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Wall Art - DIY & On The Cheap

Updated on February 6, 2017

Wall Art - On the Cheap and DIY

DIY Wall Art is often comprised of materials you may already own so it can easily be made on the cheap. Of course, DIY wall art is also unique and do it yourself artwork for the wall is often considered one of a kind art..

You can learn to make this DIY wall art Hokey Pokey sign or perhaps another design which may be more suited to your tastes, by following the simple instructions in this article. But first, please read on to find more inspiring examples of inexpensive wall art ideas and tips throughout this page.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Cherry Blossom DIY Wall Art - using a recycled soda bottle...

DIY Wall Art - Cherry Blossom via Alpha.mom
DIY Wall Art - Cherry Blossom via Alpha.mom

Rachel Meeks at Alphamom.com is definitely onto something here when she decided to make a beautiful cherry blossom art piece for the wall. What recycled tool did she utilize to make the pink blossoms for this diy wall art? The bottom of a plastic liter soda bottle! Is this gal clever or what? :) See for yourself.

(Photo credit Rachel Meeks)

Wall Art - DIY Fabric and Hoops
Wall Art - DIY Fabric and Hoops

Wall Art - DIY Fabric and Hoops

On the cheap and quick too!

Memories can be made with fabric too and without being sewn into a quilt. DIY Wall Art like this hoop art is adaptable to any style or the season merely by switching out the fabric chosen.

Look for wooden embroidery hoops while out thrifting or garage saling for the day. Pair the various sized hoops with any fabric. If you sew at home you may want to use a fabric scrap from a favorite blouse or skirt, for instance. (Photo credit Pam Irie)

DIY Wall Art for the Kid in Us All! - PEZ Dispensers Never Looked So Good!

PEZ Dispenser Wall Art
PEZ Dispenser Wall Art

Look what Stephanie Lynn over at Under the Table and Dreaming did! I think this lady is a genius. :)

Toy Story 3 Dispensers from the Dollar Store were given an antique treatment and mounted on the wall. She explains the steps involved in a tutorial here.

DIY Wall Art - Twigs in Frame
DIY Wall Art - Twigs in Frame

Twigs and a Frame - DIY Wall Art

Found Art is always on the cheap!

Grab your hot glue gun for this DIY wall art project. I haven't made this yet, but I have a frame already in mind. This DIY Wall Art project is made by gathering your own sticks or purchasing an inexpensive bundle as this very clever blogger did at CleverlyInspired.

(Photo credit CleverlyInspired)

Vintage Linoleum Wall Art

Sentimental DIY Art

A $3 discount store frame showcases a piece of vintage linoleum. I cut this portion from a section of original flooring. I think this type of wall art represents on the cheap nostalgia at its very best. The house will soon be gone, but this small worn piece remains as a reminder of long ago days and the people who walked across it. (Photo credit Pam Irie)

DIY Wall Art - Silverware Silhouettes

DIY Wall Art - Silverware Silhouettes
DIY Wall Art - Silverware Silhouettes

I think this DIY wall art project is simply genius! See the art pieces the Callahans created with an $8 section of birch plywood, a dremel with attachments and some blackboard paint. Aren't these extra large silhouettes striking on the dining room wall? Find out how they made this incredible DIY wall art trio here. (Photo credit the California Callahans blog)


Milkglass Vase Wall Art Trio
Milkglass Vase Wall Art Trio

Milk Glass Wall Vases Trio

Easy DIY Wall Art

I used metal banding from the hardware store and short wood screws to attach a trio of three different milk glass vases to this 1x3 piece of wood trim. To hang, I drilled two holes at the top of the board and inserted galvanized wire to fashion a hanger.

