How to make decorative wall panels

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How to make decorative wall panels
Fabric stretched across an artist canvas can make a wall come alive. (retro background image by Inger Anne Hulbækdal from

Decorative wall panels can make a room come alive if you apply the proper techniques. There are many ways to make decorative wall panels, but fabric is easy to utilise and is available in a variety of patterns and colours. Sure to make any room or wall eye-catching, these fabric decorative wall panels are a must for any do-it-yourself home decorator or interior designer.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Artist canvas
  • Staple gun
  • Hanging hardware

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  1. 1

    Measure and cut the fabric so it is 2 inches longer on each side than the artist canvas. If there is a pattern on the fabric, make sure it is straight. Use a variety of fabrics to create added interest but ensure that they complement your room.

  2. 2

    Place your material pattern-side down on a sturdy work surface. Make sure it is completely flat. Lay the artist canvas face-side down on the material, centring it as closely as you can.

  3. 3

    Fold the left edge of the material over the edge of the artist canvas. Staple the fabric at the centre of the edge. Pull the right side of the fabric up tight from under the artist canvas and staple the centre of the fabric edge.

  4. 4

    Pull the top edge of the fabric down tight and staple it in the centre. Repeat for the bottom edge. Work your way around the artist canvas, pulling the material tight and stapling it into place. Check periodically to ensure that there are no wrinkles on the front side of the artist canvas.

  5. 5

    Hang your fabric decorative wall panel with the standard hardware recommended for your of wall type.

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