For the Love of Color: Instant Fabric Art


As I mentioned on Monday, I stopped at Target (The nearest Target is about 1.5 hours from me. Tragic, I know.) to check out their new Threshold line. I have a thing for frames and a thing for mirrors, so when I saw these mirror frames, I knew they had to go home with me. 

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Aren’t they awesome?

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I have a little front entryway which is actually part of my gift shoppe. It’s the door everyone uses.  I’m pretty sure I’ve never showed it to you because it’s always just been an empty (and kind of ugly) space. Well, it’s finally getting a mini-makeover, and these frames are going to be the crowning jewel. 

Anyway, on to the art for the frames. I told myself I wanted to create some super quick DIY artwork. Well, there isn’t anything much easier than framing a favorite piece of fabric, right? 

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First, I found this striped fabric at IKEA this past summer. When I bought it, I had no idea how I was going to use it. I just knew I loved it. 

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Okay, so this really doesn’t get any easier. Next, I disassembled each frame by taking the back off and removing the mat. 

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Then, I placed the mat at different places on the fabric to determine the parts I wanted to show and how I wanted the pattern to appear. 

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Although I liked them all, the vertical stripes were the winner for me. The next step was to cut out pieces of fabric that were about two inches larger than the mat opening. 

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Using some painters tape (It’s just what I had on hand.), I taped the fabric to one of the pieces of paper that was included with the frame. (You know, the one with the awkward family photo.) 

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If your frame didn’t come with a piece of paper, you could just tape the fabric to the back of the frame.

After that, I put the mat back on and reassembled everything. 

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That’s it! Some easy, colorful, and modern art work. It literally took me less than ten minutes, and I’m loving the results. I’m so glad I decided to pick up a yard of that fabric.

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Next week I’m going to style my entryway, get this artwork hung, and show you my other Threshold purchases. Stay tuned.

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So what do you think? Will you be framing some of your favorite fabric?

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  • Jessica at

    Okay, so this is probably a bit odd but these are my favorite frames. I have two of them over my couch displaying my favorite pictures of my two oldest kids but I now also have a 4 month old and these frames are no longer for sale. If you are interested in selling them please let me know. I have checked ebay twice a week for about a year now hoping I could snag one.
    Thank you!

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  • Jacki at Decor You Adore at

    What a great idea! I fell in love with these frames too when I saw them at Target and framed some old calendar “vintage” travel prints. I would love to do an entire wall in these. Keep up the great work!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      What a fun idea Jacki! Love that. And the frames are classic – so they’ll look great forever.

      xo Michael

  • JuneA** at

    Wonderful idea! I like your fabric choice too. What will you make with the rest of it?

  • StarSpry at

    These look so great! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Linda @ it all started with paint at

    It looks great. Love the punch of color. I’ve been toying with framing some fun paper and/or wrapping paper. I may need to branch out to fabrics too!

    🙂 Linda

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It so fun to see something so simple become instant art! Good luck and thank you!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much!

  • Shavonda at

    Love it! And since I actually have 4 Targets within a 20 min drive from my house and I was just there today during lunch, I have no idea why I havent seen these frames yet. Guess ill have to pop in again tomorrow. I actually picked up a few gift bags over the holidays that I loved for their pattern and color that I think will make great art. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It seems like Targets put out things in different stages. I’m sure they will turn up. Maybe you could check online too? Glad you like the idea! Thanks.

  • Laurie from Amish Country at

    I have been into doing things with frames myself. I love the idea of placing fabric in them! Thanks for the idea! Great job!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Glad you like it! It was such a simple project with big results.

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