Looking to spruce up your home decor without breaking the bank? DIY artwork is a fantastic way to add a personal touch to your living space while staying within your budget. Plus, creating your own artwork can be a fun and rewarding experience.
Let me show you affordable and fun ideas that you can use to fill up wall space in your home.
From painting abstract art, and printing out your own fine art, to creative DIY wall art ideas, and shopping at secondhand shops, I will be sharing my best tips and secrets with you today.
Budget-Friendly DIY Artwork Ideas: Creative Ways to Decorate Your Home
Essentials of DIY Art
Creating your own DIY artwork can be a fun and affordable way to add a personal touch to your home decor. Here are some essential tips for getting started:
Choosing Affordable Materials
When it comes to DIY artwork, you don’t need to break the bank on expensive materials. In fact, some of the most beautiful and creative pieces can be made from everyday items you already have around the house. Here are a few ideas:
- Shop at the thrift store
- Paint your own artwork
- Use natural materials like leaves, flowers, and twigs to create a nature-inspired piece.
The key is to get creative and think outside the box. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different materials and techniques until you find what works best for you.
Basic Tools and Supplies
While you don’t need to spend a lot of money on materials, having a few basic tools and supplies can make the process much easier. Here are some essentials to consider:
- Paintbrushes and Acrylic paint
- Blank Canvases
- Picture Frames
- Unfinished Wood Craft Frames
Again, don’t feel like you need to go out and buy all of these items at once. Start with what you have and add to your collection as you go.
With these essentials in mind, you’re ready to start creating your own DIY artwork. Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the process!
Wall Art Ideas
Looking for budget-friendly ways to add some personality to your walls? Look no further than these DIY artwork ideas!
easy abstract canvas
One of my favorite ways to add some color to my walls is by creating my own hand-painted canvases. All you need is some blank canvases, acrylic paint, and a little bit of creativity. You can create abstract designs or geometric shapes not only is this a fun and inexpensive way to create unique artwork, but it’s also a great stress-reliever!
Create your own abstract painting using acrylic paint and a canvas. You don’t need to be an experienced artist to create a beautiful piece of abstract art. Simply choose a few colors that complement each other, apply them to the canvas using a brush or sponge, and let your creativity take over. You can experiment with different brush strokes and techniques to create a unique piece of art that reflects your personality.
moody abstract canvas
Looking for an idea for more moody paint colors? Here is another abstract I painted on a blank 24 x 36 canvas.
I chose 4 paint colors: dark gray, gray-blue, pink, and white. When making your piece of abstract art follow the same formula: dark and light along with at least 2 colors in between for contrast.
Start at the bottom with the darkest color and work your way up the canvas. I made a wave motion with my paintbrush across the canvas to spread the paint.
Then I used a clean paintbrush to continue with the next color.
After I had 2 colors painted on the canvas I blended where the 2 colors met to soften up the look so there wasn’t a distinct line.
To give the abstract art a bit of dimension I tapped on some white paint where the dark colors met on the bottom of the canvas, then dabbed a little of the dark gray in with the pink and white at the top of the canvas pretending it was clouds. In my mind, I just kept imagining a stormy day at the beach for my inspiration.
There is no right or wrong way to do this, after all, it is abstract! The last step I did was to tip the tips of my wide paintbrush in the white paint, dab most of it off on a paper towel, and then make an X motion with my hand to make light highlights over the entire canvas.
If you are making a big piece of wall art like this, sometimes it helps to hang it and stand back to look at it. That’s what I did and I realized I needed that extra step with the white paint to give it more texture and dimension.
Geometrical abstract idea
This geometrical abstract was inspired by one sold by Pottery Barn. This time I used a square canvas and only one green paint color to make the circle design.
Not only did I add it to a winter gallery wall I also used this painting after the holidays.
DIY Gallery Wall
Gallery walls are a fun way to pack a design punch into your home. You can even create a gallery wall with 4 pictures it doesn’t have to be an entire wall!
My living room gallery wall project made a huge difference in the feel of my small living room. It added an interesting focal point and has really set the mood for the space overall.
I chose a combination of classic artwork combined with more modern art and photography.
This was also a budget-friendly project! I had all of the prints done through Shutterfly for around $85 which included the very large prints I had made.
The real reason that I saved a ton on the artwork is that I found all of the artprints online for free!! Yup, if you know how to search for public domain art you can save a bundle!
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In my dining area, I have also created a grid gallery wall. It’s a fun way to decorate from season to season too! To save even more money I don’t have the art printed as photos, instead I have it printed at Staples on cardstock. It’s around $8 to have the 9 prints for this gallery wall made.
Here are 4 sets of printables to make your own gallery wall. The botanical collection is perfect for Spring and Summer too.
Gallery Wall Layout Tips
A gallery wall is a great way to display multiple pieces of artwork in a cohesive and visually appealing way. When creating a gallery wall, it’s important to consider the layout and spacing of your artwork.
