Few decorative pieces add a regal look to a home more than a wall tapestry. One of the problems with tapestries, however, is the price tag. These are usually handmade and can be very expensive depending on the intricacy of the needle work. But while an authentic wall tapestry can be very expensive, there are alternatives that will give you a tapestry in just a few minutes, and with just a few dollars.
- Size of the canvas. For the project, you will use a canvass and your preferred fabric. When choosing a canvass you have a variety of options – either one large wall tapestry piece, or a set of smaller tapestry pieces. Readymade canvasses are available in most arts and crafts shops, and come in a wide variety of sizes. For a tapestry that stands out, you can choose the 75 x 50 inch canvas with a depth of one and a half inch. You can also choose three or four smaller plates that you can arrange on the wall to create a thematic set.
- Select the fabric. Once you have the canvas, the next step is to choose the fabric. Because you are going for the tapestry look, you will need to find a fabric that has a very detailed pattern. These patterns can be inked out from clothing dyes, or these can be actual lacework embedded in the fabric. Fabrics that have actual decorative lacework will be a bit more expensive, but will give a more authentic tapestry feel and look for your project. As a rule, fabrics that are brightly colored and very intricately designed should be used only for rooms that have pale or neutral colors. If your room is already very brightly painted or decorated, the fabric you will use for your tapestry should be in light or neutral shades.
- Cut the fabric. Once you have chosen the fabric, the next step is to cut the fabric into the size of the canvass. Trace the canvas corners on the fabric, with the fabric’s back end facing up. Next, you will need to add an additional six inches on the length and width of the canvass, to give you enough room to attach the fabric into the canvass. With the excess six inches of fabric on the sides of the cloth roll, you can then cut out the fabric using scissors. Iron the fabric until it is completely flat.
- Staple into place. To attach the fabric into the canvas, you will need to use staplers. Use large staple guns and make sure that the edges are stapled every one or two inches. Staple at the back of the canvass. Check to see whether there are wrinkles forming on the canvas. If there are wrinkles, you will need to pull the staples tighter to adjust the fabric.
To display the impromptu tapestry that you have created, you can attach a hook at the back of the canvas frame. The wall tapestry, however, will also work well if you simply display this on the mantle or besides a table.