DIY Shoestring Wall Art Ideas

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There are lots of great cures for filling those blank or boring spaces on your walls, without spending a lot of money. Remember this is a great place to show creativity and personality, so make your walls your own, and use creative wall decorating ideas as starting points to dressing your wall areas on a budget. Quick ideas to get your thoughts moving? (Our feature photo, above, from ‘Poppytalk‘ show using old book pages as wall art! Great idea to cover damaged walls!)

  • Most anything can be framed or hung and brought to life on your walls. Need some ideas? CD covers (great for teenagers rooms), music magazines covers, seed packets, kimonos, christening gowns, baby dresses, pieces of lace, children’s art, that bouquet of roses your husband sent you, favorite quilts, old love letters, gloves from your wedding day, a beaded purse, old photos picked up in antique shops (less than a dollar!), etc. Don’t let traditional ideas about what should be on your walls hold you back.
  • Look for frames at garage sales- even if the picture inside is hideous, the frame itself might be well worth the measly buck you paid for it!
  • I often cut photos from garden catalogs and frame them for great looking botanical photos. How about using old calendar photos, book plates, and greeting cards? Try looking for end of the year clearance sales, used book stores, garage sales, etc… This can work for whatever your theme is, from floral fantasy to sports to cows!
  • Visit your local antique stores and search for inexpensive collectibles that you can group together on a wall. Utensils, postcards, old keys, etc… can offer a graphic and creative display, and can be very inexpensive!
  • Learn to quilt, and make a simple wall quilt to hang. Try a memory quilt, and make each square out of a treasured piece of your children’s clothing or blankets. There are many books at the library available for free use, and it is much easier than you think if you keep to beginners projects. Quilts can also become lasting family heirlooms, so give it a try!
  • Make your own picture frame. Try just gluing together four twigs for a rustic look, make bread dough frames and paint them to match your room (glue a picture hanger to the back) or cut foam core board or cardboard in a frame shape and cover with fabric.
  • Dress up your current frames for a detail that can’t be missed! Your glue gun will come in handy here! You can glue a variety of items to your frames to make them one of a kind. Small pinecones, seashells, buttons, pasta, coffee beans, driftwood pieces, bottle caps, wine corks, wood cutouts, small novelty toys- the list is endless! Arrange the items in patterns or randomly on paper first before you start gluing. Try combining more than one item on the same frame.
  • How about just a coat of paint? Bring a roomful of mismatched frames together by painting them all the same color. This is also a great place to try out a new faux finishing technique- if you make a mistake, it takes very little paint to start over!
  • Decorative items don’t have to fit in a frame to be great wall art. Paint an old wooden board with thoughtful prose, hang a wooden ladder and use it as a display shelf, and tools or farm implements are an old favorite. A section of charming fence, an old window, even a piece of interesting molding off an old house can be real eye catchers, and add a sense of history.
  • Make nature prints on fabric or paper, then frame. You can actually use a real leaf, fern frond, or flower, lightly paint one side, then gently press onto your surface. Try several test prints first, and experiment with adding several colors at once. This procedure works best if there isn’t too much paint, so blot on a paper towel first so you get a better image.

If those aren’t enough, try these DIY wall art projects we recommend!

This first project is DIY stick letters from Natalie at ‘Hello Little House’ and was made for her boys room, but I love rustic projects that are classy as well, and this is. Easy, easy tutorial, and she explains it just right.

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Got extra pretty fabric laying around, but it’s not enough for a whole project? Well, now it is… scrap fabric becomes inexpensive DIY fabric art with this tutorial from Jamielynn of ‘I Heart Naptime’…

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‘Trendy Thrifting’ shows us how to use those amazing bargains called engineering prints to make these DIY canvas prints out of your own photos… I think these look better BIG!

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‘Place of My Taste’ has another take on the DIY canvas photo. She uses another method for hanging, and this print cost her only $7 to make!

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‘Creature Comforts’ has the info on how to convert your own photos to these pixelated artsy ones, for free! Ok, you will have to frame it… :)

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Make this easy watercolor wall art with bubbles! Tutorial from ‘BHG’… I love how soft this looks. What if you used different shades of the same color?

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Lastly, y’all know I’m pretty fond of inspirational sayings and quotes. From Jen at ‘Craft-o-Maniac’, these DIY clipboard quotes come with free printable, so you can print and hang a group of these today! How cheap is that? Love!

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I hope this inspires you to bring your imagination to your walls… Remember, even though these projects are quite inexpensive, or even free, the best thing about them will be the personality you impart with them in decorating your home!

Image Credits: BHG, Poppytalk, Hello Little House, I Heart Naptime, Trending Thrifty, Place of My Taste, Creature Comforts, Craft O Maniac

 

 



Comments

  1. Chandler says:

    Wonderful ideas! Looking forward to trying some of them.

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