Thrifty Weekend Wall Art


Looking for an easy winter weekend project?


Have a naked wall that you’d like to fill up without emptying your wallet? 


Here are a few ideas that require a little time, a little money, and a LITTLE trip to the thrift store, flea market or antique store.  (all are from DIY Ideas magazine)


Is there any such thing as a LITTLE trip to the flea market??


There’s nothing like architectural interest to fill up the large expanse of wall above a sofa.  Pick up an old window at a flea market, and fill each pane with family photos.  You can use card stock, scrapbook paper, fabric, or wrapping paper to “mat” the photos.



Dress up a thrift store frame with rulers and hot glue.  I love this look.  The “art” in these frames could come from an old calendar or the pages of a book.

img_wall-art_ss3 This is a fabulous idea for a family photo wall.  Check out the scraps bin at your local home improvement store for pieces of moulding, nail or glue those to your wall, and hang pics from hooks attached to the curved edge. 

With this system, you can easily change out the art frequently, if you can’t leave well enough alone, like me.



Let’s see…texture?  check.  Character?  check.  Old cutting boards, bowls, and platters on your kitchen or dining room wall?  Beautiful.



In these modern times, and the days of GPS, (I loooove my Magellan), maps have become VINTAGE and ANTIQUE.  Kind of like typewriters, record albums, and wall phones.  If you’re not as old as me, you might not even remember that stuff, but I’m pretty sure you’d recognize a cool map if you found one.  If you do, hang it on the wall.  This looks like a coastal area, that would be so cool on a bathroom wall.



Don’t feel like shopping AT ALL?  Them frame stuff you’ve already got.


Like wrapping paper.



Fabric.  These are old table cloths.



You can even frame your jewelry.


Girls, there’s no excuse for naked walls.  Hang your children on the wall if you have to.  Just use REALLY sturdy hooks.

Have a fabulous weekend!  Don’t forget to enter the Timeless Treasures giveaway, the winner will be drawn on Wednesday!

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20 thoughts on “Thrifty Weekend Wall Art

  1. I have been looking for some “large wall” ideas… thanks for this!! I can’t seem to come up with any good ideas… I like the framed fabric, which might knock out two birds for me – filling the large space and ridding myself of the large bin of scrap fabric!!

  2. If only I could find a frame with as much character as the one with the framed map! Everytime I go to the thrift stores or flea markets I NEVER find what I actually want. I think the trick is going in without having anything in mind and it will magically appear out of nowhere! :o)

  3. I have a window that I have been wanting to do that will but I was thinking that I needed to have mattes cut..never thought of fabric or colored paper….might have to work on that this weekend. Thanks.

  4. I love the family wall collection, but was wondering if you could provide any more specifics on the hooks that were used – where did you get them / how pricey are they etc. What did you use (fishing line) to hang the pictures by?

    P.S. You inspired me to contact Timeless Treasures for an order for one of my best friends!

  5. I love these. When I think of putting jewelry on the wall I tend to think of those old quilted jewelry boards my mom used to make but THOSE pictures are fabulous. And I want that table cloth so I can frame it. Thanks for sharing!

    Now to go find sturdy hooks for my kids…

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