Creating a Home: 15 Ideas for Making & Displaying Art

Creating a Home: 15 Ideas for Making & Displaying Art

Christine Lu
Jul 7, 2014
(Image credit: A Beautiful Mess)

As a renter, you may think of your space as a temporary one and not consider putting much art up, but filling your space with art will make a huge difference in how the space feels and will help you create a sense of home. Here are 15 DIY art projects to try yourself or to inspire you to make something for your walls that is just perfect for your home.

1. Geometric Art Headboard Panels from A Beautiful Mess: This project will take some planning, but pick out your favorite colors and spend a weekend day to put this together, and I think it will end up being one of your favorite pieces.

2. Hanging Scarves from Design Sponge: If you have scarves that you never wear but have beautiful prints on them, consider hanging them! Try hanging it various places around the house to see where it will work best.

3. Hi Art Painting from I Spy DIY: Wouldn't this look great next to your front door in your entry way?

4. Sequin Wall from Oh Happy Day: This project is originally for a photo backdrop at a party but I think it could be adapted to decorate a section of the wall (or maybe the entirety of a small wall) to add visual depth and texture.

5. Framed Wallpaper: The wallpaper pictured above is actually a line from By Fryd for Fargerike, but it's the kind of wallpaper that would be great to use as a statement piece for your home. Here are two great tutorials on how to frame the large pieces, from Designing the Nest and Effortless Style.

6. Yarn Banner from Creative Bug: Hanging woven pieces is very popular right now and this is an easy way to achieve that textured look on your own walls.

7. Octopus Art from 6th Street Design School: There are great prints on shower curtains, usually for much cheaper than a large piece of art, and this tutorial shows how you can stretch the curtain over pieces of wood to make it look like polished piece.

8. Typography and Clipboards from Madigan Made: Hanging art on clipboards can be a tricky thing to get right, but keeping it streamlined with large letters can give your space a graphic and modern look. This would look great in an office or maybe a kid's room with a range of colors.

9. Amethyst Mirror from DesignLoveFest: You can use amethysts for the gorgeous purple color, but if that is not your style, you can find a variety of rocks and stones here in different colors that you might want to try instead.

10. Pressed Botanicals from A Pair and a Spare: The possibilities are endless here. I bet once you start, you won't be able to stop!

11. Circle Punch Art from Mer Mag: This is a fun project you can do with your kids, and think of all the scrap paper you can use up!

12. Wall Decoration with Sticks from Oh Oh Blog: This project is comprised of a bunch of sticks, but the overall effect is stunning.

13. Geometric Patchwork from Tuts Plus: You could do a smaller section of the wall or if you are super ambitious, the entire wall! Find the combination of the colors that you like and start building.

14. Plywood Pinwheel Art from Vintage Revivals: The colors look great on the wood, but you could also paint the plywood white and pick bolder colors if you want more of a contrast.

15. How to Style a Gallery Wall from A Beautiful Mess: This is a handy tutorial that should get you motivated towards creating and styling a gallery wall for your space. Any amount of space can be styled up with a collection of framed pieces - it's easier than you think!

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