From: Modern Parents Messy KidsWhy We Love It: Your results will mimic the pricey prints you swoon over on Etsy.What You’ll Need: Yarn...
Why We Love It: Your results will mimic the pricey prints you swoon over on Etsy.
What You’ll Need: Yarn, a few wooden blocks, paint, paintbrushes, cardstock and a frame.
How to DIY: Wrap a wooden block with yarn, knotting it at the end and securing it in place with tape. Next, brush paint onto the yarn. After a few practice stamps, make a pattern on your cardstock by turning the block every other time you stamp it. Once you’ve covered the whole area, let it dry and frame it. Experiment with different patterns, colours and block shapes.
From: JK JKWhy We Love It: These big, bold, colourful letters -- created out of simple embroidery thread and nails -- are a modern way to make a...
From: JK JK
Why We Love It: These big, bold, colourful letters -- created out of simple embroidery thread and nails -- are a modern way to make a statement on your wall.
What You’ll Need: Nails, embroidery floss, printer paper and a printer.
How to DIY: Print a banner of the words you want using a bold sans serif font with straight edges (try Bell Gothic Std Black). Hang the banner on your wall, making sure the letters are straight and correctly spaced. Mark all of your nails ¾-inch from the head (that’s how far each one should be hammered into the wall to keep your letters even). Put nails into each corner and around the curves of your letters. Carefully tear the paper away being careful not to pull out any nails. Using your embroidery floss, tie a knot on one nail and wrap it around the letter about seven times, and then tie the end to the same nail. Repeat for each letter until you’re done.
From: Christina WilliamsWhy We Love It: Silhouettes don’t have to be black and white! This updated take on the classic art style is so fun....
From: Christina Williams
Why We Love It: Silhouettes don’t have to be black and white! This updated take on the classic art style is so fun.
What You’ll Need: A 12” x 12” canvas, acrylic paint, vinyl and a foam brush.
How to DIY: Paint the canvas white and let dry. Take profile photos of your kids. Use a photo-editing program to size the photos to fit the canvas and then print the photos on printer paper. Trace a line around the profile with a Sharpie and cut out along that line. Trace these photo templates on the back of a sheet of vinyl and cut out. Tack your vinyl cutout on the center of the canvas and paint over it with two or three coats of your desired paint colour using a foam brush. Let the paint dry, remove the vinyl and you’re done!
From: Bright Eyes + Blue EyesWhy We Love It: This is an easy, pretty project for anyone to recreate. If butterflies aren't exactly your...
From: Bright Eyes + Blue Eyes
Why We Love It: This is an easy, pretty project for anyone to recreate. If butterflies aren't exactly your thing, you can modify this project by substituting whatever shaped paper punch you want. (Stars and flowers would both be cute!)
What You’ll Need: A blank canvas, acrylic paint, watercolor paper, watercolor paint, butterfly-shaped paper punch and Pop Dots or another adhesive.
How to DIY: Cover the canvas with three coats of blue paint (or whatever colour you'd like). Using a variety of watercolors, paint patches of colour on the watercolour paper. Let dry overnight. Then, punch out butterflies from the watercolour paper. Keep the punches close together so you can maximize the number of butterflies you end up with. Bend each of the butterflies slightly in the middle to give them a 3D effect. Stick them on the canvas in whatever pattern you like using Pop Dots or another adhesive.
From: FolksyWhy We Love It: It’s a modern way to tell the story of your family’s origin.What You’ll Need: Maps of the locations where you...
From: Miss MakeWhy We Love It: Crayons have never looked cooler -- and not only is this explosion of colours a great way to liven up a bedroom...
From: Miss Make
Why We Love It: Crayons have never looked cooler -- and not only is this explosion of colours a great way to liven up a bedroom wall, it's also a great way to recycle old crayon stubs.
What You’ll Need: A 16” x 20” blank canvas, 60-70 crayons (new or old), a hot glue gun and a heat tool or hair dryer with a diffuser or low setting.
