Tag Archives: anthropologie decor

Make a (Huge) Watercolor Tapestry for $20

I pinned this picture from Photowall and vowed to come back to it when I felt like spending the money to order an insanely huge wall mural and have it shipped from the UK.

 

colour-puddle

It’s been a year.  I finally had to admit that I would never feel like it. But then the DIY Gods spoke, and I saw an artist named Tate creating this beautiful canvas at Anthropologie.

20140304_233239-580x773
I asked him what he was working with, and he said it was just a canvas dropcloth that he picked up at a hardware store, along with some fabric dye. I thought, “I could do that,” and so I did. Here’s how.

DSCN5602-940x705
I grabbed fabric dye at Wal Mart for something like $2 per package, and a canvas dropcloth at Ace for about $10 (note, you should place a plastic dropcloth underneath so as not to stain the floor) and got to work.

process-940x695
Using one color at a time (mixed in a 7-11 Big Gulp cup) I made a loose pattern with the dye, and was sure to spill frequently (I wanted some of the color to run together).

sun-dry-940x705
I let it dry in the sun, and here in the desert that took about 10 minutes. Then I took it inside, ironed it (though not all of the wrinkles wanted to come out of this thick canvas) and flipped it over to hang it over the bed.

watercoloraftersample-580x773
I loved the reverse side of the canvas with its subtle, unintentional look. Plus, the muted colors complement our (gross) beige walls better than the dyed side.

DSCN5778-940x705messytight-580x773

And of course, Moxie approved.

afterdog-580x773
This project is one of those “I can’t believe I waited so long to try it” types, and at just under $20 and an hour of work, I love the simple nautical touch it adds to our room.
(Note: we are not people who make the bed, except for this picture. You have just witnessed something very, very rare.)

finalwide-940x631

It’s seriously cheap and just as easy as it looks. Give it a whirl!

Sig1

 

Advertisements