Whether you’re redecorating your current house, or you’ve just moved into a new place, one of the easiest ways to put your own unique stamp on the design is through DIY wall art. Buying art from the local furniture or department store, however, can put a serious strain on your budget, and you may find your options limited.
Thankfully, there are lots of inexpensive and easy ways to create beautiful, custom artwork to decorate your spaces. You don’t need to be an artist, or even crafty. With these simple ideas, you can create DIY wall art that is guaranteed to wow.
1. Frame pretty fabrics or papers
You can update the entire look of a room in just a few minutes with this simple DIY wall art idea. Choose plain frames to let the colors and patterns of the fabric shine, or fancier frames to complement textured fabrics like brocade or damask. You can get a similar effect with embossed papers. If you decide to hang a cluster of frames, opt for an odd number as this tends to look more balanced.
2. Wrap foam with a printed shower curtain
If you’ve got a large space to fill and want to do it on a budget, this is a simple way to create mural-sized artwork for only a few dollars. Use a fairly dense foam so that it won’t dent or crush if you bump into it while it’s hanging on the wall; the local hardware or home improvement store should offer a selection of options that will work quite well. Any fabric covering will do, but shower curtains, with all their nifty printed designs, are both easy to find and large enough for truly epic wall art.
3. Create string art designs
These nifty designs are a lot easier to make than you might think. You don’t even need to trace out your pattern ahead of time. Just print out the word or design you want to use and tape it to the backing board. You can drive your nails straight through it, and peel it up once all the nails are in place. Make sure your backing board is at least an inch thick to avoid driving nails straight through it.
4. Design an illuminated canvas
Create art that literally lights up the room with these simple illuminated canvases. Use strands of battery-powered twinkle lights to save yourself the hassle of disguising the cord or finding a spot to hang it near an outlet. You can paint the canvas before you add the lights, or leave it plain, depending on your design ideas. This idea even works with old thrift store canvases, so keep an eye out the next time you stop by a flea market or junk shop.
5. Hang a punched-paper garland
There are a couple ways to pull off this DIY wall art project. The fastest and easiest is to use a sewing machine and paper punch. The punch allows you to create stacks of identical paper cutouts in whatever shapes you want, while the sewing machine strings them all together in just a few minutes. If you don’t have these tools, however, you can also cut shapes out by hand and string them together with a needle and thread.
6. Create a statement canvas
Pictures are worth a thousand words, but sometimes you only need a few. For those situations, this idea makes for perfect DIY wall art. Glue wooden letters onto a canvas to form your favorite sayings or you name, then spray paint the whole thing a neutral tone for a subtle statement piece that will look great in any room in your house. You can even group several of these canvases together for longer quotes.
7. Make a postcard collage
Postcards are a fun way to keep in touch with friends and family while you’re on vacation, or to pick up professional photos of the local attractions without paying a fortune. If you’ve got a collection of postcards from your travels, what better way to treasure those memories than with a wall art collage? Of course, if you don’t want to damage your keepsakes, you can also buy packs of postcards to use specifically for this project. No postage required!
8. Punch out paint-chip hearts for decorated canvas
Ombre color shading is an especially hot design trend, but it can be a pain to create by hand. You can spend the whole day mixing and blending your paints, and it still may come out murky. For this easy alternative, skip the paint and go straight for the paint chips! With thousands of colors to choose from, it’ll be easy to create exactly the color scheme you’re looking for. You can also create this idea in a frame rather than on a canvas.
9. Spray paint a canvas
There’s nothing easier than spray paint. Shake up the can, spray it on, and presto! Instant artwork. For these fun canvases, you can up the ante by taping off shapes and spaces as you go, preserving the color (or blank canvas) beneath. Be sure to remove the tape promptly so there are no issues with it fusing to the canvas.
10. Create a ribbon wall hanging
If flat-on-the-wall artwork isn’t your style, go for something with more dimension, like this super easy ribbon wall hanging. Made with a variety of ribbons, twines, and lacey trims, all suspended from a tree branch picked up in the backyard, you might even have everything on hand to make it already!
Nothing makes a house feel more like a home than a few decorative touches, and a little bit of wall art makes a big impact. For more customization ideas, take a look at these easy DIY shelves. With just a few hours’ work, you can whip up totally customized art that no one would ever guess you made yourself. Even better, it will cost a fraction of store-bought artwork.
Do you have favorite DIY wall art in your house? Have advice and experience to share? Tell your stories in the comments below!