Easy DIY Art & “Wallpaper” For Your Home

Easy and Inexpensive DIY Art and Wallpaper for the Home

I‘ve enjoyed making my own art out of quality paper for years. When you just want something pretty on your walls or when you don’t have the “right” art, I’ve found that heavy duty wrapping paper is perfect for so many applications including “wallpapering” a wall (like I did below with my map wall and some push pins) and framing it as art (like I did in my old powder room bathroom, as you might have noticed in The Inspired Room book)!

The Inspired Room Map Hallway

After we painted our bedroom in this house, I realized I didn’t really have the “right” art for the space next to my closet. So to create either temporary or long-term art, I selected my favorite sheets of quality wrapping paper (the sheets are much larger than scrapbook paper, more like poster size) based on our color scheme, a neat marbleized paper and a pretty peacock pattern.

The Inspired Room Bedroom - Easy and Inexpensive DIY Art

Because I wanted a larger statement and we didn’t have any frames that would be the right size, I picked up two inexpensive gray frames at IKEA and used a little gold Rub N’ Buff to fancy them up.

The Inspired Room - Easy and Inexpensive DIY Artwork

Once the paper was framed, it makes great patterned statement. I can use any leftover paper and additional sheets in other ways around the house, such as lining drawers.

Celestial Chart DIY

My daughters also made a neat map art in their townhouse hallway with this same type of heavy duty paper and a poster hanging kit!

Below I am sharing a round up of fun papers I could see using on a wall, so check ’em out (and scroll all the way to the bottom to find out what I’ll be sharing this week on the blog)!

Marbleized Paper - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkBlue on Natural Marble

Botanical Art Poster - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkBotany

Constellation Map - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkConstellations

Gold and White Marbleized Paper - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkGold on Natural Marble

Blue and White Anchor Pattern - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkLokta White Anchors on Blue

Blue Fish Pattern - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkSmall Blue Fish on Cream

Gold and White Mums - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkGold on Cream Mums

World Map Poster - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkHemisphere Map

Peacock Feather Pattern - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkPeacock

Green and Gold Scalloped Pattern - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkGold Scallops on Sea Green

Gold and White Striped Paper - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkGold Stripes on Cream

Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkBlue Batik Zig Zags

Blue Painted Checks - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkBlue Squares on Cream

Navy Blue Marbleized Paper - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkDark Blue Marble

Black and White Dots - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkBlack String Dot on Cream

Blue and White Floral Paper - Easy and Inexpensive DIY ArtworkDistressed Blue Floral on White

Thanks for your comments on my new bedroom paint color! I definitely think it is worth it to BE BRAVE and try new things that make sense for you and your home, whether they seem like the most trendy, popular or safest choice or not. It definitely turned out to be one of the coziest most romantic little rooms we’ve ever had, and that was our goal. The gorgeous depth of the color really adds something really special to my home, too, so I have no regrets!

I can’t wait to show you more developments around our house so you can see how it is coming together, I’m loving it! This week I’ll show you the brand new light fixture we selected for our dining room…and maybe even a peek at a small update that has already transformed our living room fireplace!

More Inspiration:

7 Free Decorating Ideas {my guide on eBay}

Townhouse Update {New Coffee Cart}

Coffee Station // The Inspired Room blog - Seattle Townhouse Update

It’s Kylee here today to share with you another update from my townhouse! The last time I showed you my coffee station, it was set up on a wine rack. That was probably one of the first things we did when we moved in. How else would we have survived unpacking without coffee?! It was cute and we made good use out of the wine rack, but we knew it wasn’t going to stay there. The wall it was on is pretty big and we needed something more substantial that could hopefully provide some extra storage, too. We had our eye on some large display cabinets, but recently my grandparents moved and gave us a really nice John Boos kitchen cart (similar one here)! It was a great (and free to us!) solution to our ever-growing need for more kitchen storage, so we repurposed our wine rack (I’ll show you where that ended up in a future post!) and replaced it with the cart.

Bulk pantry items in jars

I added a floating shelf from Ikea above the cart for our bulk pantry jars, which helped clear off the kitchen counter. We really don’t purchase a lot of packaged food and don’t have a pantry, but we do keep a lot of bulk items in jars. Keeping them all out on the counter was starting to feel cluttered and took up too much valuable counter space, so wall shelf was the perfect solution! Some of our less-used jars are in one of our cupboards and a few in the basket on the bottom of the cart. We tend to cycle through them quickly, so it’s an ever-changing display of colors and textures. The handy utensil bar we used to hang the mugs also came from Ikea.

Coffee Station // The Inspired Room blog - Seattle Townhouse Update

My favorite part of every morning is coming downstairs and making coffee at our cute little cart. Weekday mornings we usually make Nespresso because it’s quick and easy, but on weekends we are all about the Bialetti or French press. We may put a larger display cabinet here eventually to hold more of our dishes, but we really love the cart!

Kitchen - The Inspired Room blog Seattle Townhouse Update

I’d love to give you tips on the 435 items everyone must have for the PERFECT coffee station (if you do want some ideas, my mom put together this post of coffee station tips) but around here, we are pretty much purists in the coffee department. Black, strong, maybe some milk and occasionally we may sweeten our second (third?) cup with a little vanilla, but first morning coffee is pretty serious unsweetened business. I guess it’s true, Seattle may have made us into coffee snobs who ironically aren’t Starbucks fans and demand very particular espresso to milk ratios on our lattes, but we’re not too far gone…no Chemex or Aeropress (not yet, anyway!).

Displaying Small Trinkets & Treasures {Day 10: Loving Fall}

Glass Jar Displays via Miss Mustard Seed

I love the fall ritual of putting away all those lingering summery (or unnecessary) accessories and bringing out special favorites for this season. I’ve been doing a lot of fall nesting around my house this weekend, and I can’t wait to show you some new updates! Little by little, my home continues to evolve towards a cozier fall and winter feel. And if I dare I say it, I’ve even started preparing for Christmas. I know, it might seem early. But, I’m loving it!

Tip: As you are nesting, find a few new creative ways to display and group together some of your more fall-ish /wintery or holiday favorites.

These jars from Miss Mustard Seed (above) are so cute (they remind me of my glass lamps so I’m totally going to try this idea!). They really help the accessories tell a wonderful and intriguing story, my FAVORITE kind of decorating! This idea is perfect for people like me who might have a little phobia about too many little cluttery things sitting around and covering every surface. I love ideas for how to corral, contain and show things off in a creative way.

Happy fall nesting!

For my ponderings on good and bad “stuff” in your house, see my re-posted article on (in)courage, called: Issues with Stuff

21 Days of Loving Fall - The Inspired Room Fall Series

Catch up on the Loving Fall Series: IntroDay One: Getting In the RhythmDay Two: QuietDay Three: Cozy ImperfectionsDay Four: Rust, Coral, and Orange Fall Inspired Rooms, Day Five: Fall Nights by the Fire, Day Six: Candlelight, Day Seven: Turkish TowelsDay Eight: Fall Traditions with the Pups, Day Nine: Settling In

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