Do you need artwork for your walls and you don’t want to spend a lot of money or time? Here’s a super-duper simple DIY project that you can make to add some cheap, easy – and trendy – personalized art to your home.
If you’ve been following along here, you know that I love initials. I think it goes back to my pre-computer art school days where I had to hand draw typography. ugh. But it gave me a great appreciation for letter forms. Or maybe it was all those monogrammed Bermuda bags that my sister and I shared so long ago (same initials, score!). Anyone? Well, now that initials are trending on more than just preppy colored pocketbooks, I’m all in.
I even have a wall of “G’s” and I’ve created similar walls for other people. They’re a big conversation piece, along with being an inexpensive and fun way to decorate your walls. Check that post out here. If you don’t want to go that far, here’s a simple way to add fun initial artwork to your walls.
We’ve all seen those initials in different colors, materials and patterns. I love them. But if you want to make them a little more unique, here are the steps:
1. First, gather your materials. I found these 2 initials (I couldn’t decide!), coordinating scrapbook paper (2 sheets), and an 11×14″ frame all at Michael’s. You’ll also need a glue gun, scissors, ruler, and spray adhesive.
2. I decided that the scrapbook paper looked best with the metal N in the similar pattern. I love the look of these 2 patterns together.
3. Since the scrapbook paper wasn’t big enough for the 11×14″ frame, I had to tape 2 pieces together. Be sure to tape the paper on the back side and line up the patterns so they look seamless.
4. Trim the paper to be the same size as the frame insert.
5. Glue the paper onto the backing of the frame. This will make the piece more sturdy. I used Super 77 Spray Adhesive (the best).
6. Using hot glue, attach the initial onto the center of the paper/backing. I don’t usually measure for this, and just go with how it looks since typography can actually look off-center if measured perfectly.
7. Put the frame back together, discarding the glass and hang as you’d like. I’m hanging this one in a friend’s basement that I’m redesigning so for now, I’m just leaning it on my bar area.
That’s it – cheap and easy personalized artwork! We love cheap and easy – enjoy!