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Handmade Home: Wall Hanging DIY

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!

DIY today on decor8

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.

DIY today on decor8

DIY today on decor8

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.

DIY today on decor8

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.

DIY today on decor8

DIY today on decor8

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.

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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.

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

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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. :)

DIY today on decor8

DIY today on decor8

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)

Posted by decor8 in Decorating Tips, diy, guest bloggers on August 16, 2011

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  1. Anke commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 12:05pm

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

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  2. Lilla huset på prärien commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 12:08pm

    I’m first!! What a beautiful peice Malin! Gordeous! Love Jen
    Lilla huset på prärien´s last blog post ..Mer att önska.

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  3. cafenoHut commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 12:23pm

    This is very inspiring. I loved this idea. Thank you for your sharing.
    cafenoHut´s last blog post ..Daha boyanacak çok çakıl taşı var…

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  4. MelanieO commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 12:25pm

    Very pretty! I love the colors, too.
    MelanieO´s last blog post ..Shades of Grey plus more

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  5. Annaleena commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 1:28pm

    So beautiful!!
    I love this textil project!

    Well done my blogfriend,
    Annaleena :)

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  6. Michelle ~ Pocketful of Dreams commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 1:34pm

    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.
    Michelle ~ Pocketful of Dreams´s last blog post ..Love Story: A Pretty Marie Antoinette Inspired Wedding {Part 2} ~ Jay & Catriona

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  7. Karena commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 2:13pm

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

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena
    Karena´s last blog post ..Ten Thousand Villages

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  8. Gillian commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 2:56pm

    I love your grey wall hanging. Beautiful colours.

    Gillian´s last blog post ..Interior photos.

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  9. Katie commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 3:21pm

    What an adorable idea, I love this! xo
    Katie´s last blog post ..Bethesda

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  10. Meesh commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 3:37pm

    Fantastic project! I love the tone on tone, and the cute little peace sign is an unexpected, unique touch! No sewing involved…Yes! :)
    Meesh´s last blog post ..Madame Pomme Frites?

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  11. suzanne commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 4:03pm

    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 ~

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  12. Linnea commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 5:37pm

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

    Linnea – Credodesign

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  13. Kimberly commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 6:58pm

    Love this!!
    Kimberly´s last blog post ..How to Clean Your House 10 Minutes at a Time

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  14. Diane @ home sweet homemade commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 7:10pm

    love it!!! sort of a modern twist on a suzani – couldn’t be more fabulous :)
    Diane @ home sweet homemade´s last blog post ..water inspired gift enclosure

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  15. sarah.a commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 7:15pm

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

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  16. Michelle commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 7:46pm

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

    Keep up the lovely work
    -Michelle

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  17. Lysse commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 7:49pm

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

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  18. Wind and Willow Home commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 9:39pm

    This is truly beautiful and the table is wonderfully styled.
    Wind and Willow Home´s last blog post ..Happy Monday

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  19. Weronika commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 9:48pm

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

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  20. Laura Gaskill commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 10:04pm

    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
    Laura Gaskill´s last blog post ..Decor Cravings: White, Wood, and Smoky Grays

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  21. janis - pinecone camp commented
    August 16th, 2011 at 11:30pm

    That’s such a pretty d.i.y. and it looks perfect in your dining room. Grays do rule!
    janis – pinecone camp´s last blog post ..Baked

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  22. MD Interior Design commented
    August 17th, 2011 at 3:02am

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

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  23. page commented
    August 17th, 2011 at 3:54am

    very pretty!
    page
    page´s last blog post ..The Best Pizza

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  24. Lisa commented
    August 17th, 2011 at 4:57am

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

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  25. Vanessa Wigston commented
    August 17th, 2011 at 9:25am

    Wow I love it! What type of paint did you use?
    Vanessa Wigston´s last blog post ..Reuben

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  26. Vanessa Wigston commented
    August 17th, 2011 at 9:26am

    Wow I love it!
    What type of paint did you use? Fabric paint?
    Vanessa Wigston´s last blog post ..Reuben

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  27. Marianne commented
    August 17th, 2011 at 2:33pm

    Absolutely love it!! Greetings from Brazil!

    xx
    Mari

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  28. Olivia commented
    August 18th, 2011 at 12:29am

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

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  29. Susan Berger commented
    August 18th, 2011 at 1:19pm

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

    Sue b.

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  30. Pamela Bates commented
    August 18th, 2011 at 4:58pm

    GREAT idea……..and i love gray too.
    Pamela Bates´s last blog post ..Marge Goes Yardsale-in’

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  31. Ester commented
    August 19th, 2011 at 11:52am

    Very nice! All DIYs from you are great!
    Ester´s last blog post ..Nature collection

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  32. Giulie commented
    August 21st, 2011 at 1:55pm

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

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  33. Andee commented
    August 21st, 2011 at 7:58pm

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

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  34. Tristan Hay commented
    August 23rd, 2011 at 8:19pm

    love the use of grey!

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  35. Margaret commented
    September 18th, 2011 at 5:26pm

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

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  36. LanM commented
    September 26th, 2011 at 5:40pm

    Oh the most inspiring part I think is that fabric can be painted! Thank you~~~
    LanM´s last blog post ..十二款万圣夜创意家居用品推荐

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  37. Suzanne commented
    November 22nd, 2011 at 10:46pm

    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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