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Fancy walls on the cheap: 36 easy, beautiful DIY art ideas

I was chatting with a friend the other day who’s redoing a room and looking for some inexpensive, beautiful DIY art ideas. She asked me, casually, if I had any ideas, and I morphed into an over-excited, crazed person, like “GOLLY GEE, DO I!!” And then started sending her a bunch of fun ideas I’d seen from some of my blogger friends, to the point where I’m almost certain she instantly regretted asking.

Look: don’t bring up home decorating with me if you don’t want me to get over-eager and hyped-up. I’ve never mastered the art of being cool and chill. (And maybe there’s a tiny part of me that’s still trying to recover from the butt-print disaster?)

Anyway, I thought I’d share some of the ideas I rounded up for her. And then a bunch of other good ones too, in case you have some blank walls that need a little sumthin-sumthin.

Easy DIY painting projects - make your own art!

(By the way, here’s a great tutorial from Pretty Handy Girl on how to make your own canvas, which you can then paint following any of the above ideas!)

Creative things to frame as DIY art projects

Beautiful DIY wood art project ideas

Creative DIY art projects using unique materials

If you’re dealing with some giant embarrassing thing on your wall like Spiderman, this post will give you some good ideas to cover up any superhero murals on your wall. (Also, it’s just one of my favorite posts because come on: SPIDERMAN.)

And hey, if you’re trying to hang some frames straight and even and finding it so frustrating you’re ready to give up on life forever, make sure you check out this life-saving frame-hanging hack. (I still use it, every single time.)

AWESOME roundup of inspiring creative DIY art ideas! SO many good ones!
Do you make your own art? What’s your favorite DIY art idea? (And don’t say butt print. That one’s a given.)

P.S. If you liked this post, make sure you check out this one too! Lots of beautiful feature wall ideas:
Creative DIY feature wall ideas

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  1. Julia @Cuckoo4Design says:

    You just always have the best round-ups and I’m so thrilled that you included mine. Thank you so so much!

  2. Thank you so much, Kelly, for including my wedding song art. This round up is amazing! 😉

  3. i need a wooden whale in my life! love that so much!

  4. I’m officially getting a big head to be included amid such amazing decor projects. Thanks for sharing our barn wood artwork.

    I’m officially making that wood slice art with meaningful date. I have a tub full of wood slices that would be perfect for this project. (What? Don’t you keep a tub full of wood art?)

  5. Thanks for including me in your feature! There are some seriously beautiful projects in here.

  6. Talk about timing! I have my tutorial for creating your own canvases on the blog today and you rock out this awesome round up! I’ll be adding the link to my post.

  7. Thanks for including me in this awesome round up 🙂

  8. Holy Moly!! So many great ideas Kelly 🙂 Thanks for including mine in your round-up. I for one happened to like the baby booty art 🙂 xo Kristin

  9. Such good ideas. I am always looking for good art on the cheap. My latest was an old canvas I had in hand and covered in a large piece if fabric – so easy!

  10. JUst wanted to let you know that I saw you in This Old House Magazine. I jumped in the middle of books a million and made sure my hubby knew that “I knew you.” Cool by proxy eh?

  11. I’m eyeing every empty wall in my house right now to see where I use some of these. Thanks so much for including Abe’s whale!

  12. Great roundup! I was so happy to see Alex’s wood project! I think you missed one though…maybe something with butts…

  13. Very cool DIY art roundup. We framed a vintage sign once so I guess I can knock framing something awesome off the list!

  14. Such a great round up!! Thanks SO much for including our abstract b+w art 🙂

  15. Great roundup! Pinning for future projects~


  16. All of these are so great! A great resource to have!

  17. Ooooh so much inspiration! I really love those stamped wood slices!

  18. Awesome round up, Kelly! so much creativity out there!
    xo Heidi

  19. LOVE these! You are one creative lady, Miss Kelly! (With lots of creative friends!) Pinning for future reference!

    ~Abby =)

  20. So many great ideas! I will save these for when I have time and the DIY mood hits me

  21. I love these ideas! I recently made my own wood art for about $20, and I wanted to share it with you.

  22. All these ideas are tempting me to hop in my car and drive to the craft store!!! Thanks for including my woven paper art!

  23. Such great ideas! I recently made a 3D wall quote using paper mache letters! I’ll be sharing tomorrow! 🙂

  24. love all of these round ups, some i havent seen before so thank you lady!

  25. Oh you know I love good handmade wall art. I love all the different options you have highlighted here. So many great ideas.

    Thanks for including one of my projects as well. You are awesome!!!!

  26. I’m ALWAYS looking for new ideas for the walls. Thanks for sharing all of these links!

  27. So many fabulous ideas! Love it! Thank you for sharing so many great ones. I am seeing that Christmas canvas hanging on my wall.

  28. They look great! It is absolutely easy and cheap way to remodel any interior!!

  29. nice ideas!!!


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