20 easy DIY wall decor ideas to decorate your home, adding warmth and personal style. These ideas are affordable, unexpected and so easy to implement.

Skip the big box wall art for a personalized look that oozes charm!

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It seems I’m always trying to fill a wall somewhere in our home. We’ve lived in our fixer-upper home for several years and I love making updates and changes, so there is always more decorating to do.

See our ever-evolving before and after of our St. Louis home here, and take a photo tour of the before and afters from the lake cottage we’re renovating as well!  

DIY Wall Decor Ideas

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite DIY wall decor ideas for your home. It’s so easy to add personality and charm to your walls with these inexpensive and fast ideas!

Adding personalized art to our home is a passion of mine. If I’m going to hang it on our walls, I want it to be special and reflect our family. It should tell a story or add something useful to your home! 

I’m definitely not an artist! You don’t have to be super knowledgeable to learn about choosing art.

I love that when we have visitors in our home, they can find parts of our family story right on the walls. Adding artwork that is personal to you becomes a great conversation starter and a way for people to get to know who you are.

Foyer design: A white entryway with a wooden door and a rug.

Including a variety of DIY wall decor and family heirlooms in your home instantly gives a sense of warmth and makes every space feel more interesting.

Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” 

– Chuck Klosterman –

Make a Textured Plaster Art Piece

Need something quiet, but with texture? Many of these modern art pieces sell for hundreds if not thousands of dollars – but we’re showing you how to make your own DIY version in this tutorial.

Textured Plaster Canvas Art

When you need the perfect subtle touch in any room of your home, consider textured wall art! Textured canvas art can be created with plaster for an incredible DIY project, or you can source some affordable textured art pieces right here in this round-up.

 

 

Hang Plates or Platters

In each of our homes we’ve hung platters on the walls. Because I take a minimalist approach to design and love integrating functional decor, these pretty platters double as useful entertaining pieces and beautiful wall art. You can easily remove, use the platters to serve and rehang!

How to Hang Plates and Platters

Learn how to use plate hangers for walls to create a beautiful and functional art display for your home. This simple technique for hanging platters and plates with plate wall hangers translates to a charming display for your walls!

 

 

Use a Mirror

A beautifully framed mirror makes a statement and is a piece of art itself, but can also make a room appear larger. Of course my favorite reason to use a mirror is to reflect light! 

Rattan Mirrors

Rattan is having such a big moment in interior design right now! Learn all about rattan mirrors, including what styles they work with and where to buy them.

 

 

Framed Intaglios

Use these beautiful pieces for quiet, luxurious art that has historical references. They are so beautiful, but simple and restful to the eye.

This is a high end look, but we’re showing you how to create the look for less in this guide!

Intaglios

Framed intaglios are a beautiful, traditional look is perfect for a wide variety of home styles. They are so elegant, textural and classic when framed.

 

 

Use Free Downloads

A variety of sites, including history museums, botanical gardens and art galleries make vintage pictures that are now public domain available from books, line drawings/architectural sketches and more.

It’s an invaluable resource for really incredible art. The options are endless! In fact, so many prints you see available for sale online are truly available to all at no cost – it’s just that designers know the secrets that take the rest of us a little longer to figure out!

Free Art Sources

Did you know most paintings and prints from your favorite stores are actually public domain art? I’m sharing the best art sources that you can download for free.

 

 

Pressed Botanicals

I’ve always been drawn to botanicals, but pressed botanicals are even more special. They just feel rich, add a little depth, and yet they are truly so easy to make. This diy wall decor is easy and inexpensive, especially in comparison to the original that inspired me!

A gold framed wall art print of a flower.

Make a Pencil Sketch

Make a pencil drawing. I know this might sound like something complicated, but I promise it’s not! If I can do it, so can you!

A pencil sketch is an easy way to add the feeling of modern, yet timeless black and white art to your spaces. I’m showing you how, and you’re going to be blown away!

A DIY brass lamp adorning a dresser.

Frame a Map

Need a large piece of art? Frame a map! In fact, we had an artist create a custom map for us on Etsy – it’s common for weddings, but why not use one for wall decor too?

For our former basement guest bedroom, we framed a map of Hawaii where we honeymooned. It took just a few minutes and cost less than $30!

