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 10×13’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! 


  1. Tiffany says

    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! :)

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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!

  4. Anonymous says

    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!

  5. says

    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!

  6. Victoria Munoz says

    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!

  7. says

    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 :)

  8. Natalie W. says

    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!

  9. says

    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!

  10. says

    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!

  11. says

    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!

  12. says

    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!!! :)

  13. says

    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!

  14. Tori Snell says

    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 =]

  15. says

    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! :)

  16. says

    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?

  17. says

    I just love your art work, its looking a bit creative. Am interested in home decor and i’ll use your ideas for my living room decoration. Thanks for sharing useful ideas:)

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