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Wall Art Without The Funds

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Article written by Kimba at A Soft Place To Land. She writes her creative frugal ideas and shares fabulous links, while she makes a soft place to land for her children.

PhotobucketProbably like most of you, our family is cutting way back these days. Sadly for me, the first part of the budget to get slashed is the decorating/TJMaxx/flea market/goodwill part. I suppose this makes sense since the kids need food and shoes more than new decorative mirrors and throw pillows.

So what's a compulsive decorator to do when the money gets tight? I'm fairly thrifty by nature (hence the money in the budget for goodwill and thrift shops) so I'm trying to look at these times a challenge.


I’d been on the hunt for artwork to fill a large open wall behind the sofa in my family room. I really wanted beautiful botanical prints like these from Ballard Designs. But at $400 for the set, it’s not happening. So I got creative
(picture from www.ballarddesigns.com)


Free clip art, scrapbook paper and clearanced frames from my beloved Target and I have a set of beautiful botanical prints for less than $30. The best part is that I won’t feel remotely guilty when I change them out come summer.


For more details on this project click here.


How about something with a bit of color? I needed a little something for the freshly painted walls of my powder room.

Solution? Scrapbook paper! I’m not a scrapbooker, but I’ve amassed quite a collection of beautiful papers because they can be used for so many things.


In this case, empty frames I spray painted black and filled with pretty paper. Doesn't it pop against the new green walls?

To see the whole messy room transformation, click here.

  • Do you create your own wall art? How?
  • Do you have any other creative, yet money saving decorating ideas?
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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.

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