New York Wall Art

Want to make some easy art to help cover wall space in your home? Well I’ve got a solution for you! And for a grand total of spending of maybe $25. Everything I bought I got on sale, so a word to the wise, always wait for a sale. It will happen eventually? 🙂 20120505-121621.jpg

To complete this easy project you’ll need the following:
A calendar with larger pictures (I chose a New York City black and white calendar. I thought it had great photos and each page was a perfect size!)

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You’ll also need a whole whack of frames. Ikea had a sweet sale awhile ago and I bought a million different sizes and in varying colours (ok, most were black and white…) 20120505-122449.jpg

Super easy steps:
Gently remove staples from the calendar
Pick which photos you want to use
Carefully cut them and position in the frames
I like borders, so I left the mats that were in the frames.
Framing some of the photos was fun cause the frames were small, so I ha to pick which part of the larger photo I wanted to capture and have hanging on my wall!
Once you’ve picked and framed all the photos you want out of your calendar, then comes the more difficult part of figuring out how to hang them. I spent quite a bit of time doing this, and it may have been smart to do this first… Alas every project is a learning experience!
I hung them on the wall with those amazing 3M Velcro strips. Especially great if you are a renter and don’t want to make too many holes in the walls 😉20120505-123504.jpg
Seriously. They are amazing!

Hang the frames up and admire the easy and cheap wall art!

DIY Canvas Wall Art

NOTE: January 2015 – want to thank everyone for continuing to check this post. Hope you’re able to be creative and do this yourself.  Feel free to share photos of your own creations! Thanks!

I found this idea in a store and decided that instead of spending lot of money on them I would make it myself! Easy right?

Necessary Supplies:

3 – 12″x12″ blank back stapled canvases (I buy them in bulk at Michael’s when they have awesome coupons) – $6.00

1 – white acrylic paint (dollar store is great for easy colours) – $1.00

1 or 2 – background colour(s) of your choosing (I used a robin’s egg blue & purple, from Michael’s with coupon) – $1.50 each

1 – wide acrylic paint brush – $4.00

1 – roll of painters tape (I had some lying around, its usually pretty cheap though)

Total cost for this project: $14.00

Steps:

  1. Lay out some old newspaper to create your super easy masterpieces
  2. Paint each canvas with the white paint, let dry and paint again (make sure to paint the outer edges of the canvas)
  3. Let them all dry and just create your art work using the painters tape. (I doubled up a few of the pieces of tape to make wider lines, and I also cut some of the tape pieces in half to make thinner lines.)
  4. Paint over the edges of ALL of the painters tape (this will help prevent any of the coloured paint seeping underneath the tape later, I promise). Let dry and run over the same lines again
  5. Once dry, paint over the whole canvas again in the colour of your choosing (making sure to get all the edges too!)
  6. Let dry, and paint again with the coloured paint
  7. Let the canvas dry COMPLETELY
  8. Gently peel the painters tape off the canvas to reveal the easy, simple, yet beautiful art you’ve created!

Seems easy enough right?

This could also be done on larger canvases, smaller canvases, or even multiple sizes to hang together.

Mine hang in my office at work. My grey walls needed some colour, and these fit the bill perfectly!