Easy Art

I've always had a fascination with DIY art and I'm not sure why it intrigues me so much.  Maybe it's because the concept of using something out of the ordinary to create a piece of art is genius.  Then I think to myself "why didn't you come up with that idea?"

I love how Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick used a plastic placemat she had on hand to create
art in her kitchen.    

How easy to print out your a favorite quote or saying and frame it.  Go check
out 320 Sycamore, Melissa has the best ideas.  I'm going to use this one someday.

Personal, Monogram art by Terry, again love this!

With all this inspiration out there I decided to create my own.

Found this placemat at Target and loved the design and the yellow in it so I bought it.  I
knew I could figure out something to do with it.

To create my art, I started by cutting the placemat in half.  Two for one
deal, or you could get more depending on the size of frame you use. 

I used two 12x14 black frames I already had, but since I didn't have the proper size
 mat I made them myself.  I used poster board and cut the mats as staright
as I could.  It's not perfect, but I'm ok with that.  Each 1/2 of the placemat 
fit in the frame to look like this.  How easy?  So if you are out and 
about, always keep your eyes open for a awesome placemat.  

Here they are up on the wall in my kitchen area with the chalkboard in the center. 





  1. Love this TFS :)


  2. I love it! I bought the same placemat at Target and turned it into a pillow. Here's a link if you want to check it out: http://thriftydecormom.blogspot.com/2011/04/is-it-placemat-or-pillow.html

    I really like the idea of turning it into art! Great job!

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

  3. I love this idea. Framing fabric and other such things is a great less expensive way to bring a room together. Love your new blog look as well.

  4. What a great idea!! I love easy, quick projects that just come together like that!!
    I am a new follower!

    When you can stop by my blog...I've given you the Versatile Blogger Award!

  5. Very cute! I want to do something like this in my bedroom!

    Oh and I left you an award on my blog! Come and see!

  6. Looks just right! Beautiful! Great to find you via Ange's blog. :)

  7. Hi Andrea,

    Your DIY art looks so amazing! The black frames with the yellow fabric looks stunning!


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