Lazy Lady’s DIY: Cheap, Quick, Foolproof Wall Art

So you’ve got a naked wall and no money left in your decorating budget, what do you do?

You could recycle those inspirational posters from college, or you could make your own wall art for less than twenty bucks and in less time than it takes to cook a frozen pizza.

[colored_box bgColor=”#4d4d4d”]Supplies[/colored_box]

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  • 3 12″ square picture frames
  • 3 sheets 12″ scrapbook paper in patterns that appeal to you
  • a straightedge
  • a utility knife, paper cutter or scissors
  • hammer and nails or drill and screws
  • a pencil
  • a tape measure or yardstick
  • three small pieces of scotch tape


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  1. Remove the backs from the frames and pull out the insert – this will be your pattern.  (I got this three pack of frames from Target for $16.99)
  2. Put the scrapbook paper fancy side down on a flat surface and trace around the pattern with the pencil.
  3. Trim the edges of the scrapbook paper with the utility knife, paper cutter or scissors.
  4. Place the scrapbook paper into the frame and replace the frame back.
  5. To hang three pictures side by side, like my project, find the center of the wall where you’ll be hanging your art, and measure 5½ feet from the floor. The center of your center frame should line up with that spot. Mark it with a pencil. Measure the length from the center of the back of the frame to the hanging hardware, then make a pencil mark that far above the previous mark. Place a piece of clear tape over the mark to prevent your drywall or plaster from crumbling when you place your nail or screw.
  6. Measure 15″ from the center mark in each direction with your straightedge and make a pencil mark in each spot. Also cover those with tape.
  7. Screw or nail your hardware of choice into the three spots.
  8. Hang your art.
  9. Feel smug and adorable.


[colored_box bgColor=”#4d4d4d”]The Finished Product[/colored_box]

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By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

18 replies on “Lazy Lady’s DIY: Cheap, Quick, Foolproof Wall Art”

Awesome! And that wall color is amazing! I did something similar by tiling postcards of Penguin book covers in frames to create a sort of collage look in my living room. I had first tried doing this same scrapbook paper decor but it did not work very well. I think maybe it’s better with smaller spaces? Has anyone pulled this off on a large wall?

Thank you! It’s a tiny powder room, so I was a little scared to paint it such a dark color, but it really works! You can’t see it in the photo, (I haven’t read enough of Kortney’s articles yet) but there are tiny bronze metallic flakes in the paint. It’s like the inside of jewelry box in there.

This is great! I recently did my bedroom wall with 6×4 frames and photos I got printed cheaply on snapfish. The frames were half price so £2.50 for 3, I did spend around £20 on frames but still got over 30. Cheap frames with nice patterns, photos or doodles can really improve a space.

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