An Easy Way to Make Beautiful Wall Art Without Breaking the Bank

Stretched fabric wall art: An easy way to make beautiful art without breaking the bank!

One of the best things about beautiful artwork is how it can instantly transform the look and feel of a room. Sadly, large scale wall art is often expensive, placing it out of many people's budgets (mine included!).

That doesn't mean we have to go without, though. Using just a piece of fabric and some wood, you can whip up your own statement piece of art in the space of an afternoon. And the best part of all? Continue Reading

How to Make Abstract Art with Fluid Painting

How to make abstract art with fluid painting

Marbling is gorgeous on just about any surface. It’s the perfect way to decorate your home, your clothes, your walls, your cakes, etc., so I decided to test out a new way to make beautiful marbled art with fluid painting. You can make abstract art with fluid painting techniques using any regular acrylic paint, glue and water, and each piece turns out completely unique. Grab your favorite colors that match your home decor, and you’ll quickly have a piece of art to brighten your walls.         Continue Reading

No Tag? No Problem! Print These DIY Holiday Gift Tags

Free printable gift tags for your holiday wrapping needs!

I literally never remember to purchase gift tags at Christmastime – and I’m not using the term “literally” for extra drama here. I actually cannot recall a single time I’ve ever picked up gift tags at the store, put them in my shopping basket, and taken them to the register to check out. What usually ends up happening when I’m wrapping presents is I realize my mistake, try to find a nice-enough piece scrap of paper, scribble the recipient’s name on the back, throw on a little Scotch tape, and call it a day. Continue Reading

How to: Make a Modern, Scandinavian-Inspired Wooden Christmas Tree

I am a huge fan of simple, clean shapes, and triangle are my all time favorite. This little alternative Christmas tree was inspired by a tree I saw in a shop window in Sweden a couple years ago.        

                     

 

 I’m loving this little graphic tree in my bedroom. Most of the rooms in our house have a touch of Christmas here and there, but our room had nothing. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a small piece of 1/4″ plywood (about 30″x20″)
  • a jigsaw, table saw, or hand saw
  • painter’s tape
  • pencil, ruler, and straight edge
  • small paint brush
  • black craft paint
  • sand paper

    Start by drawing out your tree shape.

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Get Messy: DIY Jackson Pollock Halloween Costume

DIY Jackson Pollock Halloween Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Every Halloween I like to choose a different art-related costume (one year I dressed up as a Lichtenstein painting, and last year I was a Van Gogh), so it only seemed natural to try a Jackson Pollock painting this year! It's really easy to do, and totally fun! Click through to check out the details.      

 

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Get Messy: DIY Jackson Pollock Halloween Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

 

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Get Messy: DIY Jackson Pollock Halloween Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Lay out your leggings on top of a trash bag or other protective plastic layer. Continue Reading

Fall Refresh: 10 Ways To Add Texture To Your Living Room

Fall Refresh: 10 Ways To Add Texture To Your Living Room #decor
Photo: New Darlings

September is a transitional time of year… the kids are going back to school, the weather is getting cooler and the landscape is changing. Which means that it's a great opportunity to give your living room a refresh too. One of the best ways to do this is by adding texture – so take a cue from Scandinavian decor and add some beautiful layered texture to your space this fall.   

 

Fall Refresh: 10 Ways To Add Texture To Your Living Room #decor
Photo: Styled With Lace

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How To Live A Creative Life On A Budget

How To Live A Creative Life On A Budget | By Curbly #diy #affordable #budget
Photo:  RawPixel

It can be tough to make a living in a creative field – but living a creative life can be so expensive! Oh, the irony. We get it… so today we’re sharing some tips on how to live your best life on an artist’s budget.   

 

How To Live A Creative Life On A Budget | By Curbly #diy #affordable #budget
Photo: Christina Morillo

1. Use your local library

I can’t even fathom the amount of money I’ve saved by using my local library over the years. First, there’s the obvious one… borrow non-fiction books for inspiration, DVDs, music CDs, novels, etc. Continue Reading

Interesting Wall Decor Ideas Using Everyday Items

Interesting Wall Decor Using Everyday Items
Photo: Stitch Design Co.

Expensive art isn't for everybody. Sometimes you just need a creative way to fill a large wall without breaking the bank. Don't get me wrong, I love hanging artwork on my walls… but I have some areas in my home that are just too large to fill with big, pricey paintings right now. So today I'm sharing lots of interesting wall decor ideas using everyday items you probably already have at home.    Continue Reading

How to: DIY Graphic and Modern Wall Art for Under $10

 

How to: Make Graphic and Modern Wall Art for under $10

This summer is extra special because… I am celebrating my ten year anniversary with my husband! Seriously, it’s crazy how fast time flies. To honor such a joyous occasion, we have decided to travel to Europe. Specifically, Paris and London! We have always talked about traveling more together, but that’s always easier said then done when you have three young kids. And now, at last, we finally have a really good excuse to make that happen.  Continue Reading

How High Should I Hang A Picture: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet

How high to hang pictures? Wall art placement tips

How high to hang pictures? Should they be at eye level? Does that mean my eye level or the eye level of the average person? What if I have very high ceilings? What about those gallery walls everyone is posting Pinterest pictures of? It's a lot to think about, right? Sometimes it seems as if there are as many answers to this question as there are different kinds of houses. This quick cheat sheet is designed to help you make this decision based on your own interior, and find the perfect height to hang pictures in your home. Continue Reading