Decor Art & Framing

Inexpensive chevron wall art
Here's an inexpensive way to make your own chevron wall art using wood stain and metallic paint and half a sheet of 9mm or 12mm pine plywood. You can buy pine plywood at your local Builders Warehouse, or substitute with laminated pine.
Creative ways to display your family photos
If your family photos are slowly piling up we have put together a collection of ideas for creative ways to display your family photographs and show them off. From a collection of framed photos on a wall to a collage of your family favourites, you're bound to be inspired by at least one idea.
DIY vintage picture gallery
I have been wanting to create a vintage picture gallery for quite a while and finally managed to get it done as a project for easy DIY. Although the picture frame is made using 12mm SupaWood, I wanted it to look more like a vintage cottage window frame, with individual panels for favourite photographs. The frame for the picture gallery was painted and then lightly distressed to make it look more authentic.
Add colour with art
Whether you prefer to buy art from recognised or new artists, or make your own works of art, there's no denying that art can be used to add pops of colour to a home.
Create a gallery wall
You will find plenty of ideas for creating a wall gallery, so many that you may be overwhelmed by the choices. Creating a photo gallery wall allows you to put your favourite photographs on display and create a feature wall
Mosaic tile sheet photo frames
Make your own unique wall art with some PG Bison SupaWood and mosaic tile sheets available from your local Builders Warehouse. You can have the supawood cut to any size to create small or large photo frames for your home.
Faux leather picture frame
Here's how to apply a faux finish that looks like old leather to give a cheap homemade picture frame a rustic and antique effect. For even more effect, we added pine moulding to the inside and outside edges.
Our favourite sunburst mirror designs
Over the past couple of years I have seen hundreds of ideas for sunburst mirrors and they continue to pop up. When you look at how much it costs to buy a sunburst mirror, looking a inexpensive ways to make your own is the way to go.
Simple yet stunning faux metal picture frames
Making a plain picture frame is simple, but adding texture transforms a plain picture frame into a stylish frame that would normally cost big bucks. Use offcuts or PAR pine to make these picture frames and then add a distinctive faux finish.
10 Alternative uses for picture frames
Got some old picture frames lying around and not sure what to do with them? Here are 10 alternative uses for picture frames that you can easily tackle as a do-it-yourself project in a day.
Make an arched window mirror
I finally managed to get to grips with making an arched window mirror. A client of Shabby-Chic asked us to make this mirror for her bedroom and I have been mulling over the best way to do it. Here's an easy way to make your own arched window mirror.

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How to mount framed photos or images
It's all fine and well being able to make your own picture frames but you also need to know how to mount your pictures to best advantage and display them for best effect. Here are some tips on mounting photos or images to make any framed art look good. Digital photo albums are great, but nothing says personal that a collection of beautifully framed photos or images.
How to make your own antique mirrors
More often than not you come across some beautiful vintage frames but the mirror inside is not the original. If you want to create an antique mirror you can easily transform any mirror to an antique mirror with this simple technique.
Dandelion triptych
I have been wanting to make a dandelion triptych for ages and a recent experiment using relief paint and aluminium foil to make a picture frame got me to thinking about the perfect idea. My dandelion art is on SupaWood and uses relief paint, which is then covered with Rust-Oleum titanium silver spray paint. I love it...!
Professional picture frames
I have had my Bosch Biscuit Joiner for quite some time, but only recently realised the true worth of this tool. At many DIY Divas workshops I have discussed ways of joining sections of timber or board together and based on the cost of the Bosch Biscuit Joiner, have looked at alternative ways that are more affordable - but not necessarily as easy.
Dress up a blank wall
Do you have a wall in your home that screams for attention. Most rooms have a wall that could do with a little bit of dressing up and there are so many ways to add a bit of detail to plain walls. Take a look at some easy ways to add interest or create impact on a boring wall.
Still wondering how to create a picture wall?
With this is mind I put together a collection of ideas and ways to hang art, collectibles and photographs, so that you have a visual reference for your next project.

