Fabric scraps turn into decoupage materials for wood-backed wall art.

How to Take Fabric & Put It Over Wood to Create a Wall Decoration

by Kathy Adams

Wood is a viable material for homemade wall art, providing a durable material that lasts. Wood and fabric wall art is a means of upcycling those scrap wood and fabric pieces that have no other immediate usefulness; even tiny fabric scraps can be used to create a decoupage-style art piece. Opt for simple shapes such as a rectangle to emulate the look of an art canvas, or choose specifics such as a bird or guitar for a more playful effect.

Staple Method

Cover the work surface with a scrap sheet of cardboard to protect against both glue and scratches. Set the fabric piece face-down on the cardboard.

Align the wood art shape atop the fabric so it is centered. Wrap the fabric around the sides of the wood piece, pulling it taut as if wrapping a gift.

Staple the fabric to the back of the piece, tucking the fabric neatly around corners and edges, keeping the staples near the outer edges of the back.

Trim excess fabric from the back of the wood using scissors.

Decoupage Method

Cut small strips or shapes of fabric using scissors.

Cover the work surface with scrap cardboard to protect the area. Set the wood art shape atop the cardboard.

Plot a basic design by setting strips of fabric over the wood in a visually pleasing layout, remembering that the sides of the wood also require fabric. Set the fabric aside. Skip this step if working with only one fabric pattern or if going for a random design.

Brush decoupage medium over the face and sides of the wood piece using a foam brush, working in small areas if the wood is large. Apply one strip or piece of fabric at a time, smoothing it with your hands, over the wet decoupage medium. Continue the process until the entire front and sides of the wood piece are covered with fabric.

Items you will need

  • Scrap cardboard
  • Wood in desired shapes
  • Scissors
  • Fabric larger than the wood (or small scraps for decoupage)
  • Staple gun
  • Decoupage medium
  • Foam brush


  • If the fabric is so thin that the wood shows through, add a layer of a thick fabric such as canvas between the wood and the decorative fabric. Cotton batting can also be used.
  • Attach small screw eyes to the back of the finished wood art piece near the top, for a means of adding picture wire to hang the piece. If using a heavy piece of wood, secure it to the wall on studs, or install wall anchors in the wall prior to hanging the piece.
  • For a variation on the theme, cut a specific fabric shape from a contrasting fabric, such as an indigo bird for a yellow fabric background, gluing the bird over the yellow-wrapped wood using decoupage medium.

About the Author

Kathy Adams is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer who traveled the world handling numerous duties for music artists. She writes travel and budgeting tips and destination guides for USA Today, Travelocity and ForRent, among others. She enjoys exploring foreign locales and hiking off the beaten path stateside, snapping pics of wildlife and nature instead of selfies.

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