DIY Wall Art

Yesterday I left you with this image of my gallery wall, but not that much information on how I made the non-photo items. So today I’m back to share a little more about what is in those frames.

First, I love my fortune cookie fortune. I slapped some of my favorite colorful scrapbook paper in that frame and used a photosquare to hold the fortune in place. So easy.

Big things start off small.

Next off, we have the two shadow boxes with my grandmother’s jewelry. They were also super easy. I found the shadowboxes at Goodwill for a dollar each. This was one of those times where I had to look past what it was and see the potential. When I bought them, they were an ugly brownish gray with little clay dresses inside. Definitely not my style. After I got them home, I wrenched off the backs (they weren’t made to be changed… the backs were nailed in and broke when I took them off), covered the glass in painters tape, and then sanded, primed, and painted those suckers. How thankful I am that I spent two bucks for these little beauties. So once I got them hung, I realized that I was going to have to be creative in using them since they had no usable backs. I had already decided that I wanted to put something special in each one, preferable something with a little family history, but I didn’t exactly know what. That’s when I started raiding my jewelry box. I had inherited these two pieces of costume jewelry from my grandmother that I absolutely loved. They aren’t worth much in monetary value but every time I look at them I think of all the summers I spent at Grandma’s house; needless to say, they definitely fit the bill of something special with family history. I made a flimsy back out of some of the extra posterboard that was left over after I had made all of the different mats (yes, I cheaped out, but you really can’t tell) and covered it with patterned scrapbook paper that tied in some of the neutrals in the rest of the room. I then literally pinned the brooches right onto the poster board and taped it to the back of the shadow boxes. I think they are beautiful and the perfect way to honor my grandmother.

I had seen lots of artwork around Pinterest and various blogs that had the state where you lived and a heart to represent the city you call home. Here are just a few that caught my eye:

From Lolly Jane Boutique

From LilyGene on Etsy

From RootedInPaper on Etsy

While I loved these, I knew that I could make it myself. So I opened a new canvas in Photoshop elements and got to work. I really like my end result:

The other two pieces of DIY art that I made both involved just typing. The “Love Life” piece took about one minute to make… It’s just a solid color fill layer with a piece of digital patterned paper clipped to it at about 20% opacity with the words “love life” typed over it in Becky Higgin’s free CK Becky font (available from here). The drop cap art in the middle of the gallery is something I made a few months back after being inspired by (again, I know) YHL. They suggest finding an article from a magazine that starts with the letter you want and then scanning and enlarging it. After going through at least 15 copies of Southern Living and Better Homes and Gardens, I could not find an article that started with a J and was usable for this project. So I opened up a Word file, and made my own. I spent way less time making it than I did going through the magazines, so this may be an easier way for you, too. This piece of art will most likely come down because Joseph really doesn’t like it. I’ll have to find somewhere other than the main living space to display it. It all works out, though, because I’ve got another piece of art that I’m considering making that will make a great replacement.

So there you have it. A little more insight into my gallery wall. Have you made any DIY art recently? Have you bought or made a state print? Do you have jewelry displayed somewhere in your home? Please share!


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