If your walls are a little blank and so is your idea factory, look no farther! I’ve got a list of DIY wall decor ideas for every level of DIYer!
Like many other bloggers, I am an avid DIYer. Officially, I have three projects in progress, at least five planned, and who knows how many more ideas floating around in my head. It’s always a bit dangerous when I go to a craft store. I may go in with a list of items for the project I’m working on, but I will undoubtedly come out with at least two more home decor ideas (let’s be real, I’ve come up with more ideas just while writing this post). Some people call that a blessing, some a curse. Regardless of the way you look at it, there’s no doubt I’ve been bit by the DIY bug. Why purchase something that you could make yourself? (Unless of course it’s on sale… then it’s fair game.)
Have you also been bitten by the DIY bug? I don’t know why, but I never seem to want to do small projects. The bigger the better! (This might have something to do with being from Texas… you decide). Back to the point. The best place for big projects is a wall. Yes, wall art. And if you’re like me, you can’t stand a blank wall. Heaven forbid it be a blank white wall. Yikes. As a poor apartment dweller, I am not allowed to paint my walls. Next best option? Cover the walls with art! DIY wall art, that is.
I just moved into a new place with a lot of blank walls. Clearly this is an excuse for a new DIY wall decor project. I consider myself a decently skilled DIYer. But never fear, no DIYer will be left behind! This isn’t just some random list of projects that you couldn’t hope to ever copy! I’ve divided these DIY wall art ideas into three separate categories: easy, moderate, and advanced. Easy, of course, means anyone should be able to complete these simple wall art projects in a relatively short amount of time. The moderate category requires a bit more patience and a bit of artistic skill. The advanced category should be approached with caution… these projects cannot be done in an hour and require a good bit of DIY know-how. That being said, they can still be done!
Easy DIY Wall Decor
Via How About Orange
This piece of wall art decor was made with paint chips! I love the ease of this idea. All you need to do is head on over to your local hardware store, select some paint chips, and then cut and frame them in your desired pattern. Just be sure to ask an employee if you’re planning on taking a lot of chips - you don’t want to clear out their entire stock!
I’m not going to lie, paint chip art is really quite fantastic. Your design can be as simple or as intricate as you’d like. Personally, I also love this chevron design and this gorgeous peacock on Etsy.
Via House of Jade
Another easy way to stylishly cover up an empty wall? A shower curtain! The ladies at House of Jade built a frame to wrap their shower curtain around, essentially making it into a canvas. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Heather! You put this in the easy category! This isn’t easy!” If you don’t have the skills necessary to build a frame for your shower curtain, you can hang it on the wall as is. Wall hangings are great! However, if you do want to make the frame, most hardware stores will cut the wood for you! You just have to screw your frame together and nail your curtain to the sides.
Can’t find a shower curtain you’d love to hang on your wall? Alternatively, you could use a tapestry, duvet cover, flag, or anything with a large scale design. I love how quickly this project can take a large wall from boring to fantastic!
This is probably one of my favorite easy wall decor ideas… that I’ve yet to try. Framing fabric! Sounds simple, no? Get a frame, some fabric, and insert it just like you would a photo. In the pictured project, Lynda has removed the glass from her frames and used table runners. Any piece of fabric will do!
This idea also works great with scrapbooking paper, wallpaper samples, etc.! The beauty of this project is that it can be pretty cheap wall decor. If you use frames and fabric you already have (or some you picked up from a thrift store), you can make a great addition to your home decor without breaking the bank.
Via Project Nursery
I’m not sure if a piece of framed wall decor can get any simpler than this. All you need is a backless frame, some paper mache letters, and paint! Depending on the size of the letters and your frame, you can write out just about anything, not just a name! Realistically, you do not have to have a frame for this piece of wall art. However, I think the frame makes it look just a bit more complete.
Moderate DIY Wall Decor
Another one of my favorite projects I’ve seen on the internet (that I’ve yet to try) is tape canvas art. Grab an old canvas, painter’s tape, some paint, and go to town. The beauty of this one is the design and colors are completely left up to you. The design can be simple, or crazy intricate.
Many tape canvas projects like this one would be in the easy category. However, this version makes it to the moderate category for the sheer number of steps it took to make. Not only is the herringbone pattern created from tape, but it is also distressed in a number of ways. Obviously you don’t have to get this detailed with your project, but I love the way this turned out with just a little more work.
Via Paint + Pattern
Watercolor paints create such beautiful paintings. And let’s be honest here, I am no watercolor expert. In fact, watercolors scare me a bit. I feel like I have no control where the paint goes. Which is exactly why I think this is such a cool wall decor idea. It uses the watercolor paints that I love to look at and a stencil to control where the paint goes! Sounds perfect! The folks over at Paint + Pattern have a great tutorial on how to achieve this look.
Via Noted List
Melted crayon art is all the rage right now. However, if you’ve paid any attention to Pinterest, you’ll know that this project isn’t as easy as some bloggers make it out to be! This is definitely for someone who has at least a few DIY projects under their belt. However, with some trial and error, patience, canvas, old crayons, and a hair dryer/heat gun, this crayon wall art can be yours!
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I’ve been dying to try this technique for quite a while, but never really liked the idea of the original crayons being attached to the canvas. I love the dimension and color in this example! Plus, I have pounds of old crayons and lots of blank canvases that need to be used. Inexpensive wall decor for me!
Via hello, Wonderful
If you’ve ever seen The Princess Diaries, you’ve probably dreamed of recreating one particular scene… the scene where Mia and her mom make art by popping balloons filled with paint! The balloons were attached to a canvas and popped by throwing darts! It definitely makes for some unusual wall decor, but isn’t that the point?!
Hard DIY Wall Decor
Now this is some unique wall art! This is a project that takes some serious dedication. If you love cross stitch, this is the wall art project for you! This is not your typical cross stitch project… first of all, it’s four by eight feet. Secondly, the stitches are painted! Yes, you read that correctly! Each stitch is painted, instead of sewn, onto the canvas. Check out this tutorial to see how it was made. This project is a great piece of art for large wall space. Like I said, I like BIG projects!
Via Dear McKenzie
Yes, I put string art in the advanced category. I’ve done some string art - it’s not as easy as it looks! One year for Christmas I made a state out of string art. I went into the project thinking it was going to be relatively easy - boy was I wrong! This tutorial is a great one. I only wish I’d seen it before I tried to make my own string art!
Pallet wood wall art always fascinates me. To the untrained eye, pallet wood projects can even look easy. However, like any woodworking project, they’re a lot more difficult than you might think. First of all, you have to have the tools necessary to take apart and then cut the pallet. Just look at that photo and count the number of pieces of wood! That’s a lot of cuts! However, if you do decide to tackle a pallet wood project, it’ll be well worth your time. Reclaimed wood makes for beautiful art.
Now that I’ve shown you some creative wall art ideas, what are your plans? Are you going to make any of these projects, or have you been inspired to try something else? Let me know in the comments. And don’t forget, I’d love to see your work!
**Featured image via stringandnail0