How to make easy wall art

Follow Style at Home's easy instructions to make your own wall art, using scissors, glue... and sweet papers!

black wall with wall art
(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

Find out how to make this striking canvas for your wall in just three easy steps. By layering strips of tissue paper and sweet wrappers over stretched fabric, you can easily turn an old frame into a fab talking point for your living room.

Takes 1 hour

Costs £4.57

What you'll need

Tip Why not hang three canvases in a row, or hang two by two in a square arrangement?

fold fabric over frame and staple

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

1) Remove the unwanted canvas from your frame. On a clean, dry, flat surface, lay the frame on the wrong side of the
(ironed) fabric. Cut 4cm all the way around, then fold the fabric over the frame and staple it to the back, pulling it taut as you do so. Neatly fold the fabric at the corners, then staple.

frame over and arrange strips on fabric

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

2) Tear the sweet wrappers and tissue paper into thin strips.
Turn the frame over and arrange the strips on the fabric, layering them
and rearranging them until you get a design you're happy with.

tissue paper strips and paint with fabric design

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

3) When your design's complete, glue the tissue paper strips in place with a little PVA, being careful not to tear them. For a high-gloss look, paint PVA over the whole canvas and leave to dry.

our project as a starting point and adapt your artwork to suit your
scheme with different-coloured tissue paper and wrappers.

Looking for more craft ideas? Why not make our pretty Bed runner or our Glassware?

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.