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How to Turn a Shower Curtain Into Giant Wall Art

Catie has been crafty all of her life, and now she's ready to share!

This gorgeous artwork started out as a simple shower curtain!

This gorgeous artwork started out as a simple shower curtain!

Affordable Mural-Style 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 blush and yellow mural of roses on the wall of the baby's room.

When I shared this idea with my mom and showed her photos that expressed my vision, she said, “Remember the fairy room theme you loved when you were four and hated when you were 16? 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 idea is that when you stretch a shower curtain like a canvas, you can create large wall art that is both affordable and easy to make.

Step 1: Choose 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.

Here's a look at the finished frame.

Here's a look at the finished frame.

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.

Ironing the primer sheet.

Ironing the primer sheet.

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!

The finished product

The finished product


Catherine Berry (author) from Belgrade on April 28, 2019:

I keep leaning more and more towards the plum.

RTalloni on April 25, 2019:

Plum would be amazing, and it would be interesting to pair the light green with the base color of your sheet mural.

Catherine Berry (author) from Belgrade on April 25, 2019:

I think we are going to pick the darker colors out of the leaves with the roses. There is a dark plum color in some of the leaves that I really like. I love the blush and creamy yellow colors too!

Patty hoyer on April 25, 2019:

Looks great!! Hope your idea works out. What are your main colors to use as accent for baby's room ...

Catherine Berry (author) from Belgrade on April 25, 2019:

Thanks!! I definitely will update once I've got it hung up!

RTalloni on April 23, 2019:

Nicely done, both your project and your post. Nice tips on using the shower curtain and finding wood that can be reused.

Hope you can add a photo of the mural in place once the room is ready for baby. Beautiful congrats all round! :)