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
In addition, I have periodically hung seasonal art that the kids have brought home for fun too.
By Laurel from Port Orchard, WA
This is especially helpful for those of us who live in mobile homes because the bedroom walls are so thin. I hung a new 100% wool rug on a north facing wall to help with energy saving in the winter, and on a south facing wall in my bedroom to help keep out summer heat. This has saved me quite a bit of energy.
For extra floor insulation a large rug can be placed on top of your wall to wall carpet, and smaller washable rugs help insulate a bare kitchen floor. You will get added insulation if you put a rug pad behind the rugs.
Open the box all the way so that it will fold down flat.
Tuck in the tabs so you have a nice smooth edge (or you can trim them off with scissors)
Pick a fabric you like and adjust it to fit the collapsed box.
Stitch fabric in place (fold it around the same way as you would wrap a gift)
Whip stitch it closed on all open sides.
As you can see at the bottom of the picture, I used large stitches. This is so if I decide later I want the cloth for something else, it will be easy to remove to use again. I am unsure right now how I will hang this on my wall but I think maybe I will attach them together with a nice matching cord so that they hang down together in a vertical row, requiring only one hang tab, largest at the top then the next size, and so on to the smallest one.
By Melody_yesterday from Otterville, MO
By Suzanne S.
First, I color photocopied his favorite book (front cover only) at Kinkos: size 8-1/2 x11 size or 11x14. Second, buy a pre-stretched canvas board slightly bigger than the photocopy. Third, paint background with the matching colors of the picture or paint one color. Let dry. Glue photo copy down on canvas. Dry again. Put picture hooks on back and hang up in bedroom. Costs less than $6 per art work and only 1 hour to make. With coupons, it's even cheaper. Have fun! By Kerry from Flat Rock, MI
It is how to digitally enlarge a favorite picture and then put it into three matching frames. Doesn't sound too hard to do, and the results are very stylish! (and there are other projects, too.)
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
Never let a blank canvas intimidate you. It's just 4 pieces of cheap wood, some cloth, and a few staples. What's so intimidating about that? ~;0)
Seriously, though. What about silhouettes? They don't have to be black, they can be any color or even a combo of colors. The intensity of paint color you use it up to you. They can be bold or they can be soft.
There are literally thousands of silhouettes available for purchase, or even for free online. Any thing, image, idea, etc. can be turned into a silhouette. It's just a "shadow" of something.
If you have a camera, start looking at the shadows flowers and leaves and other things make. Take pictures. Those "shadows" can make really unique and interesting paintings, and painting this way, using only 1 or 2 colors that need no blending is a great way to start.
If you don't want to try your hand at painting them, then cut them out of paper or fabric and 'glue' to the canvas with mat medium, then cover the whole thing with gloss medium/varnish when thoroughly dry.
Any kind of paper or fabric can be used, mix prints with plain, oragami papers, papers with texture, mags etc. Use colors that are already part of your home decor palatte. You can make an entire floral still life (for example) out of different papers or fabrics ending up with your own unique one-of-a-kind collage artwork.
Scour the internet, especially the home decor/design websites for TONS of great ideas. Think outside the box and get creative!