DIY Idea: High-Impact, Low-Cost Wall Art!

created at: 07/12/2011

When I first spotted this image on Flickr, I fell in love with the idea immediately.  What a beautiful installation this would make in a guest room, living room, or even the master bedroom!  It's soft and whimsical, crafty and nostalgic all at the same time.  Can you guess what it's made of?  

Christine of CityPix snapped this image in a local cafe, inspired by the simplicity and beauty of the wall installation.  Adapting this concept into your own home decor would be a piece of cake!  But first, what materials would you need??  Give up?  This charming piece of wall art is made from large orange thumbtacks, paper doilies, and cupcake liners!  (All available for cheap, cheap, cheap at craft or even dollar stores.)

So, what do you guys think of this idea?  Would you try something similar in your own home?  Share all your thoughts, ideas, and comments below!

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Jen on Jan 19, 2015:

I've been saving up toilet paper rolls for another diy project, but I think they could work for something like this, too! Easier to dust, albeit gently, though you'd have to paint them.  This is gorgeous, though, thanks for posting! Makes my heart sigh with happiness looking it.

Anonymous on Jul 06, 2012:

seems like a cool idea, but would get dusty and hard to clean quickly....think tired tissue paper flowers at your kids elemntary school...


CapreeK on Jun 19, 2012:

Morgan - Got them, thank you! I love your colorful version!

Morgan on Jun 19, 2012:

Emailed them over. Thanks for the wonderful idea! I used to call this the ugly room in my apartment and now it looks adorable!

CapreeK on Jun 19, 2012:

Morgan - You can post a photo in the comments section here or email to capree @ curbly.com! :)

Morgan on Jun 19, 2012:

Do you have an email? I found your blog on pinterest, and I do not have one. I could email a picture your way though. I used red cupcake liners and another pretty pattern. For anyone that is having difficulty finding yellow thumbtacks, I got them off the crate and barrel website after researching. They weren't too expensive eachother in case anyone else is interested!

CapreeK on Jun 19, 2012:

Morgan - Please do! We'd love to see it!

Morgan on Jun 19, 2012:

I did this in my living room. I'm in love. Would love to share a picture with you!!

Anonymous on Jun 15, 2012:

These pins would work great and they come in a lot of colors for pretty cheap.


Anonymous on Feb 26, 2012:

i think that i am going to use this in an adapted form for my daughters room. she is 7 months and i think the fun colored and patterned cupcake liners would create a lovely image on her wall


CapreeK on Feb 21, 2012:

Looks great Liz!!

Liz on Feb 21, 2012:

I've had this pinned for months, but finally got around to it today.  I ran out of cupcake lines before I got as far as I'd like, but I still like the way it looks.  I didn't really like the look with doilies so mine is just cupcake liners and coffee filters.  And my thumb tacks are definitely smaller and spray painted by me.



CapreeK on Jan 27, 2012:

Laura, it turned out beautifully!  I love the ruffled flower effect--great job!

Laura on Jan 27, 2012:

What a fun idea! I did a mini version inspired by this using coffee filters. I didn't like mine flat so scrunched them up for a dimensional flower effect...great fun and oh so affordable. Found this on pinterest!

Here's a link to some additional pics I took of my little project! http://designsbylkc.blogspot.com/2012/01/wall-decor-styling-with-coffee-filters.html

Thanks again!

CapreeK on Dec 14, 2011:

Ridix - Ooo, share pics if you can!

Ridix on Dec 13, 2011:

Hello...I managed to make this...It look so awesome..!!

Thanks a lot for the idea.

georgia stewart on Sep 10, 2011:

coffee filters

Gina (Lady Goats) on Sep 09, 2011:

I'm printing this out for reference. going to try it like... NOW! (or... when my printer's done printing :-p)

CapreeK on Jul 13, 2011:

Anon - The larger ones are paper doilies, but it's possible that some of the medium-sized ones are coffee filters!

Anonymous on Jul 13, 2011:

are they cupcake liners or coffee filters?

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