I like the idea of shopping for art. But finding art for a specific spot in a home is hard, isn’t it? I want something that is the right size, incorporates the right colors, and is affordable. Oh, and I want it to make my heart sing if that’s not too much trouble.
So basically all my art shopping expeditions end up one of two ways:
a) I come home empty-handed and disappointed.
b) I come home with a mirror.
So when the local shops left me disappointed and toting a new mirror once again, I decided to make my wall art for my master bedroom.
I am very pleased with the results, and the price tag!
My 2 Simple and Thrifty DIY Art Projects
I started with a sheet of one-inch thick styrofoam insulation. This stuff is denser and less crumbly than regular packing styrofoam and will hold up better under abuse with a staple gun. A 2-foot by 8-foot sheet costs about 15 dollars and will be enough for several wall hangings. If you need a few pieces of art and already have some craft supplies and fabric lying around, this is cheaper than buying canvases.
Cheap-O art project design #1
To cut the styrofoam you will want to use a straight edge and a sharp utility knife.
I cut three 11-inch by 28-inch panels and covered them with leftover fabric from a duvet cover I recently made.
First I stapled the fabric tightly to the center of each edge.
And then I folded the corners as if I was wrapping a gift and stapled them.
Then I added more staples along each edge, pulling the fabric tight as I went.
I used a Dollar Store stencil and a Sharpie paint pen to gussy up one of the panels.
I hung the panels by attaching some picture-hanging hardware to the back with long sewing pins.
So far they haven’t fallen on my head.
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Cheap-O art project design #2
I cut a large piece of styrofoam and wrapped it in some canvas drop cloth left over from this project.
I used various paints I already had to paint the canvas. A combination of wall paint, craft paint, and oil paint gives the painting some dimension.
I had a lot of fun with this part and made a point not to obsess over it too much. I used brush strokes in every direction and tried to create something that pleased my eye.
Since I used things I already had around the house, both art projects cost me a total of 15 dollars for the styrofoam, and I even have a piece left over for another project!
Go ahead, and create some simple, thrifty, happy art for your walls! I’d love to hear how it turns out!
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