Let’s face it…when the budget is tight, art is not exactly a priority. However, I am a firm believer that creating a beautiful living space can lend greatly to one’s happiness. Should we sacrifice a gorgeous interior for the sake of saving or getting out of debt? I don’t believe we have to. I think you can decorate and save big! This DIY art wall cost me under $15!!! And I’ll show you how to make one too!
How to Create a $15 Art Wall and Give Your Home Some New Life…
- Frames – I purchased all these frames for $1.00 to $2.00 a piece at my local thrift store. When most people think of framing art they think “Expensive!” but buying used thrifted frames can cut costs by as much as $100.00. Now that’s the And Then We Saved spirit!
- Craft paint – Let’s be honest, I own more craft paint than necessary so I just went shopping in my craft paint graveyard and found a color palate that was inspiring to me and fit the prints I wanted to frame. No sense in wasting paint!
- Sand paper – One sheet
- Glitter – Optional but, in my opinion, my crafting motto is “it aint over until it’s covered in glitter”
- Art! – I’ll talk a little bit more about my art choices later in the post
Steps: First, you will want to sand all your frames lightly. The goal is to get any excess grime off them (they are thrifted after all) and to create a rough surface that paint will stick to better. After I sanded I wiped all the extra dust off with a wet rag. Second, paint the frames! Each frame took 2 to 3 coats of paint, but I do like full coverage with my paint. Last, insert glitter into you project if necessary :). Frame your art. And hang those suckers on the wall! For my art I used some very affordable prints from Caravan, a few vintage sewing patterns that were my great-grandmother’s, clippings from a Japanese painting calendar (that I got for free), re-purposed gift wrap, and my great-grandfather’s stamp collection. I adore this eclectic mix of art for my art wall because I think each piece says something unique on its own, yet they all fit into a similar color theme. Each is special to me and beautiful to all observers. The best part? It only cost $15! What free art would you like to frame for an art wall? How do you decorate on the cheap? Alix Adams is a glitter user and ice cream abuser. She blogs at A Ruffled Life when she’s not kissing her baby’s fat rolls or painting a wall.