The Best Damned DIY Triptych Art Under $50
We’re in the middle of making over our master bathroom, here at the Leggo house, featuring new paint & décor. Thanks to our DIY triptych art idea, we *finally* made use of an awesome octopus shower curtain that we bought over a year ago. This octopus shower curtain becomes the best damned DIY triptych art ever!
What the hell is triptych?…
Triptych – pronounced trip-tick, is a work of art that’s divided into 3 sections.
Plan B: Although the “bigger” of the 2 walls was too small, both walls combined was just the right size to create Triptych art out of the shower curtain.
*Shower curtain (of your choice; more octopus inspiration below)
*Staple gun & staples
*Compound Miter Saw
* Cordless drill & screws
*Command strips (optional, we used these to make it “flush” with the wall)
* 8 pieces of # 2 Topchoice Whitewood Boards (1″ x 2″x6 ft.) (“whitewood” doesn’t refer to the color)
*Paint – for the wood pieces (optional)
MONEY-SAVING TIP: Since our shower curtain was white & see-through, we needed white-colored boards. To our surprise, the actual white-colored boards at Lowe’s were $15.00 a piece!!! We said “hell no, $15.00 x 8 pieces is $120.00!!” At $25.00 for 8 pieces of the “#2 Topchoice Whitewood Boards”, we went the budget-friendly route & painted them ourselves. That’s almost $100.00 savings! 🙂 Save that money!
HOW TO DIY TRIPTYCH ART
To save $100.00, we happily painted the wood boards white, with paint we had on-hand. Jonathan only painted 1-side of the wood, since the “back” will be facing the wall. This step is completely optional since it’s dependent upon personal preference & the color of your shower curtain.
PS: If you’re like us & have a tiny condo garage (& no workshop), you know you’ve got to make things work with what you have, & with where you are... thus using the saw on our driveway. 🙂
Once you’re happy with your cuts, assemble the pieces into three frames, using a cordless drill & screws. If you’re short of screws, online sellers of useful building supplies can be found at places like https://tradefixdirect.com/stainless-steel-screws, and you might want to give them a look if you’re in need of any supplies.
Do a mock-up with the “pretty side-up” & with the “pretty side-down”. The mock-up of the “pretty side-up” will give you a visual of how the final product will look. ALL of the remaining steps will be done with the shower curtain & the painted wood frames “pretty side-down.”
To minimize cutting errors, staple the outer edges of the shower curtain to the “end” frames first.This method works perfectly well, especially if the fabric is “slippy.”
Carefully cut out the middle piece. I started cutting by “eyeballing”& I could see that my OCD hubby was having a “meltdown” that I wasn’t using a tape measure as a “cutting guide.”
Before he went into total “hubby meltdown mode,” I allowed him to take over, but not before “lovingly torturing“ him for a little bit. Ha! Apparently it’s the work supervisor in him. 🙂
Staple the middle piece. Finish stapling the end pieces & then cut off any excess fabric. (Keep reading for an awesome way to repurpose the fabric scraps & a good laugh. 🙂 )
After you’ve determined where you want each piece to hang & how much space you want in-between each piece, drill screws into the wall with the cordless drill.
We also used command strips on the middle & bottom of the frames to make them “flush” with the wall (totally optional).
& just in case you’re looking for a total badass way to repurpose those fabric scraps… you can become “Repurposed Rambo“
WHY DIY TRIPTYCH ART?
- Doesn’t require a lot of skill;
- It’s a QUICK-WIN;
- Easily completed in a weekend;
- Great for odd corners & blank walls;
- The “3” is where it’s at – creates DRAMA & INTRIGUE;
- The 3 pieces with the “negative space” creates an EXPENSIVE AESTHETIC;
- You can become REPURPOSED RAMBO, ’nuff said!
Until next time,
CHEERS TO BUDGET-FRIENDLY ART!
Love, Peace & Happiness,
Hippie & Sparky