Create Your Own Decorative Wall Plates

When you are considering wall décor options, you may not think about plates, but they are a fun way to add color and personality to a wall. Dena from Hearts and Sharts is always getting compliments on her plate wall, which is made up of her own unique creations – hand-me-down and Goodwill plates given new life with Dena’s favorite quotes, movie scenes, and designs. Dena shares her technique for transferring text and images to plates, so you too can create one-of kind decorative plates for your wall.

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Personalized Alphabet Wall Art

Jenn from Endlessly Inspired shares how she created personalized alphabet nursery art using a free online photo editing website. If photo editing sounds out of your comfort level, do not fear! Jenn literally walks you through the entire process, from selecting the font to creating alphabet rows to changing the color. She also shows all the possibilities and how easily you can modify the design to fit the space. Wouldn’t this make a darling baby shower gift?

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Easy DIY Framed Chalkboard

Whitney from Shanty 2 Chic knew she wanted a large chalkboard like one from Restoration Hardware for her entryway – just not for $300. And why buy one when you can make it yourself for about $15? And in one hour no less! Whitney’s easy DIY chalkboard tutorial builds upon an existing chalkboard that she purchased from Hobby Lobby. Whitney added on to the existing frame with some furring strips and pine casing, transforming the plain Jane frame into a real showstopper!

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Frames with DIY Burlap Matting

It is important to me that my décor is meaningful, and there’s not much that means more than the faces of those I love. That means framed family photos are a must around my house! Erin from Life in the Dub Lane put some of her memories on display with Pottery Barn-inspired burlap frames that she created using $4 frames from IKEA. Erin says it was the “most thrifty little  replication” she’s ever done. Isn’t it amazing how something as cheap as burlap can give a more high-end look?!?

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Sew Your Own Custom Lined Curtains

When it comes to finding just the right curtains, there are so many things to consider – sheer, semi-sheer, lined, unlined, 84”, 96”, 108”, patterned, solid, grommet, pole pocket… And sometimes finding just what you want can seem downright impossible! That’s when the possibility sewing your own custom curtains starts looking pretty good, and Carissa of Carissa Miss shows that it doesn’t have to break the bank! Carissa found curtains that she loved for her daughter’s nursery, but they fell short in many ways. By sewing her own curtains, Carissa was able to add the grommets and lining she wanted and get the perfect width and length for her space!

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Retro Play Kitchen With All the Bells and Whistles

Camille from Imperfectly Imaginable made her daughter’s birthday dreams come true with this UH-mazing retro kitchen she and her hubs built. This baby has all the bells and whistles – real stove grates, oven shelves, a clock, and even a retro freezer thermometer. And Camille is such a sweetie she has made the project pans available to her readers and supplied links to everything she purchased. What little girl wouldn’t go gaga over this set-up???

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Shabby Chic Painted Dresser

Lisa from Salt Marsh Cottage fell in love with an eclectic dresser that looked like it had been “crafted from random pieces of reclaimed wood.” Since it was discontinued (and $495!), Lisa recreated the effect with an unfinished pine dresser from IKEA. The unassembled piece made the project a cinch and only cost $35. As Lisa says, this is a great project even if you don’t consider yourself a great painter. Imperfection is part of the beauty, so you really can’t mess it up!

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Planked Wood Quilt Square Wall Art

Like Aimee’s DIY wall art project I shared this morning, Jaime from That’s My Letter also built an enormous statement piece out of wood. I love the arrangement of wood pieces to create a quilt-like design, and, quite honestly, I prefer Jaime’s contrasting wood tones to Pottery Barn’s darker, more monochromatic version. Don’t be scared off with all the math in this project – Jaime’s already done it for you and offers a diagram of all the cuts so you can easily cut, stain, and glue your way to new wood wall décor!

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