Kerryn Boogaard Kerryn Boogaard
Beverly Goldsmith Beverly Goldsmith
Zoe Bingley-Pullin Zoe Bingley-Pullin

5 Great DIY Art Projects to Try:

Oh, humble canvas, how many ways can I decorate thee? Let me count them. Indeed
By Expert tips - To be scheduled
Date: September 14 2015
Editor Rating:

Unless you’re a minimalist (and there’s nothing wrong with that) homes can look bland without personality injected into them. But not all of us have cash to splash around and buy up art we adore. Some of us need to get inventive. Whatever the bank balance, thankfully, TV is full of “how to” shows which serve up more interior decorating ideas into our living rooms than hot dinners.


Here are a few groovy tips to get your creative juices flowing.


Block Colour 3D Artwork

Choose one single colour and block a whole large canvas with it. For a smooth look, use a roller brush; for a more textured look, dab on with a rag. Paint three smaller canvases, varying in size, with different coloured paint (again, one colour per canvas). Now stand them all on a mantel piece or shelf, one in front of the other, as a 3D artwork. 


Decoupage Artwork

Pages of old books stuck to a canvas can make a statement. For a neutral look choose the insides of vintage novels. Spread the pages out in either a structured format or haphazardly. Other interesting looks include comic books, sheet music, sewing patterns, postcards or greeting cards. Even newspapers and old maps can be eye-catching. Either leave the sheets stuck on roughly or apply a clear lacquer over the top for a polished finish.


Fabric Artwork

Have you ever been “op shopping” and found a piece of clothing in vintage fabric, which you fell instantly in love with, but it didn’t fit you? Next time that happens, don’t despair, buy it anyway and turn it into an artwork. Wrap it around a canvas, and if there are leftovers, make a cushion to match. Or, as a friend of mine did once, frame the whole dress!


Written Artwork

Got a favourite poem or quote? Scrawl it in black paint across a blank white canvas. Don’t stress that your handwriting isn’t neat enough or words run over the edges – it just adds to the uniqueness of your piece. I’ve used this method before and in my haste, made spelling mistakes, so check you are transferring words correctly. If you do make a mistake, however, make it obvious, put a red cross over it, or splash blobs of paint across it to cover it up!  Nobody will ever know…


Original Artwork

An art teacher of mine once said, “I’d rather have an original artwork up on my wall, even if done by a child, than a mass-produced print any day.” Each to their own of course. I’d rather have any pictures on my wall, rather than nothing, period! But if you do happen to have some original artwork of your own, why not display it? It’s not hard to drizzle paint across a canvas and create an abstract, even if you can’t draw. But if you can, well, then, all the better.



Betti writes about Art, Culture and Interior Design. She is passionate about creating inspiring living spaces where people feel free to live healthy lives. As a hobby, Betti sources vintage clothing, reviving the 1950's style.


For more information, please visit

Share This Tweet This Email To Friend
Recent Comments
1 Total Comments
James Bhai says: 2020 11 09

You will probably be amazed at how happy these people are to give you Wood pallets to recycle for money, and give them to you for free.

View All Comments
Post a Comment
* your email address will not appear

Please enter the word you see in the image below:

Post a Comment
* your email address will not appear

Please enter the word you see in the image below:33343

Your Comment has been posted
Cry babies

Dry your eyes!
The newest additions are on their way from the Babies who cry real tears!


Latest Tech Used In Shipping Containers
Read how the shipping industry has revolutionised

Motherpedia cover-2

Win 1 set of a 4-book hardcover illustrated boxed set
Barbara Murray’s new 4-book Sound Stories is perfect for parents and educators and could assist with NAPLAN results

Motherpedia cover (4)

Where to celebrate Oktoberfest Australia
Get ready for this celebration!

Motherpedia cover-4

A Fortnight of Foodie Experiences at East Village
A taste of East Village. What's in it for me?

Globber my too fix up cover

We Try: Globber My TOO Fix Up
A scooter that grows with your child

Throw a winning cricket pitch

3 Steps to a Winning Backyard Cricket Pitch
Ex-Adelaide Oval legend curator Les Burdett shares his tips for getting your backyard cricket pitch test match ready this summer

A bike that follows your kids life cycle - motherpedia - cover

A Bike That Follows Your Kids Life Cycle
Check out the Bunzi 2-in-1 gradual balance bike!

Moonlight lifestyle

Moonlight Cinema to bring…
Moonlight Cinema announces brand new Western Sydney venue

Screen shot 2019-11-26 at 8.29.12 am

Your Magical Christmas Wonderland…
Adventure park is about to light up the night sky with its "Christmas Festival of Lights"

Screen shot 2019-11-21 at 11.11.36 am

The Preston Market Gets…
It's time to feel pumped up for the holiday season!


Bunnings team members get…
Help raise funds by buying a snag or donating at your local store.