It’s not secret I love a good shortcut, and if I can avoid a sewing machine, I will. I actually love sewing, don’t get me wrong, but there aren’t enough hours in the day and days in the week. I’ve been wanting to make my own wall canvas art for a while now so when I strolled through the curtain aisle at Target and spotted a two-pack of these linen-like curtains for $10, it was the perfect ah-ha moment. Wall canvases often cost well over $100 so I’m not mad about making this guy for less than $10. The finished product also looks quite expensive so I’m really happy with the result. Plus I have another curtain since it came in a two-pack so I’m now plotting another one. On top of being inexpensive, the only “work” required here is the painting which admittedly took me a couple of hours… good thing it was a no-sew though!
Tab Curtain, (sized used here is 36″ x 42″)**
Sharpie or pen
3/4″ PVC Pipe (a wooden dowel would also work)**
2 3/4″ PVC caps
Charcoal Spray Paint
**You ideally want a curtain that has an open channel at the bottom so you can feed a PVC pipe or wooden dowel through. This acts as a weight to help to keep the fabric pulled straight and flush against the wall.
First wash and dry your curtain. Iron once dry.
Lay the curtain atop of cardboard to catch any bleed from ink or paint.
Space your stencils of choosing out accordingly.
Using a sharpie, trace your stencils.
Fill in the letters with fabric paint. I chose to create an ombre effect in my lettering to give the letters a little more dimension. To do this, paint the edges of the letter and then pull the excess paint towards the center of the letter. (I first outlined each of the letters with the paint to ensure clean lines, and then went back with additional paint to create the ombre effect).
While the letters dry, and if using a pvc pipe, you may want to spray paint to create a more elevated look. I painted mine with a charcoal gray.
Cut equal lengths of rope for each tab of the curtain. I cut mine to approximately 14″ each. Tie the ends of each into a tight knot.
Once the paint is dry on both mediums, slide the pipe through the channel at the bottom of the curtain. Again, this is optional, but you’ll want to have something acting as a weight at the bottom of your curtain. Cap the ends of the pipe.
Hang the knotted rope directly onto your nails.
How easy is that!?