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You know that I love simple, budget friendly decor, diy’s and crafts so today I am sharing some tips on creating budget friendly art for your home.
It is no secret that I love decorating my home/apartment and finding great pieces, including art.
What is art
According to the Oxford Dictionary the definition of art is, “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”
Art can truly be anything that we deem to be so.
Keep that in mind when creating your budget friendly art for your home.
I love original art pieces and have a few small pieces in my home but love to create art using different mediums.
For that reason over the years I have created some simple, budget friendly ways to create art.
Ideas for budget friendly art
The key with creating budget friendly art is to think outside the box and being untraditional with approaching art for your home.
There are so many things that can be used to diy art and even some that are free.
Some tips for art are:
-things from nature
-paper or fabric
-book pages and calendars
Using these items and thinking outside the box is a great way to create unique pieces that are meaningful to you and those that live in your home.
Creating art from nature
Many things from nature can be used for art and are personal to you and the area you live in.
Using natural items helps to create art that is unique to you and your family.
Creating art from nature just depends on your likes and dislike and what your area has to offer in nature.
All of these things would make great art in shadow boxes.
Here is an example of some art I made with orange coral I found at my local beach after a hurricane.
Using the coral created a unique piece and serves as a reminder that something beautiful can come from something as destructive as a hurricane.
Art is a personal and important part of your decor.
Having art in your home should evoke a feeling or memory.
Using natural elements is one great way to evoke emotion.
Though not the only way to create unique and budget friendly art.
Using fabric or paper as art
Using fabric and or decorative paper is a great idea for budget friendly art.
There are some amazing fabric and paper products out there.
The fun thing about using fabric is that you can create original designs that coordinate with your home.
If you love vintage fabrics, looking at Goodwill, The Habitat Store and thrift stores are great places to find fabrics that are not in print anymore.
Fabric and decorative paper would also make a great background for another piece of art.
The idea is to be open minded and as creative as you desire in creating the look you want.
Even though I have not framed my fabric yet, I do have a few pieces that I am saving for a special project and will share at another time.
What I have done often to create art is use books and or calendars.
Creating diy art with books or calendars
My favorite way to create budget friendly art is to use books and calendars.
Using books and calendars for art is something I have done for years.
There are many beautiful books that have art like pages that can be torn out and framed.
All of the books I have used are ones that I have thrifted, here are links for a couple of the ones I have.
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I happen to love birds and the audubon book has given me the opportunity to great many beautiful pieces.
Using these pages has given me a way to create art on a budget.
These types of books are perfect for framing.
Here are just a few of the pages in the books above.
When using these items as art is using quality frames and matting when framing book pages to elevate the art.
When you use quality frames it will make the art appear to be of higher quality.
Many of my frames I have used are thrifted, but there are numerous sources out there for quality frames if you can not find any thrifting.
Calendars are another great item that can be used to create art.
I purchase one particular calendar every year.
Each month has an art quality picture that is perfect for framing.
The calendars come from Wolf Creek Printery in West Virginia where my family is from.
This particular calendar is on high quality paper which is even better for framing.
Some of these may have to be cut or custom framing may be necessary.
Simple ways to diy art
There are many different mediums you can use to create budget friendly art, these are a few of my favorites.
These simple way to diy art are tips that anyone can do and you do not have to be an artist.
These tips should help guide you in creating your unique pieces for your home on a budget.
Be sure to visit all the amazing women on the Thrifty Style team below for more thrifty inspiration.
Redhead Can Decorate – How to Make a Fake Orchid Look Real
Our Crafty Mom – Simple Bench Makeover with a Boho Vibe
I Should Be Mopping the Floor – Using Wallpaper as Artwork
The How to Home – Turn a Plastic Container Into a Cute Planter Pot
DIY Beautify –How to Make Chenille Hearts
2 Bees in a Pod – DIY Chinoiserie Balls
Songbird – Best Flowers For Home Decor
My Family Thyme – Spring Dollar Tree Pizza Pan Wreath
Simple Nature Decor – How to Decoupage Easter Eggs
Zucchini Sisters – Dollar Tree Spring Wreath
Sonya Burgess – Budget Friendly Art
Exquisitely Unremarkable – Thrift Store Glass Vase Makeover
A Life Unfolding – Turning a Jar into a DIY Terrarium
Till next time