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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!
By Jenn from Vineland, NJ
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.
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
This is a guide about making framed book page artwork. Embellish any printed page to make your own personalized creation.
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.
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.
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.
Want some inexpensive picture frames for your decor, but don't want the expense? Save your calendars and select florals, scenes, etc. to accommodate your living decor.
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 art.com and find whatever artwork moves you.
Use empty kitchen cardboard as a pallet to display favorite fabrics!
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.
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.
People are always asking about decorating walls - I just saw a great easy project at kodak.com. Search for "Digital Wall Art" at their website.
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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
Unique? Things that are all You! Treasures, keepsakes, things that warm your heart, travel memories, Anything that is about you. They are selling box frames at the dollar store, so you can even frame things that aren't exactly flat. You could do groupings of things like things you have collected. Family trees...I saw one once where they used bristol board, drew a tree with many branches and cut different sized holes at the branch tips to display family and friends. When I was younger, my roomate and I pasted a huge photo montage on the kitchen wall of all the good times we had. People went right to that wall like glue to see it everytime! I also saw a display in a front foyer with all the pics scanned and photocopied in black and white and put in different frames of different shapes, all painted black on a white wall..was really nice! People love photos!
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!
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.
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