This DIY Wall Art is not only pretty, it is functional. The vases filled with water serve as plant rooters for my philodendron. (Photo credit Pam Irie)

DIY Typography Wall Art

DIY Wall Art - Typography
DIY Wall Art - Typography

I love this colorful wall art from Better Homes and Gardens. The creative folks there really won me over with this display. I think I'd like the largest letter to represent our last name and have other letters for each family member (maybe even the dog too). :)

CD Cover Collage DIY Wall Art on the Cheap
CD Cover Collage DIY Wall Art on the Cheap

On the Cheap Collages

DIY Wall Art

CD Covers make up this DIY wall art. Use standard white school glue (the kind that dries clear) and a little hot water instead of expensive store-bought adhesive to create this on the cheap art work. Finish with a top coat of water base polycrylic in your choice of satin, semi-gloss or glossy for added protection and this allows you to use a thrift shop frame without the glass.

This method works equally as well using any kind of paper applied to nearly any surface....wall, floor, furniture, etc. Just remember to apply several coats of polycrylic afterward. The more wear and tear the item will get, the more coats of polycrylic you will need to apply. (Photo credit Pam Irie)

DIY Wall Art Made of Air Plants

DIY Wall Art - Air Plants via Flora Grubb
DIY Wall Art - Air Plants via Flora Grubb

Flora Grubb Gardens has a way with plants. This diy wall art of air plants is simply understated and foolproof. See Flora's blog for bushels of ideas.

(Photo credit Remodelista)

Hand Mirror Frames DIY Wall Art
Hand Mirror Frames DIY Wall Art

DIY Wall Art - A New Way to Look at Mirrors

Better Homes and Gardens demonstrates a clever idea to reuse hand mirror frames missing their mirrors.......Now why didn't I think of that?

(Photo credit BHG website)

Pant Hangers Hold More Than Pants - with this DIY Wall Art

DIY Wall Art - Pant Hangers Hold Art via Curbly
DIY Wall Art - Pant Hangers Hold Art via Curbly

I love Curbly! They are a truly inspiring site for DIY.

(Photo credit Curbly.com)

DIY Wall Art - Ceiling Medallion
DIY Wall Art - Ceiling Medallion

Ceiling Medallion + Music CD Graphics + Spray Paint = DIY Wall Art

DIY wall art can be as simple and as quick to make as the art piece shown here. Take one ceiling medallion (the kind meant to go on the ceiling and surround the base of a lamp or ceiling fan), spray it bright red and tape some colorful art from a favorite music CD inside the center. That's all that is required to make this eye-popping DIY wall art.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

DIY Wall Art - Vintage Trophy Coat Rack

DIY Wall Art - Vintage Trophy Coat Rack via colleenanderic.com
DIY Wall Art - Vintage Trophy Coat Rack via colleenanderic.com

Combining art and function plus some clever upcycling, this DIY coat rack was designed and constructed by Colleen and Eric of colleenanderic.com. I think this DIY wall art deserves a first place trophy, don't you? :) Go to their featured post here at Design Sponge.

(Photo credit colleenanderic.com)

DIY Wall Art - Ana White's Art Ledges
DIY Wall Art - Ana White's Art Ledges

DIY Wall Art - $10 Art Ledges

via Ana White

Ana White is incredible! She shows you exactly how to make these eight foot long wall art display ledges. Use them to create a gallery for your own diy wall art.

(Photo credit Ana White)

Window Pane Frame Wall Art DIY
Window Pane Frame Wall Art DIY

Window Frame Wall Art

DIY & On the Cheap

I made this wall art years ago from an old window pane frame. The pictures were printed in black and white to size using a simple program on my computer.

Foam core board was cut to fit the pictures and the glass panes and used as backing for each picture. Glazier points hold the backing in place and are available at any hardware store. Eye screws on the top of the frame and a chain were used to hang this wall art. (Photo credit Pam Irie)

DIY Wall Art - Framed Burlap Coffee Bean Bag (Photo credit Pam Irie)

DIY Wall Art - Framed Burlap Coffee Bean Bag (Photo credit Pam Irie)
DIY Wall Art - Framed Burlap Coffee Bean Bag (Photo credit Pam Irie)

Frame a Burlap Bag On the Cheap

I used simple pine wood to make the above frame for the diy wall art for my son's college house several years ago. To make, simply build the pine frame to size (I made easy butt joints instead of mitered corners) and use flat corner brackets to secure edges together. I finished the frame with two coats of water based polycrylic.

