I’m always searching for new ways to brighten up the walls in my apartment. Not being able to paint can be a bit of a bummer, especially since cream is not exactly my style. However, it gives me the excuse to hang fun things wherever there’s space. I love buying prints and new pieces of art, but it can become expensive. That’s why I like to create my own artwork, whether it’s a painting on a canvas or something else entirely. It allows you to showcase something that’s completely your own style, and it’s usually a lot less expensive.
Foursided is one of my favorite places in Chicago to go for new artwork and overall decorative inspiration. They specialize in custom framing, art, paper goods and gifts. I could stay in there for hours sorting through all of the prints, greeting cards, notebooks and random goodies. I always come across the most clever or striking artwork paired with a frame seemingly made for it.
On a recent trip there I started browsing through these beautiful sheets of printed wrapping paper. I started thinking how great some of the prints would look hanging on a wall instead of being ripped from a gift box and thrown away. It would also be much less expensive than the Marie Antoinette print by Rifle Paper Company that I was eyeing nearby. So I picked out a paper covered in cute little terrariums and a sweet french themed print that I would make into a birthday gift for my roommate.
Inspired by their collection of vintage frames, I went to a local thrift store in search of inexpensive wood frames that I could jazz up a little bit. For this project I looked for frames that seemed sturdy but also easy to disassemble since I would need to remove the glass and any backing holding the art in place.
After I had my frames disassembled the first thing I did was lay out the paper and trace the larger inner edge of the frame where the paper would rest. It’s fun to play around with the positioning of the design within the frame. After initially cutting the paper you may have to trim it a bit so it doesn’t bubble inside the frame, but it’s better than initially cutting too much. Then I chose to paint my frames a bright gold. Any acrylic craft paint will work. When the frames were completely dry I replaced the glass. Be careful when handling the edges of the glass because they can still be quite sharp. Lay the paper against the glass, followed by the cardboard backing. Fold the metal tabs on the frame back into place and you’re done. You have unique new wall art!