Easy Fabric Wall Art inspired by All You Magazine!

by Susan Myers on July 10, 2013

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and All You, but all my opinions are my own. #lifeforless #pmedia http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

Have you ever read All You magazine?  I had the opportunity to pick one up at my local Winn Dixie grocery store, and I have to tell you that not only did it contain tons of coupons and lots of great advice, but it inspired me to create some beautiful wall art for just pennies!

easy fabric wall art

all you magazine

Pretty cool, right?  But let’s first talk about the July issue of All You magazine.  Because this wall art is not the only inspiration from that magazine.  I purchased it at my local Winn Dixie while waiting in line to pay for my groceries.  Believe it or not, this magazine was only $2.99!  The $30.35 worth of coupons inside more than made up for that!

But it doesn’t just offer coupons!  There are tons of fabulous recipes, articles on how to get out of debt, how to kick start your metabolism, some great diet tips, exercise tips, organization tips and even some great crafty ideas!  My kind of magazine!  It is 125 pages of great info and fabulous photos!

I can see that this will be a regular purchase of mine.  Heck, the recipes look so good, I just might start cooking!  Miracles do happen…

The article that inspired my fabric wall art was titled, “I want the look of framed art, but can’t spend a lot“.  Of course that is totally up my alley, as I specialize in creating art from inexpensive items.  In the article, they show several great examples of how to create very inexpensively.  Which inspired me to come up with this project!

For this project I used:

3 Dollar Store Wooden Frames
Pretty fabric scraps
Mod Podge
Navy Blue Acrylic Paint
Off White Acrylic Paint
White School Glue

Framed Fabric Wall Art

 Begin by painting all the frames with the navy blue acrylic paint.  Allow them to dry.

Framed Fabric Wall Art

 I went for the nautical look on this project, but any great fabric that makes you smile will work.

Framed Fabric Wall Art

 Cut sections of the fabric to fit over your photo backs, with about a 1/4 inch overlap.  Paint the photo back with Mod Podge and lay the fabric over top.  Fold the fabric over the edges and mod podge it to the backside.

Framed Fabric Wall Art

 To “crackle finish” the frames, you will need white school glue and off-white acrylic paint.

Framed Fabric Wall Art

 Paint a good coating of white school glue onto the frame, covering all surfaces of the blue frame.

Framed Fabric Wall Art

 Do not allow the glue to dry before going to the next step.  Apply a good coating of off-white acrylic paint over top of the wet glue.  Allow to dry.

Framed Fabric Wall Art

 After just a few minutes, you can start to see the crackling effect taking place.  Allow your project to dry overnight.

fabric wall art

 This project cost me a total of $3.00!  I love that kind of art!  For more inspiration, be sure to check out the latest issue of All You Magazine!  You can go here to find the store nearest you that sells the magazine, along with a great coupon for a dollar off your magazine purchase!  

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 LaFawne June 24, 2014 at 10:06 pm

any ideas if the crackle paint will last as long as the more expensive kind? Just curious if anyone has used this method in the past-


2 Susan Myers June 27, 2014 at 1:21 pm

The paint seems to be just as good as any regular crackle paint. I usually add a coat of clear sealant to any specialty paint job just to ensure it lasts. The frames in this tutorial were done about a year ago and still look great. Hope that helps!



3 Katie July 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Awesome can’t wait to try it.


4 Monica July 10, 2013 at 7:43 am

So cool that regular white glue can be used for the crackling effect! Looks like a great magazine!


5 Susan Myers July 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm

The magazine was great! And you know me, I love to go with the cheap methods! Ha!


6 Paula July 10, 2013 at 7:18 am

this is cool, I like the way you crackled the frame so easy and didnt have to use expensive stuff to do it with. like the pattern on the material !!!!


7 Susan Myers July 14, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Thanks, Paula! This project was so fun and easy, I will most likely be making more. :)


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