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Inexpensive Wall Decorations

Updated on January 24, 2017
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Decorating and entertaining for special occasions give me great joy. I love to share some of my more creative ideas.

Balloon Man Painting
Balloon Man Painting | Source

Make Your Own Wall Decorations

I looked around the other day and realized almost all the wall decor in my home was made by me. It occurred to me that I really enjoyed making these and I really enjoy that my wall decorations are a unique expression of who I am.

With a few simple inexpensive and free items, you can quickly create some wall decor of your own.

..........put them together and what have you got? Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo ...........magic with just a few things found around the house.


Frame Note Cards For Interesting Wall Decor - Stationery Equals Art

Note Cards From Andalusia - Trip to Spain
Note Cards From Andalusia - Trip to Spain | Source

These are two blank note cards that I purchased in Spain as a souvenir of Andalusia. They show typical Andalusian streets. As I remember, they were about $2.00 each.

I find that blank note cards have the prettiest pictures. After all, no one is going to buy them for the sentiment, so they have to put more in the design.

I purchased two frames in a discount store and two mats and voila!. A friend of mine once told me that you can frame anything and as long as you use a mat it looks great. It think she was right. The mat opening is 5 X 7 and the outer dimension of the frame is 9 X 11. These hang in my bathroom.

A word of caution here: I am able to hang these in the bathroom, as we don't shower in this one. In a room where you shower you need to be mindful that paper may, over time, mold, discolor and crinkle.

The frames and mats came to about $5.00. For a total of $9.00 I have two colorful pictures that bring back memories of my trip.

A Simple Homemade Mirror with Big Impact - Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Shell Mirror
Shell Mirror | Source

This mirror is simple to make. It is simply a low grade of plywwood board with a discount store mirror attached in the middle. The plywood is 33 X 24 inches. The mirror is 24 X 14 inches.

We attached the mirror to the plywood with L-shaped moulding. We also trimed the rough edges of the plywood with moulding. Then we painted the moulding a pale blue and the plywood off white.

When it was dry we attached shells with craft glue. We gathered the shells ourselves so the cost was $0. The mirror, molding and plywood cost about $10.

This mirror hangs in my entry way. Everyone remarks on it when they enter.

(I am showing it to you on a slant -- if I photograph it dead on, you see reflections of me and my camera.)

Asian Themed Greeting Card
Asian Themed Greeting Card | Source

Greeting Cards

In Unexpected Frames

Someone I worked for once received this Christmas card from a company in Japan. I admired it, so he gave it to me.

I brought it home and I didn't know what to do with it. Several months later, a friend stopped by and said she just found these great frames for 50 cents at a bargain store. She said, "here take one". So I took one. l didn't know what to do with it either.

Then, I tried the Japanese Christmas card in the patterned frame. Do I dare; put a patterned picture in patterned frame? I liked it. It's different. It hangs on a narrow wall in my dining room.

Found Objects - Check Around Your House

Spoof of Botticelli - Greeting Card
Spoof of Botticelli - Greeting Card | Source

The photo above is another blank card that I purchased. I had the velvet trimmed frame. I added the white mat to set it off.

Look in drawers of old saved greeting cards and stationery. Try the linen closet or tablecloth drawer for old doilies runners, etc. Look for souvenirs pictures and postcards.

Or, start the other way, look for old frames you have lying around empty and find a way to fill them.

Do you think you will be able to find something to frame stashed away in your home?

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Homemade Painting - Matted and Framed

Balloon Man
Balloon Man | Source

This is an acrylic painting on canvas, I did as a child. I left the paints watery and then blotted them for a blurry effect. The canvas is only 3 X 5, so being small I figured it's forgivable if the technique is not top artist quality. It's just a splash of color in a $1.00 frame on a piece of black construction paper. The outer dimension of the frame is only 6 X 9 so it hangs on a small wall in one of my bathrooms.

Framed Fabric and Doilies

Doily in Metal Frame
Doily in Metal Frame | Source

I saw this 18 X 14 inch frame at a flea market for $5.00. It is metal and not antique; maybe vintage, but it had a nice look to it. I had to have a piece of glass cut for it at my local hardware store.

The doily is something I had in a chest at home. I don't remember where I got it -- it's from within the family. I never knew what to do with it. I

I found a scrap of black velveteen material and used fabric glue to glue it to a piece of cardboard. I layed the doily on top and poof! magic!

