Ditto DIY Challenge: Framing Fabric {Changing Up the Gallery Wall!}

Happy Monday morning to all of you! Today's July 1st, which is significant for two reasons: one, we officially say adios to Google Reader. I think a small moment of silence is in order.

But! Let's not linger on that for too long because of reason number two...

It's time for another ditto DIY project! This is a fun monthly challenge issued by Darlene from Fieldstone Hill Design along with a bunch of other lovely bloggers seen here:

You can read all about the challenge here, but the gist of it is that we're all finding ways to add framed fabric as art to our homes this month! This is a great way to add art to your space without breaking the bank. Click on over to Fieldstone Hill Design to see how each of these designers interpreted the challenge. These a link-up party too so the rest of us can join in on the fun.

As for my take on it, I've been thinking about changing up some of the pieces on our gallery wall, so this was the perfect excuse to grab a couple of favorite fabrics and throw 'em up on the wall. Isn't that the beauty of a gallery wall? The ability to change things up is such a fun aspect of it to me.

The last time we visited my dear little gallery wall, it looked like this:

Now, with the newly framed fabrics, it looks like this:

Can you spot the changes? Out went the photos of our wedding party and my DIY finger painting art, and in came the teal floral fabric and the abstract gray and cream fabric.

The teal fabric is actually a small, hand block-printed table runner. I didn't want to cut it up (because I still want to be able to use it as a table runner in the future!), so I just wrapped it around a small, white 8x10 canvas and taped it taut with painter's tape. You'd never know that from looking at it, huh? Shh...let's keep that our little secret.

The gray and cream almost zebra-looking abstract piece is a remnant I picked up a few weeks ago from Crate and Barrel Outlet. They carry Marimekko fabric there and have a whole barrel (literally, a barrel) full of small remnant pieces. These are perfect for small projects, especially since the remnants are $0.99/lb. Yes, you read that right, 99 cents per pound! You better believe I dug out a whole bunch of pieces at that price, including a couple of really cool metallic patterns. I'll have to show you my finds sometime. I framed this gray piece in the same way as the teal piece. Hooray for non-permanent painter's tape!

I also moved a couple of the frames around until I liked the arrangement that included the new framed fabrics. Bonus points to you if you noticed those changes!

My ampersand art got a little upgrade as well in the form a metallic gold outline. It's sort of hard to see from far away, but I think this photo below shows it pretty well. I used the same sharpie on it as I used on my Kate Spade-inspired zig zag pitcher. The gold edge has an almost 3D effect - I love it!

It took me about 10 minutes to frame up those fabrics - talk about an easy (and inexpensive) way to add some art to your walls. Anyone, and I mean anyone, can do this project. I can't wait to see all the other ditto DIY projects. If you've framed some fabric in your home, write up a post about it and then you can link up to the party today too!

Hope y'all have wonderful weeks - I can't believe the fourth of July is coming up on Thursday!

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  1. Fun changes! I love the color and graphic look in your gallery wall. (Also KINDA want to steal the blue lamp. But I'll let you keep it for now.) :) Thanks so much for linking up to Ditto DIY!
    Kelly @ View ALong the Way

  2. I love your project! I did this challenge, too. It's been fun to see everyone's spin. Cute pillows, too!
    I'm visiting today from Better With Age I hope you get the chance to visit my blog, linkup and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me at my NEW party!! Open NOW (Sat thru Fri) @ DIY Showcase Link Party

  3. I'm a huge fan of putting fabric on the wall! In fact, I have it in my sewing space - great inspiration! That turquoise print is SO beautiful!

    I'd love for you to come link up this project with our monthly Home Improvement party that is going on right now!


    Thanks, hope to see you over there! =)

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