Super Cheap Wall Art for a Tight Budget

April 27, 2015Allison Murray
Decorating can be expensive. See how I update my walls with super cheap wall art for my tight budget!

Decorating can be expensive. See how I update my walls with super cheap wall art for my tight budget!

A few weeks ago I shared with you my strange, but kind of cute cat freebie images that you can print for free. And the cut files so that you could make your own if you prefer. To be honest it started as just a way to keep myself busy one day but after looking at them a while I decided that I really loved them. And after Miss Onel loved one so much (remember her?) that she wanted to craft with it I realized others might kind of like them too.

Plus the thought of my Marla cat being art in other people’s homes, on their tote bags and whatnot was just too darn awesome to not share them!

When I decided I wanted to keep them and hang them I needed to frame them. But the thing is my decor budget is practically nil right now. So I framed them just as I’d want them but on the cheap and I’ll show you how to do it too!

For this project you will need:

  • Frames
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Cardstock/scrapbooking paper
  • Paper cutter/cutting machine/x-acto knife
  • Free printable (cats here) or photo, etc.

Decorating can be expensive. See how I update my walls with super cheap wall art for my tight budget!

First thing’s first I needed frames. These fab square frames are from Dollar Tree which means they are a cool buck apiece. Not like other bargain frames they actually have a panel of glass which I really like about them. The frames themselves are plastic but they are sturdy enough for me. The square frames go quickly so when I see them I buy a few and hang on to them. I already had 4 in my stash but had I went to buy them it would have been just over $4 with tax.

Now I’m a fan of glossy white and as such I have tons of it in the garage. When I decided to make black mats, I ran out and gave my frames 2 quick coats of paint.

Decorating can be expensive. See how I update my walls with super cheap wall art for my tight budget!

Place a printable centered in the frame (the edges will bend but that is okay) and draw the size you want your mat to be.

Decorating can be expensive. See how I update my walls with super cheap wall art for my tight budget!

Measure the inside of your frame and cut a piece of stock or paper to match that size.

Decorating can be expensive. See how I update my walls with super cheap wall art for my tight budget!

Measure evenly from all sides and draw a line on the backside of your mat paper to get the size you drew out on the glass. Trim that out with an X-acto knife, or if you have a cutting machine, just draw your shapes accordingly.

Decorating can be expensive. See how I update my walls with super cheap wall art for my tight budget!

Using a glue stick  or tape to attach the pic to the mat you cut out.

Decorating can be expensive. See how I update my walls with super cheap wall art for my tight budget!

Use scissors to cut the excess paper around the mat.

Decorating can be expensive. See how I update my walls with super cheap wall art for my tight budget!

Now here is a quick tip for framing without bits of animal hair and glitter in between your image and the glass (I HATE that but with the job I have and the number of pets I have it’s life). Place a dark piece of paper inside of the frame. Flip over and use your dry erase marker to circle and dot any problems you can see through the glass. Flip over and clean the spots. Repeat until you can’t see anything left. Before turning your print onto the glass, give it a shake or blow on it to remove anything that may have settled there.

Decorating can be expensive. See how I update my walls with super cheap wall art for my tight budget!And we have Kanye Marla! Now I buy black scrapbooking card stock at 30 sheets for $5 in a Colorbok book from Walmart making each sheet around 17 cents apiece. The frame was $1. A color copy from Staples is 52 cents and typically much cheaper than using your home printer ink… The printable, free and if this isn’t your cup of tea there are TONS available from blogs in every style and theme you can think of. So we have a total of (drum roll, please) $1.69 per framed piece for my wall. Since I made 4 the total investment was $6.76 for all of them.

Boom! That’s super stinking cheap!

Decorating can be expensive. See how I update my walls with super cheap wall art for my tight budget!

 

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