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DIY: Quote Banner Wall Art

Fall is here, two months have passed and I still haven't decorated the walls of my new abode. Actually, since moving in, the walls have remained completely blank in most rooms. In the midst of unpacking boxes, going on weekend adventures, job hunting, and interviewing, I just have not found time for many do-it-yourself projects. However, I have been slightly proactive. I did make a trip to Ikea last month in search of decor, but left with only two succulent plants and some notebooks from the stationary section, no wall art. Slowly, but surely little things are starting to make this place feel like home. Maybe by Christmas I will have two pieces of DIY art hanging up around here.
Wall art brightens up a space and today's tutorial is a quick easy DIY that allows you to personalize your space. This wall art is inspired by all of the wall banners I've seen on Pinterest.

The distressed texture of the letters fits well with my space, but as per usual feel free to mix up the color/ painting technique. Beforehand, I knew this particular piece would end up hanging near to the space where I practice yoga so I chose the phrase la vie est belle remind myself to take a deep breath and remember that life is beautiful.

You'll need:
  • Acrylic paint
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Fabric 
  • Dowel rod
  • Fabric glue
  • String/ribbon
  • Printer or letter stencils
  • Scissors
Begin by measuring and cutting your fabric to the same width as the dowel rod. The length should be about 1 and a half widths. Note: Length measurements will vary based upon the font and quote you plan to use, so be sure to check that it fits before cutting.

Fold the lengthwise edges at about 3/4 of an inch in. Then iron over the edge and secure with fabric glue.

Next, locate the center of the bottom width-wise edge and make a cut that is about 1.5 inches long.

Next, fold the edge up and use an iron on the crease. Then use fabric glue to hold the edges down. Then fold the top piece of fabric over the dowel rod and secure with fabric glue. By the way, if your fabric is super wrinkled like mine was, now would be a great time to iron it!

Now for the fun part! You can use letter stencils you already have, or you can print your own. To make a stencil like I used: type your phrase in Microsoft Word (I used font Arial Black, size 165), print it out and cut out the letters. Use tape as needed to secure the paper.

This is the first time I tried this stencil method. It worked well and was easier than expected, although a little time consuming. I got the distressed look by pressing lightly and using paint sparingly.

Almost done! Affix your ribbon to both ends of the dowel rod so you can hang your creation.

This wall art really warmed up my blank wall. What DIY projects have you done to decorate your space? Leave a comment below.

I've recently added a DIY section to my blog where you can view all of my DIY projects.

For more DIY room decor projects take a look here and here.


  1. Very nice DIY !

  2. Wow this is great! I've always wanted to make something like this but had no idea where to start. Such a lovely DIY! xo


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