How to Create Your Own Wall Hangings and Decorative Pictures
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How to Create Your Own Wall Hangings and Decorative Pictures

What will you need to make your own wall hangings? To create a shadow box or framed art, you will need card stock for your background. You do have the option of using construction or printer paper if you like, but card stock is more durable and comes in cooler patterns! You can purchase matte or shiny backgrounds, or a background with a particular texture to set your shadow box or picture in!

Creating your own wall hangings for any room in the house can be a fun inexpensive, and creative project for anyone!  This is a unique and enriching activity to do with kids of any age or with other adults!  Its a good idea to engage grandchildren, nieces and nephews, kids you are providing childcare for, and of course, if you are an art teacher, or run craft or art classes, its a new and interesting activity to wrap yourself and your students up in!

Deciding what you are going to make is going to be your first step in gathering supplies and approaching the project.  Canvases are good backgrounds for gluing collages to.  You can make collages out of magazine and picture clippings, scrap-booking materials, or of course with paint!  There are other alternatives if you can't draw to make cute wall hangings.  I am going to highlight how to make your own shadow box or flat picture without any drawing talents!  I cannot draw so this is what I have to resort to!

Another cool alternative to canvases and picture frames is using a cork board to affix items to with tacks!  You can make a collage this way, or use self-adhesive designs to create a beautiful, unique piece of art to hang on your wall in any space in your home!

What will you need to make your own wall hangings? To create a shadow box or framed art, you will need card stock for your background.  You do have the option of using construction or printer paper if you like, but card stock is more durable and comes in cooler patterns!  You can purchase matte or shiny backgrounds, or a background with a particular texture to set your shadow box or picture in!

You will need tissue paper, stickers and/or wall adhesives and/or scrapbook embellishments. You can even use old, unused wallpaper left-overs to decorate your art with!   Target sells shadow box frames for $9.99 online, but you can also purchase dollar store frames for a dollar if you just want to make your art in a regular picture frame and your items are going to be flat enough to fit behind the glass.  JoAnn.com also sells shadow boxes online for between $6.49 and $17.49 so you have your choice of cost flexibility.  Save 40% on one single non-sale item on JoAnn.com using this link to purchase your shadow box.  They come in black and white frames.  If you are spending over $50, get free shipping with this link on JoAnn.com.  Card stock is generally under $1 and can be purchased at craft stores like JoAnn fabrics, Michael's or Ben Franklin crafts.  If you'd like additional color choices, pictures frames are the specialty of Pictureframes.com.  This is where you will find the best selection.  Get 5% off on any photo frame using this link at Pictureframes.com, or on any other items. Save 20% on the Economy Rainbow Metal Frame Collection using this link.  Save 20% on Metal Backloader Frames using this link

You can purchase $1 embellishments and stickers at any dollar store, but specialty scrapbook embellishments are easier to use and will adhere more permanently to your paper or card-stock in your shadow box or frame.  If you are using a picture frame, be sure to use flat items to create your design.  I have considered purchasing stickers with a time piece theme and creating a time theme.  A real chain can be glued down with a glue gun or adhered with stripped twisty ties to a pocket watch sticker so you only see metal on metal in your shadow box.  Mixing items that are real with pictorial representative items are a neat idea for shadow box themes.  A glue gun or glue sticks, depending on the weight and adhesiveness of your supplies might be a good idea!  Glue guns can be purchased at any craft store, Walmart, or at some dollar stores for under $3.  Glue sticks are generally not more than $3 either.

Another good theme is a water, fish, or ocean/natical theme.  You can purchase blue and white striped paper and put anchors in your box or frame, fish stickers, lighthouse depiction items, or life donuts.  Its your shadow box or picture frame art piece, so its up to you!  Make it yours and make it complement the space you choose to put it in.  You can mix your media.  Try using stickers, embellishments, and magazine and picture art.

Shadow boxes and picture frame art are a great gift to give to friends and family.  My son and I made a nautical shadow box for my father to hang in his room where he ties his flies to go fishing with.  I once made a beautiful orange, gold, and green shiny Hindu inspired piece for my friend and added photographs of ourselves with our other friend we are close to in it.  It was a nice piece to hang on the wall with her other family photographs!  It turned out quite well and I made it mostly out of items that were unused in my home.  The only thing I purchased was the glue and the card stock.  I had unused frames and doubles of the photographs.  They were old photographs from when we were young.  There are countless themes you can work with and this is a great rainy day project for anyone!  Have fun!

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