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I recently saw a DIY wall art pin going around on Pinterest (original link here) and thought I’d take a spin at it. I had this huge bare wall in my apartment and needed something to tie together my green walls with the black accents in my kitchen.  Honestly, the results were much better than I expected. It consists basically of covered pieces of styrofoam. It is super easy, inexpensive and looks amazing. The original post covered the foam with scrapbook paper but complained that the glue created a ripple effect on the paper so I thought I’d give it a try with fabric to give it that “canvas” style look.

What you’ll need:

  • Pieces of styrofoam. (I purchased three 1′ x 3′ rectangular sized foam and cut it into nine 1′ x 1′ squares.)
  • Fabric. (I purchased two 60″ x 3′ style fabrics of the same pattern but with inverted colors.)
  • Glue. (I used a total of 3 UHU Glue tubes.)
  • Scissors.
  • Ruler or measuring tape.
  • Thin cardboard.
  • Double sided mounting squares.

Step by step:

  1. Measure and cut the foam into the desired shape. I chose to cut it into squares. Tip: I would recommend purchasing the white solid foam. The one I purchased was the clear, “plasticky” one and and unfortunately would soaked up the glue like a sponge.
  2. Cut the cardboard pieces into the same shape as the foam and glue it onto what will be the backside of your wall display. Tip: I used office folders that I had lying around the house and cut them down the middle and as you can see, they’re not the same size as the foam. This didn’t help much in step #4 since the foam soaks up the glue from the fabric so I would recommend that the cardboard be the same size as the foam. Trust me.
  3. Measure your fabric so that you have enough to completely cover the front and sides of the foam but leaving an opening in the backside. Since I had a total of nine foam squares, I cut 5 squares of one fabric and 4 of the other to create a checkerboard effect.
  4. Glue the fabric onto the foam squares leaving the cardboard side exposed. Let dry for 24 hours. Tip: Fold the fabric as if you were wrapping a gift and glue the ends and the corners where you would apply tape if you were wrapping a gift.
  5. Apply the mounting squares to the back of your display. Hang on the wall and your done!

In total I spent $40 to create the display ($20 foam, $16 fabric, and $4 glue; the rest I had lying around the house). I purchased the table at Walmart for $50. If you try it please feel free to share a photo on my facebook page. I’d love to see it. ♥

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