Eric and I are moving!!! To a different room in the house. Calm down, calm down – we’re still a part of The 20 Somethings.
For those of you who don’t know, Sarajane has moved her business operations out of the house to Downtown Asheville, opening up the space formally known as our office for Eric and I to get a bedroom upgrade. That also means that our room will be transitioning into a guest room – and THAT MEANS a real bed for all of our lovely guests!
But, all of that to say that moving means it time to update some of our wall art in different rooms in the house, move some stuff around, and create some new art as well! I think having things hanging on your walls is pretty dang important – but you don’t have to spend tons of money on those terrible metal cut out wall hangings or paintings of beach scenes from Homegoods. And you don’t really need a lot of artistic ability to create unique and exciting artwork. Here are some of my favorite pieces of artwork hanging around our house – and they’ve all been created with as little money as possible!
Embroidery Hoops with Fabric
Wooden embroidery hoops can be found at craft stores like Michael’s and JoAnn OR – and my most favorite place to look for them – thrift stores! You can even find terrible cross stitches from a bygone era in thrift stores and buy those for a lower price than you’d pay for a new hoop in a craft store. Pick out some fun fabric that goes with your decor, cut it to a little larger than the hoop, put in the fabric, trim, and hang! Ta da! It’s an easy and simple solution to fill an empty wall.
DIY Bulletin Board
A large frame from the thrift store, a piece of foam core from the craft store, and a large piece of cheap burlap fabric are an easy way to create a big bulletin board to use in your office, kitchen, or study. Use it to pin notes by the front door, recipes by the stove, or a place to hang pictures drawn by the kids (or by your drunk self…they’ll look like children’s drawings).
If you keep an eye on craft store sales papers and e-mails (which I do because it’s a totally normal thing stop judging me) you’ll find packs of individual canvases for cheap, cheap, cheap! Michael’s, for example, regularly puts packs of six canvases on sale for less than $10. Take those canvases, spread some glue on them, cut up a map (look for them on teacher supply websites or at teacher supply stores), stick it, spray some glaze on top – or leave it plain, and you have a large piece of wall art that looks super fancy, but that cost you less than $20.
This piece here (get it, piece…peace…piece…anyway) seriously cost like $2. A pack of letters from Dollar General, a yard sale cork board, and a lifetime collection of pushpins is all it took for this easy, breezy, beautiful piece of artwork. You could even cover the cork with some fabric or newspaper – most cork boards are easy to pop out the back and then replace it after covering.
Found Paintings and Mod Podged Art
This a throwback image from our house tour, but I wanted to go back over everything on this wall. Everything here probably cost less than $10. Yep, that’s right, LESS THAN $10! The blue star from the Dollar General – I found it on sale after the 4th of July one year for $1. The two large landscape paintings and the duck were from a thrift store. The bird in the center, the plant to the left of it, and the two circle pieces above were frames/plates/random wooden objects found at the thrift store – I printed out some pictures from the Internet and used Mod Podge to attach them to those found items and there you have it – simple art.
So, my friends, there are some easy – and super affordable – solutions for wall art! Which ones are you favorites? How to decorate the walls in your home?
Stay Cheap (and I mean that in a good way)!