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.
I’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.
I 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.
You 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.
Once 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.
If you made your own custom wall art piece, what would it say?