I'm deep into spring cleaning mode, thanks to the #RuthlessDeclutterChallenge by Emily Ley. As I've been working on streamlining our home, I've been moving things around and redecorating little corners (naturally). I realized that quite a bit of the art and decor in our home was either a DIY or super affordable, and wanted to share my favorite sources, tips and tricks!
1. Wall hangings. Woven wall hangings are all the rage right now, but even without any weaving or macrame knowledge, you can make a super cool piece for your home. Just grab a dowel rod or, my favorite, a piece of driftwood or cool stick, and loop some cool chunky yarn on it! SO easy and it makes for a really cool statement piece in your home!
2. Maps. I often find large vintage maps at antique stores for a couple bucks, which can be framed or simply tacked up! I turned a couple unused tomato stakes into a schoolhouse-style frame for a vintage map I had, and love the way it turned out. Or, you can google for maps! Set the image setting to the largest size, and type in any type of map you want. I found a really cool trail map for Xavier's room that I printed on my regular home printer on cardstock. I love the way it looks above his bed!
3. Large-scale photographs. There is a magical thing that I'm not sure everyone knows about, and it's called engineer prints. Intended for large items like blueprints, these oversize prints also work for blown-up photos! I print mine at my local Staples. Warning: the website will say "not suitable for photographic prints." Just ignore that. They're going to look sort of grainy because the paper is so thin and they just aren't intended to be high-quality, but that's half the charm. I printed a huge photo I took in Spain for our living room, and it cost $5. Amazing!
4. Text over photos. Thanks to super easy programs like Canva, even the non-designer can make printable art in a flash. Upload a photo or choose from one of their stock photos, overlay text and voila! You're done. Some of my favorite art I've created for our home is a simple word or phrase overlaid on a photo and framed.
5. Vintage art prints + photographs. Did you know that the internet is full of awesome old photographs and art prints that are FREE? So cool! Free Vintage Art has some cool ones, as does New Old Stock. Also, you can google old artists (like from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries), find a decent-sized image on google images, and print that! I love these pieces by Simon Pietersz Verelst - so lovely. Other phrases to google: 16th century dutch painting floral, 18th century floral painting, 19th century landscape photography. The possibilities are endless!
6. Framed mementos. A postcard. A handwritten recipe from your mom. The receipt from a fancy dinner you went to on your honeymoon. A four-leaf clover you found in the backyard. All of these things are things that can, and have in our case, been framed and displayed as art. Frames are not just for photos. Get creative!
7. Baskets. I love to use baskets in decorating. You can usually find them for super cheap at thrift stores, and they make an awesome statement wall, gallery wall, or frame for a picture frame. They're a great way to add interest and texture on the cheap!
8. Natural elements. I have a bird nest sitting under a cloche, and regularly use other natural elements that I bring in from outside to decorate. My friend Maria spray painted this giant stick white, and it sits on top of her entertainment center and is a gorgeous art piece in her living room. Jump on Pinterest and there are a million ideas for how to forage for art in your backyard.
Any other tricks for cheap art for your home? I'm all ears! XOXO!