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Creating My Own Art Time with Decor on a Budget!

In between organizing creative activities for Pari, I really pine for my own art time. I’m sad to admit that I’ve not able to devote as much time as I would want to, to my own art and craft projects. But, things are looking up..!

This New Year has ushered…

…some new resolutions, lessons learnt and promises that I must pursue for my selfish interest! Well, selfishness is not always an evil. Is it? On the contrary, if we take care of our selfish interests, we live happy and peaceful and in turn, radiate happiness to others.

I will share those “selfish motives” (grins) one by one with you all here so that you can hold me accountable to fulfill those promises and egg me on. And, better still – join me along the way! Won’t you, my dear readers? (smiles)

As you may have guessed by now, one of my commitments is to take up all sorts of art and craft projects every once in a while that are meant solely for my own creative satisfaction. And, these will also provide me some well-deserved break from mommyhood! The projects could be to do with painting, creating, upcycling, decoupaging and more.

So, time to share the DIY project…

…that we (roped in hubby as well, in this) did recently to give a new look to one of the walls in our dining area.

This particular wall had been in disarray for quite some time.

Pari’s scribbling, chipped off paint, tape marks and moisture had left it defaced. I had been lazy to get some sand paper and paint etc and replenish it.

Until, an idea struck me! I had these 8×12 printouts of my photos that were lying around ever since that DPEG (Delhi Photo Enthusiasts Guild) Photo Meet/Walk, I had participated in.

It was time to upcycle those photo prints…

…by reusing them for a unique purpose. We had twelve photos. We got four big sheets of brown paper (generally used as covers for school notebooks), glued them all to fit the wall area we intended to cover and laid it on floor to arrange all the photos. Once the photos were arranged, we lightly marked the 4 corners below each photo. We did this just so the photos would go back exactly in same place when pasting.

Now was the time for the collage to go up on the wall. We pasted it with double sided tapes.

And finally, some finishing touches. I did some block printing in and around to add some character.

There was one last touch – the switch board was an eyesore and I had to dilute its impact.

With the help of a Natraj paper cutter (equivalent of an ‘exacto’ knife), neatly cut out some space from another photo, so the switch board would fit inside. Rounded it off by painting the switches with green acrylic colour. Just wanted to add some eccentric touch! (winks)

I think it turned out nice. And, cheap!

And here’s the cost break-up:

4 sheets of brown paper – Rs. 20

Photo Prints – Rs. 200 (remember, the photos were reused for this project)

PVA Glue (Fevicol) – Rs. 10

Double Sided Tape – Rs. 20

Total – Rs. 250 (for my US friends – USD 5.5 )

Décor on a budget! Isn’t it?

If I had gone shopping for painting or wall piece to cover that big a wall, I am sure I would have been set back by not less than FIVE times the cost of this collage.

What I like best is that I don’t have to go on using it for years unlike those other paintings and wall art for which I paid enough that I live with the guilt of using them forever!

Do you have any other ideas to do up the wall without spending much?

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  • Kiran January 19, 2011, 4:09 am

    Brilliant idea and  so cost effective!!    :)
    Loved  your eccentric touch  :) ….the switch part …

    • Rashmie Jaaju January 19, 2011, 5:33 pm

      Kiran, thanks for your comment.
      I am all for decluttering my house and hence want to focus more on reusable art/decor like this.
      A decluttered home is so much more easier to manage and so easy on pocket as well.
      And, the amount of space we get to live is a bonus.

  • rekha January 19, 2011, 10:14 am

    Cool ideas, loved the idea of using pics for wall art ;)

    • Rashmie Jaaju January 19, 2011, 5:35 pm

      Thanks Rekha. Great to hear from you after so long. Hope you are doing well. :)

  • sharon January 20, 2011, 5:56 am

    Hi Rashmie,

    Thanks for your comments on my post on The Keybunch…the Tappu Ki Dukaan one…I am curious about your story…do share it with us on thekeybunch AT gmail DOT com

    • Rashmie Jaaju January 20, 2011, 10:50 am

      Dear Sharon,
      Thanks for inviting me to share my story. I will :)

  • Priyanka March 3, 2011, 7:30 am

    I recently joined Parent tree and came across this artistic article:) Really liked your idea of decorating the wall with such interesting photos on the earlier wall which is not so scenic…Luckily, my son (aging 6.5 years) never decorated the walls when he was young:) Your idea of the switch board was very nice… In fact I did not realize that they were buttons…I thought they were the chairs which are used for Sunbath on the beach…..Anyways,keep up the good work of writing and keep blogging :)

    • Rashmie Jaaju March 7, 2011, 5:03 am

      Hi Priyanka,
      Welcome to MommyLabs! I am glad you liked the DIY wall decor project.
      I plan to share many more such creative projects that we all can take up irrespective of our artistic skills. Besides, you will find here artful and innovative playful learning project ideas for kids.
      See you here more often. :)
      Have a great day.

  • Sujanitha May 28, 2013, 10:37 am

    Hi Reshmie,
    Wonderful decor idea.
    And it would also bring out the memories of the places we visited
    and re-live the good times !!!