Make It Really Personal - A Real Conversation Piece

Framed Wedding Invitation and Menu
Framed Wedding Invitation and Menu | Source

This is the menu and bill from my parents' wedding reception. They dug these out for their 50th wedding anniversary and stuck them in this inexpensive plastic frame. It was standing on the coffee table for all our guests to see.

After they left it in the living room on a side table. It has always caused much interest.

Dinner for 84 -- $179.00????? Let's see, hmmm dinner included a cocktail -celery, olives, fruit cup, chicken soup, roast half spring chicken, carrots and peas, potatoes, hearts of lettuce with French dressing; ice cream, cookies and coffee. The dinners came to $130.50 -- the rest was liquor and mixers.

Look around your house for old keepsakes and items of interest.

Velvet Matted Queen Anne's Lace - Looks great with shabby chic decor

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I made this about 20 years ago and it's a little worse for wear, but I kind of like that aged look on my decorating items.

This was an ornate 5-3/4 inch by 7-1/4 inch frame that I picked up for a few dollars in job lot store. I bought it because I liked it and the price was right.

Queen Anne's Lace grows wild along the roads in many areas.

Then, it came to me, I covered the back cardboard insert with a scrap of black velveteen that I had and I layed a Queen Anne's Lace in the frame. And put the frame back together.

Probably if I take this apart to clean the Queen Anne's Lace with disintegrate. I believe the tightness of glass and the fibers of the velvet are holding it in place.


Dried Flower Note Cards

Pressed-Flowers-Framed
Pressed-Flowers-Framed | Source

This is kind of a combination between cards and pressed flowers. Someone gave me hand made note cards. The individual who made them pressed flowers on the cover of each note.

I purchased the fancy frames in Caldor, which was a discount store that we had on the east coast. It was somewhat like a K-Mart or Walmart. The point is, the frames weren't expensive. Each frame is 4 inches by 5 inches.

The frames are so ornate that the simple pressed flowers go well inside. They look nice stacked one above the other on a narrow wall or post.

© 2011 Ellen Gregory

What Do You Think?

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    • Lynda Makara profile image

      Lynda Makara 3 years ago from California

      I do the same thing at my house. It's fun, personal and unique.

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      wrapitup4me 5 years ago

      I love your stone mirror. I, like you, have a collection of cards I've picked up over the years and many of mine are also in frames on my walls. These are all great ideas.

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      Ahdilarum 5 years ago

      Nice collection of decoratives

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      Wonderful ideas thata would enable anyone to create great wall art. blessed

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      Jazroockfree 5 years ago

      This is a very good lens, and can teach someone about the decor of the room to look more beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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      kaposzta 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing us your wall decorations, they are beautiful! :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love your painting you did as a child. Things like that are precious!

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      Drake McSherry 5 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Great idea, thanks much for sharing this lens! :) I always love to be creative and add a touch of 'you' to your living surroundings.

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      semas 5 years ago

      Beautiful ideas!

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

      great ideas. I think my favorite is the shell mirror frame. =)

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Love the dried flowers-might give that a try! thanks

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      PTurner56 6 years ago

      I have framed some of my favorite cards from friends that were too pretty to throw away. Opening up Japanese Fans and grouping them on a wall looks great. I have a wall of pretty Masks I've collected. Another wall has pictures of Tulips in inexpensive frames. Hats make a nice themed wall decoration.

      Great lens! Love the Doilies, the mirror, and the Queen Anne's Lace!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Creative and affordable suggestions! I have, some time ago, matted and framed a combo of dried flowers and photos from a trip to Whidbey Island, Wa. I still enjoy looking at my creation.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      These ideas really are great - lobve the one from your parents' wedding reception. That's the best of all.

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      fugeecat lm 6 years ago

      These are wonderful. I am framing some of the postcards I have for my walls.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Delightful displays of inexpensive items. I especially like the balloon man you painted as a child and the Queen Anne's lace. I did several dry arrangements years ago and they have held up pretty well too even though I didn't use a preservative. The natural aging just adds a touch of grace.

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      vinc18 6 years ago

      Nice lens, thumb up

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      Nancy Oram 6 years ago

      Great ideas. I really need to get more things up on my walls but I always keep thinking I can't afford it. I think I need to shop in my garage.

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      Laniann 6 years ago

      You have created some beautiful works of art to display on your walls with free to inexpensive items. I like the acrylic painting you did as a child very much. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Kim 6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Love the Frame with the cat in it.. that's a funny one.. :-)

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      Gail47 6 years ago

      I love your ideas - especially the story about the card and the frame. The colors go perfectly! Great lens with lots of things to get our minds going - leaving now to look around my home - you got me inspired!!!