One of the the the fastest and easiest ways to make your home feel lived in is by hanging some art on the walls! While you can certainly DIY your own, and you know I’m a fan of that option, you also don’t have to spend a ton of money on prints to get quality pieces. Case and point, here are 25 prints you can snag for under $25 each. Match these with some inexpensive Ikea frames (that you can snazz up with a DIY or two) and you’ll have your home looking like a museum in no time!
Of course what would my new space be without some new art?! I studied Art History in college, and have always been draw to the bold colors and shapes in Matisse’s work. And since I don’t have the best painting abilities, I decided to draw upon his cutouts for inspiration for this DIY (because I can totally cut shapes out of paper and so can you!). If you’re looking to make new art for your home, but don’t have a ton of time or money to invest, then this project is absolutely for you. Here’s how:
I found these brass frames at West Elm and just fell in love. The mat I use in the project is from the 8.5″ x 10.5″ size. If you use a different frame, just make sure you buy construction paper large enough to fill the space!
Remove the mat from your frame and trace onto your construction paper. This helps make sure that you don’t make shapes larger than the actual frame space. You can either sketch out your idea beforehand or just go for it with the scissors depending on your confidence level. Cut our your shapes, trying to make them all similar is size. The smaller the scissors, the more intricate you can get with your shape. The beauty about this project is that can create so many different shapes, there’s no way to mess it up!
Trim your construction paper that you’re mounting your cutout onto to fit your frame. Once everything is cut out, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on the back of your shape and press in place. For placement, it helps to lay the mat on top of the background paper so you can get a since of how it’ll look in the frame.
Let dry, frame, and hang! The art itself cost about $2 to make, but looks like a million bucks in the brass frames don’t you think?!
Product for this post was provided by West Elm, a company I frequent and love. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep The Crafted Life making!
It’s that time of year again! Guests are popping over on a regular basis. Pinterest is booming with decorating projects. The works. It can be stressful having to have your house in tip top shape for company, especially considering everything else we have going on in our lives, but I’m here to help. If you don’t have time to go to the store, but still want to spruce up your space, here are ten free wall art printables you can download and hang in no time at all!
My love for Instagram runs deep, but one thing I really miss is having physical copies of my photos. After scrolling through the snaps from my recent California road trip, I decided enough was enough and just printed a few off. And what better way to display them than by turning them into wall art?! This project is amazingly easy (and possibly my favorite to date) and can be done for under thirty buck. $30! Here’s how you do it:
I used Snapfish to print my photos. If you plan on hanging your blocks with nails, you will want to hammer in your hook before starting this project. I recommend that you use removable velcro hangers instead though. They won’t hurt your walls and your art will hang flat.
Paint the edges of your wooden blocks. Don’t worry if you get paint on the flat sides since one side will face the wall and the photo will cover up the other. Once the paint is dry, apply a thin layer of decoupage to the block and then place your photo. When your photo is in the desired position, let it dry flat.
Hang on your wall in a grid, shape, or any way you like! Easy peasy, don’t you think?