Sunday, July 25, 2010

Cool Dollar Store Wall Art!





I love all the wall tiles you find these days. I saw these tiles at Ballard Design. They are very pretty, but instead of paying $100 - I decided to make my own! 


It was super duper simple and inexpensive! This is the finished project. Let me show you how I did it! 





I found these canvases at Dollar Tree. They aren't really my style - but for a dollar each, I knew they soon would be! If you can't find these exact canvases, look for small wood plaques - those would work for this project as well. They will probably have some less than attractive paintings on them, but just ignore that and envision what they will look like after using your creative touch!



I spray pained the edges brown.  Black would work well also.  






Then, I cut pieces of scrapbook paper the same size as the canvas. Using regular glue (because that's what I had), I glued the paper to the canvas and smoothed out the top using a credit card.


I sanded the edges to create a smoother surface and then finished each canvas off with a spray coat of crystal clear enamel.


I used these Command Damage-Free Hangers - which I love! I didn't feel like putting a ton of holes in the wall. Plus, these make it VERY easy to reposition - or change the artwork in a few months.





Ta Da!  What do you think?



87 comments:

dldayson said...

I love this idea - I used the $1 scrap fabrics I found at different hobby stores though - it was so inexpensive, but REALLY cool! Thanks for the great idea!

Brenda said...

Plus Command Picture Hanging Strips are on sale this week at Walgreens 2/$3.

Hot Mess Housewife said...

I am totally going to have to try this idea. Might have to share the link along with the results, too, if that's ok!

Sherry from Alabama said...

Thank you for this wonderful idea! I have been looking for some inexpensive, light-weight pictures to hang in our camper and this one just fits the bill!

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Alison@howdoesshe said...

Whoo I love that !!!

Eve said...

I think this is AWESOME!! Saw you over at MakingTheWorldCuter and came right over.
This is such a great idea and your choosen prints look beautiful. Well done you! Eve from Eveshouse.blogpspot.com

Rockie said...

This looks great! Thanks for sharing. I did a similar project to hide my thermostat. Check it out.

http://rockiescrafts.blogspot.com/2010/06/hideaway-canvas.html

Rockie @ Something Wonderful

JHill said...

I am hoping to make something like this for my aunt's renovated house in the next few weeks. Thanks for showing that it CAN be done with DT supplies.

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

PS If you want to feel even better about your project, you can see how much Ballard Designs is charging for something similar: http://www.ballarddesigns.com/Wall-Decor/Paintings-Prints/Pattern-Prints/Set-of-9-Lattice-Prints/p/12517?path=1%2C2%2C1468%2C1539%2C1583&iProductID=12517

Lisa said...

Really pretty! I always see those canvases there and wonder what I could do with them, but I've never tried anything. Thanks for the idea!

Tanyia said...

Stopping by from the Market Yourself Mondays at Sumo's Sweet Stuff, great project! :) love the thinking on this, because I have seen these at the dollar store here and totally can make something awesome with them now! :) ty for the idea

Here is mine if you want to stop by :)

http://xsurvivingmotherhoodx.blogspot.com/2010/07/upcycled-jeans-to-plastic-bag-holder.html

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [26 Jul 12:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Very cute and clever! I've done this with groups of 3 but your grouping has so much impact. What a neat idea and well done!

Jenglamgirl said...

These are so darling and turned out precious! I SO had those canvases in my hands from the dollar tree, but got some other craft stuff instead BOOO! LOVE WHAT YOU DID! please I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU to link this up to my CRAFT party going on at CraftOManiac.blogspot.com Thanks, have a super day! JENN

Deb said...

Those look so neat....great job!!!

Carol said...

Thanks everyone! Please send me links if you decide to do this. I would love to see your masterpiece!

Orange it Lovely said...

Such a great idea! I love it!!!
Great job..
~Tana

june@craftyniche said...

What a GREAT idea!! I will have to take a trip to the Dollar store now!

LUCKY 7 DESIGN said...

