Clever girl that you are, I know that you’re always trying to improve your living area(s) by shaping them down into very unique spaces that speak of you even when you aren’t in the room. And if you were asking yourself if there are ways to hang pictures without frames, then I have the answer. Well, I have six answers! Because I’ve just painted my walls (color: green), I’m very gun shy about wanting to put even a single nail hole anywhere. That’s how I got inspired to write this post – so maybe good things CAN come from being a scardy cat, eh?
But I truly do think I’ve come up with some unique ideas that you guys will appreciate. When you don’t use frames, you can easily change the art on your walls. Which is perfect because when I buy cute calendars I always feel so guilty just throwing them out at the end of the year. (Especially if they are from Paper Source, those are CUTE calendars, man!) I like to hang up the pictures, but they look so lonely just taped up on a door. How unproffesh! So here are some fresh, fun, fiesty ideas.
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Use Decorative Hangers
By using hangers and clothespins (or hangers with clips), you can hang pictures in a fun way. Of course, I don’t recommend your typical, everyday hangers. You can find smaller, vintage style hangers for sale. Modern, wooden kids hangers are another great choice. And if you want to go an extra mile – you could spray paint the hangers in a bright color like robins egg blue. Plus, you can decorate them with a ribbon tied at the top. Create the look with: Vintage Inspired Mini Picture Hanger, 4 Colored Wood Hangers, Loop a picture over the hanger like in this Laundry Sign, Not shown: Get five small wooden hangers for under $10.00,Wire hangers with hearts for $2.39 each.
Upcycle a Globe
Dont’ feel confused – uncycle is just the new term for recyle. It’s silly maybe, but I like the word. Now, finding an old globe isn’t terribly hard, just check ebay or craigslist. Then, break out the modge podge! Decoupage pictures and artwork to cover the entire globe, and you’ll have a special personalized piece of art for your home. I recommend using tissue paper as well, so you can cover the areas you don’t have a picture for. Stick to just one color of tissue paper so it doesn’t look messy. Create the look with: Globe of the world, Not familiar with how to use modge podge?
Vinyl Wall Decals in Frame Shapes
These are frames, but only kinda. They’re basically like holograms! You can take them off, reposition them, yadda. That makes them perfect for apartment and dorm dwellers. Vinyl wall decals are a great cheap decorating idea for apartments and dorms. Create the look with: I love the frame decals by Graphique which I actually reviewed on the blog earlier this year, Vintage Style frame decals, Frame Collection.
Wooden Screens can Save You
Invest in a wooden screen and you’ll use it for life – no matter where you move. Screens come in handy when you want privacy for any reason, or if you want to have some way of dividing a room but don’t have the power (or available funds) to build a wall. It depends on the style of your frame, but it’s not too hard to attach or nestle pictures against the screen. I’ve even seen people put them behind their beds as headboards. Create the look with: Modern screen $89, Wooden Rosewood screen $129, Walnut screen $119, Photo screen $139.
Consider a Birdcage
Whether you hang a bird cage or put it on a shelf – there’s no doubt that these are popular decorating tools. But they often look kind of empty as they are…why not anchor a photo or piece of art inside? Yes, the picture does probably need to be inside a frame of its own, but then you just need to tilt it inside the bird cage and it’s framed by the cage itself. The larger the frame and picture, the better. If your birdcage is very big, you could consider using two different picture frames in varying heights inside. It would be very neat to see a shelf of different birdcages with photos in them. It’s not always easy to find cheap decorative bird cages, but look around and you will find some. Create the look with: Wrought iron decorative cage $24, Decorative wooden bird cage $14, Gazebo decorative birdcage $28, Victorian birdcages $39+.
Back to the Blackboards
Hang a blackboard up somewhere, and then affix pictures. Make them look better by using tiny picture corners that you can find at craft stores in the scrapbooking section, and then write captions under them in chalk. Voila, instant creative cuteness. I suggest using a framed chalkboard rather than a cheaper, unframed kind. If you use a magnetic chalk board, use cute magnets! Etsy.com sellers have great ones, or break out the modge podge again and make your own. Create the look with: Wooden chalk board $29, French Country slate $39, Dooley wood frame $9.
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