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Affordable Art – DIY Ideas

Filing your walls on a budget can be a challenge. When I started this series what I could find were gorgeous pieces for $300 +. They may have been beautiful, but I just couldn’t justify that sort of money. So started searching, and documenting my search with posts on greeting card art, prints, and collecting. Today I’m sharing some great DIY projects, and some I’ve tried out too.

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There are some truly amazing projects out there – I thought I would share a couple that I love…

DIY Art COllection

1. The geometric art from The Red Thread is beautiful! It looks lovely as a DIY headboard, but I can also imagine it hanging over a lovely white hall table.

2. If I’d have found feathers in the last two weeks I would have made these gold dipped feathers from You are My Fave. In a frame, gold or even silver would be amazing.

3. You would have to have been living under a rock not to have seen paint chip art on the net, and this one from A Beautiful Mess is super easy!

4. I love string art and this one I just had to share from Delightful Deets.

5. I would love to paint a cross stitch… shown here on Fresh Home. And if you’re not so keen on doing it with paint, I have also seen some using pegboard… I just haven’t found a great tutorial! (Maybe I should do this one…. hmm…. )

6. This ikat painting looks amazing, and there are really great photos showing just how you can do you own at Bigger Than The Three of Us.

With all this buzzing round in my head I started with something abstract…  my very own abstract watercolour. It makes me smile, think of cottage gardens and feel a little bit pleased with myself!

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I bought watercolours, a canvas and brushes from Spotlight, and simply splodged on the colours I liked. After a few minutes to let them dry, I painted over them all with a wet brush, dipped in a tiny bit of white paint. I also grazed the brush over the top half so it wasn’t stark white. That’s it. And you know what else I like about this one? If I change my mind, or decide I want to try some other painting, all I need to do is paint over it.

I’m planning some cushions in the fabrics hung over the lounge… maybe with some yellow or hot pink piping… and I need to paint the table, just can’t decide what colour!

And for something entirely different, I also made some beautiful fabric tassels! In my hall way I have two recessed sections that have been blank since we moved in… and were ridiculously hard to photograph! I literally whipped these up in an hour and they were up in the wall. I followed a very simple set of instructions from Prudent Baby.

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I’ve also managed to acquire a few maps… luckily with a Geography teacher in the house he comes across them frequently. So we have two, one in the kitchen / dining room, (the first picture) and one in what is going to be a study area (the third photo). The third one is a work in progress and will share when it’s completed. The middle picture is a op shop frame I found for $8 and the ‘K’ is covered with a map of my local area.

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In my family room I have a half wall opening into the kitchen. It’s a dead space and we’ve put a big rug and the kids lego there for them to play with. Building on my previous post on whiteboards I’ve used two Ikea frames to make drawing boards for Emma and Harry. Emma in particular loves to draw, so one is blank, the other is lined for her to practice writing. It was christened immediately and has been used everyday since.

drawing Boards 3I have a few works in progress, but time has gotten away from me this week. I will post them as they are finished. Working on these has also made me think about painting my walls… but that’s for another time!

What about you? What DIY Art projects do you love?

Thanks for stopping by

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