Saving Money on Wall Art

Whether you create your own or find good deal, there are numerous ways to have inexpensive wall art. This is a guide about saving money on wall art.

February 28, 2011 Flag
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Using acrylic paint and 2 old frames (with glass), you can create 2 fun, unique pieces of wall art. No art skill necessary!


Approximate Time: 1 hour (including dry time)



    Take apart frames and remove glass from both. On spread out newspaper, carefully clean both sides of the glass (using gloves, if desired).
    *Remember, frame glass is unfinished on the edges, so be really careful!

  1. Once the glass is dry, randomly squeeze colors of your choice on one piece of glass. (Have fun with this part, but don't overdo how much paint you apply, or you'll have a big mess!)
  2. Lay your second piece of glass over the paint and begin pressing the paint toward the edges of your glass. Once the paint is covering all four corners of your glass, CAREFULLY separate the glass without sliding the paint.
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  4. Lay glass paint side up to dry. While the paint dries, you may want to spruce up your frame, mine were old wooden ones, so I did a quick coat of black paint.
  5. Some of my paint was transparent when it dried, so I used a piece of copy paper between the paint and cardboard backing of the frame. Secure the backing, hang and enjoy your 2 new pieces of beautiful wall art!

By Jenn from Vineland, NJ

March 2, 20110 found this helpful

I really like the way these look, now I'll have to hit the thrift store on their 99cent day!

I think something else you could do would be to 'squish' the paint on the glass, then very carefully lay a piece of paper on the paint to transfer the paint design to the paper. Then you could use the paper to make things with. Have you tried this? I wonder if it would work.

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March 3, 20110 found this helpful

I've seen that done with paint dropped in a basin of water, you swirl the paint on the surface and then carefully put a piece of paper on it, let it dry and can use it for wrapping paper.

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October 9, 2013 Flag
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If you are on a budget, but want some really pretty art work for your walls, I have a tip for you! All you need is an 8 x 10 picture frame from your local dollar store, ($1.00) and a magazine with pretty photographs in it.

Find a picture in the magazine you like, carefully rip it out, and put it in the frame. When you hang it on your wall, it looks like a really pretty photograph, or art poster.

October 14, 20130 found this helpful

I give your suggestion an A+! Thank you for the great idea :-D

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October 19, 20130 found this helpful

Thank you both!

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December 2, 2011 Flag
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A bare wall is a blank canvas waiting to be decorated. However, art can be expensive. I have found that I can decorate my walls at little or no cost simply by using photos from books or magazines.

Cheap picture frames can be found at Dollar Stores, yard sales, and thrift stores. I cut out and mount pictures from magazines I subscribe to or find free at various locations.

A local library has over-sized books available at their book sale for $1. The book covers are well worn or damaged but the pages inside are usually in good condition. Nature and gardening books often have beautiful pictures in them that look fantastic when framed.

I can very inexpensively create a wall of pictures that relate to things I'm passionate about, such as nature scenes, animals and flowers. I like to frequently alter my decor but my budget doesn't allow me to purchase new room accessories very often.

Just placing new "free" pictures on the wall will alter the atmosphere and appearance of a room. Temporarily removing standard pictures and replacing them with holiday pictures is an inexpensive way to decorate for Christmas.

By VeronicaHB from Asheboro, NC

December 2, 20110 found this helpful

Look at Junkmarket Style on the net & other craft sites & you will get lots of ideas for inexpensive wall decor! (Fyi - I just bought a framed bird print at a thrift store on sale for .50 cents.)

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December 3, 20110 found this helpful

Veronica, this is a great idea. I do it myself many times. In face, I keep a file folder of pictures cut from magazines that I want to frame. Another great way to decorate for the holidays is instead of changing the pictures out, wrap the whole picture; fram and all in Christmas wrap and ribbon and bow and hang it back on the wall. Looks like presents hanging on the wall.


