Frugal Wall Decor

I’m not good a decorating. I don’t have a natural talent for it, and I hate spending lots of money on something that just hangs on the wall. However, I do want our home to look nice, and I prefer to not have totally bare walls. As a result, I have come up with a few inexpensive decorations over the years.

When I wanted something to decorate a long stretch of soffit in our kitchen eating area, I decided to go with a bird theme. I bought a box of note cards. Each card has a different bird on the front. I then bought some inexpensive frames at Ross or somewhere similar. If you look closely, you can see that the card is a little smaller than the frame on the sides. I suppose some matting would take care of that, but like I said, I’m not a decorator, and it’s hardly noticeable when they are high up on the wall. I don’t remember how much I paid for the cards and the frames, but it was relatively inexpensive.

Here is a picture I bought years ago at a yard sale for a few dollars. I did replace the frame at some point.

Here is a picture I got from my local freecycle group. It was free!

These wall plaques I bought at Kohl’s when there was a good sale and I had a coupon. They were pretty inexpensive. They are small so they look nice in bathrooms or other small areas.

I have a fruit theme in the cooking area of my kitchen. Inexpensive plates like this can be found at thrift stores, dollar stores, and yard sales. Maybe you’ll even find a plate hanger to go with it. While this one isn’t anything fancy, it helps fill in some space.

A few other ideas:

  • Frame a child’s artwork.
  • Frame a poster.
  • Hang homemade/crafted items
  • My son took it down so I can’t get a picture, but at one time he had a deck of cards placed randomly and overlapping in a circle on his wall. The face cards were facing out and the rest of them were facing the wall so you saw the design on the back of the card.

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  1. lizzykristine @ Uplifted Eyes says

    I do enjoy decorating but keep on a strict budget. As a result, all but one of the pictures I’ve hung are pictures I took myself, in garage-saled or gifted picture frames! (It helps that photography is a hobby). But for several years I did the cards-in-frame thing, too.

    I’ve also been into plates on the wall, lately. Some of our dinner plates were on the kitchen wall for a while, until I could find a rock-bottom clearance set of plates I liked. :) I enjoy the softening effect of round plates on our boxy apartment.

  2. Mom2fur says

    Great ideas! I’ve cut pictures from fronts of cooking magazines and framed them for my kitchen. I ilke to hang seasonal things on my walls, and if I don’t have enough to take up all my hooks, I hang family pictures.

  3. Jennifer says

    Great Ideas!

    I have framed a lot of my children’s artwork. It is amazing what a frame and mat can do to create a “masterpiece” and no matter how old my boys get, they are really pleased to have their work hanging on the walls.

  4. Alicia says

    Ooh, good ideas. I am so anti-decorative. I would like put something up on my bare walls though!

  5. BarbaraLee says

    You should try calendars or wall paper books. The stores throw the discontinue one away.

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