Using Photographs and Children’s Art in Home Decor

By December 1, 2010 2 Comments

Artwork can add a lot of personality to a home, but it can also be expensive to cover all those walls with art.

Believe it or not, you can make your own art, and even if you don’t have a creative bone in your body, it can still look good!  The secret:  Use multiple pieces together in one big arrangement, so the individual pieces are just a small part of the whole look.

See examples below, and keep in mind that these would be great gift ideas if you’re on a budget (and we all are!)

You can use this approach with photographs:

by Stuart McIntyre, via desire to inspire
Our dining room (I took all the photos, and the frames are all from Ikea)

  You can do the same thing with kid’s art:

from Caitlin Creer (family portraits, painted by the kids)

Eric Cohler via vivafullhouse

I love the following images, where the children’s art was scanned or photographed and made into a poster collage:

from Sixx Design via Little Green Notebook

You can also use non-traditional display methods:

from Caitlin Creer (hanging wire from Ikea)

Of, if you are somewhat confident in your creative abilities, try something like these resin art pieces :

from Design Ties (see step-by-step instructions here)

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  • rmbuning says:

    I used to use the pieces that the boys created as artwork too. Now that they're older, they don't do as much and I miss it. I love the idea of scanning it and creating a large collage. I've made a note to do this when Lincoln starts creating 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Love the idea of scanning childrens artwork and creating one unified piece!