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Textile Wall Art

Make a gallery-style display with just a few yards of fabric and some basic craft supplies.




Crafts editor Marcie McGoldrick's go-to strategy for adding texture and color to bare walls employs wooden artist's panels, typically used to mount paintings. They can be quickly wrapped in fabric, including scraps from other projects, to create wall art. No framing is necessary, and only one nail is required to hang them. To maximize the impact, cluster multiple panels covered in complementary prints.

Before diving into this project, play with fabric swatches to see which patterns and colors suit your room best.


  • Lightweight fabric
  • Artist's panel
  • Spray adhesive
  • Staple gun


  1. Step 1

    Measure a piece of fabric that's 2 inches wider and longer than your panel. Cut out fabric.

  2. Step 2

    Spray front of board with a light coat of adhesive. Lay panel on back of fabric.

  3. Step 3

    Pull fabric taut, and fold in edges, securing with staples every few inches.



Reviews (1)

  • ArtfullyEverAfter 28 Aug, 2012

    I've made these before, but I used a sheet of foam core(on sale for $1/sheet) for the panel. And if you glue 2 sheets together before covering with fabric, you can screw cup hooks all over the surface (I made staggered rows to allow room for bracelets) to hang jewelry! I then hung it on my bedroom wall, but there are plenty of other places it could be used to organize other lightweight items! (PS, I only used the bottom 2 staggered rows for necklaces & everything else, fit above.)