I think one of the easiest ways to add some festive touches around the house is with art — of course they look great on the walls, but some holiday frames layered on a countertop, bookcases or picture ledges also goes a long way!
I’ve shared a ton of ways to do that for really cheap over the years, but I made some new ones this year so I figured I’d do a round up of all of the fun ways to make Christmas art.
I shared a few of them last week — those involved glitter and that was super fun! Some of these are even simpler. 🙂
Gift bags (cloth or paper):
It doesn’t get easier and cheaper than making holiday art with gift bags — especially if you shop the after Christmas sales!
I just take any pretty gift bag — this one was less than $2:
And figure out the best size for my frame.
The Sannahed and Ribba IKEA frames work great for this because the design is simple and both are shadow-box like. Plus, cheap! This one was $5:
I spray painted it a gold color and cut the front of the bag to fit:
I’ve done this for years! It’s an especially easy and fun way to decorate a kid’s space.
I found this one in my wrapping stash:
And just threw it on top of another photo that was already in this frame:
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That’s the great thing about these — you can buy frames specifically for them, or just cover the photo in the frame and take it out when you’re done. (Or put it behind for next year!)
I made these myself years ago — they always stayed in these frames, I just pulled them to the front for Christmas:
I always like to print some out for our kitchen frames:
I sent them off to the drug store to be printed so I get could a heavier, glossier look (and all that color would have used up our printer ink):
I think there are nine patent prints available, but I used five of them (two each) for this display:
Chalkboard holiday art:
Chalkboards are FUN! Take advantage of them during the holidays and do something creative! It doesn’t take a lot to add a little something.
ransacking shopping the Target dollar spot last month and found a cute tea towel. It was only a buck, but was almost too cute to get dirty.
So instead I flattened it out and framed it!:
One of my favorite Christmas crafts was the framed “snowglobe” art I created a couple years ago:
They make me smile big when I pull them out every year! It only takes a few bucks worth of materials to make some really adorable snow art.
Wood cut outs from the dollar spot or dollar store make for easy art too. I showed you this glittery version last week — I glued it right on top of gift wrap and framed it:
The dollar store had some really cute window clings this year and they got me thinking:
I used that same wrapping paper as a backdrop and stuck the window clings on — well I tried. 😉 I quickly realized they’re only supposed to stick to…windows.
I improvised and used spray glue instead. It worked like a charm!:
I just lightly sprayed the back of the clings before laying them down on the paper.
I didn’t realize till after I had stuck the first one that it would have been even easier to frame the window cling as is! I could have just cut the edges off and that’s it. But if you want to fit a certain frame size, the spray glue makes it easy to make this art.
Most of these easy art ideas cost less than $10 each and are such a fun way to dress up your walls for the holidays! I just love them!