February 21, 2013


We're in the process of redoing a few rooms in our house. And while I want to incorporate special pieces from talented artists, it can really start to add up in cost. In comes this DIY. I feel silly calling this a DIY. It's so super simple that it's really more of an idea. But I don't think that there is someone out there pointing fingers at people calling things DIY's that aren't so....i think I'll call this that. When I say "cheap," I mean that it cost me less than 5 dollars to create multiple pieces. It's a super easy and affordable way to add some "filler art" to your wall. 

1.// Pick a favorite lyric (or quote!) and type it out in photoshop. You could also use paint if you don't have photoshop. It is important that you create your blank image in inches not pixels. If you want a large amount of white space around your image (I did on one of mine so I could paint a border around it) be sure to save the file smaller than the size of your frame. If not they will print your image to fill the size that you saved it. 2.// Save the files and take them to Staples to have them printed. I printed mine on cardstock in their thickest option and in matte. They'll print it on an 11 x 17 sheet. If you're frame isn't this big, have them trim it down to size, or you can do it yourself at home. 3.// Now it's time to paint! This part is totally up to you. On one of my prints I chose to paint a little olive wreath. On another I painted a simple Aztec inspired design. I really want to do polka dots next! 4.// After your work has dried, frame and enjoy!! 
A few tips to consider:  --You don't have to limit yourself to only words! I used a picture I took of a field and added text to it. Then printed it in black and white and painted on it. --I got my frames at the Dollar Tree. They are 11 x 14 in size and perfect for this project!  
Let me know if you make some painted prints for your home! I'd love to see.


  1. sweet idea, I need to make some of these for my space!!!!
    have a good day,

  2. I really love this idea, and just how simple it really is. Yours came out wonderfully. Once I am done traveling I will have to give this a try!

  3. awh, this is such a cute and easy idea for decorating! i should have looked over this post today while i had a snow day, it would have been a perfect day to complete one!
    and yes, my title was after the format! i just adore them, i used to listen to them nonstop when i was younger!

    lindsey louise


  4. Love this idea! I'll have to try it soon!

  5. Will definitely be trying this out, awesome tutorial :)

  6. I'm always planning on doing this. I love how you painted on top of the image. I gotta think of some quotes now!



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