9 Ways to Unleash Your Inner Artist to Decorate Your Home
Art is one of the most common ways to decorate, update, and personalize one’s home, but it doesn’t mean you have to buy it. Why not make use of those art skills lying dormant in you and create your own art to display in your home? You’ll save so much money on not having to buy art, and it’s a great form of release and recreation, too! Here are some ideas we’ve gathered from various sources:
1. You don’t need to have proper training in art to be able to create beautiful pieces to frame and hang in different rooms of your condo or house. We’ve got one word for you: Abstract. According to ApartmentTherapy.com, “When it comes to abstract art, it really can be as easy as taking a paintbrush to canvas and going to town.” Check out their list of ideas on how to create beautiful abstract paintings that will inspire you to make your own.
2. Mix your love of painting and stitching—or even if you’ve never done either, why not try your hand at both?—in this DIY project from Better Homes & Gardens Do It Yourself Assistant Editor Alexa Fornoff: “Draw a geometric design all over the canvas using a pencil and ruler. Using a diluted watercolor wash, fill in each shape with complementary colors. Let dry. Freehand-draw feathers onto canvas. Using a curved upholstery needle and yarn, embroider the feathers' outlines.”
3. You don’t have to know how to paint to be able to hang your own art on your walls. Hometalk.com has an idea that uses reclaimed frames, burlap, paint, and a stencil. Yes, the key is to paint guided by a stencil—pick one in a design you wish to hang on your walls as your artwork. Read the detailed guide to making your burlap painting here.
4. It’s not just walls and canvas that you can paint. Why not make the actual frames works of art themselves? Repurpose old wooden frames or buy cheap plain ones and paint them in the colors and styles you want—it could be just your favorite color or one that matches the rest of the decor in your home, or you can paint them ombre-style or even with several blocks of color. For more tips on how to paint your frames, check out the blog Brepurposed.
5. Is painting not your style? You can create dramatic and elegant art for your walls by cutting metallic (we love gold!) cardstock into circles then layering them artfully on a backing board using adhesive. Check out the step-by-step process on Home-Dzine.
6. Another decorative artwork you can make without paint? Paper rosettes! You’ve seen this as the backdrop at weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties, and all sorts of events—even as a photo booth background! It’s super simple to do, and you don’t need an event just to put them up—they make great accents for your wall. Find out on Brit.co how easy it is to do using just one material: colorful paper.
7. You can actually use crayons to create statement-making artwork you can display in your home. Buzzfeed suggests using old or broken crayons you/your child may have lying around and running them “through a hot glue gun to create a colorful, textured masterpiece.” They just warn against the odor this might give off. Another item you can use? Old lipsticks or colored eyeliner (make sure to remove it from its wooden or plastic tube/container)!
8. Or maybe your form of art involves strings! String art, which was big in the ‘70s, is coming back in a graphic version. Check out this tutorial from HGTV.com to learn how to make DIY monogrammed string art you can hang on your walls using wood, acrylic craft paint, heavy thread or string, and a string art letter template.
9. Still think you don’t have any art-related gene in you? Here’s a creative idea that’s really easy to make from RealSimple.com: “Add interest to a store-bought lamp shade with the help of ribbon, glue, and an eye chart. (Print one for free online, then have it enlarged at a copy center.)” If an eye chart is not your thing, feel free to print any design you like. It could even be a mandala or any adult coloring sheet that you can just fill in with colored pencils or markers—that way, it becomes your artwork!