Thursday, October 13, 2011

Nursery Progress: Cheap DIY Art

What's the easiest and fastest way to add some dazzle to any room?

Some cheap, DIY art. Oh, how I love thee.

I'm talking real simple here, folks: like typing up a phrase on the computer, printing it out, slapping it into a frame, and hanging it on a nail in the wall. Seriously. It doesn't get much simpler (or cheaper) than that!

"Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole is one of my favorite songs. I LOVE it. I love it so much that it was nearly our wedding song - it was the top contender until, a few measly weeks before the big day, we realized that while it was a beautiful and very whimsical song, it wasn't really about two people falling in love, and that there were other much more appropriate love songs out there that we also really liked (we eventually went with our second choice, "God Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts).

And? I was only able to make that last-minute First Dance song switch-up by mentally telling myself that one day, one day, the "Over the Rainbow" song would be the inspiration for our first baby's room.

And so it is.

Of course, we couldn't really have a song-inspired room without displaying some of the lyrics in it, now could we?

So I simply googled the lyrics, picked out two of my favorite phrases, and got all graphic-designery on them using Adobe Illustrator (but you could, of course, use a word processor to achieve a similar setup).

It was an easy task of printing them out, cutting them to size, and then popping them in a couple $5 frames.

And two nails later, we have some custom art!

They fit in perfectly above the bookcase my father built, and the colors work wonderfully, too. Incase you missed it, the colors in here are sky blue with lots of white, and some orange for a nice pop of contrast.

All-in-all? We're loving it. Especially when it only cost us 10 minutes and 10 dollars to get-er-done. Holla.

Anyone else a big fan of cheapo inexpensive art? Are you more a fan of framing text or photos, or maybe even painting a mural? (I figure that's probably the cheapest - albeit most time-consuming - way to add art to a space!).

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  1. I love this idea! Very cute and whimsical.

  2. fabulous! whenever i try ends up just looking like something i printed out from the computer. not as arty looking as yours, so clearly i'm super jealous!

  3. Love it! I've done my fair share of DIY Adobe-arting with text (typography) and phrases it really is worth it especially if it is something that will likely change in a semi-short(2-5yrs) time span.

    Cape on the corner: try using matte photo paper or cardstock in a good quality printer (photo quality \ inkjet etc) if you're having issues with regular paper looking a little less dazzly than you like :)

  4. These are so perfect for a modern nursery! I love them!

  5. Love inexpensive art projects! For my little girl's room, I painted 3 canvases to hang on her wall. I loved the fabric, but only had enough for a wndow topper, so I picked out my favorite parts of the fabric and painted it on stretched canvases.

    While it only cost me about $30 for 3 canvases and 10 different colors of acrylic craft paint, it took about 2 months for me to get it completely done, with the majority of work on it being done on the weekends since I was working 10 hours a day.

    Here is my blog post about it, and one of the completed canvases. I never posted pictutres of the on the wall...

  6. Martina - Great suggestion! I actually used cardstock for this project (probably should've mentioned that in the post... oops!)

    Ginnie - I took a peek at your canvases - they're gorgeous! You did a fantastic job! Gotta love cheap DIY art (although you did spend quite a bit of time and love on those!).


  7. That is a fabulous idea, I just love how it turned out!


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