DIY: Linen Canvas Wall Decor

2 Sep

Have you ever sat there and wondered what to do with a blanket stretch flax linen canvas?

Me too.

So today I will share with you what I did to incorporate my favorite basic (flax/tan/taupe linen) into interesting and artful decor.


I found this on one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love. I believe it is in one of their friends’ stores that features hand-made jewelry. How clever to simply poke holes in this gorgeous linen material. The plain background showcases the jewelry and adds a touch of earthiness to the otherwise outrageously (and awesomely) bright turquoise wall.

Inspired by Young House Love


Probably the best and only place I know of to buy inexpensive stretched flax linen canvases is Binders Art. They have so many different sizes and shapes and are somehow always on sale. Not going to argue with that.

Get you some!


It may be a little shoddy for a first try but it took me all of 20 minutes to complete almost everything you see so I’m not complaining.

These are ridiculously easy to make. All you have to do it manually (by hand) screw in various size hooks at the top near the wood framing the back of the canvas. I decided to spray paint mine a similar color to the canvas but anything would look good. How fun would it be to try vintage-looking schoolhouse hooks like these?

Inspired by Pottery Barn

I love using the linen for jewelry holders but am still looking for the perfect size frame to put around my earring canvas (above) to add that little extra bit of panache. Please ignore the fact that most of my earring collection seems missing — it is. Okay, back to the adding of panache: I’m on the prowl for some kind of frame with both a vintage and modern feel. I’m thinking about a chunky baroque frame — always a good choice in my book.

Inspired by: More Than Words

A second use of these canvases was inspired by nude silhouette art – a quasi weird obsession of mine. I think it’s classy, okay people! I had an image in my head and tried to put it down on canvas with white acrylic paint. Below is what I came up with.

But upon further inspection, the curved line off the body to the right either seemed too much like a lopsided breast. This majorly bothered me since I put her in my bathroom — it was like she and her breast were watching me do bathroom things. Too weird for my taste.

So with a few more brushes of my white paint to give this lovely lady a breast enhancement, I turned my mis-stroke into somewhat of an elbow with another to match. Voila! Perfect silhouette body art. Even if her bony elbows make her look slightly like a skeletor. No matter — I am in love with her and must think of a name. Thoughts? Suggestions?


2 Responses to “DIY: Linen Canvas Wall Decor”

  1. Sarah September 3, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    I absolutely love this! I missed the linen canvases on YHL, but I am trying this soon!

  2. Angela September 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    I love this idea with the jewelry! Such a great way to keep it.

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