From the back, use a heavy duty staple gun to attach the burlap coffee bag to the frame. Seriously, I prefer the non-electric staple guns. (I use mine a LOT for home DIY projects.) This diy wall art was definitely done on the cheap.

DIY Wall Art - Melted Crayons
DIY Wall Art - Melted Crayons

DIY Wall Art

Make on the cheap wall art colorful with this fabulous project found on the blog, Whatever. Gather up crayons, hot glue gun, canvas and a blow dryer to create.

(Photo credit Whatever blog)

Must Haves for DIY Wall Art Projects!

I rely a lot on my glue gun on so many diy wall art projects. It's an inexpensive tool that is quick and easy to use. Here are a few assorted glue guns and a blank canvas for your DIY wall art projects.

DIY Wall Art - Electrical Tape
DIY Wall Art - Electrical Tape

DIY Electrical Tape Wall Art

via lilybee at Instructables

User lilybee posted this pic and a tutorial showing her diy electrical tape wall art. Shown is a modern look to the wall art she created using colored electrical tape. She also shows another side with her rosebud tree mural over the couch.

(Photo credit user lilybee at Instructables)

DIY Wall Art Supplies - Colorful Electrical Tape

My husband is an electrician so I'm very familiar with the many uses for electrical tape. It's really easy to work with and it stretches well to make some nice curves. If the basic black tape isn't your favorite, you'll find electrical tape now available in all sorts of fun colors!

What type of DIY Wall Art have you made on the cheap? - Please share your ideas with us. :)

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      Stacy 23 months ago from Omaha, Nebraska

      I just came across this great ideas.

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      Great ideas, thanks for sharing :)

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      Vortrek Grafix 3 years ago

      Like it! A simple touch of casual elegance makes for a relaxing yet artistically stimulating household environment. We have similar decoration style

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      Alyssa DeBoer 3 years ago

      Thanks for these really cool ideas!

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      teelover 3 years ago

      Great tips! Thanks!

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      Kristen 3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Love your ideas!

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      Erin Mellor 3 years ago from Europe

      What great ideas, some of them look achievable even for a klutz like me.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      All I ever did was paint walls in graphic, linear designs. Like your examples, it was inexpensive and made the best use of my apartment.

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      Laniann 4 years ago

      Great ideas with great results.

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      OlgaMaas 4 years ago

      Very nice lens. I love all kinds of art, but this is special with impressive ideas.

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Very informational lens thanks

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      mattcut 4 years ago

      You are still doing that amazing thing you do - awesome work ! Love it ! Thank you veryirie !!!! xo

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      Meyani 4 years ago

      well presented Wall Art DIY. no wonder you got high rank on this lens. Hopefully I can create such as yours soon.

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      WickedWoman 4 years ago

      These are some really impressive ideas! Thanks :)

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm here for ideas - and wow, did I find them! Awesome suggestions! Now I need more walls!

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      monroeandwalnut1 4 years ago

      Really like the ideas can't wait to try some soon

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      Ninche 4 years ago

      This is "my cup of tea" - really love these ideas! My very first blessing goes to you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a great Lens. A fantastic resource for inspiration. I love the air plants in the wall!

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      sue826 lm 4 years ago

      I need ideas like these - my walls look very bare - great lens

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      puppyprints 4 years ago

      these are great ideas - never thought you could do great wall art on your own like that!

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      Toy-Tester 4 years ago

      Really like the pant hangers holding the pictures...

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Stenciled a few leaves on the wall. Might like to try something unique.

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      tfsherman lm 4 years ago

      What a full lens! It renews my faith in how good a lens can be! Great ideas, unique, beautiful and inexpensive. You have great taste, thanks! I make a lot of signs and displays for my library, and it's a lot of fun. I love working with interesting fonts.

