January 10, 2012

DIY Framed Art

Every once in awhile I have the urge to spruce things up a bit around the house. Now that the holidays are over, I'm ready for a refreshed look! If my mom lived near me, I would just have her come over and do it for me. Because, well, she's awesome at decorating. And I always love her home decor choices. 

But thankfully my sister is nearby, and she also has the eye for home decor. So she helps me when I wrestle with decisions on what color flowers to buy, or how tall a vase should be. It doesn't not come naturally to me, folks.

And to top it off, I don't enjoy spending big bucks on small home decor pieces since I know I will change it eventually!

So here is an inexpensive way to add some color and a new touch to a room. 

DIY Framed Art

What I used/you'll need:
-3 frames. I like white. and cheap. 
These 10x13's were $4.99 each at Michaels. (PLUS a 25% off frames coupon!)

-3 fabric napkins. I bought mine at World Market. They were $3.99 each. 

That's all. This project set me back about $23.00.

I know. Cheap. 

1. Empty your frames. You can keep the mat in there like it did, or remove it completely to show more of the napkin. 


2. Iron out the fabric napkins. 


3. I left a little bit of the crease showing so I could line up the back of my frame.


4. Tape down to secure. 


5. Insert back in frame. This is what the back will look like. 


6. Repeat with 2 other frames. And arrange the napkin so you will see different portions of the pattern in each frame. 


The completed look! 



{mini-chalkboard: World Market $6.99; vase + flowers: Michaels}


Minimal and inexpensive additions created a brand new look! 

78 comments:

  1. Love this! What a clever idea. I just moved into a new apartment and was in need of some wall art - I am definitely using this as inspiration! :)

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  2. I love this idea! The napkin framing idea isn't new to me, but the way you've shown different parts of the napkin in each pic is very clever and a new twist! Thanks for this!

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  3. What a clever idea! Love how simple it is yet looks super expensive.

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  4. Love it! I've been trying to figure out a few more things for our walls! Perfect and the perfect price!

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  5. This is such a great idea! I'm HAVE to do this in our new house. You could always take a pillow sham that matches your bedding and have perfect coordinating wall decor in your bedroom!

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  6. That is such a cool idea!! I also like your chalkboard.

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  7. Those napkins are so pretty! I love the look of them in those frames. World Market is so amazing isn't it?!

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  8. What an amazing idea. I am totally doing this!

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  9. Love the colors in the napkins. Looks like a nice work space!

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  10. I hadn't thought about using fabric napkins! Good idea. You could also use scrapbook paper, magazine pages (free!), or print a digital scrapbook paper. :) I love that it's so easily interchangable!

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  11. Great! But for some reason I'm thinking if you flip the far right one upside down and put it in place of the 1st, and move the 1st as is to the far right it might give it some balance. Awesome idea nonetheless!

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  12. Those napkins are simply gorgeous! You could do this with regular fabric to make it even less expensive. :)

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  13. You can also do this with scrapbook paper for an even cheaper project!!! But I like the pillow sham idea for the bedroom too!!! Great stuff!

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  14. Oops, someone already said that.

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  15. KATE! I love this idea! AND I love how nice and 'crisp' your desk area looks. :) Did you get a new chair? It looks awesome!

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  16. Love the pattern! These look great!

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  17. Love this! Love me some cheap home decor too, now about this desk chair...details please:)

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  18. AWESOME, Im adding this to my to do page!

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  19. Very cute.
    http://inthekitchenandonthecouch.blogspot.com/

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  20. I absolutely LOVE this idea!! It's so simple!

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  21. Love this! I'm totally gonna steal it :) Hope that's ok! ;)

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  22. Where did you get your mousepad? I have the same computer and I use a note pad from michaels as a notepad! haha! I'd like something nicer at some point ;) Love your post!

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  23. I LOVE this! Those napkins match my bedroom perfectly! Looks like a trip to World Market is now on my to-do list! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  24. those are adorable! i must do this! thanks for sharing!

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  25. Brilliant!! I love that fabric, and you are so smart to mix up what part of the pattern is shown. What a great look!

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  26. I love this idea! I have some blank walls that are just perfect for this. Genius :) I love yours and your sister's blogs!!

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  27. I love this idea, it looks really expensive but yet it is cheap and it looks beautiful. Thanks I am going to have to give it a try maybe some frames like that for my desk at work. It needs something to bring it back alive. Thanks
    BTW: Today I kind of followed one of your hair tutorials and my hair looks really nice. I need more practice but I liked the outcome. Thank You :)

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  28. I really love this look! So clean and chic. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  29. Love it! Simiple project that completes the room!
    Whitney

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  30. Fabric napkins! I love that idea. I've been looking for fabric for my baby's room, but I hadn't thought of using napkins. Thank you!

    www.colleenandkeith.blogspot.com

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  31. What?! This is almost too easy! I love this idea! I too am 'thrifty' and have been in a major mood to update our bedroom decor... This looks like a good way to start!

