Life Love Larson: DIY: Framed Fabric


Sunday, May 22, 2011

DIY: Framed Fabric

I found two faux bamboo frames (11 x 14) at the Habitat Home Store a few months back.  They were marked $5 each, but the manager was at the counter when my friend and I checked out, and he said I could have them for a buck each!  Remember, everything is negotiable!  I recently bought a large cabinet door frame to turn into a jewelry holder (to sell).  The price was $10, and I asked the cashier if she would take $5 for it, and she immediately said yes.  It pays to ask!

I tried looking for large prints to put in the frames, but came up empty handed.  They are large frames and they were hollow, so I decided to go ahead and frame pieces of fabric. 

Because the frames were hollow, I need something to adhere my fabric to.  I happened to have a diaper box in my recycling (K still wears one at night), and starting cutting away.

The fabrics are from Hob Lob.  I can't recall the price, but I used a 40% off coupon on the more expensive one.  I did not need a lot of fabric, so this project was super inexpensive!

I simply wrapped the fabric around the cardboard from the diaper box and hot glued around the corners.

Once the fabric was wrapped, I centered the cardboard on the frame and staple gunned it to the frame.

I then added my own hanging mechanism to the back of each one.  These were so easy to attach to the frame (Home Depot).

I love the way the two fabric choices compliment each other and add a pop of color.

I am still debating whether or not to paint the frames.  I love the faux bamboo, but not sure if the natural color is working for me.  Opinions, please?

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  1. I love this! I have been thinking about trying to do this in our den. Great idea!!

  2. Gorgeous! Great frames and beautiful fabric. They look beautiful the way they are, but I bet the fabric would really pop if you painted them a glossy white or black. If you're daring, the lighter green in the fabric's leaves might work for something with a modern twist. Great idea. Can't wait to see where you put them. Good luck!

  3. Looks great. My vote would be to paint the frames white or a buttery yellow color. Of course this will depend on where you want to hang them.

  4. They do look good, I love the fabric, but a nice crisp white would be the finishing touch!

  5. I LOVE the fabric choices!!!

    These are the best looking bamboo frames I've seen for sure. I like them like they are...but I think they would look great painted too. :)

  6. Neat! This is something I'd love to try...I think white or as someone else said, even green, would make it pop even more! :)

  7. Love the fabrics and love those pic hangers -- have not seen those before! I am in the 'paint the frames white' camp. Love the detailing of the bamboo shape and a solid color paint with maybe a little distressing would really bring out those details!

  8. I love the fabric choice.. :) Great idea!!
    Thanks for sharing

  9. I love these! Did you ever paint the frames? I think Navy Gloss would be a great unifier for them...

  10. I did repaint these frames in Navy! We must think alike! You can see them at