Have a Big Space to Fill on Your Wall? 7 DIY Art Projects to Try
Whether you live in a house, an apartment, a cottage or a mcmansion, my guess is you’ve got some giganto empty wall space you need to fill.
I’ve long been frustrated by the fact that it’s next to impossible to buy giant pieces of art. On most online sites, big art is either not available or super duper scary expensive. Why is this? Should we start a petition!? Do you want to join me in the “BIG ASS ART FOR ALL” movement? Let’s change the world!
Until then, here are 7 easy DIY art projects that will help you fill up that big empty space on your wall with some fabulousness.
This one is a great option if you’re ready to dip your toes into the wallpaper pool, but still want to wear your floaty wing thingys while doing it. You can hang a piece (or several pieces!) of wallpaper either vertically or horizontally, and then create a “frame” around it with painted wooden trim from the hardware store. The Hunted Interior has a great tutorial showing you how she put together her chinoiserie wallpaper panels.
Washi Tape Art
If you’ve not yet discovered the magic of washi tape, BREAKING: washi tape is seriously amazing! Washi tape is sort of like masking tape, but it’s made of rice paper so the texture is much different. This is a great abstract art DIY for anyone that’s gun shy about painting. You can purchase a large canvas to fit the size of the space you are trying to fill, as well as a variety of colors of washi tape. Then you just go crazy, crisscrossing lines until you have something you dig. Hop over to Sketch42blog to get step-by-step instructions on this one.
Knotted Wall Hanging
I love me some woven wall hangings and also some macrame wall hangings, but I don’t know how to do either. So a few weeks ago I decided to tackle my own big space dilemma by creating a “knotted” wall hanging. Basically I bought a bunch of yarn in the same off white color, but in all different textures. I also purchased a big branch at a floral supply store. Then I got to work making all sorts of fun knots, braids, tassels and tie offs. I knew my Girl Scout training would pay off one day. This one is super duper easy, and I included all of the directions over on vintagedesign.me.
A Juju hat is not, in fact, a hat covered in jujubes candy, but actually a beautiful African headdress. Several years ago these gorgeous feather numbers started showing up in design mags and blogs, but the problem was, most of them cost 11 bazillion dollars. Lucky for us, enterprising bloggers started scheming up their own Juju Hat DIYs and Love Meagan has a great one for you to peep. You’ll need feathers, a glue gun, some rug canvas and scissors. You can do this…I believe in you.
So this one was actually designed as a towel rack DIY, but I thought it would work great as a display for gorgeous quilts. You’ll need two wooden rods, some leather pieces, screws, dowels and a drill. You can easily customize this to fit a larger space by using longer wooden rods. You could also hang beautiful fabrics on this, colorful scarves, blankets or signed autographs from any of the Real Housewives. Ok, kidding about the Real Housewives! Mostly! Get the DIY lowdown on the Oh Oh Blog.
If you’re looking for a unique way to display your photos, an Instagram wall might be your future. Printed Instagram photos remind me of old polaroids, and polaroids are the coolest, so if you do an Instagram wall you’re obviously cool. Nice work. A Beautiful Mess put together a great tutorial on how to set up your Insta wall and evenly space everything using a painters tape grid as your guide. They got all of their prints from PostalPix.
Shower Curtain Art
I saved the best for last, because this giant shower curtain art is off the chain! You can pick out a cool shower curtain, buy some cheap wood to make a simple frame, wrap the curtain around it with a staple gun and BOOM: you have a gigantic, unique piece of art (that’s also super duper easy to switch up if you ever want to). 6th Street Design School is the genius behind this simple DIY, and I just nominated them for the best big art project on the entire world wide web. OMG, you guys! I just voted and they won! No one else was nominated, but still!
Black and White Photo Wall
Create an interesting photo display that can be easily updated with black and white photos and bright colored tape. Choose a few of your favorite photos and use a photo editing software to make them black and white. Print at home on glossy paper, online or at your local print shop. For greater visual interest, use vertical and horizontal photos of different sizes. Tape directly to the wall with brightly-colored tape.
Painted Baby Food Hanging Vases
This project is a fun and colorful way to recycle baby food jars. After they are wired together, the jars can be used to add a splash of color and fresh flowers to a plain wall or window.
Coffee Filter Installation
The most basic of household supplies, coffee filters, is given a modern treatment for this wall installation. Fill a big, blank wall is filled with dip-dyed coffee filters in a flowing, floral pattern.
DIY Monogrammed String Art
String art used to be straight out of the '70s, but there's a new graphic version that's back in a big way. Learn how to make your own modern monogrammed string art in just a few easy steps.
Create a Herringbone Design With Washi Tape
Use colorful paper tape to create a geometric wall pattern — perfect for renters or kids' bedrooms. When you're ready for a new look, it's easily removable and won't damage your walls.
Floral China Wall Art
Flea markets and thrift stores are overflowing with discarded china. Add a custom stencil, like numbers or a monogram, and hang to create unique wall art on the cheap. Get the floral china wall art how-to from HGTV Magazine.
Make Faux-Screenprinted Pop Art
Channel your inner Andy Warhol and make your own photography-inspired pop art! This simple faux screenprinting technique uses everyday craft supplies to take DIY art to the next level.
Make a Personalized Photo Mural
This printable, personalized wall mural makes a bold statement without the need for paint or wallpaper. It's the perfect solution for apartments or rental homes where temporary decor is a must. Here's how to create, print and hang your own stick-on wall mural.
Make an Oversized Shadowbox Facade
Too many small wall hangings can create a cluttered look. This oversized shadowbox is a great way unite a disparate grouping of objects. Make your own using basic lumber and materials.
Turn Leaves and Foliage Into DIY Canvas Wall Art
Turn to your backyard for the main materials for this artwork project. A few foliage clippings and some spray paint transform a blank canvas into bright, modern wall art.
Group Instant Photos Into Color-Coded Wall Art
Unite instant photos from a day or event in a clear acrylic frame. You'll see how each takes on a color palette and tone of its own simply because of the photos inside.
Modern Melted Crayon Art
Fake the look of stained glass using crayons and wax paper. This modern take on a traditional technique creates free-form shapes that can easily be customized to match your space perfectly.
Turn Paint Chips Into Geometric Art
DIY decorators tend to make frequent visits to the paint store — and the paint chip rack. Repurpose the extras as a colorful, geometric piece of art that perfectly matches your space.
Create Origami Paper Wall Garlands
Origami paper is good for more than just folding. By sewing together strings of the paper squares, you can create a group of garlands that are sure to be a conversation-starting art piece.