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  32. What a really great idea! I love how simple this is.

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  33. I love that - what a great idea! Your office is so cute!

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  34. Great color scheme! Your office is perfect! New to your site, and I like it very much!

    xoNS

    www.athoughtofthemindof.blogspot.com

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  35. I just love this! Thanks so much for sharing! I one day will do this in my kitchen when it gets remodeled!

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  36. I love this! Thank you.

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  37. Love this! Also where did you get your KEY key rack? I have some old keys I want to display and that is sooo cute.

    Thanks

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  38. Love it! This is aptly timed; I have just inherited a TON of scarves and handkerchiefs from my MIL's significant stash. I have also wanted to make some kind of clever/different decor to accompany a wrought iron decoration I have...this is perfect!

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  39. Love this! It's so clean and simple, and yet so chic. You have excellent taste. :)

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  40. I love the print on those napkins! I am actually on my way over to World Market this afternoon to pick up the lumbar pillow that matches. I may have to re-create your framed napkin art as well. Good job!

    Jen
    www.1creativemomma.blogspot.com

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  41. I love it!! I'm going to totally do this, I'm in the process of creating a craft room and I have been trying to come up with something for the walls!!! Thanks for the idea!

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  42. oh WOW how cool, jeese you know there have been these real cool tea towels at the dollar store that i have been trying to figure out SOMETHING to do with, and now I know!!!!

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  43. Super Cute. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the idea.

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  44. I cannot wait to try this! Thank you!!

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  45. Hi - I love your art. I love your blog too and enjoy 'tuning in' - thank you Frances

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  46. Very, very cute...I will be recreating this for my home as well...thanks for the idea:) Erica

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  47. Really really like this idea!!! Very neat and pretty!!! Thanks--also great for my budget!!!

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  48. Great idea! Napkins can be any fabric and I often see something at the thrift store that I can't wear but LOVE the fabric!

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  49. Gorgeous! This would be a perfect thing for my office. Thanks for the idea. Also, I love your saying on the chalkboard :) I always love little details like that.

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  50. Great idea! I would never have thought of napkins, and World Market always has the cutest. Love your blog. I've got my sister hooked, too. And thank you for sharing info about Birchbox. I'm looking forward to my second box coming any day now!

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  51. that is so adorable! love love love this idea & your office area :)

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  52. Super cute! I can't wait to start doing little things like this when the hubs moves on from his internship!

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  53. Love these! Was looking for something simple for our bedroom... I think I will make these this weekend! :)

    www.kthighfield.blogspot.com

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  54. thank you so much for such a great idea!!! i have nothing for my bedroom right now but don't want to commit to certain colours... LOVE IT!!!!!!! and LOVE your blog!!! :)

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  55. cute! I like your color choices

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  56. How do you get your screensaver to look like that?

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  57. I love it! I have been lurking on your blog for a while and this is my first comment. I shared your link on Facebook because I just think this blog is so easy and adorable, I just had to share. Plus...I have been a changed girl with all your hair tutorials. My hair is quite a bit longer than yours, but I have been able to do all the styles and get a great look. Thanks for your help!

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  58. Love it! I did the same thing but with my old calendar pictures.

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  59. i have been trying to find inexpensive ideas for decorating our bedroom. i had never heard of this thanks so much i will be using this! i am not a very creative person! thanks a ton =]

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  60. These turned out great. I love they are all centered on a different spot of the napkin, great points of interest!

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  61. So cute! Thanks for the idea...I live in Tajikistan, and there are tons of fabulous Ikat fabrics here...gonna have to do some shopping and get at it!

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  62. Love this! I am all about being resourceful. I just stumbled on your blog and love it.

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  63. @fortheloveofskinny.com: It's from Office Max!

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  64. I love this! What a great idea! thanks for sharing :)

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  65. I love this! I literally jumped in the car, drove to Michael's and World Market and recreated this. I did a post on this, and of course, gave you the credit! I desperately needed a pop of color in my laundry room and this was perfect! Thank you so much for the easy and adorable new look! I'm you're newest follower! Hope you stop by! :)

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  66. I love this and would love to do something of this sort in my loft. But I couldnt figure out how to get my iMac to have that clock on it. Is that something I have to download?

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  67. Love these cute Framed Artwork. Thanks for the great ideas

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  68. I noticed your key holder on your wall. Where can I find something like this?

    Thanks!!

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