Finding cheap wall art online

Where to find cheap art

Most of us enjoy decorating our homes with things that reflect our personal style and inspire us. Like most people, I do not have a lot of extra money for expensive art, so I have to get creative. I had luckily had a lot of success finding cute and decorative art on the Internet.

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  1. Print botanical prints off of Pinterest or Graphics Fairy.com 

This botanical prints gallery is in our dining room. I printed every single one of these pictures off of Pinterest for free. I then framed them in Dollar Tree frames, and spent a total of $9. I have gotten so many compliments on this wall, and it looks so good in our dining room.

The Graphics Fairy offers a collection of vintage art and illustrations. Most of them are public domain and can be used however you’d like. Simply download and print your images. There is also a project gallery so you can see how others have used the graphics to create things. I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas for my own use.

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2. Create your own art using Adobe Illustrator or Canva.

There have been many times when I have seen something I liked in a store or on Etsy, but decided to try to create it myself instead of shelling out a lot of money for it. The printable above is something I created for my youngest daughter’s room after realizing her wall needed a little more color. I used Canva to create it and it was super simple to do.

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3. Allposters.com or art.com

There are two great websites I love to visit for cheap prints and posters to frame. My oldest daughter’s room once featured this tulip print that I bought for next to nothing on AllPosters.com. It cost me less than $20 and the most expensive part of it was the frame ($25). It looked great in her room and the colors worked perfectly.

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4. Get creative!

Who says art has to be a print, painting, or picture? These papier mache letters were purchased very cheaply from Hobby Lobby.com with a coupon, and then I painted them myself. I have also seen people hang and frame old keys from Ebay, a boat motor propeller from Amazon, and even deer antler sheds from Etsy.

I also once purchased Christmas gift bags, cut them apart and framed them.

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5. Google Images Search

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Most of the pictures in this gallery wall were found when I did a Google Image search for kids’ art. I saved it, printed it and popped it in a frame. I love how much it adds to her room.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. What are some of your favorite places to buy your budget-friendly wall decor?

Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy

Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy

3 Questions to ask yourself

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, then you know I love to shop. I love to spend money. But you know what doesn’t share my joy in shopping and spending money? My bank account.

As much fun as shopping is, real life happens and real life costs money. In other words, I’ve got bills to pay. Plus, I’ve spent too frivilously in previous years and now that I’m older, it’s time to do better. I’ve learned that I need to be more choosy about what I spend and how I spend it.

These days, when I buy something, I try to ask myself the following three questions:

  1. Do I need it right now?  2. Do I love it? and 3: Can I DIY it, or buy it secondhand?

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1. Do I need it right now?

I am trying hard to only buy the things that we need, but let’s be realistic. Sometimes, you have paid all your bills, you’ve put money in savings, and you want to spend a little on yourself. Sometimes, that mirror you’ve been eyeing comes on sale and you just can’t pass it up. It is OK to buy something you want but don’t need every once in awhile if you’ve taken care of your needs first. When I ask myself this question, it isn’t a deal breaker if I don’t need it. It’s only a deal breaker if it isn’t a necessity, but the necessities haven’t been taken care of yet. If it’s something you don’t need now, but may need later, it’s better to wait until you do need it to buy it. That way, you also avoid the clutter of having the item sit around until you need it.

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2. Do I love it?

I struggle with this when it comes to clothing. I might like an item of clothing and think it’s cute, but when I try it on, I don’t love it. If I like the clothing item, but can’t imagine at least three ways I can wear it, I need to leave it at the store. I may like a decor item, but if I don’t love it and I can’t imagine where I’d display it in my home, then I need to pass it up. I’ve bought lots of things over the years that I liked, but ended up giving away later on. If you don’t love it, and know immediately how you’d use it, don’t spend your money.

3. Can I DIY it, or buy it secondhand?

You can score some incredible deals at thrift stores, Craigslist, and consignment shops. I have consignment shopped for furniture, clothing, and decor items. We have bought several pieces of furniture off Craigslist, including our dining room set.

