Thursday, December 5

How To: Make Wall Art For Under $5

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In my home I have a room that is all my own. It is the one space in the house I can decorate as absolutely however I like. I could hang garlands of flowers and pink doilies and Hubby couldn't complain because it is my room. Despite this I haven't gotten as much use out of it as I would like because I haven't really made it my own and I like cozy, comfy areas. The problem is that furniture, wall art, and lighting all cost money. First I got a desk, but I didn't have a desk chair. Then, since Hubby works at home, he upgraded his desk chair and I inherited his old one. Now I'm on to the part where I try to decorate my space and doing that on a budget can be challenging.

With very, very little furniture in my room (I really just have my desk...) I needed to cover a lot of wall real estate without breaking the bank. In my search for a solution I came across these wall stickers. They are cute, relatively inexpensive, and cover a lot of space. Then I thought, what if I could decorate my room for even less money and, in the process, make it reflect my personality even more? I liked the polkadot idea so I stuck with it, but with just a few household items I was able to decorate my entire wall for under $5.

What You Need:

  • Scrapbook paper in any color(s) and design(s) you want.
  • Scissors.
  • Two different sized glasses.
  • Blue tack.
Start by tracing your glasses onto the back of your scrapbook paper. You will want more small circles than large circles. The size difference of mine was great enough that I could use two-thirds of the page up with large circles and still have more small circles than large. As you create your circles, be sure make some incomplete ones. You will use these along the edges of your wall to create the illusion that your polkadots were cut off by the floor, ceiling, and side walls.
Once you have all the circles you would like traced onto the back of scrapbook paper use your scissors to cut them out. Then rub your blue tack between your fingers until it is nice and sticky and place small dots of tack on the back of your cut out circles. For large circles I used two dots and for small circles I just used one. Now stick them to your wall as desired and you have officially completed your wall art!
The great part of this tutorial is that you can use whatever paper you want! I used left over scrapbook paper from when I made Hubby's advent calendar. I had bought a book of paper for $5 and I only used about 8 pages from it for this project. All this paper is Christmas themed, although many of them you can't tell unless you look closely. Because this project is so cheap I could repeat it for each season, changing them to pastels for spring, primary colors and beach themes for summer, and reds and golds for fall. Or, if you find a pattern of paper that represents you entirely you could do this once and be done!

I hope this has given you a fun and easy way to spruce up your space. If you make your own wall art feel free to share your photos on my Facebook page! I'd love to hear what you think of this project below and if you have any other stress free and cheap decorating ideas, please share them in the comments!

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