Easy Peezy No-Cost DIY Ombre Wall ArtAug 14, 2014
Hello my little DIY'er Darlings!!!!! I wanted some new wall art to go in my bedroom, BUT there was this very LOUD voice in my head saying..."Now you know you don't NEED to be spending anymore money on unnecessary things right now!" Uuuuggghhhhh! So, unwillingly, I chose to listen to that annoying, yet rational, voice and I didn't buy anything. :( Instead, I decided to make my own wall art using things that I already had at home. I found this awesome large wooden picture frame in the closet of my craft room that would be perfect for this "No-Cost" DIY project. (BTW, its amazing how you can find things in your home that you totally forgot you even had. Going through all of my stuff is kind of like a scavenger hunt.) smh The DIY Plan was to make framed art with an Ombre effect. To create this I used the following materials: 1. FREE paint chips from the hardware store 2. Mod Podge 3. Small paint brush 4. (qty:1) Picture Frame 5. Latex paint or spray paint, etc. (OPTIONAL) 6. Scissors STEP 1: Go to your local hardware store (Home Depot, Menards, Ace Hardware, Lowes, etc) and grab a crap load of paint chips. These paint chips are FREE, so you should be able to take as many as you need. Obviously, you need to determine a color palette first though. My personal color choice was pink. I got my paint chips from Home Depot. The Behr paint chip colors come in swatches of four. For those of you who don't already know what "Ombre" means, it is French term meaning “shaded.” Usually a multicolored stripe, with colors graduating from light to dark. These paint chips that I chose work so much easier because they already have the graduated shades grouped together...dark pink to light pink. My frame was pretty large, so I got about 20 - 30 paint chips just to be on the safe side. Use the scissors to cut out each individual color. Then group all like colors and overlap them. There would be 3 rows of the dark pink, and 2 rows of each of the remaining 3 shades of pink. The darkest color would be at the top and the lightest color at the bottom...or vice versa. (Don't worry about the product writing on the paint chips because it will be hidden once the pieces start overlapping one another. STEP 2: Browse around the house and find an unused picture frame. It can be wood, metal or plastic. The choice is yours. It's mainly about personal preference AND what you have available for use. Once you have found your frame, determine if you want to use it in it's current condition OR if you want to paint it? Next, detach the glass, matting and the backing from the frame. My frame was originally a white-wash color. That didn't really fit the vibe I was going for with my pink ombre shades. I used a gold metallic glaze to cover the wooden frame. I brushed a few coats of glaze on the frame and set it aside to let it dry while I worked on the other half of the project. STEP 3: Once the individual shades from the paint chips have been cutout, decide which shade you want to be at the top? The light shade or the dark shade? Then begin overlapping the cutouts on top of the cardboard backing that you previously removed from the picture frame. Before I began to glue anything down, I arranged the shades on the cardboard to see what it would look like first. I used Mod Podge to adhere the paint chip cutouts to the cardboard backing. Mod Podge is like a glue / adhesive. If you are a crafter...then you definitely should have a jar of Mod Podge around the house somewhere! LOL. You can pretty much use any type of brush to apply the Mod Podge. Apply the Mod Podge to the topside of the cardboard AND to the back of each paint chip cutout. I did not go all the way to the edges of the cardboard because my frame has an extra wide mat that is going to cover that area anyway. Once you have all of the paint chips glued down, you can apply a thin layer of the Mod Podge to the top to cover the entire board. It kind of fuses them all together. Let that dry for a few hours. STEP 4 Once the Mod Podge has completely dried, you can take the cardboard backing and proceed to reassemble your frame. Reattached the glass, the mat and the cardboard to the frame. Here is the finish product of my DIY Ombre wall art project: Disclaimer: Please excuse my crappy photos on this post. These are camera phone pics. I'll do better next time...I PROMISE! *On my DIYer's Honor* :,) In summary, one major reason I did this little project is to show my readers that there are various ways of updating your spaces and/or changing home decor accessories WITHOUT actually spending any money. With just a little scavenging and upcycling, you can have an easy peezy art project just like this one. And this would also be a great project for small children, or your teenager who is looking to redecorate their room. Make the kids create their own personal art work. Not only does it promote creativity and ingenuity, but its FUN too!!! So what do you guys think? Yeah, ok it didn't cost me any money...BUT does it actually look good... just a little bit decent...or is it absolutely horrible? Personally, I think it looks fine. It probably ain't gonna win any fancy art awards, but my pockets sure do love me for it. I accomplished my goal of getting new wall art for the bedroom and pacified my compulsive urge to constantly update my space....So it's a "win-win' for me. Would you hang this no-cost DIY wall art in YOUR home? And if not, then tell me why? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Have you done any creative no-cost projects lately?