DIY Batik Wall Decor

DIY Batik

I have been battling white walls since we moved into our rental house a couple of years ago. I don’t want to paint because I would have to repaint when we move and it is less than a year now. That’s just too much work, but I need things to hang on the wall. With all of the bohemian type crafts and decor popular right now, this batik art will fit right in.

This is actually a pretty inexpensive project to do and even cheaper if you make your own frame. I went to a store called Jerry’s Art-a-rama in Tempe and bought frame sides to the size I wanted my artwork to be.  I think the whole frame cost me about 6.00 total. 

DIY Batik Wall Decor

I picked two sides to be 10 inches and the other two sides to be 25 inches. There are slots on each piece that fit together snugly. I used a small hammer to get them together.

DIY Batik Wall Decor

After I got my frame put together, I cut a piece of muslin a couple of inches wider than my frame. Later on I will be stretching it like a canvas.

DIY Batik Wall Decor
DIY Batik Wall Decor

The first time I did this I drew my pattern on freehand and had no problem with it but the pattern was much simpler than the one I picked for this.

DIY Batik Wall Decor

This was my first project making a batik fabric. I have yet to stretch it or use it in some way. I haven’t found its purpose yet. 🙂

I searched google and found the knot design I liked here and traced it onto my fabric.

DIY Batik Wall Decor

The rest of my components to finish this are wax, dye, and an eye shadow applicator. I put plain beeswax into a small metal bowl and melted it with a double boiler method in a pan on the stove.

DIY Batik Wall Decor

While the wax was melting, I ripped off a good size piece of freezer paper to put underneath the fabric. Then I just started painting my fabric with the wax using the eye shadow applicator. I was careful with the wax because it was hot, but I didn’t care much if some dripped in spots across my fabric.

DIY Batik Wall Decor

I really upped the contrast so you can see the wax, hopefully. The traced lines are dark but once you dye the fabric they aren’t visible.

DIY Batik Wall Decor

I somewhat followed the instructions on the package of dye. It said to put it in a squirt bottle but I mixed it in a large container. Wearing gloves I put the fabric in and smushed it all around. Last time I dyed fabric, I had blue hands for a few days afterward. My husband thought I was crazy but I was impatient and didn’t have any gloves. 🙂

DIY Batik Wall Decor

I wrung out the fabric and laid it on the freezer paper outside for the sun to dry it.  The Arizona sun only takes a few minutes to dry out anything. 

DIY Batik Wall Decor

After it was dry, I stretched it on the frame by stapling it in the corners first, then the middle of the sides and so on until I had it completely taut.

DIY Batik Wall Decor

So now I have a new piece of artwork to give some color to my too white walls.

DIY Batik Wall Decor


DIY Batik Wall Decor




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This Post Has 25 Comments
  1. This is awesome!! I love how you made this piece of artwork! The design is pretty and it looks wonderful against the white walls.

  2. Kileen, Great looking project. I have a question. Did you leave the wax on the fabric? I would have expected that the wax would be removed. Thanks. Sylvia D.

    1. I did but some of it can peel off. The drips mostly peel right off but the areas I brushed on the wax doesn’t come off as easily so I left it. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

  3. Kileen, your wall decor project is simply beautiful! The celtic knot you choose is incredible and the step-by-step is so easy to understand. Thanks for adding more ideas to my arsenal lol. We’ve featured this on Happiness Is Homemade this week!

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