150 DIY Wall Art & Décor Ideas | Painting Projects and Fun Craft Tutorials
A Huge Roundup Of Home Decorating Inspiration
If you stare at your walls or floor at home and think they could do with some character or decoration, then you are in the right place. I have compiled a list of the best wall and floor art tutorials on the web so that you can add character and unique personality to your home.
The decoration ideas include step-by-step instructions for simple canvas paintings, plus wall stencils, DIY rugs, and a lot of impressive art that people won't believe you have made yourself! There are also tutorials for decorative painting patterns such as hexagons, stripes, chevrons and Moroccan styles so you can follow the current trends.
I hope you find this page very inspiring for creating your own homemade art :-)
Top-Rated Home Décor Books
For wall painting inspiration, DIY artwork advice and excellent home décor ideas, books are an excellent resource:
Fun Artistic Projects For Your Home
- Painted Pinwheel
How to paint a neat and even pinwheel design.
- String Art
Wrap string around nails to form any words or messages you like.
- Painted Wood Blocks
Layer lots of wooden blocks and slats in many bright and bold colours.
- Tree Branch Slices
Arrange log slices to form a natural, rustic display.
- DIY Cross Stitch Ideas
Amazing cross stitch painted wall and pegboard art.
- Comic Book Pop Art
How to turn a digital comic book image into a piece of wall art.
- Door Collage
Cover a whole wall with a mixture of old wooden doors.
- Subtle Canvas Art
Minimalist pattern or message using a puffy paint technique.
- 3-Step Painting
How to make a rainbow striped painting very simply.
- Pixel Post-Its
Brilliant idea for a fun and temporary revamp.
- Glass Tile Mosaic Tree
Really impressive looking art which is actually very easy to create.
- Ombre Cork Heart
Painted corks and stenciled letters make an attractive display.
Wall of Mirrors
Wall Art Tutorials
Loads of creative inspiration on this website.
- Cork Board World Map
Awesome way of inspiring wanderlust.
- Contoured Cork Map
With your own memories stuck on.
- Paper Taxidermy
Awesome mounted stag head made from newspaper.
- Letter Light
Bring a bit of Las Vegas glamour into your home.
- Trio of Canvases
Create contemporary art with gold foil.
- Indoor Wreaths
Choose from a large selection of lovely wreath decorations.
- Knitted Winter Wall Art
Recycle knitted blankets to make warm and cozy art.
DIY Stencilled Fabric Hanging
What you will need:
* 2 x Wooden dowels/rods; strong enough to hold up the fabric, so at least 3/8" diameter.
Each wooden stick will need to be approx. 2" longer than the width of your fabric hanging. There isn't really a limit to how big you can make your hanging so this part is up to you to decide :)
* A rectangular piece of plain, medium-weight fabric
Canvas is a good choice, as is calico. Try not to choose anything too thin - you shouldn't be able to see through the fabric at all. In this example I will use white fabric, but again the choice is yours.
* A sewing machine loaded with thread that matches the color of the fabric OR a needle and thread OR superglue/hot glue
* Paints; It doesn't really matter what kind of paint (acrylic, fabric etc.) you use, but the colors should be solid and opaque, and all 3 should preferably be the same type.
I will be using 3 different colors - pale yellow, light gray and dark gray - in my example but you can use a different number in your design if you wish.
* Sharp scissors
* Stenciling brush or foam brush
* Contact paper
* Hand saw
* Sandpaper (optional)
* Craft knife and cutting mat (optional)
For this example I am making a 'smile' design with a sunshine pattern, however you may create a different pattern if you want to - using the following technique.
- First hem your piece of fabric on each edge to stop the fabric fraying.
To do this, fold each edge of the fabric over by about 1/2", then iron/press this fold into place and sew in a straight line along this edge. A blind hem stitch is the best hem to do because it means that the stitches won't show on the front, however it doesn't matter too much because you will be painting the front anyway.
If you don't have a sewing machine, you can hand sew, or you can glue instead of sewing by spreading glue underneath the folded-over hem and pressing down.
- Next, cut the 'S', 'M', 'I', 'L' and 'E' letters out of contact paper with a craft knife (or scissors if necessary). To do this, print out the word 'smile' in the font and size you want, and use this as the template. The contact paper side (rather than the peel-off backing side) should be facing up underneath the template, and you would be best to staple the template to the contact paper in order to keep them together so they don't move.