Girls Bunk Beds

An inexpensive children’s solid wood bunk bed room makeover, without a lot of effort! Perfect solution for families with multiple…

 

 

Frame Photos

This one is so simple. Of course you can print your photos at a local drug store, but using a high quality printer that photographers prefer can make all the difference!

Many photographers like Mpix, who offers the same size prints for nearly the same price, with significantly better quality. Framing photos is always one of the easiest and least expensive wall decor ideas that you can do in a variety of ways!

Whether it be photos of your family, (like these simple snapshots of the girls playing on the beach that adorn our hall), framed vintage photos like the bridge that lies beneath the lake in our modern coastal living room, or even a sunset or photograph of something particularly special to you… the options are endless and this diy wall idea is as easy as it gets!

A navy and white modern coastal living room.

Frame Sheet Music

Is there a song that is notable to you or your relationship? Frame it! I framed a page of sheet music from our wedding song, “Crazy” by Pat Green for our bookcases. It took minutes, but has so much meaning. 

A DIY wall decor idea featuring a white shelf adorned with baskets and flowers.

Use Antlers

Real or faux! Anything organic brings a room to life, and pieces with history are unique and visually interesting.

These antlers add a small, unobtrusive touch of something slightly rustic, charming and natural to the room. This is a classic element of French Farmhouse Decor, too!

A white living room with a leather chair and a dark wood linen cabinet.

Frame Recipes

There’s nothing more beautiful than a piece of your family’s history or your mother’s handwriting (especially if she’s gone!). It’s an inexpensive diy wall decor idea that’s perfect for a kitchen or breakfast room.

For simplicity, I had it framed here but you can easily do it yourself!

Framed Recipes Kitchen Art

Create these simple and memorable framed recipes for the prettiest kitchen art idea. These are great for gift giving or as decor in your own home.

15 mins

Frame Cards

A few of these botanical cards framed using stacked mounting tape to give them depth filled Isla’s room with art for about $50!

A DIY baby's nursery adorned with three framed pictures on the wall for personalized wall decor.

Wire Wall Art

I had this quote made by an Esty artist and inserted it directly into the wall. It’s easy to install, inexpensive and customizable! There are so many fun and unique personalized sayings you can use, and the effect adds a lot of dimension to your spaces.

Wire Wall Art

Learn about adding this charming, decorative wire wall art to any corner of your home. It adds instant depth, texture and beauty – and bonus! It’s affordable and simple to hang.

 

 

 

Frame an Heirloom

This idea is from an older post but still totally relevant! We used a sweet little baby sweater and added it to a frame to elevate it and give it a special space. Why tuck those sweet pieces away when you can use them as art?

A white frame serving as stylish DIY wall decor, adorned with a white sweater.

Make a Pin Board

I “made” Adalyn’s pinboard by adding fabric, but purchased Ani’s. Either way, it’s a great way to let kiddos showcase their art while acting a large piece of art in itself! If you don’t want to DIY this project, you can find a variety of options here.

An enchanting DIY wall decor featuring a picture of a girl within a white frame.

Create a Silhouette

My grandmother had made silhouettes of my sister and I that hung in her hallway for many years. It’s a classic, timeless piece of art that you can easily create to frame for your home or as a gift.

Whether they are in black and white or softer more pastel colors, these can create a striking grouping when hung together or alone.

A DIY entryway with white walls and a wooden floor, decorated with creative wall decor ideas.

Hang an Architectural Piece

Something old, something new, right? An old wooden panel or piece of wrought iron can make a beautiful decorative piece for your walls.

Bonus? It’s a textural, organic element with history – it’s very likely that you’ll have something super unique that none of your friends could replicate.

A DIY wall decor idea - a white coffee table with a plant on it.

Hang a Branch

With our organically-inspired DIY Jewelry Hanger project!

Sometimes the simplest things are simply the best. A branch from your yard makes a beautiful place to hang your necklaces while filling another space. (This is yet another way to integrate something organic into a room to bring it to life).

Add a unique touch to your DIY wall decor with this elegant white dresser adorned with a tastefully placed twig.
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  1. Julie, I pick up more great ideas here! I’m going to go back to the post now and follow the links.

  2. I came over from Thistlekeeping and am now following you. Love your ideas. You mentioned a print of a cow. Where do I see this?