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Frugal Wall Art for Gifts or your Home
By Monica Resinger
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There are some lovely pictures available in retail stores, but they can be 
very expensive. I’d like to suggest some less expensive ways to make your own 
decorative wall art that will be more charming and beautiful in your home than 
any picture that can be purchased. 
To get started, you’ll need frames. Frames are also expensive when purchased 
retail, so I suggest buying them used. You can find good picture frames at 
yard sales and thrift stores for a fraction of the retail price. If there are 
minor problems with the frame, such as chipped paint or nicks and scratches, 
t worry, you can cover that part up with the decorative ideas that follow. 
What to Put in the Frame 
Family pictures are a great, personal way to warm your home. Looking at them 
brings back memories for the owner or brings up conversations with guests. 
These also make great gifts for family members. If you’re planning on designing 
family pictures to give as gifts, it’s a good idea to start getting double 
prints developed from your films. 
Pretty pictures cut from magazines, calendars or holiday cards are other 
items that make great wall art. You can choose pictures that have to do with 
theme or colors in your home or in someone else‘s home if you‘re planning to 
give the picture as a gift. 
Pressed flowers and leaves are beautiful framed. Outdoors, try to find 
flowers or leaves that are naturally flat and will lie between paper well, then 
press them between pages in a book. After a week or more, check to see if 
dry and crisp to the touch. 
Frame crocheted doilies on a contrasting background for a beautiful picture. 
Hankies are another item that’s easily framed. These are really special if the 
item belonged to a family member. 
Save memorabilia from vacations such as ticket stubs, menus, napkins, 
pictures or other flat surface items and frame these for a unique picture that 
memories and conversation. 
For a garden look, a pretty seed packet could be framed with a complimentary 
background. Hot glue small pinecones or other natural material to the frame to 
finish it off. If you don’t have a pretty seed packet, you could cut a pretty 
garden picture from a magazine or birthday card. 
Frame a recipe. What I like to do is copy and paste a recipe into a 
card/calendar or art program on my computer and change the colors and fonts of 
the text 
then add clip art, pretty backgrounds and/or a border. Print it out and you 
have a nice item that can be framed and used in the kitchen. You can also 
photocopy your own recipes to be framed and take a picture of the finished 
to include with it. 
Decorating the Frames 
Decorate a picture frame by covering the entire frame with shells, buttons, 
pebbles, bottle-caps or other small items. Hot-glue would work best for 
attaching items. If you’d like, you could finish it off with a complimentary 
bow. You could also use these items or silk or dried flowers as accents and 
attach a few to a corner with a ribbon bow. 
Paint it. Choose a color included in the picture you’re framing and paint the 
frame that color with acrylic paint. You may need to apply 2-3 coats to cover 
the frame completely; be sure to let each coat dry before applying another. 
When the frame is completely covered and dry, you can then sponge paint a 
darker or lighter shade over that for a very pretty look. To sponge paint, 
dip a small area of a sponge in paint, blot on newspaper a few times to get 
excess paint off, then blot the sponge onto the frame. Another idea is to paint 
polka dots, squiggly lines or another small design in a contrasting color. 
When decorating a frame to be given to a family member or friend, think of 
their favorite color, the color of the room they will most likely display the 
picture in, their hobbies, or what they enjoy. You could design a garden 
for your gardening friend, a family picture for a family member or a doily 
picture for your grandmother or mother. Have fun with it and unleash your 
creativity, the possibilities are endless! 
Monica is the founder Homemaker's Journal E-publications, the growing home of 
many fun and informative home and garden e-books, tip sheets, articles and 
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