DIY GIANT WALL ART
Make your DIY GIANT WALL ART! It is inexpensive, but very high-end looking!
Art makes our home beautiful, and art made by you makes it unique!
You guys! I am so excited to share this project with you all!
Because it was spontaneous, absolutely not planned project, and it turned out beautiful.
The story began when I took the Christmas decorations down after January 1st.
My dining room was dressed up with pretty plaid and red,
and I adored it during the holidays, but when all those decorations came off,
I was standing in the dining room not knowing what decorations should go up now.
Standing there, I was looking at my pretty bare walls and just hated them!
For a minute or two, I considered putting some winter decorations back,
but had to realize that all of those were very Christmasy.
Here is the Christmasy dining room look and on the right here is the very open look that I had after the holidays.
Pretty empty, right? Needs something, maybe some art?
Then my mind started spinning.
First I decided to get rid of those shelves. I didn’t like them. At all.
They were not functional but hard to decorate.
I pictured three huge pieces of wall art on that big empty wall. Yep! It all came to life in my head.
When I told my hubs, he said: NOOOOOOO, no projects!
I had promised him that there was not going to be any project doing in January, but only organizing,
because there is plenty to organize.
I finally talked him into my crazy idea! 🙂
I took a quick trip to The Home Depot to see what kind of material I can find.
I found these guys…for $2.07/piece. Winner!
I got five panels to make up three huge frames.
So I pictured three huge pieces of wall art…, okay but what art goes in there..?
I love to create my art. Thankfully I inherited some talent from my father, and I can pretty much draw anything.
I just wish I had more time to draw and paint.
I usually buy large paper rolls at IKEA for my boys, and I thought that this paper would be PEEERRRFECT to fill these frames.
The paper is about 18 inches wide, and I can set the length of the art as long as I want.
I can get bored pretty quickly with things, so these large frames will be just what I need, where I can draw a new piece of art anytime.
Okay…in case you would like to replicate these large wall frames, let’s get on the project now!
– 5 furring strip boards (1″ x 4″ x 8″ $2.07 /pc)
- – Three project panels (for the back of the frame) ($5.49/pc)
– wood stain, one lighter oak and one dark walnut (I had it handy, full can: $3.99 )
– wood screws ($2.87)
– saw tooth hanger
– wood filler (had it already)
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– miter saw (so you can cut 45 degrees for the joints)
As the first step, we cut the strip boards to the size that we measured out (the frame we made is 24 “x 49” – pretty big).
Then we attached the joints and drilled a hole for the screw on the side of the board. Screwed the 2 1/2 ” screw into the hole we made.
We repeated this on all four corners.
The joints set in almost entirely. Only one side was off slightly, but we filled that tiny gap with wood filler.
Sanded the surface to be smooth and then stained the frame.
I used two different tones of stain. One lighter and one darker shade.
LIGHTER SHADE: FIRST COAT- Minwax: Golden Oak 210 B
DARKER SHADE: SECOND COAT – Minwax: Dark Walnut 2716
Stained the frame with a lighter than a darker shade to get this lovely color.
I drew my art with my pastels.
For one piece of art (I saw an inspiration at West Elm site) I just wrote inspirational life quotes continuously. Looks so fun!
I placed my art on the top of the board and flipped the whole frame upside down to attach the board to the frame with screws.
I left the paper slightly longer than the frame, but after the screws had been screwed in, I cut off the paper that was over the frame.
As the last step, I hammered a sawtooth hanger on the back of the frame.
3 GIANT WALL ART FOR $30
They fill up the large wall surface so well, and these HUGE frames make the room look five times bigger!
The stain turned out beautiful; the color is just amazing!
I was playing around with the drawings…first I made a colored piece in the middle, then I switched it out to all black and white.
What do you think, color in the middle or stay with the black and white only?
I am seriously in love with these frames. All I want to do is to sit here and stare at them!!
Update: One of my readers asked –
“What if I can not draw any art to put in these frames?
