DIY Wall Art (for less than $10!)

A few months ago I was searching for ideas for some wall art for my living room and stumbled across this post.

I immediately pinned it (of course).


I was totally in love with it, and luckily for me, Cheri had posted a full tutorial and even sells the document.
Since I’m pretty much lost when it comes to stuff like that (lame, I know), I happily paid the couple of bucks so I could print my own.

I thought I would get to this project right away, but somehow the entire summer passed without me getting to Staples to have it printed out (as a 24″x36″ engineers print – only $3!). Turns out Staples isn’t really conveniently located. Meaning it’s in a scary-ish part of town and I’m chicken.

But….I finally got my print and a piece of thin MDF and a few pieces of wood to build a frame around it (totally unnecessary, but I think it looks better that way).

So it was super simple.

Build a frame. (Which I did by myself. Go me!) Paint it black.
Attach the MDF to the front of the frame. Paint the edges black.
Using spray adhesive, carefully attach the print to the board, smoothing as you go.
Distress with sandpaper if that floats your boat. (I love distressing stuff.)
Hang on the wall and sigh happily every time you pass your super nice, super cheap wall hanging.

Confession time: I had to rip my first attempt off and go back to the scary part of town for a re-do, all because I thought that it would be a better idea to spray the finished product with a sealant. Which would have been awesome if it hadn’t decided to bubble and warp. So much for brilliant ideas.

What do you think?

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16 thoughts on “DIY Wall Art (for less than $10!)”

  1. hehehehehehe! Jeremy cracks me up.

    But seriously, I’m going to borrow you for a few weeks (or maybe months….or summers?) and have you decorate my house. I pretty much love everything you have style-wise.
    So I wouldn’t even have to supervise.

  2. This is great, will Staples print any image this way? I have done smaller prints on canvas with Modge Podge it’s a great way to make cheap canvas. This would be amazing to make some large DIY canvas prints if they will print any image ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’ve never tried anything else, but I know some people have printed photos as engineer prints. Black and white only, though.

  3. This has seriously hit me hard. I need this in my life. So I’m going to make it, but I’m going to put my own twist on it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for posting this, really.

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