During my ‘stay-cation’ I have had a lot of time to not only get caught up on home projects, but also to make some new ones too. And since my husband basically forced me to repaint our bedroom after he decided to make our closet better. I was searching for something to put on my blank walls.
And not through lack of trying, I couldn’t find something ready made to buy to hang on the walls. And because I love horses, I wanted to find something that was equestrian style, without my husband rolling his eyes at my horse obsession.
Whatever I found had to be tasteful, and look like art, even with a horse in it. And affordable too. Whatever I found (or made) had to be affordable.
And one day while I was looking online, I found this beautiful tote by Laurel Burch. And I was like, “Yes, this is what I want! Something like this!”
And I began searching for something like this to turn into art.
Laurel Burch Fabric
I had never heard of Laurel Burch before. But when I did an internet search for Laurel Burch, I found all kinds of fun and bright purses, and fabrics.
I found this fabric on eBay
And I loved it immediately. With all of the smaller pictures within one piece of fabric, and I decided this is what my art work would be. I love the bright colors. And the different style of borders are funky, and fun. Isn’t that what art is supposed to be?
So after I waited for my panel to arrive, I started plotting of how I would make this fabric panel into a piece (or pieces) of art.
I decided that I would cut out each ‘picture’ and frame it. So I looked over my collection of dollar store frames, and picked out some that I would use to make my prints.
I have plenty of frames, so I don’t think I will need to run out and buy some more. I wanted simple frames that would not be the focus of my art.
Turning Fabric Into Art
When my fabric got to me, I was so excited. It is even prettier in person. And because there were some wrinkles, I ran my iron over the panel lightly to make it crisp, smooth and wrinkle free.
Then I got to work cutting out each block. I made sure to use goof fabric shears so the cuts would be crisp too. And I made sure to cut the fabric a little larger than the frame itself. That way I could fold the fabric over the back, and attach it using packing tape. Talk about easy.
And once I had cut out the fabric and framed it, I laid all of the pictures out, and played with different configurations.
This was fun. I moved pictures around, and around until I was happy with how the pattern would be on the walls in my bedroom.
And then I hung them
Affordable DIY Equestrian Art For The Home
This was such a simple project, yet so pretty!
I love the way the colors pop out, especially against the gray background of my walls.
And my husband approves! I was able to make these ‘art prints’ for less than $45.00. And while that might seem like a lot of money, think about how much ONE framed print costs.
This is a fraction of that. If you factor in the cost for the frames ($12.00) and the fabric ($22.00) it cost me about $3.50 for each print. I call that a win!
If you would like to make something like this for your home, or even tack room, you can find the Laurel Burch panel on eBay right now for around $22.00.
From what I have seen, that is the cost from most sellers. This is the seller I bought mine from: Laurel Burch Fabric Dancing Horses Bright They shipped it quickly, and it was exactly what I was looking for.
And because I didn’t use all of my art prints for my bedroom, and they are already made, I think I have a few friends that would appreciate these pieces of equestrian art. Which means I already have a jump start on the 2019 holiday season!