Union Jack DIY Wall Art

I have been wanting to make this for months, and while the design was in my head, the right materials had not come along yet.
Until I unearthed a large framed cork board
from my garage, a treasure from a neighbor’s yard sale.
And, the fabric I had been
looking for was discovered this weekend.
Beautiful charcoal gray and white cotton ticking…
  Next aisle over, a bolt of a pretty grayish-khaki linen. 
And for the background, the perfect go to: muslin!
I began by measuring my cork board and it ended up being exactly 24″ by 36″, which is a perfect size for my idea.
Giving myself a few extra inches around the edges
I cut enough muslin to cover the cork board. 
I pressed the fabric well and pulled each section taut,
hot gluing in place as I went around the edge of the board.
I folded the fabric around the corners and tacked each down,
 giving the front of my board a smooth surface as the background.
 Next I measured, clipped and tore long strips
of the darker linen first, laying them in the pattern they would go.
I did the same with the cotton ticking, making the strips a bit more narrow so the linen would be a nice contrast behind the ticking.
I stretched each piece, measuring to make sure I was exactly in the center of each section.  Next I attached first the series of darker linen strips, then the ticking last.  I went in the same order with both fabrics, ending with the vertical piece on top.
After they were all in place and glued down, I used a few very fine lines of hot glue in a few places to hold the fabric strips in place.
I am really enjoying my Union Jack diy wall art,
and was even able to work in a little history lesson
with my 1st grader as well.  I wish every day of creating,
blogging and homeschooling came together like that. 
When they do I have to write about it for those days
that don’t go so um…smoothly or planned 🙂
Thank you so much for creating with me today!
xo, Tanya
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  1. I love this! I've been wanting to redo a canvas in my dining room and this would be perfect!

  2. Hi Tanya
    Beautiful job and I love the fabrics you chose as well

    Have a great week


  3. Very nice! I like the twist on the usual Union Jack with the different fabric and colors.

  4. I love this! The colors are awesome 🙂 pinning and sharing!

  5. So, so pretty, I adore the fabrics you chose, perfect!

  6. Great fabric art! Love the texture and the Union Jack design.

    Pinned and tweeted ~ Super cute 🙂

  7. I know what you mean! Glad you had a smooth and historic filled day 🙂 what a super cool project!

  8. This is so cool! I have a large canvas that something like this would be perfect for. Just before the holidays we finished up an Amanda Bennett unit study on the U.K. Gotta love those magical days when it all lines up! (so rare over here) Thanks for the great inspiration 🙂


  9. This looks great! I love union jack decor – and the colours really suit it actually!

  10. Love it! Nice fabrics!
    Have a nice day!

  11. Great idea and love the rustic fabric choices … pinned!

  12. Just discovered your blog through Savvy Southern Style and I love this! I lived in England so I am partial to the Union Jack.

  13. oooo, I like this! Great colour palette.

  14. That's awesome! Love it!


  15. I love union jacks. Such a cool idea to use fabric. So creative. I am hosting a new link party and would love it if you link up. http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com

  16. How beautiful!
    You've made it look easy, I want to try!

  17. So lovely!! I really like the way you layered the frayed linen with the ticking fabric. The design proportions are great!

  18. Looks great. I love the colors!

  19. A very elegant take on union jack wall art! thank you for sharing!

  20. Found you from the link party on 36th Avenue. I love this idea! Pinned to pinterest. Thanks!

  21. So so pretty! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful idea!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  22. Great job! I love the look of it. The ribbon/fabric is perfect 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Weekend Wonders. Hope to see you again soon. Have a lovely day!

  23. I love this idea! Love the fabric choices! I just started a new link party and would love if you would come on over and share your post or social media sites. http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-link-party4/


  24. This is so cool! I love the layering. I'm visiting from Redoux. Have a great weekend!


  25. P.S. I would love it if you would add this to my new link party, "What I Accomplished Wednesdays."

  26. Oh my, I absolutely love it!

  27. Thanks for linking up to Talkin’ About Thursday – http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-link-party4/

  28. OKAY! Seriously cute-I absolutely love the muted colors! If you get a sec this weekend I would be super excited if you shared at Get Schooled Saturday over at Too Much Time On My Hands.

  29. Absolutely beautiful. Like from a catalog!

    TQM @ Lipoid Pneumonia, Breast Cancer & Petroleum Jelly

  30. Awesome job!!! Love the scale of it and the fabric is just perfect – like griege!

  31. This is the coolest! I love that it's big and makes a statement. What a great idea and an awesome project. Saw you over at Setting for Four and am happy to be following you via GFC. Looking forward to seeing what's next!

  32. Stunning – love your British wall art! The union jack is such a great graphic isn't it! And what a talented way you used it for this artwork!! Thanks so much for linking up to It's Party Time! I would really appreciate it if you could please add my Party url to your Sunday party list! Thanks so much – I am going to give your project a shout out on facebook!!

  33. This is beautiful! Love the ticking and the colors you chose! The frayed edges are perfect 🙂

  34. I love this. I pinned it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  35. Great stuff Tanya!!! I would look great in my living room… just sayin'! hehehe

    Thanks so much for partying with me last week at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I’m really looking forward to seeing what you share tomorrow evening!

  36. I love this Union Jack project! I need to find a place for it and give it a try! I'm a new follower!

    Christy @ Our Southern Home

  37. Love this project! I think that I may have to give it a try! Thanks!!!

  38. I've been drawn to union jacks for about the last 18 months or so – I think this is fab. The ticking really makes it pop.

  39. I seriously need to jump on this 'Union Jack' bandwagon. Love your wall art and the fabrics you used to create it – especially the ticking – beautiful! Thanks for sharing,

  40. Wow, Tanya, I love this!! You did a fabulous job. You are so creative and inspiring!! Love visiting your blog. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing with us at A Bouquet of Talent. Hope you are having a great week. Hurry up Friday!! LOL


  41. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Tanya! I shared it earlier on FB and I may have to make this for our living room. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing (sorry I was so late to visit from last week's Humble Brag link party!)

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Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties