Wall Hanging DIY

August 16, 2011

Hello everyone! It’s me Anna-Malin from Sweden visiting today with my monthly Handmade Home column for decor8. I’m sorry I missed you in July but I was on vacation – I’m back now though and I want to begin by saying thank you so much for all of the comments on my last post! Unfortunately, the summer seems to have been “raining away” here in Sweden so we haven’t been able to use our patio as much as we wanted. That’s why I’ve been focusing again on my interior decorating, the focus of today’s post. I hope that it inspires you!

Wall Hanging DIY

A couple of days ago, I was reading a magazine and my eyes fell on a beautiful cushion cover by DAY Home. I immediately fell in love with the pattern so I decided to translate it into something personal and special that I could use in my home — but not a cushion as that would be too literal. I wanted my inspiration to take me in a completely new direction so the project would have my personal stamp on it.

Wall Hanging DIY

Wall Hanging DIY

Since my favorite color is gray and all shades it, and because I had some leftover paint from recent projects, I decided to make a “mixed media” wall hanging using mostly fabric and paint.

Wall Hanging DIY

I started by painting pieces of linen in three different shades of grey and then I began to draw the patterns, free hand and with help of some of my Moroccan bowls (tracing their bottoms). Next, I cut the patterns out.

Wall Hanging DIY

Wall Hanging DIY

I then laid everything out using masking tape to place the patterns on the painted linen, using masking tape helped me figure out if the design I was creating looked right or not and it also allowed me to step back to see how it worked in the space itself.

Wall Hanging DIY

Once the pattern looked right to me, I then I glued on the designs I’d cut out, and voilá, it was finished! I didn’t iron it because I like how the wrinkles make the piece look less perfect and more tactile.

Wall Hanging DIY

To make it easy to hang it on the wall, I bought some eyelets, and placed them up in the corners.

Wall Hanging DIY

To give it more personality, I placed some of the patterns directly on the wall (by using masking tape) which was very easy to do and added a bit more personality to the work. I even added a little peace symbol. :)

Wall Hanging DIY

Wall Hanging DIY

I hope that you have enjoyed this creative project today from Sweden. As you can see, this quickly transformed the wall in my dining area.

I’ll see you here again in September with another creative post to encourage you to enjoy a home that you make, little by little each day, by hand. —  xo, Anna-Malin Lindgren.

In case you’ve missed them, here are my other Handmade Home posts on decor8:

(images: anna-malin lindgren)


  • Reply Anke August 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    What a nice idea to paint fabric. The colours and the pattern look great!

  • Reply Lilla huset på prärien August 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I’m first!! What a beautiful peice Malin! Gordeous! Love Jen

  • Reply cafenoHut August 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    This is very inspiring. I loved this idea. Thank you for your sharing.

  • Reply MelanieO August 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Very pretty! I love the colors, too.

  • Reply Annaleena August 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    So beautiful!!
    I love this textil project!

    Well done my blogfriend,
    Annaleena :)

  • Reply Michelle ~ Pocketful of Dreams August 16, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I love this idea, as I’m in the middle of renovating my kitchen it has come at just the right time too. Fab post, thank-you for sharing.

  • Reply Karena August 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I love, love it and you have truly inspired me. Really if you love something and an idea springs forth, go for it!!


    Art by Karena

  • Reply Gillian August 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I love your grey wall hanging. Beautiful colours.

  • Reply Katie August 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    What an adorable idea, I love this! xo

  • Reply Meesh August 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Fantastic project! I love the tone on tone, and the cute little peace sign is an unexpected, unique touch! No sewing involved…Yes! :)

  • Reply suzanne August 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Yes… You have inspired me… ! Thank You for this post… the colors…the way you took the patter you were inspired by and ran to a different direction…but made it yours…! Love it all ~

  • Reply Linnea August 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Well done =) You realle inspired me, but I think I´m gonna do another print.

    Linnea – Credodesign

  • Reply Kimberly August 16, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Love this!!

  • Reply Diane @ home sweet homemade August 16, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    love it!!! sort of a modern twist on a suzani – couldn’t be more fabulous :)

  • Reply sarah.a August 16, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    nice idea. i’ve been looking for a print for the bedroom and this is a great technique :)

  • Reply Michelle August 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Oh what a great idea! I love to DIY my own home decor.

    Keep up the lovely work

  • Reply Lysse August 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Where did you get the chairs? Love your DIY idea, but also the chairs!

  • Reply Wind and Willow Home August 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    This is truly beautiful and the table is wonderfully styled.

  • Reply Weronika August 16, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I love the idea of mixing different shades of grey! It looks really nice, I think I’ll make something similar.

  • Reply Laura Gaskill August 16, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    So beautiful! I am a huge fan of gray, too – I love all of the rich tones you used here, and the texture of the crinkly linen. Such a lovely project, and I have to say I adore your floral arrangement with the alliums (I think) in a big cylindrical vase! :) xo Laura

  • Reply janis - pinecone camp August 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    That’s such a pretty d.i.y. and it looks perfect in your dining room. Grays do rule!

  • Reply MD Interior Design August 17, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Oh, how gorgeous. You are so creatively talented. I love how you’ve added the extra paper decorations to the wall.

  • Reply page August 17, 2011 at 3:54 am

    very pretty!

  • Reply Lisa August 17, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Really nice design. I like how you did that. Makes me think of bicycle gears.

  • Reply Vanessa Wigston August 17, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Wow I love it! What type of paint did you use?

  • Reply Vanessa Wigston August 17, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Wow I love it!
    What type of paint did you use? Fabric paint?

  • Reply Marianne August 17, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Absolutely love it!! Greetings from Brazil!


  • Reply Olivia August 18, 2011 at 12:29 am

    What an awesome tutorial…wow I really want to try this out!
    Thanks for sharing, great post!

  • Reply Susan Berger August 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    That is so pretty and I love the idea of painting linen.

    Sue b.

  • Reply Pamela Bates August 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    GREAT idea……..and i love gray too.

  • Reply Ester August 19, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Very nice! All DIYs from you are great!

  • Reply Giulie August 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I like how you made the inspiration your own. Great project, thanks.

  • Reply Andee August 21, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I really enjoyed this, and look forward to more of your projects in the future. Beautiful work!

  • Reply Tristan Hay August 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    love the use of grey!

  • Reply Margaret September 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Love the idea but I also love the chairs! Where are they from?

  • Reply LanM September 26, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Oh the most inspiring part I think is that fabric can be painted! Thank you~~~

  • Reply Suzanne November 22, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Okay, I am new to DIY’ing. Did you create a border? Does it matter what kind of paint you use acrylic, oil…?

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