- Once you have cut the letters out, they will be used as stencils on your fabric piece. So peel the backing off each letter and stick them securely onto your fabric where you want them to go.
- Use your first paint color (in this case pale yellow) to paint over the whole of the front of the fabric and stencil. Try to stipple the paint with the brush around the stencil rather than brushing across the area, as this will better prevent paint from going underneath the contact paper.
- Let it dry completely (but do not remove the stencil).
- Now it's time for the next stencil, so do the same as with the letters but this time with a sun shape. Stick the cut-out shapes onto the fabric and apply the next layer of paint (light gray). Let it dry.
- Last round of stencils now; add a polkadot background by cutting circles out of the contact paper and sticking them, evenly spaced, over the fabric.
- Apply dark gray paint all over and leave to dry.
- Remove all of the contact paper stencils.
- Sand the ends of the wooden dowel pieces so they are smooth. If you have not cut the dowel into pieces yet, you will need to use the hand saw to cut 2 pieces of dowel of equal length. The length should be a bit (about 2") longer than the width of the fabric hanging.
- Fold over approx. 1" of the top edge of the fabric onto the back side and sew (blind hem stitch again if possible, as in the first step.) Before you secure this fold though, make sure one piece of the dowel can slide through the loop you are creating.
- Do the same for the bottom edge of the fabric and insert each dowel length into each fabric channel you've created.
- Cut out a length of string and tie each end to the uppermost piece of dowel, by knotting it securely onto the dowel sections sticking out of either side of the fabric.
- Hang this string onto a nail on your wall.
DIY Art for Your Home
- Mod Spool Display
Recycle ribbon spools into wall trinket-holders.
- Miniature Applique Quilt
Create a small fabric quilt with an applique design.
- Hardback Book Display
Create a library and art all in one go.
- Hand-Painted Plates
Plain plates decorated with either freestyle or stencilled patterns.
- 15 Projects
Including a kitchen cutlery design.
- Basketweave Wall Hanging
Smart art that I think would best suit a home office.
- Colourful Geometric Painting
The end result on canvas is so eye-catching.
Paint Chip Art
Wall Art & Wire Sculptures
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Wall Decorating & Painting Ideas
- Ceiling Decoupage
Make a statement by adding images to your ceiling.
- Painted World
Use a projector to trace an image onto your wall.
- Moroccan Stencil
Beautiful repeated paint pattern.
- Chevron Pattern
Using contact paper to make the zig-zag shape.
- Octagon Stencil
This repeated octagon pattern looks fantastic.
- Silhouette Walls
Subtle and whimsical idea for adding interest to your walls.
- Salvaged Wood Wall
A whole wall covered in wooden planks makes a fun statement.
- DIY Fabric Wall
How to use starch to make fabric wallpaper.
- Pendulum Art
Technical canvas project which is part art, part science.
Painted Tree Art
Decorative Project Ideas
- 3D Paper Art
Fun spiral art made simply using paper scraps.
- Ceiling Medallions
An inventive idea for using ceiling medallions as wall decorations.
- Paint Burlap Wall Art
Easy and rustic style piece of décor.
- Negative Space Art
Colorful wood art inspired by Amanda Happe.
- Watercolor Abstract
Beautiful triangular art made by cutting up watercolor paintings.
- DIY Wooden Pennant
Plywood signs in a fun flag style.
- Paper Faux Mosaic
Create a realistic mosaic look with paper squares.
- Painting with Melted Crayons
This type of wax painting would be so much fun to experiment with.
- Collage Art Plates
Transfer a poster to a range of plates for a beautiful, unique display.
Stencils, Paint & Transfers
If you have some artistic talent, you can create some fantastic canvas art using paint, stencils and typography transfers. And if you don't have an artistic bone in your body, you can always paint stripes using masking tape to keep the lines clean and straight - or just throw paint at the canvas and hope for the best :)
Photo by Mae Chevrette.
Stretched Canvases & Art Supplies
Brushes, paint, canvas and stencils can all be used to great effect when making your own artwork for the home:
Create Your Own Statement Art
- Metallic Canvas
Modern abstract painting on canvas.
- Make a Fabric Panel
Stretch a piece of fabric to form decorative wall art.
- Wall & Floor Projects
Lots of budget DIY ideas for home décor.
- Foam Core Stag Head
Download a free template to make this striking art piece.
- Green Leaves Canvas
Making best use of masking tape.
- Weekend Art Project
Cool and eye-catching design.
- Vinyl Wall Art
Make your own vinyl decals.
