Thursday, July 23, 2015

DIY Harry Potter Map Canvas

I've been looking for something large to cover some wall space in my Bonus Room, preferably a map. Since most of our books are in this room, I thought a literary map might be fun, but those can get pricey. Then I discovered a site called Spoonflower. It's a company that prints fabric. You can create your own design, upload an image, or select a design from the marketplace. You even select what type of fabric it's printed on. In the marketplace, I found some Harry Potter Map fabric!  I decided to make a wooden frame and wrap the fabric around it to look like a canvas.

One yard will give you two full maps, so I can either sell the second one or give it as a gift. I got basic cotton ultra and selected "yards (42" width)" under size and amount.

Here it is once I got it in the mail. As you can see, if I cut the two maps apart, there's not a whole lot of room left for wrapping it around a frame.

I decided to make my frame 16" x 39" so the image would be centered with enough room on the bottom to fold it over. This also allowed a tiny bit of room to stretch the fabric, so I could get a nice tight look. I used two 6' 1x2s and cut them together, so my sides would be exactly the same length.

I used 1/2" staples on the corners on the back of the frame.

I put the fabric through the dryer to help loosed the creases from being folded in the mail. Then I ironed it. Laying the image face down, I centered the frame as best as I could. I started with the bottom where I didn't have much extra fabric to wrap over. I did three staples on the bottom.

Then, pulling the fabric so it was pretty taut, I did three staples on the top.

Then I did the same thing with three staples on both sides. It was starting to look nice and tight in the middle!

I kept working my way out to the corners. Two staples on bottom, followed by two staples on the top, followed by two staples on the right, and then two on the left. It also helped to pull the fabric looking at the design on the sides to help keep it in a straight line.

Once I got to the corners, I tucked the bottom into the side and then folded the side under and over.

Then I trimmed some of the excess fabric along the wood.

And voila!

The detail on the map is really beautiful

It only took me about 20-30 minutes altogether to complete.

I love how it makes a large impact with the width, but it's not too tall, so it fits nicely on my short Bonus Room walls.

With shipping, the fabric ends up being $20.50. That's only $10.25 a map. Then with the cost of 1x2s and staples, it ends up being around $15 for one map!

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  1. This is awesome! There are so many possibilities with this, you could do a whole wall full of different literary maps. Love it!

  2. Love this! Now I just need a bonus room!

  3. I love it! This was a super idea!

  4. Wow that's a lot of bang for your buck! Thanks for posting. Hello from Merry Monday.

  5. My boys would love this map! I am going to have to check out this website, love that the map is on fabric and it looks pretty easy to make. Thanks so much for sharing this at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. Have a great rest of your week and take care, Tara

  6. What a great idea and so magical looking, love the vintage look it has. thanks for sharing it on Dream Create and Inspire.. Hugs Maria

  7. This looks like an awesome post, thanks for linking it up at this weeks Merry Mondays!

  8. Wow, Emily,
    This really turned out great! I especially like the vintage appearance and how it fits the literary theme of the room. Nice job making the frame and applying the fabric too. I need you here to consult on the oak file cabinets I'm making.


  9. This is fabulous!! I need to do this!!!

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