A $10 DIY Design Wall

I've been wanting to make an inexpensive design wall that would not leave marks on the wall in the house we are renting. The other evening I had a 2am brainstorm - buttonholes! If I were to put buttonholes on the design wall I could hang it using removable command strip hooks so as not to damage the wall! Here's how I did it:

Materials Needed:
  • Large piece of felt or fleece
  • Pine lattice cut-to-size 
  • Command Hooks
  • Sewing machine (to hem material and make buttonholes)
I went to Jo-Ann's and got a yard and a half of their 72" wide craft felt in white. At $4.99/yard it came to $7.49 - after using one of their 40% off coupons it came to $4.50! Once I got the felt home I needed to decide how big I wanted my design wall. I cut mine to 53" x 54." I hemmed the top edge down an inch and a half and then sewed buttonholes evenly spaced across the top. Given the longer width, I opted for 4 buttonholes.

I wanted it to lay nice and flat against the wall so I went to my local Home Depot store and purchased some pine lattice. It can be found with all the various crown mouldings. It's sold by the foot for 67 cents and you cut it yourself. I cut off 52" so it came to about $2.90. (Something to note: they don't carry the cut-it-yourself mouldings at Lowes. They make you buy it in 8-10 foot lengths. I found that out the hard way).

Next I made a pocket for the lattice to slide into. Be sure to make the pocket big enough.

I placed the command hooks into the buttonholes, held it up to the wall and using a pencil I lightly marked where each hook needs to go. I already had some hooks on hand but you can get these for a great price at Jo-Ann's when you use one of their coupons (about $3 per pack).

I put up the hooks according to the manufacturer's instructions and voila! I have a design wall that cost me less than $10 and it's already being put to good use!

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  1. Thanks for your link...I think that's a fantastic idea.

  2. This is perfect. I have been trying to figure out some way to have a design wall and this will work out great. Thank you for such a great idea!

    1. So glad you like it. I've since made a larger one to fit an entire wall and it still works great.

  3. will cotton fabric stick to the felt long term? I am not a quilter but wanted to hang some pretty fabric on my wall. thanks

    1. Hi Danielle, I've found that it doesn't always stick long term so I usually put a pin in my blocks. You might check out this tutorial though on using ordinary laundry starch to put fabric on walls: https://www.thespruce.com/cover-your-walls-with-fabric-452675


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