Easy and Inexpensive Art With Leftover Wallpaper

April 12, 2019

When I shared our morning/dining room makeover last fall, I mentioned I really wanted to add a little something to the walls next to the mirror: 
Built in shelves and window seat in dining area

I felt like it needed something, but I wasn't sure what. 

A few months ago I was walking through Walmart and found these pretty brass frames -- I grabbed four of them and hung them on each side of the mirror. I loved the look!: 
Dining room with window seat and built ins

But I wasn't sure what I wanted in them. :) So they hung with the generic filler for months. 

I started looking into art a few weeks ago, but nothing has struck me just yet. Instead of forcing it, I'm going to wait for something I love. 

But I was kind of tired of looking at them without something in them, so I came up with a quick way to fill them. I kept all kinds of scraps from the wallpapered hallway right off of this room and decided to cut them for the frames:

Blue and white floral wallpaper as art

Because of the repeat of this paper and the size of these frames (the mat is 11x14), I had to use the same design for all of the frames, but I did flip them on the top and bottom: 
Using wallpaper as art

You can find these gold frames online here (affiliate). I'll share the rest of the sources for this room at the end of the post! 

Navy, wood and gold accents in dining room

It took all of ten minutes to get them filled and on the wall! 

It was a happy accident that the blue in the wallpaper is pretty much an exact match with our wall color. I really love the art and frames: 
Dark navy wall, cyberspace

I'm not sure it will be permanent, but it's better than before! And now I don't feel rushed at all to buy something to fill them. 

Best part was that it was FREE! Well...that paper wasn't free, it was actually a splurge. So you know I was going to use as much of it as I possibly could! ;)

What have you used to create art in your home? 

You can find links to many of the items in this room here: 

I love finding cheap ways to make art -- here's a few other ideas that I've done over the years: 
How to print huge photos for a great price

Rustic DIY men and women bathroom sign

DIY art made from kitchen towel

Free botanical art printables for gallery wall

How to make hand lettered signs

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  1. Such a great idea, Sarah!! You were always great at creating inexpensive art!

  2. I think these are beautiful! You're so creative!


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