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Hang art in a rental home
You've just moved into a new flat and you love it. But what can you do about all those bare walls? Whilst most rental agreements won't allow you to drill into the walls, there are ways to decorate your new place without picking up a hammer.
Architectural elements as art
Add a one-of-a-kind decoration to your bedroom: Hang an interesting, salvaged object on the wall as art in just a few simple steps. Search architectural salvage, flea markets and thrift stores for an interesting item.
How to display wall art
Don't be frustrated about hanging art on a blank wall. Regardless of what you do - it should inspire you. These days, there are no set rules for hanging and displaying art in your home, as long as it looks good. While there are formats that can assist with the layout - anything goes when hanging art, so toss out the rule book and start enjoying your art collection!
Knock-off mirrors
I have been a little obsessed with mirrors lately, especially round mirrors. I love them! You can expect to pay a small fortune for ready-made designs, but here's how to make your own on the cheap!
Accessorise with art
Art is definitely in the eye of the beholder, which ultimately boils down to the fact that if you like it - why not? If you are looking for art to display on your walls, it should be pieces that you personally enjoy and not for the benefit of others. Unless, of course, you invest in art.
Make your own affordable picture frames
I started with half a sheet of 16mm supawood that Builders Warehouse cut up for me into 30 x 30cm" squares. I marked a 15cm square in the centre of each board.

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Make your own artwork for free
All I did was tape the backside of paint swatches to the piece of paper already in the frame until the entire thing was covered with a monochromatic scheme of colours.
Stickers as wall art
If you’re getting bored with your walls, using stencils is an easy and affordable way to add an effect without having to paint the whole room.
How to mount a picture wall
Adding a picture wall to a room is a lovely way to introduce a focal point and have all your family photographs on display.
Musical hearts
If you're looking for a quick and easy way to create high impact art - here's an idea that fun and unique!
Flowers as art
Certainly we think of flower arranging as an art, but we've never considered literally treating bouquets as artworks, by framing them as one would frame a painting. It's an interesting way to use the wall as a dynamic space, with an ever-changing palette of colour and texture, rather than as a static backdrop for a permanent display.
A picture says a thousand words
Pictures add colour and interest to your walls, and amassing a fine display is one of the oldest and most popular ways of turning your house into a home.

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Make your own faux antique picture frame
Here’s how to make an antique frame that looks stunning around a mirror or picture and won’t cost you a fortune. Our mirror frame project uses polystyrene crown moulding strips for a mirror frame that has plenty of detail and a light enough to mount anywhere.
Picture perfect
When it comes to framing art, the point of framing is to make the art look as good as it can. Too much attention is sometimes paid to matching a frame to flooring or other elements in a room; it is better to take cues from the artwork instead - a frame should answer to the room but not take orders from it!
The art of arrangements
The prospect of hanging art is sometimes considered a scary one. Many otherwise brave people live for years with bare walls rather than make ill-considered holes in them. How to conquer this fear?
Lessons in art
How many times have you been told that when buying art, you should follow your heart? That if you feel passionate about a piece, you’ll find a way to make it work? This is good advice, but it doesn’t go far enough.
DIY art frames
A few pieces of pine moulding or trim, or even polystyrene crown moulding, and you can create stunning frames on a plain wall.
Decorative wall plaque
Use a Dremel Multitool to craft and carve your own unique artwork.

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Rust-Oleum metallic sprays
For centuries decorative painters have guilded artworks with flakes of gold, silver, and other precious metals. Today, you can achieve similar effect with Rust-Oleum metallic sprays - available at your local Builders Warehouse.
Wall art with ceiling medallions
Ceiling medallions are so pretty - such great architectural detail - I thought they would be nice to display somewhere other than the ceiling; somewhere more at eye level. How about the wall?
Get crafty with art
This is a great beginner’s project and is a quick and affordable way of getting beautiful artwork on the walls in no time! The French handwritten background adds a unique charm to this fun project.
Easy spray art
You don't need to spend a fortune or hunt high and low to find artwork that you like. In this project we show you just how easy it is to create your own unique art.
Metallic art
Create a dramatic artwork for your home at a cost of less than R200 for all your materials. You can make this as small or as large as you wish for instant impact and just a touch of metallic glitz.

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Custom art works
I really wanted to find a nice way to add colour to a blank wall and thought it would be perfect to do a stencilled canvas art. All of the art I saw in stores was either too expensive or didn’t go with my space at all, most of the time it was both!
Vinyl on canvas wall art
If you aren't very good at painting, applying vinyl cut outs to a canvas is an easy way to create your own unique art.
Make your own canvas wall art
You don't even need to be artistic to create your own wall art !
Barcode wall art
Use masking tape and craft paint to create your own unique barcode art
Make a designer fractal mirror
I keep coming across these unique mirrors in my searches throughout the Internet, longingly wondering if they would ever reach our shores. But then I realised, "Why Wait?" So I decided to tackle this as a project for everyone to do... enjoy!
Can I create my own artwork?
Everyone wants to save money. Painting your own, colour matched art can be a lot easier than you might think! enjoy!
Make your own canvas frames
Whether you want to create and paint your own works of art, or hang fabric as decorative works, here's how to create your own canvas frames ...
 

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