Custom Wall Art {Using Dollar Store Supplies!}

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I’ve never had trouble picking out furniture, rugs or pillows for a room.  Ask me to decorate the walls though and I get a little loopy.  Finding cute wall art that matches not only in color but style can be a real challenge!  When you do find a piece you love, you had better be prepared to pay…  Why go through all of that when you can make your own custom pieces of wall art using just a few supplies from the dollar store.

Custom Wall Art - MamaMommyMomI’ve been showing you bits and pieces of my new office space for a while now.  It’s been a long going project, mostly because my husband is studying for a licensing test he’s taking for work and has virtually taken over my office in the evenings, and being the good wife – I know he needs peace a quiet to study.  Most of my office is complete, but the walls still have so much space that is just begging to be covered in bright, vibrant art that catches the eye and draws you in.  But, let’s face it… I’m cheap.  I’m also way too busy to run around from store to store looking for the perfect pieces.  I’ve taken matters into my own hands.

Wall Art Supplies - Dollar Store Goodies - MamaMommyMomI picked up these two press board pictures at the dollar store a few months ago.  I wasn’t sure what I’d do with them when I brought them home, but I knew they had to have potential.  They were tossed in with my other random crafting supplies and kind of forgotten about.  I was digging through one of the two cabinets we have overflowing with craft supplies, looking for Popsicle sticks, when I ran across my Mod Podge – and boom!  Just like that, it all came together.  I dug out a few extra supplies and I was on my way.

Custom Wall Art - Dollar Store Supplies - MamaMommyMomYou will start with either an old press board picture, a scrap piece of wood or a dollar store find like mine.  Grab a sheet of scrapbooking paper that matches the look you’re going for, and outline your picture.  Cut the paper to size.  Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the picture, then top with your scrapbook paper.  Smooth out the air bubbles and wrinkles, then allow to dry.  Once the piece has dried, apply another thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the scrapbooking paper.  Again, allow this to dry.

Custom Wall Art -Design and Paint- MamaMommyMomOnce dry, you can use stick on letters, shape stickers or tape to design your print.  Ultimately, what ever areas you cover are the areas that you’ll actually see.  The stickers will be coming off later, so they don’t need to match.  I had these on hand from a project I did more 8 months ago for my daughter’s spa birthday party.  Once everything is stuck on, you can paint over the entire piece!  You can use brush on paint or even spray paint (if you happen to have some laying around.)

Once you have a good coat of paint on your piece, you can slowly and carefully start removing your letters, stickers or tape.  I found that an Xacto knife worked great for lifting up the corners of my letters and getting them peeled back.

Custom Wall Art - Carry On - MamaMommyMomOnce completely dry, I was able to hang these up with no trace of those flowered prints I picked up for $1 each!

If you made your own custom wall art piece, what would it say?

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38 Responses to Custom Wall Art {Using Dollar Store Supplies!}

  1. This is such a cool idea. You cold also use this technique to make so cute photobooth signs as well. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Amber says:

    What a fabulous idea!!

  3. Stephanie says:

    Absolutely love this idea! Soooo easy and cheap!

  4. amber.m says:

    These are just cute!! I have the same problem! I just can never make it all look right together!

  5. Chelsee says:

    Oh these are too cute!

  6. Karly says:

    Super cute idea, I need to do this for all the empty wall space in my girls’ rooms!

  7. Chelsea says:

    So cute! Did you make those clipboards too? Because I LOVE those!

  8. This is SO cute! I just finished my DIY canvas for my kitchen as well. I’ll have to post them.

  9. I keep meaning to do this with some of my cheap art that doesn’t go with our current decor, but I keep forgetting. Thanks for the reminder!

    • mamamommymom says:

      It was seriously so easy! The hardest part of the whole project is having patience between each coat as it dries. LOL!

  10. Jill says:

    What a cute idea! I think your dollar store wall art turned out great.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  11. This is amazing! Love it. I LOVE the clipboard idea.


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  14. Oh my goodness…your wall art pieces are so very cute. I love the yellow and that sparkly pink. Thank you for sharing! PINNED!

  15. Nicole says:

    I have those same yellow chevron clipboards in my daughters room! I love the idea of making my own boards with the background underneath the letteres. Good job! I’m glad I found you on the Lou Lou Girls Link Party.

  16. This is such a cute idea. You are not alone in not being able to choose wall art….I am so indecisive I can never make up my mind!

  17. You did link up! This is sooo great! Thanks for linking up at Found & Foraged!

  18. Alyssa says:

    So stinkin’ cute! Thanks for linking up at Turn It Up Tuesday!

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  20. Super cute! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. We love to party with you, so I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Have an amazing day! Lou Lou Girls

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  28. Tammy says:

    Such a cute idea…love the dollar store! Thank you for sharing at Share it One More Time.

  29. I love this, Tina’s(moi) favorite post for Turn it Up Tuesday!!
    Looking forward to seeing your next project:)

  30. What a great idea! I love finding thrifty ways to decorate! Thanks for sharing!

  31. Cydnee says:

    Great DIY and tutorial. Love the wall art. Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

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