Tips to Layering Wall Art

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Jun 19, 2018

I love to layer various kinds of art and architectural pieces to create one of a kind wall art.  Layering wall art is a great way to add depth and interest to your walls. It can create unique spaces in your home, and transform a wall from blah to beautiful.  Here are a few tips to layering wall art in your home.

These are a few of my favorite walls in my home that I have used layering wall art to create unique spaces. I will share the items that I used and how I hung each piece.

Guest Room Wall Decor

Combine architecture, greenery, art, signs.  

  • old window pane – The Findery
  • wooden word “grace” cutout – The Findery
  • foam flower wall decor – Hobby Lobby
  • eucalyptus greenery swag – Hobby Lobby

To hang the window, I installed large eye bolts drilled into the top of the window frame which made it easy to hang onto screws drilled into the wall.  I used clear push pins placed into the window frame to hold the word in place. The flowers come with a loop attached to the back so I used the loops and push pins to attach the flowers to the window.  I cut a swag of greenery in two pieces and tucked it around the flowers using push pins to hold.

Back of foam flower

Greenery can be cut to size











Tween Room Gallery Wall

Take gallery walls to the next level.

For gallery walls, I lay everything on the floor to get an idea of where each item will go.  I drilled the picture frame directly into the wall and used regular nails to hang the canvas wall art.  To create depth, I layered the framed print and reclaimed wood heart directly onto the picture frame by drilling a screw into the frame. You could use thumb tacks depending on the size of the art or drill a wood block like a 2×4 on the wall to make prints stand out. The wall decals stick right onto the wall and are a great base layer to create interest on a wall.


Living Room Cubby Shelf

Don’t just layer decor on your walls! 

Layering decor is not limited to the walls!  I layered a wreath, and metal crates filled with vintage books and faux florals onto this vintage set of cubbies. I have even hung prints on it! Simple thumb tacks have held everything in place, but tack nails will work for heavier items.  Because the cubbies offer an additional texture to this space, it is fun to layer in decor to soften this piece.  If you have built ins or bookshelves, consider hanging a small artwork onto the seams of the shelves. 3m hooks are an alternative if you have builtins and don’t want to add holes.


Living Room Mantle Decor 

Wall treatments are a great backdrop.

The DIY planked wall panel was one of the first pieces that my husband and I built for this home.  It is one of my favorite places to decorate for the holidays and acts as a great backdrop.  The wall panel is made from 1x3s drilled together with two boards perpendicular placed on the back.  It is not drilled into the wall, so I can remove it if I want.  I used a variety of painting techniques to achieve the looks of distressed boards.  I usually use push pins or small nails to hold artwork in place.  Sometimes I tap nails into the top of the wood panel to hold greenery.


Formal Living Room Wall Decor

Architectural finds are great to layer artwork.

  • Decorative arches – Kirklands
  • Artwork on canvas

This wall is very tall, so I need something to make a statement.  Simple artwork will not always do, so layering artwork over an architectural pieces creates more of a ‘wow factor.’  I layered botanical prints on burlap canvas onto these vintage inspired gates.  The gates are nailed into the wall and simple ‘s hooks’ allow additional artwork to hang on the metal gates.  Smaller ‘s hooks’ work great for hanging wreaths onto cabinet doors, too!

DIY Ticking Stripe American Flag

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Jun 19, 2018

This easy tutorial will show you how to make your own DIY ticking stripe American flag.  A simple patriotic flag will work beautifully in neutral colored decor or to add a vintage American feel to your home this summer.

Between Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day, patriotic decor is perfect for the summer months.  However, I don’t use a lot of red in my decor, so I wanted to create something that would be still be festive, yet blend with the style and colors that I use in my home year round.  This simple DIY ticking stripe American flag gives me all the summer beach cottage vibes using some of my favorite patterns.  The great thing about this project is that you can use any stars and stripes fabric to create decor that works in your home.

Here’s what I need from the store:

I only bought half a yard of each fabric to create a couple of easy summer DIYS!

Here’s what I grabbed from the craft room:

  • Scissors
  • White embroidery thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Gingham ribbon – Michaels 
  • Piece of driftwood or wooden dowel

To start, I cut a rectangular piece of the ticking stripe fabric, about 12 inches wide by 18 inches long. Be sure the stripes run down and not across in the pattern.   I cut a one inch slit into the fabric and then tore the fabric along the grain line which creates a straight line.

I tear the fabric all the way around to create frayed ends. If the ends are not frayed to your liking, you can pull a few threads out.  Use the end of the scissors to separate a few strands of thread and pull away

I do the same thing with the star patterned fabric, but cut a rectangle piece about half of the size of the stripes, about 6 inches wide and 9 inches long. Lay the star fabric over the striped fabric, lining up the top left corners.  Be sure the edges are aligned.  You can pin in place if necessary. I just held it in place.

Next, thread your needle with white embroidery thread doubled over and tie at the end.

Place needle through the fabrics and bring it back up to the top side from the bottom side of the fabric, weaving the needle in and out of the fabric.  This is a simple running stitch.  Work your way around the star fabric to sew it to the front of the ticking stripe. I sewed about a 1/4 inch from the edge of the star fabric.  I doubled the embroidery thread to achieve a primitive look, but you can choose what works for your style.

Tie off the back when you are done stitching.

I have several pieces of driftwood that I use in my decor.  I sewed the flag on the piece of driftwood to hang, but a wooden dowel rod from the craft store or branch from the yard works too. Just wrap the thread over the wood before stitching it through the fabric.

If you like you can add ribbon by stitching it to the corner of the flag. I just tied a bow and let excess ribbon hang.

This entire project takes less than an hour to put together!  I hung the flag inside a chalk painted picture frame on the paneled wall above my mantle.  I am still playing with styling and have a few more flags or banners to craft, so check back soon for more patriotic summer decor. I would love for you to follow me on Instagram and share my ideas on Pinterest! Use the hashtag #cutertudored on social media, if you make your own DIY ticking stripe American flag for your home.


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