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Saturday, March 24, 2012

DIY Abstract Wall Art

Do you have a blank wall in your home that is screaming for a little attention?

I have the perfect, low-cost, high-impact solution. Andrew and I have a large wall in our office/craft room that's been a decorating dilemma for us. Originally we had a small group of pictures hanging on it but we recently rearranged the furniture and the little group of wall hangings just didn't have the impact we were looking for. I remembered that I had these abstract digital photos that I took in college and decided that they would be a great solution. The bright colors coordinate perfectly with the colors in the room and I love how they look hanging together as a group on the wall. (If you're not into abstract art, you could easily use this same method to hang any group of photographs or art prints.)

Best of all, this project cost very little. No expensive frames required...just a few nails and some binder clips. I think the binder clips are especially appropriate decor for an office (thanks to Ork posters for the binder-clip-as-picture-hanger idea!).

Here's what you'll need to make your own abstract art wall hanging...


  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Tape Measure
  • Binder Clips
  • Artwork (my photos are printed on 13" x 19" paper)

Step 1: If you'd like to make your own abstract photographs like mine, it's actually really easy. Just take a digital camera and shake it a lot as you take photos. Try experimenting with close up blurry pictures of a variety of objects. When you download the photos to your computer, use some photo editing software to adjust the color, saturation, and brightness until you get results you like. Print them out in a large size and voila...abstract art!

Step 2: Place binder clips near each of the top two corners of one of your art prints. Use a tape measure to determine the distance between the clips. You will also need to measure the length of each print and determine how much space you would like between the prints.

Step 3: Use the measurements from step 2 to mark where the nails should go on your wall.

Step 4: Hammer nails into the wall on each of the marks from step 3.

Step 5: Hang your art!


  1. How fun! :D I love it! Your photography tip is cool. I'll try it!

  2. I love this idea!  The wall is so bright and cheery!  Thanks for the instructions on how to actually make the abstract photos, too! Off to shake my camera... :)

  3. Oh, I love this!  I live in an apartment, so I can't paint the walls all colorful, and I've been trying to think of some ways to give my walls some color.  This is absolutely perfect.  I think I would keep the colors limited to yellow, black, and red to keep with my very-Asian-themed room, but this is something that really allows for a lot of tweaking and customization.

  4. Thanks, Kathryn! I live in an apartment too, and also face the challenge of decorating without paint. I love your idea of keeping the color scheme of the artwork limited, I think that would look great. In case you're interested, here's another paint-free solution that I've used in my apartment to add some color: http://www.twinkleandtwine.com/2011/08/fabric-wall-treatment.html

  5. Oh how lovely! I could stare at those forever! I would love to link to this project if you didn't mind, my readers are always looking for beautiful ways to dress up walls!

  6. Hi Rachel! I'd love for you to link to this project, thanks so much!

  7. Thanks so much!

  8. where did you find those colorful bins? 

  9. Hi! I found the bins at Target. They should still have them in stock...I was at our local Target a couple days ago and they still had them.

  10. Wow great impact! I'm in an aprtment and alwasy looking for less invasive ways to add color and impact. Where did you get the Cubby table? I love it, lots of storage!

  11. Thanks so much! The cubby table is from Ikea and the bins are from Target. :)

  12. I enjoy large abstract metal art. Thanks for sharing these pictures. 

  13. Hi there. My question is related to the photography, Im a hobbyist and having trouble recreating the beauty you have above. Do you have more specific how to's not he photography aspect?


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