Monday, January 27, 2014

Pia Wallen Cross Blanket Inspired Artwork

Wow, that’s a mouthful.  Good news.  This DIY artwork is easier to make than it is to read that title ten times fast.
While browsing through an Apartment Therapy House Tour, I came across an image with a Pia Wallen cross blanket tossed on the bed.  I immediately started searching the internet to see how much these blankets run.  I really really really wanted one for my wall.  As in, framed artwork above our master bed.  My search was quickly brought to a hault when the price tag of $398 ($398!!!) glared me in the face. 
image via Terrain
Clearly I wasn’t about to spend that amount on a blanket.  for my wall.  So I turned to the next best thing…DIY it!  At first I was thinking about painting black crosses on a canvas or paper and framing it.  I also thought maybe I could find a fabric that was a replica of the real thing.  I searched but came up empty handed.  That’s when my super artsy friend, Christina, gave me a brilliant idea.  Felt!  It resembles the wool look of Swiss blankets.  And.  It’s super inexpensive. 
I spent a whopping eight dollars or so on a yard and a half of tan felt and four pieces of black felt.
First, I measured and cut my tan fabric to the size of the frame.  Then, I cut the black felt into 1 1/2 x 4 inch strips.
Next, I laid out my crosses in three rows and spaced them out as evenly as possible.
Finally, I hot glued them down and put it in a frame.
I love how it turned out and can’t wait to get it up on our wall.  Unfortunately I have to be patient and wait until our headboard project is complete (or started for that matter).  But don’t worry.  We snapped a couple pics to get a general idea of how it will look in our room. 
Despite the preschool picture smile I’m sporting in that top photo, I think this DIY artwork is going to look great in our room! Pin It


  1. Liz, you are adorable with that bump! Can't believe the pricetag FOR A BLANKET. Your DIY version looks amazing and will be awesome above the bed!

    1. Thanks, Deme! I can't wait to hang it! I have a hard time being patient:)

  2. This is a really nice idea for wall art. You look great Liz!