Cheap Wall Decor and Wall Art
How to decorate your walls on a budget. I listed some of my favorite places to find free and cheap art for your walls and how to have large art printed inexpensively.
I should have written this post months ago. Actually, I did, but I forgot I wrote it. So this post is a sequel to that forgotten post. If you read that post, there might be some repeats. If you haven’t read that post, go read it because there are some tips I do not touch on in this post. Have I confused you?
I get asked alot about finding affordable art/wall decor for your home (mainly by my mom). I really do not appreciate art as much as I should and therefore I’m not one to spend alot of money on it for my home.
I always have the hardest time finding something that I love enough to be committed to it for a long time. Make sense?
So I started getting creative with my wall decor and now I feel that whatever gets put on my walls has meaning to it. I’m finding myself loving it more than when I find a mass produced piece of art at a large store.
If you have been following me for any length of time, you probably have seen some of these tricks. I guess you can consider this a round up post in a way. And did you read that post I forgot about??
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Make Your Own Art Using Your Own Pictures
This is my favorite kind of wall decor and the one that makes the best gifts. A few years ago, my husband found a picture of my Mother in Law’s home she grew up in. I saved it to my phone and used the MobileMonet app to turn it into a watercolor. I sent it off to be printed and framed it. It made a pretty nice birthday present.
I did something similar for our home with pictures I had on my phone of some of our flowers in our yard. You can see how I turn my pictures into a watercolor here.
I recently just used the MobileMonet app again to watercolor a few of my favorite pictures of my kids to add to our bookshelves. It is so easy to do and I love how unique the pictures turned out.
Seriously, I will watercolor any picture I can get my hands on.
I also took some pictures at the beach last summer and used a few other apps to play around with them to make the pictures “pop” a little bit more. You can see that post here.
Look For Art For Free On The Internet
The next best thing other than your own personal pictures is to find FREE art on the Internet. I found a gold mine of free “art” including this floral print in the New York Public Library Digital Downloads. I can spend days browsing all of the downloads they have (and I have). There are a ton of downloads so it’d be best if you have an idea of what you are looking for. I usually search for “botanicals” of “florals” since I like to use those prints as wall decor in my home.
This past Christmas I found a few new prints in the NY digital downloads that I used to decorate our home for the season. You can read more about them here. This is the post I told you to go read in the beginning. I mean it, go read it. I showed you how I resize most of the downloads I find so you can get a large piece of art for so little money. You’re welcome
You can see more about where to find free botanical prints here
I just jumped on here to update this post with a new find! I was tempted to write a whole new post but I thought it would be easier to just add on to this post. I found a few other places to find FREE art that looks like something you would pay hundreds of dollars for….literally.
You’ve probably seen this print floating around the design world. It’s a good one, for sure.
But I found it for you..for FREE. You are welcome. (You can find it here )
This is a public domain artwork so you are safe to download them and use them in your own home.
I get my prints printed at Walmart and then slap them in this frame and voila I have a piece of art for my home that cost me less than $25.00.
I just picked up this print today from Walmart and it’s perfect (and also upside down but we’ll pretend I did that on purpose)
See, aren’t you glad I just updated this post?
Find Cheap Wall Art Online
Wall Art On Etsy
Next up is usually Etsy for me. Talk about getting sucked into a giant hole of pretty downloads. I spent days (literally) looking for something for my mantel last summer. I ended up finding these prints. They have since been moved from my mantel to other parts of my house but I still love them.
I also found this print for my office on Etsy
I recently just added a few new prints to my hallway.
I recently purchased this print for my mantel and it’s the perfect take on a vintage piece of art for a very affordable price. I put it in this frame from IKEA. I have purchased a few prints from this shop on Etsy and the prints are all so good and so flipping affordable.
And this print
(Sorry about the glare)
Affordable Wall Art on Juniper Print Shop
I love Juniper Print Shop (formerly known as Jenny’s Print Shop). I purchased a very colorful print for my mantel last year and resized it to a 36×36. You can see more about that here. I will have to say, I ended up ruining that print accidentally trying to “fix” it. But once you download a print you have it forever, so I plan on making something else with this print in a smaller version.
I also found this print and have used it in a few places around my house.
Other Online Sources For Affordable Art
I recently found an online source for a cute print I found years ago at a local boutique for my daughter’s room. These prints are really good quality too and fit perfectly inside an IKEA Ribba frame. It’s seriously a match made in heaven.
Where To Find Affordable Frames
This is the part that can bite you in your wallet, but I have you covered. If I am looking for a large frame (bigger than 11×14) I normally buy these frames from Michaels. They are usually on sale or will be on sale. I have never paid full price so if they are not on sale, just wait, they will be. I used these frames for my nautical prints on my mantel, for the flowers I took in my yard and watercolored and for my vintage floral print I downloaded from the NY library. For the price and size, they are great frames. I have another project in mind using more of these frames soon. You can see all of Michaels frames here
I do love the Ribba frame from IKEA but I know some people do not have an IKEA near them. If you strike out at Michaels and IKEA, Amazon has nice frames as well. I haven’t personally used these frames but I know people that have and liked them.
For my smaller prints, I am a huge fan of Walmart’s frames…for real. Yes, I know Home Goods and Target have great frames too but for some reason every time I go into Walmart I come out with a frame.
My favorite “splurge” frames from Walmart are these. They come in all different sizes in the stores too. They are such amazing quality and are matted. The price is great too.
My favorite inexpensive frames are these. You can get them at the store for under $2 depending on your size. I personally really love these frames. They are pretty low profile but they are also matted (they have ones that are not matted as well), the front is glass and I have been known to spray paint the sides gold if I wanted to. I have also just left some black. I think they are great for the price especially if you have a gallery wall you want to do.
Where To Print Your Pictures
This also can bite you in your wallet. For anything 8×10 or smaller I just get my prints developed at Walmart or Sam’s Club and choose the matte finish. If I am doing a large print, I always get my prints from Staples as Engineered Prints. I know some Staples do not offer this option but (knock on wood) so far mine does. Seriously go read that post. I also showed you how I print out my art at Staples. Maybe someday I will combine these two posts, but let’s be honest, I’ll forget I wrote this post too.
But just in case you are lazy, here are the cliff notes on how to print engineered prints at Staples.
Head over to Staples.
Scroll down and click “Design Now”. In the next screen choose which blueprints you want (color or black and white). I normally choose color since most of my prints have color in them.
The next screen is where you can add your print that you found somewhere and saved to your computer. On the left hand side of that screen is a menu. It’s pretty self explanatory. You can upload your print, pick your size, change orientation etc. Play around with it until you have your print how you like it.
Once you are done, add it to your cart and I always choose the pick up at store option. The prints are usually done the next day, if not sooner.
Seriously, the sky is the limit with where you can find free and cheap wall art for your home. This post is just the tip of the iceberg.
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