This is such an easy project to create simple artwork that I am almost embarrassed to post it. However, I am sure that I saw this idea somewhere else so I thought I would share.
I needed some artwork for my guest room and frankly did not want to spend any money on it. The room does not get used that often. Also, I tend to buy art and other decorative items for the home organically. I cannot go out with the mission of finding artwork for a specific space. If I see something I may buy it and then figure out where to put it. So knowing those factors, I decided to make my own artwork for the guest room. I was at Paper Source (this is a Chicago-based company with retail locations many places now and online as well) and I found this lovely single sheet wrapping paper.
I love hydrangeas. They were on my wedding invitations, in my bouquet and centerpieces and we have several of them in our backyard so this was an easy choice. I bought two sheets of the paper for $3.50 a piece. I then picked up some inexpensive frames (these are the Ribba from IKEA and the opening is 11×14).
Then I got out my scissors and cut the paper to fit in the frame. The paper should be cut a little wider than the mat opening so that you don’t have any gaps. And voila some inexpensive artwork created in around 15 minutes or less.
I often get compliments on my artwork and when I tell people it is simply wrapping paper they do not believe me. I think the trick is to use a heavier paper with a beautiful design. Have fun picking out some new artwork for your home. -June