How to Turn a Shower Curtain Into Giant Wall Art
I received this tip from a friend a couple of years ago and finally was able to bring it to life in my home. We are 21 weeks pregnant, and I was contemplating painting a mural on the baby room’s wall of roses that would be blush and yellow.
When I shared this idea with my mom and showed her prospective pictures to base my creation off, she said, “Remember the fairy room theme you loved when you were four and hated when you were sixteen? Maybe you should put your energy towards something else for the baby.” I knew she was right, but I was IN LOVE with the idea of roses on the baby’s walls. My solution: I hunted for the perfect design that I would have liked to paint in shower curtain form. This way, I can take the mural down if I choose (or my daughter chooses) without being disappointed.
I searched on Amazon and Wish. I finally found the perfect shower curtain on Amazon for $25. The theory is that when a shower curtain is stretched like a canvas, large wall art can be created affordably and with little work.
Step 1: Decide on a Size and Shape for Your Wall Art
My shower curtain measured 6’ x 6’ so I chose 5’ x 5’ as the size for my wall art. This gave me tons of room to make mistakes. You can choose any shape or size, such as multiple smaller pieces, using a triangle shape as your frame, or mixing up pieces of different designs and displaying them next to each other. The choices are totally endless.
Step 2: Build the Frame
My husband took my measurements and pieced together a frame with scrap wood from our shop that was left at our house by the previous owner. The wood for the frame cost exactly $0. This was extremely convenient, but if the wood had needed to be purchased, I just would have chosen the cheapest and straightest wood at the local hardware store. Mine happens to be Ace Hardware.
I ended up losing a few inches off the width of my frame, because we decided (of course after the wood was cut) to do miter joints for stability rather than just lining up squared ends. We also installed gussets in every corner. This thing ain’t goin’ nowhere—bring on the toddlers.
Step 3: Prepare an Old Sheet and the Shower Curtain
You don’t want any wrinkles or creases to deal with once you are trying to stretch the shower curtain. BUT DO NOT IRON THE SHOWER CURTAIN. These repel water for a reason: they are plastic. At least the cheap ones are, and you do not want to melt your shower curtain to your iron. I just tumble dried mine on low in the dryer for about a half hour. It came out nice and smooth.
When shower curtains are stretched tightly, they can become rather sheer depending on the quality. I recently upgraded from a queen-sized bed to a king, so I had some old extra sheets laying around. I ironed the sheet with only moderate OCD. It does not have to be perfect, just not a hot mess.
Step 4: Stretch the Sheet and the Shower Curtain
I “primed” the frame with the old sheet by stretching it over the frame using a staple gun and trimmed away any excess. I already had a staple gun and staples lying around, so this part also cost me $0.
The purpose of the sheet is to make sure you can’t see through the curtain. And as you can surely tell, this would be a problem due to the myriad of wood scraps that we used. It can also make the piece look more DIY rather than professionally finished and polished.
When stretching any canvas, sheet, shower curtain, or whatever, staple the parallel sides first. This way when you go to staple the other two adjacent sides, you end up pulling the sheet tight without any loose spots.
Loosely hang the shower curtain on the primed frame to choose exactly what portion of the design on the shower curtain you want to be your wall art.
Stretch the shower curtain over the frame using a staple gun and the same stretching technique as before: parallel sides first, then the others.
Corners are hard. They are just difficult. I just did the best I could by trimming away excess and folding as nicely as possible. This is the only point of this project that there was a higher amount of swearing than usual.
Trim away any excess shower curtain. You can leave the edges on the back side the way it is now, or you can fold the edges over and sort of hem them inward.
Step 5: Hang Your New Wall Art!
I haven’t painted the baby room yet, so I haven’t hung mine. But man is it awesome! The whole project only cost me $25 and my time. The first wall art result available for purchase on google is 48” x 48” (which is smaller than mine) and retails for $227.49. So, there are some big savings with this project. Good luck!