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      KateHonebrink 4 years ago

      Wow!! These are ALL great ideas!! Thanks so much for putting it all together in one place - makes it easy to pick and choose my next DIY art project!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Omg I love this lens!! So many awesome ideas! I want to do the Cherry Blossom Tree right away!

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      Nilakantha 4 years ago

      Great ideas here...might try them out sometime

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      MiaMusement 4 years ago

      This is an AMAZING collection of ideas! I love Curbly, too... ;-)

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      InfusionArt LM 4 years ago

      Love the typography wall art and what a great lens, check out my lenses for more wall art ideas!

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      onyesvic 4 years ago

      Amazing stuff

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      Joan Haines 4 years ago

      I have some shoe box lids, and now I know what to do with them!

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      Noveliaa 4 years ago

      Great lens- I enjoyed reading it very much.

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      recyclinrob 4 years ago

      Like the CD medallion and other fun things with paint!

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      Lisa-Marie-Mary 4 years ago

      Lots of very cool ideas - love it! I made a cute Valentine's "Love" mosaic art that was hanging on my office wall - where did that thing go? Hmm... I also made a cool snowflake that I found on Squidoo a year or so ago. That project was a lot of fun!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Some brilliant tips here thanks for sharing.

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      sailor_man 4 years ago

      nice lens

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Very clever! I enjoyed reading your ideas for inexpensive wall art!

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      aliciamaggie54 4 years ago

      I love these ideas. Very unique wall art ideas that are inexpensive. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice Stuffs Great collections

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      I like the fabric covered shoe-box lids (how clever!) but I just swooned for the cherry blossoms made from a soda bottle. That's AWESOME. I've never made my own wall art, but I think I'm going to have to try that one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      einsteinmoomjy 5 years ago

      Soda bottle to make cherry blossoms is ingenius!

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      Nice stuff.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Fantastic DIY Wall Art finds! I love the fabric covered shoe box lids. What a great idea! Blessings. :)

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      such cool art ideas :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Never made any to tell the truth. Like what you have put on here though.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very very cute ideas. Nice to the eyes. Thanks for sharing.

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      oakstreet 5 years ago

      Very interesting len and it teaches me how to make my wall more beautiful with creative ideas. I "like" it.

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      loved the ideas - the pop bottle got me (I was just telling a friend that he had way too many pop bottles around and you would do nothing with them - little did I know!)u

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      Alana-r 5 years ago

      Wow, beautiful ideas, thanks for such a lovely lens, so useful!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very creative and useful lens! Thanks

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      I've done the storm window one, but I filled the little window panes with b&w photos the first time and change it out for the holidays, like at christmas I fill it with photos from the christmas before, thanksgiving, easter, halloween...the same thing, its nice to see the previous year's photos. I love what you shared...thanks.

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      DMVAgent 5 years ago

      nice ideas and cool stuff.

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

      Back to check out your fun ideas! The pant hangers are new. LOVE this idea! I could instantly "frame" several things. Great!!!

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      acregmed 5 years ago

      beautiful lens!

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      kburns421 lm 5 years ago

      I love wall art! All I've created myself though are some collage posters. DIY is so much more work, but it's cheaper and so much more special!

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Some nice ideas here

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      CanvasArtPrint LM 5 years ago

      The simple ideas are the best!

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      Guided Abundance 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I can't wait to try some these ideas. In the process of painting and touching up and want to add some stencil or design to a few walls. I like the Japanese Cherry Blossom and the one with the Blocks interlocking. Very easy and simple. I like the more clean look.

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      Great ideas! I love the twigs in the frame.

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      MohkaUK LM 5 years ago

      Some really great creative ideas here, I love just recycling and making my own wall art!

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      MrAdvice LM 5 years ago

      Very creative! A great way of re-purposing items.

