When staging a house to sell and I am in a pinch for inexpensive art for the walls, this is one of my favorite projects. I've definitely used it more than once!
This simple grid of what I call "Pop Frames" filled with scrapbooking paper is an cost-effective and pretty way to quickly design art for your walls. And because the sky is the limit on the choices of scrapbooking paper available, it will definitely be "custom"!
Five to seven Pop Frames,* in various sizes (An odd number works best -- three or five or seven, etc) This collection is two of the 12x12-inch sizes, three of the 8x10-inch sizes, and two of the 4x6-inch sizes.
(*Pop frames are the inexpensive plastic frames that you just snap the pictures in from the back of the frame. You can find them at Walmart for just a few dollars. The papers featured here would've been equally prettty with white frames.)
Various pieces of scrapbooking paper Larger frames will take an entire piece of 12x12 paper so keep that in mind when choosing your papers. The 12x12 frames are acutally designed for LP covers. Michael's and Hobby Lobby are great resources for scrapbooking papers, and also the square LP cover frames (they're an odd size so Walmart may not have these). Choose two or three colors that you want to bring out in your room and prints that work well together. In the above project I chose pinks and oranges with one piece that includes blue and aqua along with the pinks and oranges, tying all the colors of the papers together. The blue/aqua paper also has butterfles, which makes this piece sort of the focal point of the group. The other papers are plain geometric shapes such as dots or diamonds or tiny flowers or leaves. I also used a couple of "neutral" colors such as tan and pale green; these papers don't contribute much color, but still contribute print. Similar hues and intensities work well but, as in this arrangment, I liked the way the paler colors worked alongside the brighter ones. But you can pretty much vary the patterns as you wish. Choose whatever speaks to you and goes with your color scheme!
Paper Cutter or Scissors & Pencil for drawing straight lines
(I like using a paper cutter for nice straight, clean edges)
Steps in Minutes to Simple but Beautiful Paper Wall Art
Enjoy your new wall art!!
Below are alternative ways to arrange the seven frames shown above. Arranging them into an attracive grid is the fun part. Just make sure your arrangement is balanced. And, unlike other projects I've shown, it works best on this grid if you try and keep the same amount of space between frames, making sure not to leave too much space so the frames will work together as a whole...