Three things about me – I’m not a fan of bare walls, I don’t really care for standard pre-packaged art, and I’m not made of money. Combined, those facts mean I need to flex my creative muscles when it comes to home decor.
Here’s a short photographic tour of some of our home’s walls, and a few ways I’ve made original art on the cheap.
I wanted a vintage, Dick-and-Jane feel in our daughter’s room, but I couldn’t really find anything I liked. So I bought a Dick and Jane calendar, scanned in my favorite illustrations, and cropped them to fit inexpensive frames that I spray painted red. Because they’re small, I grouped them as a set of six, lined horizontally on the wall now above our son’s crib.
On another wall in my daughter’s room, I made simple clothes out of scrapbook paper, ran a length of twine, and hung the “laundry” with clothespins. From beginning to end, this artwork took about an hour to create.
Remember this art I made for our master bedroom?
I made two more for our home, one of which hangs in the kids’ playroom:
This idea from Heidi at Mt. Hope Chronicles really is so easy. Trace circles with a bowl, a cup, or whatever on to scrapbook paper. Cut out, glue on to a canvas, and seal with a decoupage glue such as Mod Podge. Voila.
On the other playroom wall, we have a simple “art gallery” of latest creations that we rotate regularly. This art is about as inexpensive as you can get, and your kids will beam with pride.
This is a simple collage I crafted out of scrapbook paper and Mod Podge. The abstract look is easier to create, because it doesn’t have to be “perfect.” Just cut and glue on to canvas.
My sister-in-law gave me these vintage label stickers from Pier 1. The smaller ones didn’t logically lay in an orderly grid, so for them I went with the haphazard look. The larger labels fit my frame’s mat perfectly, so they’re displayed as a grid. Hung side by side, they pack more punch on our large walls.
One of the few things I collect are the letter O, for our last name. These are displayed as a group in the hallway, and are framed by an old bulletin board frame. I plan to paint the frame black, to pull the group together and to match the rest of our black frames in the hallway.
If all else fails, see if your favorite store sells or gives away their store displays. We bought this huge framed photo from the “as is” section of Ikea – it was former store decor.
For more ideas and inspiration, check out these creative sites I love:
What are your frugal decor tips? Do you have a favorite wall hanging or creation? What websites do you visit for inspiration?