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      menskincaretips 5 years ago

      Great ideas! I'm definitely trying out the cherry blossom wall art!

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      stevel58 5 years ago

      Have just read the lens.

      Looks like I will be having a busy weekend.

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      rewards4life info 5 years ago

      I have never created my own wall art but you have some really good ideas here. I might have a go at a collage I haven't made one since school, should be fun. Nice lens.

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      Wow, these DIY ideas are simply amazing! So simple and inspiring, gotta try some of these for sure.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Stopping by your fabulous DIY lens again, its got such creative ideas for decorating walls...and more. Posting this to FaceBook for my friends to see too. :)

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      leonasharon 5 years ago

      Wonderful art.You just inspired me to create something like these.

      Thanks for sharing.

      You can also visit my new lens

      http://www.squidoo.com/paint-a-canvas-in-your-own-...

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      Nothing as nice as these ideas, thanks!

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      Nothing as nice as these ideas, thanks!

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      Mark Shearman 5 years ago from Alicante Spain

      Fantastic ideas What a great lens!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      nice ideas

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      caketech 5 years ago

      You have some great ideas here! :)

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      GulfToBayWeb 5 years ago

      A lot of creative ideas and suggestions. Thank You

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      bodonnell 5 years ago

      These are amazing! I love the twigs and cherry blossoms!!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      So much amazing creativity. Love the framed branches and the pant hangers are sheer genius. That crayon art is very cool, too. Fabulous for any wall. I'm off to create something right now. Appreciate the inspiration!

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      cdevries 5 years ago

      Some fun ideas! Thanks.

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      Now seriously, these wall pieces are awesome. The cherry blossom peace is so creative. I have been wanting to buy the wooden fork, knife, spoon and they are extremely expensive the furniture store. I want to make them and hang them in my dining area. Thanks so much !

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      I love the cherry blossom idea. Thank you!

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      mjdraper 5 years ago

      Great ideas. Thanks for putting this together.

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Not just inspiration but simple instructions to - fantastic!

      http://pinterest.com/pin/85286986663724958/

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      VeseliDan 5 years ago

      Thanky you for great instructions on DIY wall art! *blessed*

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      anka05 5 years ago

      Very inspiring, thanks for sharing!

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      Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      My partner works with lasers, I often frame the data they get from their experiments - the results of the shots and the colours are beautiful! x

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      biggking lm 5 years ago

      cool type of art

      :)

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      rachelscott 5 years ago

      Your lens is so interesting!

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Very nice post! Squidlikes!

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      great ideas... want to use these

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

      Ooooh! I love the new projects you've added! The Bad Ass coffee bad, mirrors, and ceiling medallion are great!

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      One thing I do habitually- scout charity shops for old pictures with nice frames. I throw away the picture and put my own in! Got some beauties that way! I love the ideas here, so creative and inspiring!

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      The shoebox lids with fabric is my favorite of your DIY wall art collection. I think I saw a version of that on Pinterest.

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      The only wall art I've ever done is painting some animal cartoons on a basement wall!

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      awesomedealz4u 5 years ago

      Wow! Cool ideas!

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      These are such cute ideas! I love the typography photo, and I definitely want to try the shoebox lids with fabric - cheap and easy, I like it!

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      craigmitchell 5 years ago

      What an invaluable lens! Bookmarked! :)

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      dewaji lm 5 years ago

      great lens. squidlike and FB like sent :D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      a great cheap wall art i have done is take a great leaf, rather large take a few frames, paint the back whatever color you want im partial to choc. brown, then angle the leaves around cut them at the edge of the frame, and line the leaf up in the next frame put the glass over it, So when you hang them side by side it looks like the leaves are still together with just a gap in between....

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      :0) nice lens!

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      Love the ideas on here! Nice lens! :)0

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      GOT LM 5 years ago

      Your lens are into interior designing. Nice work.

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      Heather McGlaughlin 5 years ago from Marryland

      Some great DIY wall art ideas, my favorite is the window frame.