Elegance with Sari Wall Art that You can Make Yourself

Sari Wall Art
Sari Wall Art

Sprucing up my living room wall décor has been on my decorating “to-do” list for quite some time now. I wanted to create something unique that would truly add a personal touch to my home. After several Google searches and rummaging through my fabric and craft closet, I was inspired to create sari wall art! I already had most of the materials and supplies; all I had to do was buy the canvas.

Quick Tip: Don’t have saris on hand for this project.  Ebay is a great source of inexpensive saris for wall art or other home decor projects.

In addition to my sari remnants, I discovered that I had several sari blouse pieces that I was never going to convert into a blouse. If you are Indian, you know what I’m talking about – most saris come with extra fabric to make a custom fitted sari blouse that coordinates with your sari. These blouse pieces are embellished with the same border or zari work that’s on your sari. With the fabric sprawled across the floor, I decided upon a color scheme then cut the different pieces to the appropriate size to fit the canvas to create my sari wall art.  The great thing about working with saris is that they come in so many colors and patterns.  I encourage you to take a little time to select the color scheme that makes the most sense for you.  Since I have a neutral sofa with some pops of color in my pillows, I decided to go with a vibrant array of colors.  If you have a more colorful room, you can select just one simple sari and still have the beauty of sari wall art that plays more of a background role.

Sari Wall Art

Next I painted each canvas (purchased from Dick Blick Art Supply) with a few coats of acrylic paint and let the canvas dry over night. Using a foam brush, I applied a thin coat of Mod Podge (a versatile adhesive available at most art supply shops) and carefully mounted the cut sari pieces on top of the layer of Mod Podge. This part was a bit tricky, as the fabric tends to wrinkle and bubble due to the adhesive. But don’t worry if you don’t get the wrinkles out – this just adds character and gives your artwork a rustic look.  Just a few supplies and a couple short steps and voila — I had the sari wall art hanging behind my sofa and gave the room a whole new look!

How to create sari wall art

What DIY décor ideas have you worked on lately? Share it in the comments below!

Rekha Krishnamurthi

Rekha is passionate about home design and entertaining. She wanted toshare some of her favorite ideas, tips and tricks to inspire home design with simple ideas and easy ways to bring a bit more flair into our everyday. Rekha is the founder of Divine NY & Co., a design studio that handcrafts unique design & décor for home, weddings and special events that we absolutely love here at Saffluence!

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2 Comments

  1. Could you wrap the sari fabric around the canvas and staple to the back?

    • Many sari pieces, esp if they are silk and have been previously worn are very thin and delicate. The silk can become almost brittle if it has been dry cleaned. The weave isn’t very tight. If you were to staple them on the backside of the canvas, I’d recommend an iron-on fusible interfacing, in strips ironed on to the edges of the fabric where the staples will be. .It will strengthen the fabric for the stretching tension and the puncture of the staples. Even so, affixing the fabric to the canvas with some kind of adhesive or sealer would be the best solution for appearance and longevity. It might be messy but if you didn’t want to have glue or sealer over the fabric front, you could wrap it around the the back of the frame and glue it/seal it to the back, folding it carefully around the corners, etc.

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