How to DIY: Cover your work surface in newspaper. Decide what colors you want to include in your artwork (pinks and reds, cool tones, big stripes, etc.) and peel the wrappers off all of the crayons you plan to use. Lay the crayons along the top edge of the canvas in the colour scheme you desire. Hot glue each one to the canvas, making sure there is no space left in between the crayons. Prop your canvas up at an angle with the bottom edge on the newspaper. Melt the crayons with your heat tool or hair dryer until they drip down the canvas to your satisfaction.
From:A Cup of JoWhy We Love It: Is your room lacking great natural light or windows? You can instantly brighten the space by bringing blue skies...
From:A Cup of Jo
Why We Love It: Is your room lacking great natural light or windows? You can instantly brighten the space by bringing blue skies and cottonball clouds indoors.
What You’ll Need: A camera and an IKEA Ribba frame or other large frame.
How to DIY: Take a snapshot of puffy white clouds in a blue sky. Be sure your camera is set on a very high-resolution mode. Blow the photo up and have it printed on glossy paper sized to fit your frame. Frame and hang it.
From: Nana CompanyWhy We Love It: A cheery giraffe, delicate, loopy embroidery and a chic colour palette makes us heart this wall art. Plus, you...
From: Nana Company
Why We Love It: A cheery giraffe, delicate, loopy embroidery and a chic colour palette makes us heart this wall art. Plus, you can personalize it by choosing your own favourite animal and wording.
What You’ll Need: Linen, patterned fabric, embroidery floss and a frame.
How to DIY: Trace the shape of an animal, such as a giraffe, on the back of your patterned fabric and cut out. Cut the linen to fit your frame. Sew the giraffe onto the linen. Then embroider the word “hello” in the bottom corner. Frame it and hang.
From: Infarrantly CreativeWhy We Love It: Your favourite board games also make colourful art for your room.What You’ll Need: 1” x 4” wood...
From: Infarrantly Creative
Why We Love It: Your favourite board games also make colourful art for your room.
What You’ll Need: 1” x 4” wood boards, a game board, spray paint, table saw, miter saw, 3M sticky hooks, Ziploc bag, finishing nails and a hammer or nail gun.
How to DIY: Measure the length and width of your game board and add an inch to each measurement. Using a table saw, rip them to 1.5” wide. Create a groove in the board for your game board to fit inside by setting your table saw’s fence at 3/8” form the edge of the blade and lowering your blade ¼” above the table. With a miter saw, cut the pieces to size based on your measurements, mitering the corners at a 45-degree angle. Next, spray paint the wooden pieces. When dry, slide the wooden pieces over each edge of your game board, using finishing nails to keep them in place. Put all of the game pieces In a Ziploc bag and hang them to the back of the game board using a sticky hook.
From: In My Own StyleWhy We Love It: This project proves that even with zero painting skills, you can create a beautiful canvas. Just pick...
From: In My Own Style
Why We Love It: This project proves that even with zero painting skills, you can create a beautiful canvas. Just pick pretty tissue paper to make a mod, geometric print for your walls.
What You’ll Need: A blank canvas, patterned tissue paper, Matte Mod Podge, ribbon wide enough to cover the edge of your canvas and furniture nails or tacks.
How to DIY: Determine how many sheets of tissue paper you need to cover the top and sides of the canvas. You may need to cut several sheets to fit. Pour Mod Podge onto the canvas and use a paintbrush to spread it over the entire surface and sides. Carefully lay the tissue paper on top, and brush more Mod Podge over it. Wrap the paper over the edges, adhere with Mod Podge and cut off any excess paper. Let dry overnight. Finally, cover sides of the canvas with ribbon attaching it with furniture tacks.
From: The Creative MamaWhy We Love It: This super-easy project brings your favourite childhood storybook characters off the shelf and onto the...
From: The Creative Mama
Why We Love It: This super-easy project brings your favourite childhood storybook characters off the shelf and onto the wall. Hello, there, Sam I am!
What You’ll Need: Children’s picture book and picture frames sized to match the book pages.