One popular layout option is to create a grid pattern with evenly spaced frames. Work in an even number of frames but even 4 frames can make a pretty gallery. Short on space? Try 3 frames in a vertical row!
Another option is to create a more organic layout with varying frame sizes and shapes. To ensure your gallery wall looks balanced, it’s important to measure and plan out your layout before hanging any artwork.
When I was planning the gallery wall in my living room I gathered a variety of frames that I had in different sizes and styles. This time I was going for a more eclectic look.
To plan the layout I actually cleared the coffee table out and used the living room floor to plant the style before I moved to the wall.
Another good idea is to trace the shapes of the frames you are using on brown kraft paper and tape them to your wall to play around with the layout. Good way to not make a zillion holes in your wall!! FYI, I’m a pro spackler so I just fill in my mistakes right away…
And don’t be afraid to mix and match different types of artwork, such as photographs, paintings, and prints, to create a dynamic display.
Fabric and Textile Art
If you’re looking for a more tactile way to add some art to your walls, consider creating some fabric or textile art. You can use fabric scraps, yarn, or even embroidery to create unique designs that add texture and depth to your walls.
You can even repurpose old clothing or linens to create something new and beautiful. Not only is this a great way to add some color and texture to your walls, but it’s also a sustainable way to create art.
On a recent thrift store trip I found some interesting fabric samples that I thought would look cool framed.
To make an easy textile art frame I first removed the glass from the frame. Then I wrapped the fabric sample around the back of the frame pulling tautly. For a larger piece of textile art you could buy a yard of patterned upholstery fabric an do the same thing.
This type of printer sheet gives an authentic art look without the cost.
Learn more details on this moody art look and how to make this framed art.
With these budget-friendly DIY artwork ideas, you can add some personality and charm to your walls without breaking the bank. So grab some supplies and get creative!
Printable and Digital Art
If you’re looking for budget-friendly DIY artwork ideas, printable and digital art are excellent options. Here are some tips on how to create your own artwork using free software and online resources.
Designing with Free Software
There are many free software options available for designing digital art. I use Canva to design my printables.
Canva is a user-friendly platform that offers a range of design templates, graphics, and fonts. Not everything is available on the free version, some of the graphics and designs require the paid plan to use.
You can create your own digital artwork and print it at home or at a local print shop.
Online Resources for Printable Art
There are many online resources available for printable art. Some websites offer free printable art, while others offer affordable digital downloads.
Any artwork that is over 95 years old and not in a private collection is considered public domain and you can download it for free because it is not copyrighted.
It does take some clicking around! Just go on your favorite museum’s website and search their collections.
Etsy is a popular online marketplace for handmade and vintage items, including printable art. You can find a range of affordable digital downloads on Etsy, from minimalist prints to abstract art. The sellers on Etsy have done the legwork for you and curated art from the public domain for you. It’s affordable and will save you some time.
Overall, printable and digital art are great options for budget-friendly DIY artwork. With free software and online resources, you can create your own unique artwork without breaking the bank.
There are other creative ways to fill some space on your walls. Here is a collection of DIY projects for your walls
Succulent Wall Art
Up for an interesting way to fill that blank wall space?? This DIY succulent wall art looks so cool!
This is not a hard project, you need a craft frame, faux succulents, and a hot glue gun.
My step-by-step tutorial will guide you through the process.
Botanical Art Frame
For my fellow dried flower lovers! This botanical shadowbox art was another Pottery Barn inspired project.
Snowflake Wall Art
Easy winter art idea! Paint a large pallet frame white and design a snowflake from small branch pieces. I love this and look forward to hanging it each holiday season.
Seashell Shadow Box
For the coastal lovers. Create a set of 4 seashell shadowboxes. Wait until Michael’s craft store has their big frame sale and pick up their shadowbox frames to make it super budget-friendly!
One of my favorite ways to save money when decorating my walls is to purchase secondhand art from thrift stores! Especially if you live in larger areas your thrift stores are probably packed with awesome art that people have donated.
Not just the art, you can find some fantastic frames at the thrift store and save a few dollars…new frames are expensive!
In the Fall, I decorated this wall above my console cabinet with 2 thrifted large art frames and a smaller hand-drawn framed piece of art I found for $2.99.
2 matching flower pictures were perfect for this small wall in the Spring. They were thrift store finds from a couple of years ago that I grabbed because they were such a good deal.
Check your local antique and vintage markets for artwork and interesting frames too.
Creating your own artwork is a budget-savvy way to personalize your living space. From repurposing everyday items to exploring the world of digital art, countless possibilities await you.
Today I hope that you leave with a few ideas for decorating your own home. DIY art ideas, from painting abstract masterpieces on blank canvases to DIY art projects and even my secrets to finding free artwork!
Remember, the key to successful DIY art lies in embracing your imagination and experimenting with different materials and techniques. Don’t be afraid to step outside the box and let your unique style shine through.
So, gather your supplies, tap into your creative spirit, and embark on this enriching adventure of DIY art. Your walls will thank you!!
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