The DIY of Your Man's Dream: Make This Wall Hanging For His Man Cave

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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.

Target art
Target art (Image: Jill Sparks)
Gather your supplies
Gather your supplies (Image: Jill Sparks)
Supplies for templates
Supplies for templates (Image: Jill Sparks)
Templates and stretcher bars
Templates and stretcher bars (Image: Jill Sparks)

Things You'll Need

  • Paper to make templates
  • Math compass
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Medium-weight woven fabric for backing and targets
  • Chalk marker
  • Ruler
  • 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.

Set the ruler for 1.5 inches
Set the ruler for 1.5 inches (Image: Jill Sparks)

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.

The 3-inch circle
The 3-inch circle (Image: Jill Sparks)

For the silhouette, fold your paper in half vertically. Then draw half the silhouette, cut out and unfold.

The silhouette pattern
The silhouette pattern (Image: Jill Sparks)

Step 2: Trace the Templates and Cut Out Fabric

Trace and cut the fabric for each color with the chalk marker.

Trace and cut out the circles.
Trace and cut out the circles. (Image: Jill Sparks)
The chalk marker works especially well on dark fabric.
The chalk marker works especially well on dark fabric. (Image: Jill Sparks)

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.

Mark 2 inches around the frame with the chalk marker and cut out.
Mark 2 inches around the frame with the chalk marker and cut out. (Image: Jill Sparks)

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.

Tip

  • When affixing the circles, put the wrong side of the smaller circle against the right side of the larger one.

Apply glue to the back of the 3-inch circle
Apply glue to the back of the 3-inch circle (Image: Jill Sparks)
Apply the 3-inch circle to the middle of the 6-inch circle.
Apply the 3-inch circle to the middle of the 6-inch circle. (Image: Jill Sparks)

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.

Zig zag around the edge of the circle.
Zig zag around the edge of the circle. (Image: Jill Sparks)
After sewing, press to get out any wrinkles and set the stitches.
After sewing, press to get out any wrinkles and set the stitches. (Image: Jill Sparks)

After the circles are all joined, glue or pin to the backing fabric and stitch in place.

Center the circles on the backing fabric.
Center the circles on the backing fabric. (Image: Jill Sparks)
Press the stitches.
Press the stitches. (Image: Jill Sparks)
Press the stitches.
Press the stitches. (Image: Jill Sparks)

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.

Center the stretcher bars over the fabric.
Center the stretcher bars over the fabric. (Image: Jill Sparks)

Starting in the center of one side, pull the fabric over the stretcher bar and staple in place.

In the center of the bar, staple the fabric in place.
In the center of the bar, staple the fabric in place. (Image: Jill Sparks)

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.

Switch to the other side, pull taut and staple.
Switch to the other side, pull taut and staple. (Image: Jill Sparks)

At the corners, pinch the excess fabric, pull it tight toward the center, staple in place and trim.

Pinch the excess fabric.
Pinch the excess fabric. (Image: Jill Sparks)
Pull it tightly.
Pull it tightly. (Image: Jill Sparks)
Staple and trim.
Staple and trim. (Image: Jill Sparks)

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.

Hang your new art pieces
Hang your new art pieces (Image: Jill Sparks)

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