How to DIY: Carefully cut pages from a favourite storybook using an X-acto knife (or make a color copy) -- anything goes, from Dr. Seuss classics to touch-and-feel favorites like Pat the Bunny. Place a book page in a frame. Add a colored mat or background paper if the frame is not sized right for the book page.
From:Baby LifestylesWhy We Love It: Hanging fabric scraps on the walls is a lot of pretty for not a lot of effort. What You’ll Need: Frames...
Why We Love It: Hanging fabric scraps on the walls is a lot of pretty for not a lot of effort.
What You’ll Need: Frames of various sizes, several patterned fabrics (look for discounted samples at the fabric store) and spray paint.
How to DIY: Spray paint all of your frames white (or whatever colour you desire) and let dry. Next, decide which fabric you want to put in each frame. Trace the glass frame cover from one frame on the back of one of your fabrics. Cut it out and then place it in the frame. Repeat for each fabric and frame. Hang your collection in a collage.
From: Going Home to RoostWhy We Love It: Traditional animal prints get an unexpected twist by layering colourful silhouettes over text. ...
From: Going Home to Roost
Why We Love It: Traditional animal prints get an unexpected twist by layering colourful silhouettes over text.
What You’ll Need: 5 pieces of cream 5”x7” textured card stock, 1 piece of 5”x7” black card stock, paint, a craft knife, glue and 3 frames.
How to DIY: Handwrite text on two of the cream card stock pieces and the black card stock. Don’t like your handwriting? Use a page from a book instead. Draw silhouettes of 3 different animals (or trace images printed from the web). Paint each animal a different colour. Let dry. Using a craft knife, cut out each silhouette. Glue one animal to each of the cards covered in handwriting. Frame and hang.
From: Décor HacksWhy We Love It: The stark black and white colour combo works with any room decor. Need a little colour in your life? Decorate...
From: Décor Hacks
Why We Love It: The stark black and white colour combo works with any room decor. Need a little colour in your life? Decorate with a pack of pushpins, adding one each time you visit a new city or state. You will love keeping track of your travels.
What You’ll Need: Map puzzle, a blank canvas, satin black paint, flat white spray paint and a hot glue gun.
How to DIY: Spray paint the puzzle white with two coats. Let dry. Paint the canvas black, use a second coat if needed. Let dry. Lay out the puzzle pieces on your canvas and hot glue them into place.
From:CurblyWhy We Love It: Using spray paint instead of a brush makes this project easy -- and lightning fast. Choose your initial, birthdate or...
Why We Love It: Using spray paint instead of a brush makes this project easy -- and lightning fast. Choose your initial, birthdate or if you’re feeling brave, make a geometric multi-coloured pattern.
What You’ll Need: A blank canvas, a computer and printer, contact paper, a craft knife, spray adhesive and spray paint.
How to DIY: Paint the canvas with a base coat of spray paint. While the paint dries, create a stencil. To make a number or letter, print it out in a bold typeface onto contact paper and cut out. Stick your stencil onto the canvas, making sure your edges are secure. Cover the rest of the exposed canvas including the edges with newspaper, extra contact paper or painter’s tape. Spray paint the exposed area with your second colour, you may need two or three coats to cover the base colour. Let dry for ten minutes, and take off the stencil.
From: Design MomWhy We Love It: Traditional ABC art gets a shabby-chic makeover, and the effort required is minimal. Score!What You’ll Need:...
From: Design Mom
Why We Love It: Traditional ABC art gets a shabby-chic makeover, and the effort required is minimal. Score!
What You’ll Need: Alphabet stencil, white spray paint and primer, scrap fabric or paper, double sided tape and a frame.
How to DIY: Spray paint the stencil with two coats of primer and a few coats of paint, allowing it to dry in between each coat. Tape a piece of patterned scrapbook paper or fabric to the back of the stencil, or cut small squares from a variety of papers or fabrics and tape a different one behind each letter. Turn the stencil over, frame and hang it.