A great list of easy DIY wall decor and DIY wall art ideas whether you’re looking for metal, wood, cork, rustic or painted pieces for your blank walls!
As we start decorating our walls in various rooms, I realized just how much DIY wall decor we’ve put together over the years.
Houses can have a lot of walls to fill, and while I love shopping for artwork, there’s something fun (and budget-friendly) about a DIY project, too.
So I figured I’d round up our favorite DIY wall decor projects in case you’re looking for some ideas for the blank walls in your house, too.
And if you’re more in the shopping mood, I’ll link to a few blog posts on my favorite artwork to buy at the end of this post.
16 easy DIY wall decor and DIY wall art ideas:
1. DIY burned wood picture frames
These were a fun DIY with some wood pieces and our heat gun.
See the tutorial for DIY picture frames with a burned wood finish.
2. Hang rustic crates as wall shelves
This was one of my favorite little corners in the rental house. I just love these crates on the wall and am excited to use them again as we plan our family room!
See more of the crate shelves in our coastal rustic living room.
3. Old windows turned picture frames
These windows were originally the doors from a built-in cabinet on the wall we knocked down between our original dining room and kitchen. I’m so glad we could reuse them.
See the tutorial for repurposing old windows into picture frames.
After a few years, I painted the windows again (with a dry brush technique) for an updated look. Gotta love paint – it’s so easy to update anything!
See the tutorial for how to dry brush.
4. A DIY rustic wood sign
This was a plain wood tray, and since we have about a million trays around here, I figured it’d be fun to turn it into a DIY wall art piece instead.
See the tutorial for turning a wood tray into a DIY rustic wall sign.
5. Wood and rope sign
This is such a cute one, I didn’t want to skip it just because it’s Christmas-themed! You could easily put one of these together for any time of year though (minus the jingle bells!).
See the tutorial for this DIY rope sign.
6. Spring printable
If you’re in the mood for spring, check out this FREE spring printable I shared on the blog a couple weeks ago!
You can head to this blog post to download it.
There’s also a plain wreath version if you want to use it year round!
7. A rustic wall gate makeover
This was a fun little DIY my mom and I did at my parents’ house.
See the tutorial for a rustic wall gate makeover.
8. Paint metal wall decor for a distressed look
I had those old bronze metal piece for a while, but it was just too dark. This little paint treatment brightened it right up!
See the tutorial for how to paint metal for a distressed look.
9. Paint metal wall decor for a new look
This was another dark metal piece we’d had for a while. I just can’t handle all the dark pieces anymore! (I’m sure at some point in the future, I’ll be painting everything black again!)
See the tutorial for the easiest way to update metal wall decor.
10. A cork bulletin board
I love wine cork projects around here, so of course corks have found their way into a few DIY wall decor pieces.
See the tutorial for making a cork bulletin board.
11. A cork chalkboard
It’s fun having a little chalkboard in the house to write up fun seasonal messages.
And actually, that picture frame next to it is another fun DIY wall art idea, too. Just frame pictures of all family members’ names.
12. Paint and distress an old shutter
We found this shutter for $5 at a local decor store (it was dirty and a weird shade of green). I knew I had to do something with it!
See the tutorial for how to paint and distress an old shutter.
13. Paint and glaze an old tile
This was originally a multi-colored tile that almost got tossed (think brown, red and green!), but then I thought the texture on it could be fun for a glazing project … and it was!
See the tutorial for how to update an old tile with furniture glaze.
14. Picture frame turned jewelry display
I always buy old frames at the thrift store. There are SO many projects you can do with them!
See the tutorial for how to transform an old frame into a jewelry display.
15. DIY towel rack from a wooden spool
I’ve put together a couple fun towel racks over the years, and I’d say they totally double as wall decor, right?!
See the tutorial for this DIY towel rack from a wooden spool.
16. DIY towel rack from old hardware
And another fun DIY from my parents’ house!
See the tutorial for this DIY towel rack from old knobs and hooks.
Do you have a favorite DIY wall decor or DIY wall art project at your house? It’s fun to have pieces around the house you made yourself!
Check these posts out if you’re in the mood for some shopping!
- 5 tips for choosing the perfect wall art for your home
- Pretty coastal artwork you can buy online
- Gorgeous wood and metal wall gate options
Or this wall decor page has an ongoing list of all wall decor projects we do around here!
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