How to Turn a Shower Curtain Into Giant Wall Art

Updated on April 25, 2019
Catie Stacey profile image

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

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.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Our array of wood pieces.One of the corners with a gusset.We had to get creative with how we clamped these gussets. We did glue them first, then used screws.
Our array of wood pieces.
Our array of wood pieces.
One of the corners with a gusset.
One of the corners with a gusset.
We had to get creative with how we clamped these gussets. We did glue them first, then used screws.
We had to get creative with how we clamped these gussets. We did glue them first, then used screws.

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.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Stretching the primer sheet.Finished primer sheet and the excess has been trimmed away.Loosely draping the shower curtain on the frame to decide where to line up the design.Stretching the shower curtain.
Stretching the primer sheet.
Stretching the primer sheet.
Finished primer sheet and the excess has been trimmed away.
Finished primer sheet and the excess has been trimmed away.
Loosely draping the shower curtain on the frame to decide where to line up the design.
Loosely draping the shower curtain on the frame to decide where to line up the design.
Stretching the shower curtain.
Stretching the shower curtain.

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.

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment
      • Catie Stacey profile imageAUTHOR

        Catherine Berry 

        5 months ago from Belgrade

        I keep leaning more and more towards the plum.

      • profile image

        RTalloni 

        6 months ago

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

      • Catie Stacey profile imageAUTHOR

        Catherine Berry 

        6 months ago from Belgrade

        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!

      • profile image

        Patty hoyer 

        6 months ago

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

      • Catie Stacey profile imageAUTHOR

        Catherine Berry 

        6 months ago from Belgrade

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

      • profile image

        RTalloni 

        6 months ago

        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! :)

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, dengarden.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://dengarden.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)