No one wants to live in a plain white box, but sometimes spending a fortune on art just isn’t an option. The alternative? Repurpose items you already have into decorative objects and create your own works of art to hang on the wall. It really makes a lot of transformative differences and you don’t have to spend a lot of money. We’ve found plenty of creative designer-inspired DIY wall art ideas, from framing your kids’ work to making your own wall art. If you’re worried about using a nail gun or hammer, don’t worry – you’ve got this… Because these examples are super simple and easy to replicate. So go ahead and grab a glue gun and get ready to brighten up your space with these seventeen creative DIY wall decor ideas.
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Leanne Ford is the queen of high-end DIYs. “I had an old canvas lying around forever and couldn’t bring myself to throw it away…One day I just nailed it to the wall and called one of my favorite artist friends Alexandra Gracik and asked her to come over with her charcoal to draw whatever she wanted,” the designer explains. Reuse an old sail you have laying around or buy a second-hand one.
If you have an extensive China collection, why not make it available to everyone? It’s also an unexpected twist on the classic gallery wall look, as you can see in this blush pink living room designed by Janie Molster. Once you’ve mapped out the gallery wall, all you need is some picture hangers. Download a tutorial here.
If you have a vintage rug or comforter that you haven’t used, reuse it by hanging it on the wall. Get a tutorial to make your own tapestry from Sugar & Cloth.
Frame your kids’ best masterpieces and display them with pride. They feel like a proud artist and don’t have to spend a fortune on art – it’s a win-win situation. It can look sophisticated when done professionally with clean, modern frames and then arranged in a classic floor-to-ceiling grid. Look out for this charming modern family room, designed by Lilly Bunn, where colorful art animates the entire space.
If you live in a minimalist environment, this project is for you. Just paste a photo you love, frameless. This way you won’t damage any artwork, but you can also go frameless.
Make your own tapestry with beads and a branch. We love the bohemian elegance of this asymmetric. It looks more whimsical and takes up less visual space than a woven suspension.
Even a skateboard can be wall decor if styled right! Here Leanne Ford just put him on a ledge and leaned him against the wall. Instruments and surfboards are other great examples of found objects that double as decor.
Paint an architectural quirk in a bright color for an unexpected pop. Here, Emil Dervish has brightened up this minimalist hallway by painting the arched interior a vibrant shade of orange.
A pegboard actually looks good anywhere and you can customize it as often as you like! Learn how to make your own from Vintage Revivals.
Try a hat wall. It’s a great storage solution for anyone with limited closet space and it introduces more dimension. Keep an eye out for this one from Katie Hodges Design.
In a cozy cabin-like home, use branches and leaves to make a series of makeshift garlands. To add a little more contemporary style and shine, Leanne Ford also color-blocked the walls and painted the bottom half a deep marine tone.
A twist on the typical gallery wall? A gallery wall of antique hand mirrors. Clustered together, these simple, eclectic mirrors function like art (and reflect light beautifully). This consists of hand mirrors and is configured in the shape of a hand mirror. These are functional and cute. Convincing is no longer necessary.
You may not be able to upholster that chair in your favorite print, but you can highlight a fabric swatch. Hang up some linen or fabric samples. It’s perfect in a laid back, easy breezy environment and you can take them down when you get tired of them.
This wood veneer wall art is the ultimate rustic accent piece. If only we could score one of those hanging chairs. Learn how to make your own from Dorsey Designs.
Who needs a headboard when you can have a wall full of flowers? Total boho goals. Download the tutorial at Sweet Teal.
Creating your dream gallery wall just got a whole lot more affordable. Download the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth.
This is an opportunity to show off your artistic talents. It would be a fun project for the whole family to enjoy together. Download the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth.
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