Thrifty Thoughts: Creating Wall Art

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After years spent renting in the city, I’ve become an expert at finding ways to personalize my living space. Since painting walls has rarely been an option, inexpensive wall art is my creative outlet of choice. To help keep costs down, I make sure to always keep an eye out for interesting ways to make my own wall art and display it on the cheap.

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One of my favorite quick fixes is a simple one – frame post cards! Specifically, old-timey ones from locations linked to memories close to my heart. Older post cards, such as illustrated or black and white prints, can easily be found on the Internet or at thrift shops and estate sales. You can also find them as recent reprints made to capture that nostalgic appearance, just without the actual years of wear and tear. And don’t feel limited to only displaying the front; sometimes the back of the post card with a handwritten message or aged postal stamp can be just as visually interesting. In addition to post cards, personal photos printed in sepia tones or artistic magazine ads can also act as instant art. An interesting image paired with a quirky frame can be the perfect piece to complete your look.

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But if you’re seeking something that requires a little more effort or imagination, there are many ideas beyond simply framing images. Vinyl records, painted words and even clothing can be used to add a pop of color and style to any room.

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