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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.


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October 9, 2013

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.

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October 19, 20130 found this helpful

Thank you both!

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December 2, 2011

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

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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

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. The arrangement adds some more color to the room and has a funky feel. :)

In addition, I have periodically hung seasonal art that the kids have brought home for fun too.

By Laurel from Port Orchard, WA

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February 26, 20120 found this helpful

That makes a cute bulletin board!

Love it!

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December 12, 20160 found this helpful

Book Page Art

This is a guide about making framed book page artwork. Embellish any printed page to make your own personalized creation.


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April 30, 2009

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.


December 28, 20150 found this helpful

Repurposing Calendar Pictures

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.


March 3, 2010

Facric covering recycled cardboard.

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.


May 22, 20070 found this helpful

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.


September 9, 20040 found this helpful

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.


October 1, 2007

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

Using Old Patterns for Artwork. When looking for a fun new piece of artwork for your laundry room (or any room really), think outside of the ordinary. . .


September 7, 2007

People are always asking about decorating walls - I just saw a great easy project at Search for "Digital Wall Art" at their website.



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October 10, 20060 found this helpful

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

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October 25, 20060 found this helpful

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!

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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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July 26, 20060 found this helpful

I was online searching for wallpaper. Even though I didn't find what I was looking for, I found some beautiful patterns that fit my decor perfectly. I printed the wallpaper pattern, framed it, hung it on my wall and my friends think I paid high dollar for my pictures. When I want to change, I just trash the old ones and print out some new ones. No one knows that I paid zero for my beautiful wall art.

By Faye from Simpsonville,SC

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