure the reinforcements are not visible from the front.)
I needed to put some sort of hanging hardware on the back of this thing, but the STYROFOAM was so light I didn’t want to do anything too heavy. I remembered some DISChangers I had and those worked perfectly – lightweight and very strong! (Note: You can also try hook & loop picture hangers to hang the wall art.)
Thank you, Tam, for sharing your tutorial with us. (And by the way, I love the striped walls in your guest bedroom. Sharp!) Which room in your house could use a little more zing? If you’d like even more inspiration, check out our three free, home décor booklets.
And, another “thank you” to everyone who entered our contest to win a copy of the project book A Notion to Celebrate. We had such great participation that I decided to pick two winners – Christine Mays Gant and Jenny Barnett Rohrs. Congratulations! Please contact me with your mailing address.