Looking for some quick and easy projects to fill the empty space on your walls? Here are just a few ideas direct from my home to yours.
1. Bird Panels. These were made using a pack of studio wrapped square canvases from Michaels. I painted all the canvases the same color, cut out and pieced together card stock from old baby shower cards and scrapbook paper to create this design, then modge-podged them on the panels.
2. Graphic Art Panels. These are just the top of photo storage boxes that have been mounted to the wall. I paid $2 a piece for these at Michaels. I have the box tops hanging on the wall in the bathroom and use the box bottoms for storing small bathroom items under the sink. Multiple purposes and it doesn't get any easier than this!!
3. Fabric Covered Letters. Find some cute fabric. Trace out your letters onto leftover cardboard and cut them out using an exacto knife. Then simply arrange the letters in correct order with desired spacing and spray with 3M Fabric Adhesive (I'm sure Modge Podge would work well too). Once dry, cut away the excess fabric and mount using foam mounting tape.
4. Hang a Quilt. I know this one seems really obvious. We drool over the Pottery Barn nursery pictures with the pretty quilts hanging over the crib. But if you are like me, you ordered your baby bedding, excitedly started setting up your nursery and thought... 'Wait, how do I hang this darn thing?' Well, I'm sure there are more professional (and expensive) ways of hanging a quilt, but mine only took a few minutes and cost a few pennies. I simply found some medium sized binder clips and repainted them to get rid of the black (you can't tell from the picture, but these are actually blue). Once dry, clip them onto the quilt with even spacing. Fold the back bracket behind the quilt so that it's hidden and the clip will lay flush on the wall. Put nails through the hole created by the top bracket and you have hung your quilt.
5. Flashcards. Speaking of hanging things, why not hang some cute flashcards? My oldest daughter is an animal lover, so when I saw these, I knew they would be perfect for her bedroom! I just put a few nails in the wall, tied twine in between them and used clothes pins to hang the flashcards. FYI, this is the link to the Alphabet Animal Flashcards. I bought mine in store at Anthropologie, but I'm pretty sure Amazon sells them as well.
6. Postcards. One of my favorite stores at the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder is Bayleaf. They are an eclectic store with a vintage feel that I absolutely love! One of the things they sell are postcards. I bought these three, adhered them with double sided tape to a piece of white paper and framed them. These postcards are not merely beautiful. They will always remind me of the great times I've had in Boulder.
7. Famous Artwork. While visiting the Cummer Museum in Jacksonville, FL, I picked up one of their brochures. They had fabulous prints of some of their procured art right there in the free brochure. I loved this one by Homer so I cut it out and framed it. Keep an eye out for interesting prints in brochures. You may be surprised at what artwork you can find for free.
8. Storybook Art. These images came from one of my favorite children's books, Guess How Much I Love You. I drew replicas of a few of my favorite images from the book with a sharpie marker and colored them with colored pencils. It was an easy and enjoyable project for me. However, if you are not comfortable with drawing, you can always make copies of some of your favorite storybooks or by an extra book to take your favorite pages out of and frame them.
9. State Maps. I saw a similar project on Pinterest and decided to do one for myself. The significance of these states is that they are the states that each of our family members were born in. I found the state maps online and created a Word document with them. I adjusted the sizes of the states so they were comparable to each other and would fit in my frame and also put a little heart icon over the cities where each of us was born. For the background, I cut strips of coordinating scrapbook paper adhered them to the frame backing using double face tape (this allowed me to easily move the pieces around to get a look I liked). Then I adhered the state maps to the now decorated backing using double faced tape as well.
I hope you feel inspired to try some of these ideas for yourself, or perhaps some new ideas came to mind while you were reading this post. If you have an easy DIY art projects that you've completed or would like to share, I'd love to hear about them! -Amy