Apr 14, 2014

How To Frugally DIY A Kid's Room Gallery Wall

Who else loves a good gallery wall display?

I'm telling you friends...I can't get enough of them!

And because I can't do a gallery wall on every single wall of my house, I'm constantly stalking other's...CONSTANTLY!

Since I'm still swooning over my Spontaneous Gallery Wall in our living room (and conquered the intimidation of putting one together), it made sense to whip one up in our daughter's room.

You gotta teach them to love these beautiful displays while they're young, ya know!

And because I'm the kind of gal who prefers to DIY her wall art, I didn't spend a whole lot of money creating this gorgeous and fun gallery wall in my daughter's room!

And you don't either!

I'm going to show you how you can mostly DIY yourself into creating a customized and fun gallery wall for your kiddo's!


Before getting into the nitty gritty I want to say that there are so many more possibilities to DIY'ing a kid's gallery wall....so so many!!

I'm just showing you what I did and how it ended up working together with the other pieces.


HOW TO DIY A KID'S ROOM GALLERY WALL FOR ALMOST NOTHING!

Let's start from the top and work our way down, shall we?

1. Re-vamp some art pieces you already have but may not love to something that will work in your new gallery wall.

This fun piece used to hold an inspirational "Live. Love. Laugh" quote. The blue border used to be pink but with a quick paint job and a handwritten "PLAY" on plain ol' printer paper it was nicely freshened up!

You can read more about this Quick Children's Art Update and see the before here.

This piece cost me $0 by re-using and re-vamping something I already had but didn't quite love.

I love it now!


2. Make a sentimental and memorable keepsake and hang it up as art!

To me nothing melts my heart more than seeing my daughter's tiny hand-prints. It's like freezing a moment in time!

Like the time we made this Valentine's Day Keepsake.

I made this piece by gluing drop cloth canvas around a shoe box lid and having my daughter stamp her hand print (it's actually the same hand) onto it with craft paint!

Total cost: $2 for craft paint!


3. Create your own fun design on a wooden plywood circle (shown above).

You can find these plywood circles at any craft store. I bought mine from Hobby Lobby for under $1.

I couldn't resist incorporating the beloved chevron stripe! I used craft paint I already had and in no time this piece came to be!

I didn't tape it off like I did my Chevron Stripe China Cabinet so it almost looks like a child made it. PERFECT!

Total cost: $.79 for the plywood circle.


4. Frame wrapping paper and gift bags for instant art!

I've always loved this idea! Seriously, how many times have you fell in love with a gift bag or wrapping paper? Please tell me I'm not the only one!

Instead of throwing it away the fabulous gift bag or wrapping paper, frame it!

Easy, inexpensive and quick!

I used the same frames I used for my 5 Minute Kid's Art.

Total cost: $.88 for the clearance wrapping paper from Target




5. Cover canvas or a shoe box lid with a pretty fabric OR make it pretty with craft paint!

You might as well call me the shoe box lid lady because that's what I used (again) for this piece.

And just like the other piece, I glued drop cloth to it, only this time I drew 3 arrowheads because arrowheads are just awesome!

Total cost: $0



6. Use scrap wood, moulding or MDF and paint away!

This was the only corner scrap of MDF that my hubby didn't throw away (it must have gotten past him) from framing our master bathroom.

I though it would be a cute little addition and change in shapes to Lily's gallery wall.

I just used a small angled brush and dabbed this turquoise, red and gold design.

Total cost: $0



7. Hand paint a fun wooden sign!

With a red oak plank from the hardware store and craft paint I made this simple and fun "IMAGINE" sign in no time!

Total cost $3



It's pretty cool to work on one piece at a time and see it all come together! 

Of course, my favorite stage is when it's all done and I can stand back and admire all the pieces together!




Such a fun arrangement for a 3 year old girl, don't you think?


Lily also has this other mini gallery wall above her bed:


My sister bought Lily the letter L when she was a baby and the sketch of the mouse is my famous brother's (no joke by the way) own artwork he gave her a couple Christmas's ago.

I'm sure it's obvious that I love sentimental pieces. I love seeing a piece and remembering a moment!

What about you? How do you like to choose or DIY pieces for your gallery walls?


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24 comments:

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

It looks great, Selene! My favorite part is the drop cloth covered shoe box lid with Lily's handprints! So cute!! That sketch of the mouse is darling too. :) Your brother is talented!

Vel Criste said...

This is perfect Selene and the best part? doesn't look frugal at all!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Lisa!! That's my favorite too!!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Vel!! YES, that is a good thing!

Emily said...

Wow! So many great ideas! Love the shoe box covered in drop cloth idea!


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Amy @ Homey Oh My! said...

This is so cute and I love how thrifty it is! Especially that corner scrap- genius.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks so much, Emily!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Amy! I was a little upset that my hubby had thrown all the other corner scraps away! But thankfully I found this one!!

FoodtasticMom said...

Very fun! I love anything DIY AND inexpensive. I'm stopping over from Time to Sparkle. Pinned!

ohthefunofit said...

Such good ideas to create a wall without spending a fortune!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks for pinning!

Linda said...

This turned out so cute and you had so many unique and thrifty ideas! Thanks for visiting Night Owl Corner....just stopping by to check out your blog too!
Linda

Mindie Hilton said...

It turned out really cute!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Linda!! I'm so glad you like it!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Mindie!

BeaumontGirl said...

REALLY cute! I am obsessed with gallery walls right now and I love the idea of doing it in a little girl's room!!! Loving this blog :)
http://thebees3.blogspot.com/2014/04/diy-wood-signs.html

Betsy Finn said...

Cute! Pinned this :) ...Thanks for sharing!

Ty Stewart said...

So many cute ideas! Love it all.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Betsy!! Very much appreciated!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Ty!! I'm glad you like all the ideas!! It really was so much fun putting together!

Lynnie CottageGalstyle said...

What a great gallery wall! I have one in my future but different than yours...I just have to buy the frames.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Hugs, Lynnie

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Lynnie!!
Have fun putting your gallery wall together :)

Our Pinteresting Family said...

It turned out beautiful! I love that you used wrapping paper. I framed a gift bag for my daughter's room and it's my favorite thing in her space. :) It's a great way to save money. Great job!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks!! Those gift bags keep getting prettier and prettier, huh? I'm always on the lookout for them!