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Rock the boat: cheap home decor

diy cheap home decor does not have to look cheap!

I love making home decor and wall decor items because they are usually super quick and easy!

This cheap home decor item is the perfect weekend project for those cold, rainy days were you can’t go outside.

If you want to know how you can make your own, keep on reading!

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Supplies

cheap home decor, diy wall decor, mod pdge tutorial
  • A picture that you don’t like anymore
  • A picture that you do like
  • Paint in whatever colors you like
  • A sponge brush
  • Mod podge
  • A brush

Instructions

cheap home decor, diy wall decor, mod pdge tutorial

1. First, get your base ready. The old picture that I chose to replace was a piece of paper that had been glued to a wood plank, so it was very easy to peel off with a little bit of hot water. You may choose to sand yours, or paint on top using white paint as a primer.

While you wait for the wood plank to get dry (if you had to use hot water to prep it), get your new picture ready.

cheap home decor, diy wall decor, mod pdge tutorial

2. I chose a picture from an old calendar, so I had to cut the edges. You may be able to skip this step if your picture does not have any uneven edges to get rid of.

cheap home decor, diy wall decor, mod pdge tutorial

3. My picture was narrower than the wood base; I chose that on purpose because I wanted to have a pop of color rather than just the picture.

To make sure the picture would be centered, I measured the difference between the picture and the wood base, and divided it by two so that each left and right edge would be symmetrical.

Then, I painted each side with white paint first, and then with cobalt blue.

If your picture measures the same as your base, you may be able to skip this step.

4. Last, cover your base with mod podge using a sponge brush. Lay your picture on the center of your base, and press firmly using a wiping motion from the center of the picture towards the edges. Doing this will prevent air bubbles.

Wait until it dries, and you are all done!

I hope you like my tutorial. Leave a comment and let me know how your projects turn out!

Enjoy 🙂

cheap home decor, diy wall decor, mod pdge tutorial
cheap home decor, diy wall decor, mod pdge tutorial
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Recycle paper: Hearts wall art tutorial

Recycle paper while making beautiful wall art

I love reading and books, but when you come across a book with missing pages, your best option is to recycle paper and make something nice with it.

One of my bedroom walls was looking a bit naked and boring, so I got inspired by this paper mural and decided to replicate it with a slight modification.

If you want to see what I did, keep on reading.

Materials

recycle paper diy wall art tutorial
  • A ruler
  • An old book
  • A pencil
  • Mounting tape
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • 4 large pieces of foam board
  • An x-acto knife
  • A permanent black marker
recycle paper diy wall art tutorial
recycle paper diy wall art tutorial

Instructions

1. First, make sure to inspect your foam boards for damaged areas. If you see any light spots, cover them with a black sharpie. Then, paint the sides of each board with the black sharpie.

2. I cut out a couple of hearts in different sizes to see what would look better. Then, I measured the dimensions and divided my foam boards accordingly to figure out how many paper hearts I needed to make (it turns out I needed 100, 25 per board).

recycle paper diy wall art tutorial



recycle paper diy wall art tutorial
recycle paper diy wall art tutorial
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recycle paper diy wall decor
recycle paper diy wall art
recycle paper diy home decor

3. Next, you need to cut the back support for each heart. You can recycle paper from a different source if your book doesn’t have enough pages to make all the hearts. I cut strips of 0.5×4.5 inches and folded them into squares. Then, I glued them together before gluing them to the back of each heart.

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5. Next, you need to glue the hearts to the boards. As a guide, you can divide each board into 5×5 squares using yarn and mini clothespins and clips.

And you are done! All you need to do now is hang your new wall art and enjoy it!

Feel free to leave a comment, and if you make your own recycle paper heart wall art, let me know how it turns out!

4. Now, place some strips of mounting tape on the back of each board.

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recycle paper diy home decor
recycle paper diy wall art tutorial