The Mommy Files: Update a Room Instantly with Easy Wall Art
We’ve lived in our house for nearly six years. And until recently, there was nothing on the walls … they were bare and boring.
The “easy wall art” thing started when I made fabric-covered bulletin boards to hang above our chalkboard wall in the kitchen; one for each of the kids. Which then led to reupholstering bar stools, play table chairs, and even a desk chair.
In short, I was in love with fabric.
So then I started thinking that it might be just as easy to create easy wall art … we have lots of photos I would like to hang, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. And there are some super nice craft papers that would make nice contrasting pieces to said photos.
Hmmm … now I’m really thinking.
How can I collage it all together, without spending a fortune on frames and matting? I found this awesome photo collage at Bits of Everything, and she says that the whole thing cost her less than $20 to make. How sweet is that?
I saw something similar done at Two Blonde Bloggers using wooden blocks, which would make a cute mantle or bookcase display; hinged together they’d also make a really cute gift for the holidays … just a thought. Literally Inspired put her photos on actual art canvases, which also turned out really nice.
Martha Stewart has a textile wall art tutorial, which is basically just what I did with the canvas cork boards I made for our kitchen. Wrapping and staple gunning fabric around a canvas or a cork board is easy-peasy and always looks good. I think a few of these would be nice if they were placed among a photo wall … to add pops of color or whatever.
Thinking of doing something without photos? You could try making these canvas wall flowers from scrapbook paper or even use your child’s “scribble art” projects they bring home from preschool. Alternatively, if you’re a bibliophile or world traveler, you could easily do something with pages from books you pick up for a few dollars at Goodwill, or old maps.
I feel like there are endless possibilities once your mind gets going.
Have you done some fun and funky wall art that was totally price-conscious? Did you take a picture of it or blog it? Leave a link in the comments below … I’m always searching for new ideas!!