- Stained Wooden Pallet
Create a bold image by staining wood.
Sectioned Canvas Wall Art
Embroidery Hoop Display
How-Tos for Creative Art
- Wire Wall Quote
Write any quote, message or lyric on your wall using wire.
- Sisal Rope Art
Eye-catching and unique artworks.
- DIY Wall Terrariums
Fun and interesting plant holder display.
- String and Pin Murals
The tree and map ideas make cool statement art.
- Staghorn Ferns
3D art mounted on plaques.
- Button Monogram Tutorial
Very pretty monogram made up of beads and buttons.
- Thread Art
Write out your name with just thread and nails.
- Wall Chairs
Very useful for holding your clothes, as well as looking cool.
Ceiling Flag Display
More Artistic Displays
- How To Frame Sea Objects
Make a classy display by enclosing shells and other objects in glass.
- Distressed Alphabet Art
Create an alphabet out of typographic photographs.
- Textured Wall Canvas
Use colours which suit your current colour scheme.
- Tree Branch Wall Hanging
Simple to make using slices of tree branch.
- Spray Painted Plates
These funky plates would make a create wall display if hung up.
- Framed Origami Numbers
Create art by folding coloured paper into numbers.
- DIY Chevron Art
Fun zig-zag design with a colour gradient.
- 3D Tape Flower
Create a textured flower shape on a canvas.
- Subway Address Art
Large address print on a plywood board.
Vertical Wall Garden
Canvas Art Tutorials & Other Projects
- Cut-Out Canvas
Write a message by revealing the pretty fabric beneath.
- Paint a Wall Mural
How to use a projector to paint a mural.
- Song Lyric Art
Professional looking print using a paint-by-numbers painting.
- Harry Potter Excerpt
Write out The Tale Of Three Brothers for HP fans.
- Linen Wall Hanging
Fabric hanging made using linen painted different shades of gray.
- Poster Canvas
How to mount a poster print onto canvas.
- Abstract Art
Very cool painted art which looks more expensive than it is!
- Fun Awards Display
An amusing idea for displaying awards from your childhood.
- Abstract Map Making
Use tape to make fun art inspired by map routes.
- Rusty Metal Panels
Artistic rusted metal squares inspired by Scandinavian style.
- Paper Cut Inspired Wall Hanging
Contrast denim against florals to convey a message or quote.
Atlas Map Wall
Home Decor to Impress
- Photo Wall Calendar
Create your own unique calender using photos of numbers.
- Pyramid Painting
Create an artistic print with potatoes.
- Felt Mural
Cut-out-and-stick felt flower art.
- Bold Logo Canvases
Learn to use a projector to transfer designs.
- Cut-Out Wood Panels
Use a jigsaw to cut out a gorgeous floral design.
- Decal on Salvaged Wood
Very effective idea to make statement art.
- Shutter Accent Wall
Huge statement idea with wooden shutters covering a whole wall.
- Monogram Wall Hanging
Use yarn and nails to make unique and personalized art.
- Driftwood Star
Find your own driftwood to make this Scandinavian style star.
- Color Block Mountains
Eye-catching wall mural, using colors to match your décor.
- Record Album Art
Quirky display made by painting a trio of record covers.
Wall Hangings & Decorative Art
- Large Text Paintings
Write out your favourite poems, quotes and songs in shoe polish.
- Denim Sunburst
Statement textile art created from old jeans.
- Braille Messages
Display your own private messages using Styrofoam balls.
- Power Cable Art
Instead of hiding them, why not make cables part of your wall art?
- Paint by Number Wall Art
Beautiful full-wall mural inspired by paint by number kits.
- Low-Cost Bold Graphics
Cut out vinyl shapes and stick them on canvas.
- Family Art Print
Have every family member contribute to this print.
- Giant Solvent Transfer
Use this technique to make a gigantic wall hanging or banner.
- Fish Scale Wall Art
Staple lots of paper circles to a board, and spray paint in your chosen color.
- DIY Letter Décor
Only simple craft skills required to make letters in contrasting fabrics.
Ideas & Inspiration Resources
- Décor Hacks
How-tos for making wall art.
Huge resource of wall art tutorials and unique ideas.
- How About Orange
Decorating archives with ideas and projects.
- Pixelated Idea
A painting technique which produces cool results.
- Best of Decorative Paint
Selection of creative ideas for painting your home.
- Budget Wise Home
Photos of brilliant and creative ideas for your home.