A plain wall is, well, boring unless you are a minimalist. If you are looking for some ideas to liven up that plain wall, you do not have to
be a muralist to transform a plain wall; neither do you have to hire one.
To add you own personal touch to any room, here is an easy do it yourself wall art that will not hurt your pocket.
If you are a huge collector of postcards, you can use them as wallpaper substitutes sticking them on your wall with double-sided tape. However if you do not want to deal with damaging the paint when you plan to redecorate in the future, you can mount the postcards as a framed collage.
You will need:
Wooden canvas stretcher bars
Self-adhesive felt pads
Double-sided foam tape
Sawtooth hanger or picture wire
What to do:
1. Head over to your local art store and get yourself some foamcore. The size will vary according to your preference. You may also use other types of paper-based or wood boards. Don’t forget to grab the other material you will need.
2. Arrange the postcards to your liking. To put emphasis on your favorite postcards, or to create a 3D effect, you can create “risers” by cutting some foamcore into 2″x1″ pieces, stacking them using double-sided tape. You can also vary the risers’ thickness.
3. When you are satisfied with the layout, you can start adhering the postcards onto the foamcore by sticking double-sided tape at the back of each postcard. Using glue may warp the postcards but it can be an alternative adhesive.
4. Once all the postcards have been attached, it is now time to attach the canvas stretcher behind the foamcore.
5. Put the self-adhesive felt pads on the corners of the stretcher. This is to protect the wall from being scratched.
6. Add the sawtooth hanger or picture wire onto the stretcher. You can use other hanging methods if you prefer otherwise. Now your postcard collage is ready to be hung!
In lieu of postcards, you can also use:
Vintage book covers or pages – gives your wall art a classy and vintage feel
Polaroid photos – create a collage that is more beautiful than the timeline on your Facebook page.
Paint chips – finally those free paint samplers can finally be put to good use!
Recipe cards – another alternative that can give your wall art that antique feel that reminds you of Grandma’s home-cooked meals!