If you’ve just moved into a new house or apartment, you’re probably pacing around the rooms, wondering what you’re going to do with all of that blank wall space. Sure, you can head to galleries and art shops to pick up large, expensive pieces that will instantly beautify your home. If you don’t want to spend a year’s worth of grocery money on a couple of paintings, though, why not make your decor yourself? By stocking a few basic materials in your home, you can easily create a variety of embellishments for your walls.
DIY (do-it-yourself) decorating is also a great way to transform a space without having to spend a bundle on a full-scale remodel job. If your dining room, office or master bedroom is starting to look a bit dull and dated, you don’t have to start from scratch. DIY projects are a budget-friendly alternative.
Check out these simple wall art ideas that anyone with at least one creative bone in their body can pull off. For more of these projects, you’ll probably have what you need at home. For a few others, you may have to head to your local crafts store or scour garage sales in the area.
1. Paper Projects Inspired by Nature: Whether you have an expensive camera with tons of lenses, a simple point-and-shoot or rely on your smartphone for picture taking, grab it and head outside. Create transfer projects from photos inspired by nature. You’ll need a high-quality printer and transfer paper. Take shots of flora and fauna, landscapes and anything else that catches your interest.
2. Color Field Paintings: Test out different color combinations for color field paintings. You’ll need acrylic paints, a canvas, and one-quarter inch painter’s tape. Criss-cross the tape on the canvas, paint the surface and then peel the tape away once the paint has dried. A few hours and a bit maneuvering with cordless tools later and your artwork can be up on the wall!
3. Canvas Wall Maps: If you need a large piece of art to cover a huge, bare wall, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money, this project is your solution. Choose any map and purchase a few different canvases. If you don’t have maps, buy one from a bookstore or look for a vintage one at an antique store.
4. Silhouettes of Random Objects: Scour your home for small objects and trinkets of interesting shapes. Use spray paint to create their silhouettes. Don’t overlook even very tiny items, like keys and bolts.
5. Use Pants Hangers to Hang Pictures.
6. Displayed Dolls: If you can, find vintage paper dolls or order them online. Secure them to colored paper then frame them.
7. Play Scrabble All Day: Magnetize a Scrabble board and the pieces. Display it and play day in and day out with another word-loving friends.
8. DIY Wallpaper: Want wallpaper without the long-term commitment or hassle of putting it up? Use liquid starch to secure fabric of your choice to the walls. If possible, opt for heavy fabric, like upholstery. The best part is that the fabric will easily peel off when you’re ready to move.
9. Bring the Clouds Inside: Brighten up a room with indoor blue skies and cotton ball clouds. You’ll need a camera and a large picture frame. Take a photo of clouds in the sky and make sure that you’re using the highest resolution setting on your camera. Enlarge the photo and print it on glossy paper. Then frame it and hang it up.
10. Stencil Letters onto a Thrift Store Painting.
You are all set! The only thing left to do is to drill some holes in the wall Check out TOOL HQ if you need some gear inspiration.