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Large Scale Art From An Unexpected Source


I am always looking for unique art projects and interesting pieces because I don’t want to just have random things hanging on my walls – I want my home to be a reflection of who lives here, to be meaningful in some way, to remind us of a place we love, to stir an emotion or to simply strike our fancy in some big way. While I still love gallery walls, sometimes a wall is just calling out for one large statement piece of art in a room like this beauty from Elle Decor. I have made fairly large art pieces before like the DIY mounted nautical map and  block poster art for Peter’s room. Now I am working on a piece for my One Room Challenge family room project. For this room I wanted something really big and different that wouldn’t kill the budget.

A couple years ago I saw such a clever idea for creating large scale art and have been dying to do it ever since – the DIY Octopus Art by House of Jade Interiors (formerly 6th Street Design School) that used an Urban Outfitters shower curtain, stretched onto a wooden frame. What makes this idea so fabulous is that thanks to this magical little thing called the internet, you can find literally tens of thousands of pictures – abstract art, typography, drawings, maps, photographs – printed in a large scale on fabric at an affordable price. I love the idea of using fabric for large scale art because it is easy to manipulate. It doesn’t have to be mounted onto a substrate like a large paper print or photograph, and it’s hard to ruin.

Most of the artsy shower curtains I found are made of polyester fabric (the Urban Outfitters cotton shower curtains being the exception in this roundup). The polyester concerned me because I wouldn’t want the fabric to have a sheen to it or look cheap when hanging smack dab in the middle of my house. This weekend I checked out shower curtains at Bed, Bath & Beyond that are made of polyester, and unless you touch the fabric, you really can’t tell what the material is from a foot or two away, so as far as polyester fabric for this application I think it would be fine.

I came across so many cool and interesting designs to use for a project like this, I thought I’d share them with you! Here are a few that caught my eye.

Create large wall art with shower curtains and tapestries.

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From a sophisticated living room or library, to a casual family room, kid’s room, master bedroom, playroom, basement rec room, or long hallway wall, imagine these humble shower curtains and tapestries as huge pieces of art!

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21  (this is the one used by House of Jade, love it!!) |  22

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One more fun idea – take your own photo and have it made into custom printed shower curtain to use for oversized art!!! (this was the cheapest source I could find at $64.99)  I looked into having a photo blow up and printed via Spoonflower but I couldn’t figure out how to make the image large. I’m venturing a guess that you’d need a high resolution photo to blow up. It would be such a fun way to personalize this project!!

Wish me luck as I try to nail down a design to use for my ORC. I’ll be back on Thursday with an update on finishing up The Last 20%!

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cindy hattersley

Thursday 21st of April 2016

Love your ideas! I know it will be fabulous!!


Friday 22nd of April 2016

Thank you Cindy! I'm having second thoughts, or cold feet, or a bad case of indecision, whatever it is, I need to get over it! :)

Sarah Sofia Knepp

Thursday 21st of April 2016

You're so creative and love this idea as large art work!


Friday 22nd of April 2016

Thanks Sarah! I hope it goes as I envision!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles

Thursday 21st of April 2016

I'm so glad you reminded me of this idea. You found some great options that would look beautiful as artwork!


Friday 22nd of April 2016

If only I could decide on which one to use!

Shelley | Crazy Wonderful

Wednesday 20th of April 2016

Yasssssss!!!!!! This is going to be awesome!


Friday 22nd of April 2016

I hope so....or look like a dorm room, one or the other :) :) :)

Pam @ Simple Details

Wednesday 20th of April 2016

SO brilliant my friend!!! you've got my wheels turning! :)


Friday 22nd of April 2016

Thanks for the vote of confidence.....I am totally undecided about that project!!!!