If you’re looking for a new creative project, we’ve got you covered. Making DIY wall decor is a great way to get your craft on while also saving money and the planet.
When you’re thinking about how to make your house feel like a home, pictures, art, and greenery probably come to mind. But instead of buying wall decor at overstock stores like TJ Maxx or Home Goods, fill your walls using your DIY skills and upcycled materials.
Upcycling is a great way to keep waste out of landfills. Plus, it turns trash into treasure by creating something completely new. Need inspiration? Check out these DIY wall decor ideas and make your own eco-friendly, upcycled art.
11 DIY Wall Decor Ideas
If you recently converted to using a reusable bag to bring your lunch to the office, you may still have brown paper bags leftover. Instead of throwing them away, you can cut and reshape them into stars for your wall! Pair them with wicker baskets of varying shapes and sizes for a boho feel.
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Textile wall art has been trending, but store-bought pieces can cost up to $400. Luckily, you can make your own using upcycled textiles, whether that’s a pretty napkin, rug, sweater—you name it.
This DIY uses wicker placemats and colorful yarn and textiles to create a beautiful wall piece. Simply cut a wicker placemat in half and use the half-circles as your base.
Next, glue yarn or textiles of your choice to the back of the placemat and trim the fabric so it’s even when it hangs on your wall.
Calling all music lovers: This is the DIY for you! Records are making a comeback, and you can use them as wall decor.
Check your local thrift stores and flea markets for used records that are too scratched up to play. When you have a selection you like, simply stick them to the wall. You can arrange the records any way you’d like!
Have an old rug you’re looking to get rid of? Or did you see a fun pattern at the thrift store, but have no place for it? Take an old rug and turn it into something totally new: wall art! This tutorial guides you step by step.
Keep textiles out of landfills with this easy DIY! Old clothes that you’re looking to get rid of will work perfectly for this hanging fabric piece.
It’s budget-friendly and eco-friendly, using a branch to hold the fabric. Get creative with different colors, textures, and lengths.
This DIY wall shelf uses shoe boxes—yes, shoe boxes! The tutorial recommends thicker boxes because they make the shelf sturdier.
It’s perfect for lightweight items like small vases and flowers. And you can repaint and decorate the shelves any way you’d like—you have complete creative control!
To create this retro wall art, you’ll need yarn and wooden embroidery hoops. You can typically find hoops at the thrift store that are just waiting for a good home.
Plus, the hoops come in various sizes, so you can customize this design however you’d like! And if you don’t have yarn, try using string, twine, or textiles—whatever you have on hand.
Another great wall art DIY (that could also be the perfect gift for a loved one!) is framed pressed flowers. Pick any dried flowers, like eucalyptus or pansies, and add them to a clear glass frame. You can customize the floral design and pick different shapes or sizes for your frame.
Wooden skewers are often used to hold food together. From kebabs to fruit cubes, they’re great for so many dishes. And now, they can be used to create a frame for your mirror!
If you have any on hand you don’t plan on using, this is a great way to give them a new life. Simply arrange and glue the wooden sticks to an old frame. You can even try using popsicle sticks instead of throwing those in the trash, or sticks you find outside.
If you recently trimmed the trees in your yard, salvage some of the sticks and small branches. You can use them to create this floral wall hanging piece.
You’ll need dried flowers and some string or twine to tie them to the stick. Position the flowers upside down, so they’re hanging from their stems, and you’ll have a colorful design for your home in no time!
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