If your dude's man cave or hunting cabin needs a little artistic inspiration, add a bold graphic punch to his space with these target and shooting-range-inspired art pieces.
Things You'll Need
- Paper to make templates
- Math compass
- Medium-weight woven fabric for backing and targets
- Chalk marker
- Glue stick or pins
- Thread to match each target color
- Staple gun and staples
- Stretcher bars, 14 by 16 inches
- Sewing machine
Step 1: Make the Templates
For the circles, there are four to make: 3 inches, 6 inches, 9 inches and 12 inches. The ruler on the compass measures out the radius of a circle, so for the 3-inch circle, set compass to 1.5 inches and so on.
After setting the measurement, mark out the circle. For the 9-inch circle you will need to tape two pieces of paper together. For the 12-inch circle, you will need to tape four pieces of paper together.
For the silhouette, fold your paper in half vertically. Then draw half the silhouette, cut out and unfold.
Step 2: Trace the Templates and Cut Out Fabric
Trace and cut the fabric for each color with the chalk marker.
Step 3: Mark and Cut Out Backing Fabric
Measure backing fabric to allow approximately 2 inches around the frame. This will provide you with plenty of fabric to work with when you staple it to the stretcher bars.
Step 4: Pin or Glue the Pieces to Each Other
Starting with the 3-inch circle, pin or glue its wrong side to the right side of the 6-inch circle, centering it and smoothing out any wrinkles.
With the silhouette, apply the glue or pin, and affix it directly to the gray backing fabric, centering it. Don't put glue all the way to the edges, though, because you don't want to get glue on your sewing machine needle and gum the machine up.
When affixing the circles, put the wrong side of the smaller circle against the right side of the larger one.
Step 5: Stitch the Pieces to Each Other
On your sewing machine, set your stitch to a zigzag with a width of 4 and a length of 1. Sew the zigzag stitch around the edges of the 3-inch circle, permanently affixing it to the 6-inch circle. After it's attached, iron the stitches, smoothing out any wrinkling. Continue basting, sewing and pressing, until all the circles are attached to each other.
Repeat the same process for the silhouette pattern.
After the circles are all joined, glue or pin to the backing fabric and stitch in place.
Step 6: Attach the Fabric to the Stretcher Bars
To attach the fabric to the stretcher bars, turn the fabric over, right-side down, and center the stretcher bars over it.
Starting in the center of one side, pull the fabric over the stretcher bar and staple in place.
Switch to the opposite side, pull the fabric taut and staple in the center. Move to the bottom and top of the bars, pulling the fabric taut and stapling in the center. Continue in this manner, switching sides and moving out from the center staple, until the entire piece has been stapled to the stretcher bars.
At the corners, pinch the excess fabric, pull it tight toward the center, staple in place and trim.
Step 7: Hang Up Your New Art
If the traditional target colors aren't your thing, change it up. Make the pieces larger, smaller, with more layers -- customize the craft to your room and liking.