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As you probably know, when it comes to artwork for walls, I’m always up for a DIY. Not only do I love that it’s usually less expensive to make something, it’s also a great way to have a one-of-a-kind piece that you created.
Each month I team up with a half dozen of my blogger friends to share a quick 10-minute decorating idea, DIY, or project for your home. (Check out the full series here.) I thought that this super simple 10-Minute DIY Artwork would be perfect for this month.
I was inspired to create this artwork after doing some unsuccessful print shopping online. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who finds shopping for prints / artwork intimidating.) I saw a similar piece, that I believe was just painted (or a print of a painting). To me, though, it looked like little circles cut from a photo. So instead of buying the print (which I really liked), I decided to try making it.
With nearly all of the supplies on hand, it cost me practically nothing to make. Let me show you how it’s done.
Here’s what you will need:
1-inch circle punch
frame (for 8×10″ photo)
ruler and pencil (optional)
The first step is to find a photo that you like. You can have a new photo printed, use a leftover vacation shot, etc. If desired, you could even cut out a picture you like from a magazine or the newpaper. Just find something that suits your style and space.
Next, use a circle cutter to cut circles from the photo(s). For this particular piece, you’ll need 16 circles. However, you can make the artwork as big or as small as you’d like.
Then, start arranging your circles on a piece of letter-sized white cardstock. Again, you can make this any size. However, using a letter-sized piece of cardstock works perfectly with an 8×10″ frame.
Once you have a pattern you like, start gluing the circles to the cardstock. I just used my eye to line everything up. If you don’t trust your eye, before gluing, use a ruler and pencil to mark where each circle should be placed.
After the glue has set, your custom artwork is ready to be framed. I used an inexpensive white frame from Target with a white mat that I already had in my closet. I think a frame with a mat gives this piece an expensive look.
Not bad, right?
What I especially love about this idea is that it can be customized to match any space, decor, or color scheme. You can also change the style by arranging the cut circles in different patterns and shapes.
It’s also a great way to use extra travel photos or create a memory of a trip without being so literal. And, if you’re anything like me, it will save you HOURS trying to find the perfect print among the thousands that exist online. That my friends, might be my favorite part.
Will you give this quick and easy DIY a try? If you do, please post a picture on Instagram and tag it with #myIBC. I love seeing your projects.
Enjoying your blog so much. Can’t wait to see the finished bedroom with board and batten. Somehow I thought it was going to be a paneling but this should be very interesting.
Love it! Really cute idea.
Ah! This is fantastic, Michael. I’m pinning this for future reference. BTW, I love that you included that lovely piece of amethyst in your photos. It really pulls out the purple in your framed piece. Well done! xo
Thanks so much Deb! It’s such a great (and easy) project. 🙂
awesome! I’ve been following your blog for some time now and generally don’t read the comments. If I did, I’d probably know the answer to this because I’m sure you’ve been asked before. Where did you get that gold lamp? I am in love with it every time I see it! Love, love love all your stuff. Your deck is so inviting, if I lived closer I’d be right over and bring some cookies!
A hole punch and glue stick-that’s right at my skill level!! Love the finished art!
This is genius. I love it.
OMG, I totally agree about the intimidation of art shopping…But you knocked it out of the park with this fab idea! Love it. Can’t wait to try it!!
This is a great idea!! I might use this idea for some art in our daughter’s new college apartment
Okay, that’s brilliant and SO easy! I love it.
Love it! Such a great idea and I love DIY art! Thanks for joining us.