Expensive art isn't for everybody. Sometimes you just need a creative way to fill a large wall without breaking the bank. Don't get me wrong, I love hanging artwork on my walls... but I have some areas in my home that are just too large to fill with big, pricey paintings right now. So today I'm sharing lots of interesting wall decor ideas using everyday items you probably already have at home.
Bedroom Wall Decor Ideas
Have a large hat collection? Display it on your wall above a dresser in place of a piece of artwork on your bedroom wall. Genius, and oh-so-chic! See the rest of the space here.
A simple long row of wooden hooks makes even the most mundane everyday items look super cool. Found here.
If you like to save the pretty bags you come home with after your latest shopping trip, try framing them and displaying them like Alexandra does.
Ways to decorate your kitchen walls
Fill that empty space behind the sink with DIY kitchen utensil wall art! Get the tutorial here.
Using just a piece of fabric and some wood, you can whip up your own statement piece of art in the space of an afternoon. Check out our stretched fabric wall art diy.
Line your cabinets in fabric for a pop of color.
Living room wall art ideas using objects you have on hand
Even books make a fun area of interest on a large wall! Find out more about this dramatic space here.
Plates are another great way to fill up empty wall space, and not just in the kitchen! Check out this and other fun decorating ideas here.
Corral all of your randomly-placed plants into one spot using this clever wall mounted plant trellis idea. Get the tutorial here.
Turn a deck of playing cards into a beautiful piece of artwork by popping it into a frame ... inspired by this piece found over at Design*Sponge.
Dye your used wine corks and arrange them in a pretty design like this one from The Wooden Bee. I love this wall decor idea because it's so unique and simple!
If you're feeling really ambitious and you have a lot of paint chips lying around, give this one a try!
Nursery and kids' room wall decor inspiration
Nurseries and kids' rooms are great places to put your DIY skills to good use. Surrounding them with color and creativity when they are young will encourage them to grow up to be DIY'ers just like us! Here are ten great projects to get you started.
Hang a set of flash cards or alphabet cards on the wall, and voilà - instant nursery wall art. Learn more here.
1. Make a colorful animal silhouette using scrapbook paper. [Photo: Babble]
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DIY Wall Decor Ideas You Can Make Even if You Can't Draw
Wall art is SO easy to DIY that there's really no excuse not to have a go at making your own. Curbly contributor Stephanie Lee came up with four simple DIY wall art projects you can make this weekend, even if you're terrible at drawing and painting.
DIY Wall Art Mounting and Hanging Ideas
By Joann Moser
Another way to add wall decor without spending too much is to hang your art in creative ways. I'm not telling you anything you don't already know when I say frames can be expensive. They're oftentimes more expensive than the stuff we put in them, which doesn't seem fair as it's the art that's the main course, and the frame is just the pretty table setting. Yeah, it can make the meal more appetizing, but still. Wait...are we still talking about frames here? Yes and no because most of these fabulous mounting and hanging ideas don't even involve them. So, on to the roundup!
This first one is actually my own project using supplies courtesy of Dow Chemical, in which I mounted 12" square scrapbook paper to styrofoam tiles. Make sure you check the comments of the post, however, as people are using some very clever alternatives to create the same effect.
Paper 'n Stitch shows us how to turn covers of old books into frames. Very vintage-y.
In this idea, a traditional frame gets some fresh personality with ribbon. Love the unexpected pop of color.
I'm not exactly sure what this is, but I'm guessing it's an old wire mattress support, probably of 'crib' size. Any other guesses?
Last week I posted a roundup of DIY Photography Wall Art Projects. One of them included an idea using pant hangers as a means of display. I'm partial to the look so I never considered using regular old wood hangers, but it might be a way to go too. (Make sure you click on this link for MORE mounting and hanging ideas as there is more overlap between this post and that one.)
Another humble item used as a frame by some are simple wood clip boards. I like the addition of fabric behind the portraits in this image from lifeflix.
We've seen old shutters used to display holiday cards and mail, but they work just as well for displaying photos.
Remember this jar/bottle idea from Photojojo? Still a favorite.
One of my doctors has a couple textiles hanging in his office. I love them. Their highly patterned, bold colors brighten up pale spaces instantly. If you'd like to see how to mount such things, check out this article at Mara Mallett.
I've saved the most unique mounting technique for last. Okay, so TAPE isn't so unique, but Sarah of Harts Desire Creations decided to give it a decorative twist by adding fabric to it. Then she just used a couple of pieces to fix her art right on the walls. I kinda like the deconstructed effect.