Framed Fabrics Bed Art

Published on June 30, 2013 By Lauren

Welcome to the July {ditto} DIY challenge!

Once a month ten very different bloggers are hosting this challenge to recreate in our own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design. The idea is to inspire everyone to incorporate fine design elements into your own home in a way that fits your own style. (For more details on what {ditto}DIY is all about, check out this post.

The ten hosting bloggers include:

Darlene @ Fieldstone Hill Design
Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

This month’s theme is Framed Fabric, and this was our inspiration photograph:

{A framed pair of Ikat fabric art. Image via Neiman Marcus.}

The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Frame some Fabric! Any fabric, any way….then use it in a lovely display.

Here is my Framed Fabric {ditto}DIY project:

I got a little bit carried away with this project, because it gave me an idea that ‘required’ me to do a complete re-design of my 4 and 2 year old daughters bedroom.  Did I mention I am 36 weeks pregnant?? Well, this past weekend my husband and I spent the entire weekend re-decorating and here is a sneak peak of the final re-design.  Over the next couple of weeks I will be posting about all the DIY projects that I did to make this room re-design happen for under $200.00 – including this super cute canopy I made.

My ‘Framed Fabric Art ‘over my daughters’ beds. I used old windows that I found in my basement from a previous owner.

Details for how I made this canopy for under $10.00 coming soon!

My girls loving their new bedroom design!

Here is the process for making this framed art:

I found these old window panels in my basement a couple of months ago – the house we currently live in is 100 yrs old and we have owned it for only 3 yrs  I was searching around the basement and came upon these beauties:

As soon as I heard that our July ditto DIY post was about framed art – I knew this is what I wanted to use for my frames.  I had to take out the old hooks and spray paint them white to start the project.

Here are the simple instructions:

  1. Take an old window frame and carefully remove the glass – my husband did this for me with a hammer and a chisel.
  2. Spray-paint the window frame.
  3. Select your fabric of choice – I actually found this fabric at my local Walmart – CRAZY!
  4. Lay your window frames upside down to measure out how much fabric to use.  Cut fabric out.
  5. Pull fabric out from underneath frame and then pull tight against the back of the frame.
  6. Use Staple Gun to staple to the back of the frame – make sure you are pulling this very tight as you staple.
  7. I used nails to screw these into the walls and just used some glitter buttons to cover up the nail holes.

So there you are – I am VERY excited to share with you all of my tips on how I re-did their bedroom!  More posts coming up soon!

Please pop around and check out the other hosting bloggers’ projects for more easy ideas.

Darlene @ Fieldstone Hill Design
Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady 
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

And now comes the fun part! It is time to link up your own fabulous framed fabric projects and join the {ditto} DIY party! It wouldn’t be much of a party if you didn’t stick around, so be sure to check out as many projects as you can! Then be sure to visit Darlene’s site for a peek at next month’s challenge along with some expert design tips on incorporating framed fabric accents into your home.

Are you ready to see next month’s challenge? Here’s a hint:

This simple design DIY challenge from our designer will turn your trash into treasure. Design IS all about the details.

Want to see what we have up our sleeves for August’s linky party and {ditto} DIY challenge? Head on over to see what our interior designer is challenging us with next month. And while you are there, don’t forget to read Darlene Weir’s tips on incorporating July’s fabric art into our homes.


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