How to Create Inexpensive Art for Your Home

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I have a problem. I keep just about everything my children make.

Garrett is 12. I have things he made when he was 3 years old.

There is so much artwork we are using an old dresser to store some of  it in.   (That was my friend Kim’s idea. Thanks Kim!)

I just can not bring myself to get rid of it. My children took their time to make these things.

And besides, it is all precious. Each piece of work represents a memory and a season of our lives.

But sitting in a drawer no one gets to see it.

I need some artwork to decorate the walls of our dining room. I’ve seen a couple of great posts by other bloggers (like We Are THAT Family and June Cleaver Nirvana) where they converted their childrens’ artwork into decorative art for their homes.

Why not? Here is how you can do it on a budget.

Start with document frames. I bought these at Walmart for less than $2 each. I bet I could find them at Ikea or Dollar Tree for even cheaper.

I started with just eight  frames. Clearly I will need more.

Pop the glass from the frame like this.

Document frame assembly is really simple.

There is a plastic frame, a piece of glass and a sheet of cardboard.

Discard the sheet of paper that says document frame.

Cut your artwork down to the size of the frame.

Pop the artwork in the frame and reassemble it.

For artwork that is smaller than the size of the frame, use cardstock as a background.


I spent $16 to and I now have eight pieces of framed art.

This is certainly a mommy solution.

I am sharing these tips and pointers on these resourceful sites: i heart naptime,  the girl creativeC.R.A.F.T. craftomatic,  crafts keep me sane,   skip to my loumaking the world cutersumos sweet stuff mad in crafts, tip junkiecraft edition hope studios, todays creative blog, sew much adosomeday crafts,  we are that family,  blue cricket designs,  somewhat simple,  paisley passionshouse of hepworths fun to craftfingerprints on the fridge, tidy moma few of my favorite things and  it’s a hodge podge life.   Looking for a more copious list? Here are over 50 sites to search for and share projects  and tutorials.


  1. I have seen people frame their kid’s artwork before but these frames you found are so fab! They look very high end.

  2. What a great idea. My oldest isn’t even two, and I have started keeping her stuff in a pizza box. I love how you can easily change these ‘art’ pieces out. Thanks for posting this idea! Visiting from Show and Tell Wednesday.
    ~ Kimberlee at The Spunky Diva 

  3. This is such a great idea Crystal. I have so much art that my kiddos have done to and its all in a bin in the garage. I might have to use this idea too. Great idea.

  4. Those came out great Crystal! I have enjoyed discovering your site. So much great mommy info here!

    I am a new follower from the It’s Playtime Link Party at Quirky Momma. If you have a chance, stop by and say hi!


    1. Vicky, thank you so much. Your kind words mean so much!
      Glad you found me and glad you’re a reader. 🙂

  5. They turned out really cute! I’ll have to try this!

  6. Beautiful artwork. I love to frame my children’s work too. Great idea to use an old dresser as storage-I just have piles and piles over the house!

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