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Easy DIY Tapestry Frame | 6 Simple Steps To Create Fabric Wall Art!

Large-scale art is impressive, but it is so expensive to buy! Make your own by creating a DIY tapestry frame using 1×2 lumber.

Thank you to Arrow Fastener for sponsoring this DIY tapestry frame project! All opinions are entirely my own. This post also contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t recommend wholeheartedly. Read my full disclosure here.

When I was planning our modern bohemian living room design, I knew I wanted to incorporate some sort of large-scale wall art – but the prices on large-scale art give me serious sticker shock.

So I did what I normally – figure out how to DIY it for cheaper, of course!

Now, I love a good gallery wall…don’t get me wrong. Gallery walls (like this grid gallery wall) or picture ledge shelves are great ways to showcase collections and pull together a whole vibe with a mix of themed prints and other decorations.

But there is just something special about the extravagant-ness of large scale art, am I right? It really helps to anchor the room and serve as a focal point.

So if you’re looking for a cheap DIY solution for large-scale art – you’re going to love today’s tutorial! We are creating a DIY tapestry frame. The fabric wall art seriously turns out SO cool!

How to build a tapestry frame – step by step guide

Supplies for tapestry frame:

Woman holding a fabric tapestry with abstract mountain design on the stairs

Step 1. Get tapestry

In order to make a tapestry frame, you need to start with a tapestry of course! If you can’t find a good tapestry you like, you could totally do the same thing using a fun patterned fabric or even a shower curtain!

There are several places you can find affordable large scale tapestries online:

Assembling wood frame for tapestry using nail gun attaching the edges
Attaching the edges of the wood frame for fabric wall art using corner 90 degree clamps

Step 2. Cut wood and assemble structure

For the wood on the structure, you want to use something about 1 1/2″ inches wide. We used leftover wood slats from our DIY slat wall that we just finished, but if you need to buy this – you could use 1×2 stock lumber.

Start by cutting your wood down to size for your structure. I built the structure for our tapestry to measurement approximately 45″ by 45″. I also added some center supports to the middle of the structure.

Holding everything in place with corner clamps makes the whole process go easier. But if you don’t have corner clamps, you would just want a 2nd person to help you hold everything square while you nail the structure together for the tapestry.

Use a little bit of wood glue at the joints and secure with 1 1/2″ brad nails using Arrow’s brad nail gun. It made this step quick and easy.

Woman ironing the fabric tapestry using electric iron

Step 3. Press tapestry

Next, you want to get your tapestry nice and flat. I pressed ours with an iron to get all the wrinkles out from shipping.

Woman stapling the fabric tapestry on to the wood frame using electrical stapler

Step 4. Staple tapestry to structure

We found that our tapestry was a little see-through and you could see the wood through it. So we added a layer of plain white muslin fabric to the structure first. Repeat the same steps to add the tapestry to the structure after you get the white fabric added.

Using Arrow’s electrical stapler and 5/8″ staples, pull the fabric tight around the structure and staple on the back. We added staples every couple of inches and held it really tight while stapling.

It helps to have two people of this step. One to hold nice and taut and one to add the staples.

Close of the corner folded edge of the tapestry around the wood frame

On the corners of the tapestry, take your time to get the tapestry folded nicely so it lays as flat as possible. Hold tight and add several staples to the back at the corners to hold the fold into place.

Woman cutting the excess tapestry on the back of canvas using scissors

Cut off the excess tapestry on the back with scissors.

Pieces of thin lattice wood laid at the back of a drop cloth before installing around tapestry to create frame pieces

Step 5. Create wood frame pieces

You could totally stop here if you just wanted a tapestry that looks like a canvas, but I wanted to add a wood frame to the edges!

We used inexpensive and lightweight lattice wood strips to make the frame. They are approximately 1.5″ wide, so they were roughly the same size as my 1×2 tapestry structure. They were actually slightly smaller, but I liked having that little edge of the tapestry around the frame.

Once the wood frame pieces are cut, lightly sand the pieces so they are smooth. Finish by applying wood stain and sealing with Polyurethane. Let dry.

If you’re trying to decide whether to use polyurethane vs polycrylic for your project, check out this article with an overview of each.

Nailing wood strips to the edge of the DIY tapestry frame using nail gun

Step 6. Wrap edges with wood strips to frame it out

Hold the wood strips up to the edge of the tapestry structure and nail into place using Arrow’s brad nail gun with 5/8″ brad nails. Add a nail every 8 inches or so along the edge of the tapestry frame.

DIY Tapestry Frame: After pictures

Woman wearing cap holding the finished wooden tapestry frame and fabric wall art on the stairs

Ta DA! Large-scale art like this costs a pretty penny, so I’m so glad we were able to find a way to DIY it for much cheaper!

Fabric wall art on the living room hanging on the wall beside wood slat wall above the tan leather couch and boho throw pillows

I love the simple touch that the thin pieces of wood added to the edges of the tapestry frame – it really frames things out well and makes it feel expensive.

Close up of the wooden tapestry frame hanging on the wall

The holes from the 18 gauge brad nailer are pretty dang small, we didn’t even bother to fill them because you can barely see them!

I put it on this wall above our sectional couch because it’s not the first thing you see when you walk into the room (and our front door)!

Full view of fabric wall art using society6 tapestry with mountains and sunset in the modern boho living room hanging on the wall beside wood accent wall above the article leather sectional and boho throw pillows

I love the splash of color that the framed tapestry art adds to the walls and it totally looks like expensive art, don’t you think?

Our living room makeover is seriously comin’ together now, don’t you think!? We’ve got the furniture in and decor starting to go on the walls. We are also almost ready to reveal the whole space to you! Stay tuned for the big reveal!

What tapestry would you use for your fabric wall art?

Let us know in the comments below!

4 thoughts on “Easy DIY Tapestry Frame | 6 Simple Steps To Create Fabric Wall Art!

  1. Great job! Love the wood frame! I did a similar version several years ago. I bought a blanket/tapestry from amazon intending to use it as a blanket. That is until I received it in the mail. It is gorgeous and I felt as if it should be a tapestry on the wall. I built a frame and added cross bars to the backside as the size was like 80 x 60 or something like that. I stapled it to the wood by wrapping it around the wood but after I got it on the wall you could see the cross bar wood through it. I took it down and used some old roller shades and attached them to the frame first and then put the picture back over top and re-stapled. It looks gorgeous! Everyone that comes through the door compliments it. I wish I could show it to you but I don’t see options to post pictures here. I’ve had it for about 4 or 5 years now and although I really love it still, I’m going to get the smaller version of it and make a smaller frame so to free up some wall space for other things I want done there.

  2. Love it indeed! Great job!

    I also am intrigued by the short pieces of wood you used around the stairs you were standing on. How creative that is! Love it!

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