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DIY cheap wall decor

My style when it comes to decor (and clothing too, actually) is fairly "grandma-esque." I like floral wallpaper, lace doilies, and antique tea cups. Is that weird? Yeah, okay, it is. But if we're being honest, I'm really proud of myself for developing and practicing my own, defining style. When trying to define a unique style, it takes a long time to accumulate enough clothes and decor to really embody you all the time (unless you're, like, made of money). I feel like now, after many years of hovering on the line between wanting to be stylish and only owning like, three pretty things, I am now (almost) fully immersed in this weird, lace-and-flowers aesthetic that feels entirely my own. I think this is particularly prevalent in the decor of my bedroom, which I am quite proud of.

Over time I've been working towards the complete metamorphosis of my bedroom into being exactly what I wish it would be. This past week, I continued to do so by ripping down the dozens of old ballerina-magazine clippings from the walls, and delving into some mindless crafting to replace them.

This was the result.

Basically, I bought some frames from the dollar store, filled them with collages or pretty magazine photos, and hot glued some flowers on an equally-cheap mirror. If you're interested in doing some lighthearted crafting to embellish your walls, here's some advice from an amateur.  

  • Collect pretty, old wallpaper. My mother made it her mission to remove all the floral wallpaper from our house, but I have a secret stash of it in my closet.
  • Hoard brochures, advertisements, and flyers that have pretty art on them. And magazines, of course. Also greeting cards. I have a bucket of this stuff in my closet.
  • You can get fake flowers at the dollar store, if that's something that interests you (it should. Flowers are great). 

it says: to understand, thoroughly understand her own heart, was the first endeavor
  • You can also get photo frames at the dollar store, and you can paint them or glue on them and not feel bad about it. Check out this post from a balancing peach where she makes a really pretty gallery wall with a bunch of frames and prints. So pretty! 
  • Hot glue is your friend. Just proceed with caution
  • Magazine photos in frames can look pretty legit. Like the Misty Copeland picture I framed, that was from Harper's Bazaar! 
  • Save old clothes to cut up. Cloth is very versatile, and (as long as it's not too thick) you can easily cut it up and glue it, to use in collages/ decor. 
Do you have any crafting tips to share with me? Let me know!

♡ Julia


  1. Your style is not what I would called grandma-esque but you'll be surprised at how many are huge fans of vintage style. Love your DIY here, it's cheap and the end result is lovely.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  2. What a great DIY idea. I love the wallpaper idea since unused ones are just sometimes thrown away. They definitely add to the character of the decor. The photos look great! Looking forward to more DIY posts from you :)




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