When it comes to DIY decor and furniture, Pinterest is your friend. Even if you aren’t sure how you could DIY something, Pinterest can give you the sudden inspiration you need to figure it out. I recently created these captain’s mirrors when I was unable to find new ones that fit my budget.

I hope these money-saving tips have been helpful to you. What finance tips are you practicing these days?

Cute Christmas Finds at Dollar General

I love Christmas decor at places like Hobby Lobby, but I don’t always love the price.

Did you know you can find lower priced, but still cute decor at discount stores? Some of my favorites are Dollar General and Aldi (yes, the grocery store). Today, I am sharing some of my favorite recent Dollar General finds.

All of the items I am about to show you are $8 or less.

1. Christmas bucket with “leather” handles

How cute would this be on a porch with a faux tree in it? Or maybe on a fire place hearth with birch logs in it.

2. Red plaid table runner

I love this so much- the colors in it are so festive. I’d love to pair this with some green chargers and some Christmas china.

3. Red plaid “Merry Christmas” pillow

This pillow is so pretty and the price is perfect. I bought one for my mud room entry.

4. Tabletop Nativity

This table top nativity has everything I love- warm wood, metal and Jesus. It’s perfect!

5. Faux book stack

Who doesn’t want this cute little “book stack?” I love everything about it.

I hope you enjoyed these Christmas goodies! You may even want to go visit your local DG and see what goodies you can find.

Junk Drawer DIYs: make these crafts from things you already have around your home

I don’t know about you guys, but I am itching for a good project. With the current cost of lumber, I have been struggling to find ways to scratch my creative itch.

I’ve got a few scrap wood projects and pallet projects in mind, but until then, I’m making things from what I already have. I’d love to share some of those things with you.

1. Desk storage boxes

Source: Create Fashionable Storage from Ordinary Shoeboxes

I have two daughters and a love for shoes…so you better believe I have a collection of shoeboxes. Get some paint, some metal bookplates and some glue…and you have yourself some new desk storage boxes.

2. Farmhouse candlesticks

Source: DIY farmhouse candlesticks

If you have some candlesticks, some plant pot saucers, white chalk paint and a drill, you can make these candlesticks.

3. White mason jar succulent planter

Source: mason jar succulent planter

If you’re like me, you have an assortment of mason jars lying around. Take a small one, paint it white and pop a succulent in it.

4. Picture frame tray

Source: make a tray from an old picture frame

All you need for this one is some drawer pulls, a drill, a pretty piece of paper and some chalk paint.

5. Scrap wood shutters

Source: scrap wood shutters

Do you have some scrap wood lying around? Just use it to create some faux shutters!! You will need wood, drawer pulls and hinges, and paint or stain.

I hope these five easy and cheap DIYs inspire you! Maybe you can scratch your creative itches, too.

Spring Decor at Dollar General

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Spring is right around the corner…but if the groundhog can be believed, spring will come early this year. The recent warm temperatures have made me wish more and more for spring. Currently, my home is still decorated for winter, so I’m anxious to put up the snowmen and bring out the florals! While Hobby Lobby and some of the other craft stores have beautiful decor options, sometimes they’re a bit hard on your wallet. Enter Dollar General: cheap, but cute spring decor.

These cute little succulent pots are only $2! I am definitely going to snatch some of those up.

If you don’t like those, here is another option. These square “concrete” succulents are adorable. I may buy a few of those, too.

You could use this to put ice and drinks in for a party or cookout, or you could plant flowers in it. Put it in your laundry room and use it to corral your detergent containers. So many possibilities.

These little bud vases remind me of Rae Dunn. They’re cute and they’re colorful. I love them!

You know how much I love signs and quotes. I’d love to get this and put it in my daughter’s rooms. Isn’t it cute?

This isn’t necessarily a spring decor item, but I do love it. Dollar General always has some cute coffee mugs.

What cute, but cheap spring decor are you jonesin’ for?