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Easy DIY Farmhouse Wall Art

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Simple and Easy DIY Farmhouse Wall Art

One of the easiest ways to make DIY interior decor is using towels. Towels work very well for applique, banners, cushions, and in today’s post an easy DIY farmhouse wall art project.  This towel was in my craft room for almost a year waiting for me to make this simple sign.  I purchased in on holidays in Charleston and instantly knew it would be a simple piece of artwork for this bedroom.

This post is my twist on this month’s International Bloggers Club topic, Iron.  My first inclination was to bow out as I was drawing a blank, but then Michelle from A Crafty Mix suggested I could use an iron instead, I was all set.  I had just finished making this art a week or so ago and had chosen to attach it using stitch fix and an iron.

If you don’t know about the Int’l bloggers, we are a group of bloggers from around the world who gather once each month to post on a general topic. If you have not been to Faeries and Fauna before  I am a DIY blogger from Western Canada in a city called Edmonton.  The rest of the Int’l bloggers posts are listed at after the Farmhouse artwork tutorial.  Check them out as its fun to see everyone’s interpretation of the general theme.

 

A farmhouse styled bedroom featuring handmade minimalist farmhouse art

This bedroom is full of DIY projects so this little piece of wall art fits right in.  Super easy to make it takes less than an hour to put together, and as the towel came from my vacation it’s a nice keepsake.

To make your own you will need the following supplies. Including a towel with a fun themed motif.  This towel came with this beautiful equine motif, it was instant love.

 

Horse motif for DIY farmhouse decor idea

[one-half-first]Kitchen towel with a fun motif

Two pieces of 1 by 2 lumber wider than the towel

Two small screws in eyelets, and screwdriver

120 grit sandpaper[/one-half-first]
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Clear poly (optional)

One package iron on stitch fix (I buy IKEA) and an iron.

Two feet of cording[/one-half] 

Preparing the Towel

Thankfully a towel comes pre-hemmed on all sides, but the artwork will hang better with a wider seam.  To create the two wide side seams, fold the two sides of the towel over one inch.  Iron a crisp seam, add a long length of stitch fix along the edge of both seams.  Iron well and let cool.

Preparing the Wood Frame Hangar

Measure the width of your towel. Mine is 23″

Cut two pieces of 1 x6 the width of the towel, and sand smooth with the 220 grit sandpaper.  Especially the two cut ends.

Apply polyurethane and all sides, letting dry.  This is optional, but I liked the little bit of shine and depth it added to the plain wood.

Once the wood is dry. Measure 4 inches from each end and twist in the eyelets.  This was hard on my old hands, so I used a screwdriver to tighten the eyelets into place.

 

Adding eyelets to a wooden frame of a minimalist diy farmhouse art project.

Attaching the Towel to the Frame

I wasn’t sure if this would work but gave it a try and it worked really well.  You could use hot glue, but I hate burning my fingers with the stuff, and this was super easy to use.

Place two long strips the full length and width of the back of your wood frame.

 

Using stitch fix to make DIY farmhouse wall art.

Cover the wood with the side of the towel you want showing, and iron into place really well.  Let cool.

 

Ironing a towel to wood using stitch fix.

Hang the artwork using string, twine, leather shoelaces or piping cord like I did.

 

A handmade farmhouse art piece using an equine towel.

I love how light, bright and minimalist this simple piece of art turned out.  It works very well in the bedroom.

 

A farmhouse styled bedroom featuring a DIY farmhouse art project

Easy to Make Farmhouse Wall art

I am hoping you enjoy my fabulous blogging friends interpretations as much as I do.   I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

 

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11 Comments

  1. Gorgeous!! I always love looking for cute tea towels to frame or do something else with them other than drying the dishes!! Love your project Leanna, it’s so pretty!

    1. Thank you Katrin. I purchased that towel in Charleston as a momento and it took me much to long to finish it. Thank you for commenting.

    1. Hi Pili. You are so welcome. I wasn’t sure the stitch fix would work on the wood, but that art has been hanging for about three week’s now and it is staying in place just fine.

  2. This is such a good idea, I never would have thought of using a dish towel this way! I’ve used the stitch fix before on curtains, that stuff is amazing. And your art goes so perfectly in that bedroom 🙂

    1. Thank you very much Tiffany. Iron on stitch fix is really handy. I much prefer using it while crafting than glue guns.

    1. Thanks Sam. He is a much-loved souvenier from my trip to Charleston last summer. I

  3. What a sweet tea towel find – how adorable is that horse! The black & white motif works perfectly in your guest room. Great way to showcase and repurpose our favorite tea towel motifs!

  4. Oh my word Leanna, that is such a lovely towel and all that white space around her and the frame you made work perfectly together. Anything else would have been overkill. And that stitch fix stuff sounds amazing. I have got to get me some of that

    1. The stitch fix I use is from Ikea for a couple of dollars. It’s one of the things I keep on hand in my craft room.

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