How to Create Inexpensive Wall Art

How to Create Inexpensive Wall Art


before and after wood wall

Just in case you are wondering what we are wearing here at the farm…..

….I just bought a jumpsuit.

I know….right?

I’m a little all about myself right now.

And I’m not sure if jumpsuit is what it’s called any more or if it’s are so 2013 or if people who have children in high school should even be seen at the mall in a jumpsuit or stirrup pants….

…..because I don’t care.

I walked out of the dressing room yesterday at New York & Company looking a little like Ginger from Gilligan’s Island sans the height and the red hair and the palm trees and told myself how amazing I was….

…..and proceeded to promenade around the store like I owned the entire chain.

And if you were there.  If you happened to be in the New York & Company store yesterday at the mall around 4:00pm….I’m sorry about the dance next to the clearance rack when I found the pair of cork wedges.

Blame it on the jumpsuit. 🙂

And now back to our regularly scheduled post.

beach ideas for decorating

When I was styling the built-in wall at the Cape house….I had one over-riding theme.


It’s seriously one of my favorite words.

Or…..if you are politically correct….bargain sensitive.

I mean….after all I had an entire wall to fill up on a budget.

So I created inexpensive wall art.  I turned simple, everyday into objects d’art that cost me under $5.00 to make and (more importantly) took up extra space on the wall.

And here’s how I did it.

Spoiler alert:  This idea is so easy and you’ve probably already thought of it and have filled your walls with your own artwork since 1999.  If so…..please refer back to the beginning of the post….

….the jumpsuit story was just for you. 🙂

how to create easy and inexpensive art for your walls


wood plaques (you can find these at the craft store)

acrylic paint


hot glue

random bargain sensitive object

create diy art

create wall art diy project

how to create wall art out of anything project

create wall art project diy

diy art project

Here’s a few finished pieces.

beach inspired bedroom

beach ideas for decorating

before and after coastal decorating

I know what you are thinking.

Even though the art is hanging in the beach house….

….this artwork belongs in the contemporary museum of art.

But I’d have to “draw the line” at that. 🙂

PS  I’m wearing the jumpsuit to Haven (the blogging conference) and I’ll post pictures later!

PPS  If you need some absolutely beautiful inspiration for your yard….check out my garden shed inspiration post over at Lamps Plus today.

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  1. Ooh la! I was hoping for some deets on the decor! 😀 Love the seashell plaques!

  2. I can’t wait to see your sweet face and jumpsuit at Haven!! ~Sonya
    PS, super cute and cheap art is totally my thing!

  3. KariAnne you are priceless!! You deserve your very own paparazzi following you around like the stars getting all those shots. You finding the jumpsuit. You doing a happy dance. You bent over inspecting a project. OOps — don’t want that picture! I don’t care what a person looks like bent over is NOT good. You would have the picture approval. 🙂 I love your wall and art. And I certainly wish I could see you in all your glory at the conference — shoes and all. I’ll look forward to the pictures. I still think that you should make some DVD’s of your speeches — for a price. Perhaps not all cuz then everyone would know what you had to say — perhaps a teaser?? Like the movie trailers. . . .you could end it with a . . . . you can hear/see the rest at . . . .

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    • Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Spending some time and actual effort to make a good article…
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  4. Not gonna lie… I was hanging on to the end in hopes of seeing the jumpsuit. When I was in Jr.High, I was in a small singing group at school, and we wore jumpsuits as our “uniform/costume” for each show we did. We thought we were “all that and a bag of chips!” — I’ll bet that’s just how you feel. 😉

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  6. What a simple idea for fun art. Easy and you know I like easy.

    Love the jumpsuit story and just so you know… jumpsuits and floor-length sun dresses are back and all the rage-lol.

    Enjoy your week,


  7. I had a jumpsuit once in the 8th grade. It was a Sailor jumpsuit! All white with a navy collar etc… and my best friend had one too. We bought them at Kmart. Memories! Love the wall art! I forgot that I knew about that. Thanks for reminding! Have a glorious day friend!

  8. Love it! I especially love the rope word sail. Have a great time at Haven.

  9. LOL..I have seen “jump suits” in the stores as well! and have not had the courage to try one on yet! I forgot about “stirrup pants” EEK! I went into a store looking for a “tube top”, only to be updated to 2014 by the young clerk letting me know that they are “bandos” now!! You have such great decorating ideas….thanks for always sharing them with such a humours twist. Oh..thanks for the advice on my furniture placement in my fireplace area. I love it! Have a great day!

  10. Always an inspiration! Can’t wait to see the jumpsuit! Wish I was going to Haven to see it in person 🙁 Have a wonderful time!

  11. I too, would love to see how you made the crab and octopus! Everything looks great and thanks for the tutorial!

  12. I adore your spirit and self confidence. I’m sure you rock that jumpsuit.

  13. You can even do it “cheaper” by buying the wood plaques at a thrift store, a dollar store or garage sale..or using something you are tired of…..being you are painting them anyway… I love your style.

  14. Bargain sensitive. Now, there’s a PC term I can embrace! Your room and all your details look so fresh!

  15. Now I know what to do with some of the special shells we’ve collected on vacations. Sand Dollars- you have a new home and purpose

  16. I can’t wait to try some of these ideas!! I read your post and actually thought you had bought these pieces!

    Have fun at Haven. You will knock ’em dead in that jumpsuit!

    Jane xx

  17. You know I
    Love your beach decor!! I also
    Love jumpsuits… Had a hot pink
    One in 1983 wish I still had it and was that size again! 🙂

  18. My closest girlfriend wears jumpsuits and looks fabulous. I’ve never been brave enough, not even when jumpsuits were jumpsuits. Maybe it’s time.

  19. Work it girl! Loved your sassy post today!

  20. Annette Deardurff :

    Oh you crack me up! You could easily be a stand up comic, especially if you wore the jumpsuit! Thanks for the inspirations – I love using random bargain sensitive objects – find lots of them at Goodwill!! Looking forward to seeing you in your jumpsuit!!

  21. “Bargain sensitive” – THAT’s what they call it! I will know correct those folks who call me “cheap”. Love your posts and how they meander from jumpsuits to crafts and one thing to the another. I talk/think that way and am always getting these looks like “HUH?!” Great minds must work the same 🙂

  22. * oops – NOW not KNOW ?!?

  23. You need to post a pic of you in the jumpsuit on IG . As a favor to us here who are dying to see and whose husbands schedules didn’t allow for us to come to Haven this year. I’m so glad I went last year though, because I got an invite and am entering the Scotch Blue tape contest to try to win $5,000 with my excellent tape project. I’ll try to get the post up tomorrow. I think they are looking for room redos, but mine is more like a cheap art project. Well it’s actually more like a toy, but you could use the same techniques to make a cheap art project. So cross your fingers and hope I win, so I can afford to come to Haven next year.
    Have the best time,
    The Other Marian

  24. Too funny. Love the ideas. Did you make the little whale art, too? I’d be interested in knowing how, if so. Great blog and posts!

  25. Great stuff! Stirrup pants, haha? Just say NOOOOO! Been there, done that! Long live the 80’s! 😉