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February 26, 2012 Flag

Over the last few months, I bought a handful of interesting picture frames from second hand stores. I then spray painted them various colors and hung them on the wall in our dining room to add some texture to a large blank wall.

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August 23, 2010 Flag
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I always find really nice place mats at local thrift stores. I like ones made from straw, seagrass, and other materials like that. I really like the ones that are loosely woven so you can see through them.

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April 30, 2009 Flag
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Hang a large rug (as art) on a wall that faces the outside of your home to help save energy and help keep out noise. A rug will also help keep a bedroom quiet if hung on an inside wall.

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December 28, 2015 Flag
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This is a guide about repurposing calendar pictures. Continue to enjoy your favorite calendar pages, even after the year is over, by displaying them another way or using them for crafts.

Repurposing Calendar Pictures

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March 3, 2010 Flag

Use empty kitchen cardboard as a pallet to display favorite fabrics!

  1. Open the box all the way so that it will fold down flat.

    Facric covering recycled cardboard.

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September 9, 2004 Flag
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Want to have beautiful artwork to hang on the walls, but have a tiny budget? With a computer, printer and the help of colored pencils all things are possible. Go to a site such as and find whatever artwork moves you.

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May 22, 2007 Flag
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I created this book art when decorating my son's farm bedroom. Since we went with a down on the farm theme, I wanted to incorporate some of his favorite books in artwork.

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October 10, 2006 Flag
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What are some inexpensive do-it-yourself ideas for one-of-a-kind wall art? I'd like to make my own unique art for my home, but I get intimidated by those big blank canvasses at the store. They make it look so easy on decorating shows, but I can never remember how to do what they show on the shows. Any ideas?

Rhiannon from Athens, GA

May 26, 20080 found this helpful

If you collect something that can be hung, like I do for my small Teddy Bears, you can simply hang them up on the wall. If they are "naked", then simply put a cool ribbon around their neck or a dollar tree bracelet (necklace for them) so you have something to hang to the nail or push pin. Thrift store small baskets and dried flowers that you gather with raffia and hang upside down also give you a "country look". I have speckled enamel ware in blue and white in my kitchen, and you can find new at Walmart or used just cruising the thrift shops. Enjoy!

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August 16, 20080 found this helpful

This ideas great for teens or younger adults. All you need is a couple old magazines and a bulletin board or even card board & lots of staples and a pair of scissors. Go through the old magazines and cut out all your favorite celebrities. After you have them all cut out, simply take them and fit them together on the board and make a collage. Its really easy and looks great when it's done.

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

October 1, 2007 Flag

My son loves Roy Rogers, and I've looked at prints and posters to decorate his room with, but most are a little pricey for a momma on a budget.

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October 3, 2006 Flag
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When looking for a fun new piece of artwork for your laundry room (or any room really), think outside of the ordinary. Take old patterns for clothes (50's, 60's and 70's styles are really neat) and frame the fronts. They are fairly close to standard sizes for frames and easy to trim down. Just frame and hang. When you get tired of one, switch it out! Easy and cheap, these are usually fairly easy to find in thrift stores and at yard sales.

By lifewithmadman from Little Rock AR

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October 7, 20060 found this helpful

In my laundry room, they'd curl up with moisture, but in the Sewing room area, that's a CLEVER idea, sort of like framing old sheet music, which I have plenty of and YET to do. I'll bet I have some interesting old patterns/fronts, AND old frames to accommodate them! God bless you for this curious

tip. : )

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May 14, 20070 found this helpful

You have just made my day! For years, my husband traveled all over the world so our 5 children were always given t-shirts from his destinations. I still have them, but wasn't sure how to display them. I thought I'd just pin them up on the walls in the kids' playroom but I really like your idea of framing them instead. A much more organized idea. I want the memory, just not the whole shirt. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Now I know why I can't delete my thrifty fun newsletters without reading every one, no matter how behind I am.

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