Really great idea....I have purchased those little canvases. However I did keep one of them for my bedroom. But I love this idea..thanks for sharing.

Jami said...

You make it look so easy!!! It is a gorgeous wall! I hope you'll stop by my First Pretty Packages Party and share some of your fabulous talent!
Just pick up a button for an easy reminder!
www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com
Smiles!!

Christine said...

Love the way yours came out. What a great way to display some favorite pieces of scrapbook paper!

Love those velcro wall hangers too!

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

Oh my, do I love that! That is so simple and cute. I think I might have to find a place for those. Great job.
Brooke

Pam said...

Clever, frugal and attractive project! $1 a canvas is so awesome too. I haven't tried those Command strips yet, but hope to shortly. Pam @ Sallygoodin

lesley said...

these look terrific! perfect for dorm decorating with those command strips.

Terrell said...

LOOOVE this! I actually have one of the bird canvases from DT and knew I'd run across an idea for a transformation with it! YAY! Thank you for sharing...they look amazing!

Stevie @ Home is Where My Heart is said...

Very cute!!

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Wow, these are just beautiful!
Thank you for sharing!
Have a good evening!
Leticia
www.msbinglesvintagechristmas.com

T @ The Happy Clipper said...

Very nice! I love this idea!

Nicole@Whimsy-Lane said...

Fabulous! I've been wanting to do this samething in my daughters room. I love how you did 12 squares instead of 9 and I have always LOVED that scrapbook collection! Great job!

Kim said...

I love this idea!

lar1203 said...

love this idea- so easy too!

Anita said...

Love this idea!!! They turned out beautifully.

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Sarah said...

Nice work! What a great idea! I love your blog! "Ucreate" introduced me! I am your newest follower!

Carol said...

I really appreciate all the comments - thank you so much!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

OH shoot! I forgot to say that I featured this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com a few hours ago. Great project. Love the colors of the paper!

Kaysi said...

Super cute!!!

Anonymous said...

I think you are VERY, VERY CLEVER! Destiny

Honestly, Rachel Marie said...

Great idea! New follower here:)

Laura PARING DOWN said...

I'm working on some new things for my daughter's new Brooklyn apartment, and this is quite inspiring.

New follower!
:) Laura

Chic Creations said...

Great idea. I must try it. Thanks for sharing.

Jerri said...

I love this idea. I'm planning on doing something similar to this in my kitchen.

Anonymous said...

I was SO excited to try this and it turned out AWESOME!! Cost me about $12!! Thanks!!!

Stephanie said...

What a great idea! I will be trying this soon!

Sassy Sites! said...

CUTE!!! I love your blog! Great ideas! I am your newest follower. Stop by Sassy Sites and say HI! :)

Nina @ Momma Go Round said...

Um, I'm totally obsessed and really want to find a fabulous reason (excuse) to make these. So adorable!

The Brownings said...

That is amazing!!! I want to try this!!

Steph @ This Organized Mess said...

Wonderful idea !! I am going to have to make some for my problem wall that is so hard to decorate with a big ugly thermostat right in the middle of it. I saw you on Someday Crafts and had to come check this project out !

Shorty said...

Awesome job! I love the colors and how they all tie back together so well. And, an inexpensive project that looks like you spent big bucks... well, that's the cherry on top!

Raquel said...

AWESOME!!! Dollarama HERE I COME!

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

OH my gosh! This is SUCH a fantastic idea! You are SO creative - I absolutely LOVE it!!

AliLilly said...

This looks amazing!!! I'm going to go hunting now! :)

p.s. I'm your newest follower!

Curtsay said...

I really love this idea. I have been needing some decorating ideas for my house that weren't just putting pictures in frames. Thanks! I will be putting this tutorial on my blog, thequietcrafter.blogspot.com.

Amanda K @ Every Crafty Endeavor said...

Very Cute! You gotta love the dollar store!

MJ said...