You may put fabric or other downloadable art into the frames. 🙂
There is another project we tackled in this room! I am planning on posting about it on Thursday so be sure to check back!!
Below is a peek. :-)♥
I hope you got inspired to create your wall art! It is so worth the time!
If you like this project, here is an image to pin to remember it for later.
Come and party with us tomorrow and check back on Thursday to see the rest of this room!!
Have a lovely day!
I really like the coloured print in the middle that being said I think you should sell me the one with the writing on it I love. I love the whole room it all flows together so well withe the coloured print in the middle job well done hun.
I like the black white best. Great idea
You are so talented my friend… I love this! Pinning!
These are AWESOME sauce! Your drawings are beautiful and I love the all black and white look. I’m totally inspired to give this a try and fill up some of my empty wall space.
What an ingenious idea! Love this!
Thank you Louise for leaving your kind comment! Have a great week!
These are amazing Aniko!! You are so talented – what a great graphic punch to your room. And I bought that same little white distressed vase on clearance at Target. Can’t wait to see how you did the console….
🙂 I had to get that white vase when it went on clearance:-) Gotta love Target! Thanks for your kind comment!!Xo
I have that same walnut stain and use it all the time. I love these big pictures, you are so talented!
This is ABSOLUTELY beautiful. I love that you decided to stay with all black and white for all three art pieces.
oh my goodness, these turned out gorgeous! I cannot believe you drew this by hand … amazing! I’m so jealous … I wish I could draw, or sing, or have a little bit of coordination hahaha
Haha…you are too funny:-) thank you for your kind comment! Hope you are having a great week!
These turned out great! I wish I had wall space left for something like this…I might have to do some rearranging!
Yep, rearrange…you won;t regret it! I am loving these frames… and you will too!Xo
Your frames and art looks lovely! I like the all black and white look for pictures. You’re so talented and creative! You and your husband make a great DIY team! I enjoy your projects and I cant wait to see whats next!
Hey Jenika! Thanks for stopping by today and leaving your sweet comment! You made my day:-) Hope you stick around for a while:-) XXOO
These are perfect! One thing I love to do for any black and white art or photos is get it printed (with the correct rights of coarse!) as an “engineer print” at staples. In the past I have mode podged the paper onto roam and created a canvas like frame but I have never been a complete fan of the end result. Looks great from a distance not so much up close.
These frames would be perfect for my next project! Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial!
Brittany, I have done the engineering printing myself where I created a huge PHOTO DISPLAY ( look in history) and I love it. I just love black and white art!!♥ Glad to hear that I inspired you to create!!Have a great week!
Gorgeous – I just love it!!!
Thank you sweet Friend!!Hope you are having a great week!
Aniko – these are AMAZING!!! Just love them!
Thank you for checking it out, Kris! Glad you like them!Xo
I love it! I prefer the black and white, but think you could definitely go both ways!
Thanks for hopping over today, Ashley! I am still undecided!:-) Xo
LOVE it!! I think it looks great both ways and your art is awesome! The sneak peek looks cool too!
Thanks for your visit, Mindi! I love it both ways, thank goodness it is so easy to change the art in the frame that I can change it every week if I wanted to-lol:-) Hope to see you back! Have a great week!
Wow-we you talented lady you! I love it! I love the color and I love all 3 black and white. Seems like they are easily changed which is even better! I’m also excited to see the rest of that little sneak peak you did to your cabinet!!!
Thanks sweet Friend! Yep, it is easy to change the art, so I may change thme weekly-LOL! Itching to show you what we did to the cabinets…#SOGOOD♥ Have a great week!
These are AHHHMAZING! You are SO crazy talented my friend! LOVE!
Thanks so much Kristi!! Blushing here..:-)Hope you are having a great week!!Xo
Wau, amazing. And your owl looks so serious and clever! I would stay with black and white. I just love – how it is.
Inese, thanks for your visit and comment today!Glad you liked these frames.Hope you are having a great week!Xo
Totally love it and it looks awesome both ways.
Thanks Julia! Hope you are having a wonderful week!