Somehow a room never looks quite right until you’ve put some pictures on the walls, does it?
You can spend hours painting, arranging furniture, and picking out little bits and bobs. But until you’ve hammered in that nail and carefully hung a piece of artwork on it, your room just doesn’t feel finished.
But what if you’ve run out of budget? Or what if you fancy a truly unique bit of artwork that no one else will have? Something you just can’t find, no matter how hard you’ve tried.
Well, why not make it yourself? DIY art doesn’t have to be difficult, and it certainly doesn’t have to be expensive. To give you some inspiration I’ve pulled together some great ideas for creating easy art for your home.
You won’t believe how satisfying it is to hang something on your wall that you’ve made with your own fair hands. Go on, give it a go...
1. Put your kids’ artwork centre stage
Grab a big piece of paper, paints, brushes, sponges and some newspaper to cover the table if you’re of a nervous disposition. Then let the kids loose. If yours are anything like mine, the less direction you give them the better! But once you’ve cleaned everyone up and waited for the ‘masterpiece’ to dry you’ll find you have a mass of abstract artwork just crying out to be put on display.
Next, choose some frames – a variety of sizes works well. IKEA has a great selection of cheap ones. Then, take the mount from the frame, or just use the frame if there isn’t a mount. Move it across the paintings until you find a section that could rival Picasso. Cut it out, stick it in the frame, and you’re done, easy art for your wall. You may even get several bits out of the same picture that will look great when hung up together.
Who says you have to have children to make this work? Why not channel your own inner child and get painting?
TIP: If your budding artists are into particularly ‘colourful’ creations, you might find a simple one-colour frame works best, perhaps in white or black.
2. Picture postcard art
I love postcards. When I’m out and about I can never resist picking up a few, even if I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them yet. It’s a family joke that I pop out for a birthday card and come back with six (not all saying ‘happy birthday’ obviously!).
Simply framing a few pretty picture cards or funky patterned postcards is a super quick way to inject a bit of artwork into your room. They look great whether you put them in a tiny frame, or add a mount to make more of a statement. You can hang or stand them up individually or create an inspired picture gallery by mixing and matching with photos, kids paintings etc.
The best bit is that cards are cheap as chips, so there is no excuse not to keep stocked up and swap them around whenever you fancy a change.
And as an added bonus, if your organisation skills let you down and you’ve forgotten that all important birthday card, you’ll always have emergency ones on standby! (Obviously I’ve never done this!)
3. Artwork all wrapped up
It’s amazing where you can spot the perfect art solution. The other day I was in a local scrap store and a lonely piece of material was staring at me, begging me to buy it. And even better it was dirt-cheap. Now it has taken pride of place in my gallery wall, framed and looking very special. And I love it.
You can do this too. Seriously. All you need is a scrap or offcut of material that fits in with the scheme of your room. This can work brilliantly with a leftover piece of wallpaper, or I’ve even been known to use wrapping paper - you wouldn’t know – there are some gorgeous ones out there.
Have a little play, add a frame and maybe a mount, and see what you think.
TIP: If you fancy trying a mount but your frame didn’t come with one, you can always cut one out yourself. All you need is a piece of card, a metal ruler and a craft knife.
4. The writing’s on the wall
Calligraphy is everywhere.
You can find typographic wall art in every colour and style you can possibly imagine. Independent seller sites like Etsy and Not on the High Street are full of inspirational quotes and personalised messages. But it’s really not that hard to do yourself, so why not have a go before you splash the cash?
All you need is some good quality paper in whatever colour you fancy as a background, and a thick (ish!) pen in your chosen text colour. You can buy specialist calligraphy pens from somewhere like Hobbycraft if you want to go the whole hog. But at its simplest, a paintbrush and some black paint works perfectly.
So, browse the ‘tinterweb (I love Pinterest for this kind of thing), find some words that inspire you and turn them into a beautiful piece of artwork for your home. Or if you can’t find the words you’re after, why not make up your own quote for a truly personal touch?
TIP: If calligraphy isn’t your thing, cheat (shhh!) by using a computer. Choose an interesting font, type out your quote and arrange the words across the page. You could even vary the font-size of some of the key words. For the quotes bove and lots of other inspirational images click here
5. Start a collection
Make an impact by collecting lots of items and making your own art installation. Or maybe that sounds a little scary – it’s not meant to. Artwork can be made from anything, from tissue paper to feathers and buttons. So raid your children’s craft supplies (or even better: the shelves of a local craft shop!) and see what you can come up with.
I love this DIY wall art made with painted lollipop sticks – it’s so simple, but would make a striking addition to any modern room. Click here for this and other ideas. Release your inner artist and go crazy! There’s one in all of us, I promise.
6. Washi tape geometric art
Washi tape? What’s Washi tape? Well what can I say? It’s Japanese, it’s like masking tape but way cooler, and it comes in the biggest array of patterns you can ever imagine. Check out <WHERE WOULD YOU BUY IT?> online and tell me you don’t want to buy it all. Immediately. Sorry, I got over-excited!
So what can you do with it? Well I love this idea of using it to create a simple geometric pattern. Take a sheet of plywood or very stiff cardboard (a plain colour works best.) Cut to whatever size and shape you fancy. Then take your chosen tape, and cut and stick it in repetitive geometric patterns. It’s worth taking your time to measure the pieces and make sure you cut the edges straight. And if your feeling really creative (or brave), why not apply this idea straight to the wall.
TIP: If you only have boring old masking tape to hand, don’t despair. You can create a similar effect by sticking the tape on and using paint to fill the spaces. Peel off the tape and voila. Hang your artwork and enjoy! Click here for these and more ideas
7. String Art
Now this one requires a little more time and patience but we have plenty of rainy days, so here’s the perfect way to fill them!
Choose a background such as a free standing, wooden back board, plenty of nails, a hammer, a pattern like the one below, and some coloured string. Then hammer the nails into the wood and start winding and weaving as the mood takes you.
The great thing is if you make a mistake you can just unwind and try again. How satisfying. Take a look here
So what do you think? Can you picture any of these easy art ideas on the walls of your home? Let me know in the comments below if you decide to give one of them a go. Or pop over to the EB Interiors Facebook page and post a photo – I’d love to see your finished DIY artwork.