I love it! Am you newest follower :) Hope yoi'll swing by www.mybusycraftlife.blogspot.com as well someday :)

Katie said...
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Katie said...

Ahhh!~ Love it! Going to the dollar store tomorrow for another project--now I'll have to take a look and see if I find some cheap canvass' I can make over!

katie
katiescucina.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

I love these!! Thanks! I want to do something like this for my new grandsons wall.
I'm a new follower!

Real Life Reslers said...

I bookmarked this and I will be heading to the store tomorrow to look for something similar to fix up!

The 'Stache said...

I LOVE it! I've been looking for something to do to the bedroom wall, and I think this is it.

Rita E said...

Awesome! So very creative! THANKS for sharing!

Ann said...

The local DT was out of these. Booo! I found the same size at Michael's, plus a 15% off entire purchase coupon. Score!

Carol said...

Ann - glad you got some at Michaels with a discount! Link up your finished project when you are done - I'd love to see it!

JHill said...

This project got the most hits at this week's Mad Skills party, so you will be the Friday Feature tomorrow morning. Feel free to grab a brag button!

madincrafts.blogspot.com

Carol said...

JHill - thanks so much!

Jennia Hart said...

Love this project! How clever, I always see the ugly art at the dollar store and wish I'd find something cute. I always find cute scrapbook paper and it sits here waiting for me to use it. Thanks to you, now maybe some of my treasured paper will be wall art!

http://upcycledcrafts.com

Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

I have something similar hanging in my bedroom. It's cheap wall art - yeah. I love the paper you picked out. Great job.

Brooke said...

This is such a great idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing. I will be linking to your great idea!
Brooke
thecraftcave.blogspot.om

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

Wooo hoo! This might be the perfect thing for this tall skinny naked wall I have! Thanks!!!

melonbelly said...

I LOVE IT! I can't wait to do it too!

www.melonbelly.blogspot.com

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

Awesome project! Love it and can't wait to try it. Just beautiful!

Restorative Living said...

I just love this! Great idea!!!

Jessica said...

This is cute! I love the color and paper choice! I used these same canvas'... stop by when you have a chance!
http://liveitloveitcraftit.blogspot.com/2010/03/simple-cheap-easy-photo-clips.html

P.S.- I am your newest follower!

Tabbatha said...

I've been dying to try this for awhile now,just need the house to go with it ;). With all the amazing scrapbooking papers out there, you can easily change this up per season/month/day even!

Cindy said...

Such an awesome job. Hope my dollar store has these.

Alyssa Willis said...

LOVE IT!!! And it looks SO easy!!!

Meggy said...

ummmmmm, bookmark:)
Soooo cute!!!!!!

kristin renee said...

I love this! It would be so cheap! Great idea! :) I really like your choice of scrapbook papers, also.

Arianna said...

awesome!!!! I'm going to add it onto my blog and give credit to you of course!

Finding Home said...

Great project, I am getting ready to re-do my "tween" age daughter's bedroom and I will use this project for inspiration, thank you so much!

Deanna Jane (cullenkidsmum) said...

Fantastic project and what a great price! Thanks for sharing!!

Queen Snarfy said...

This is really cool. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Liz said...

I have been needing something for my walls in my family room. This will be perfect. Thanks for sharing. I will also be featuring you on our blog ziggycrafts.blogspot.com

Jamara @ My NW Nest said...

So simple, yet SO incredible! Love them!!

Iuliana Blakely said...

These are great! I have a question - When you sanded down the edges, did you go a little more than the edges, like on the main surface of your art?

Carol said...

Yes, I sanded a little part of the surface as well :)

Anonymous said...

I love this. You are very creative and your instructions are easy to follow. I think this is my next project! Thanks ever so much, Patty

libertyopportunities said...

Beautiful! Can I reblog this on our Girl on a Budget blog (with full attribution of course)?

http://libertyopportunities.wordpress.com/about/

Anonymous said...

WOW! I'm so glad you specify how you did it. Definitely giving it a try!

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