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Last Updated on January 10, 2018

20 Easy DIY Art Projects for Your Walls

20 Easy DIY Art Projects for Your Walls

Bare walls looking sad and lonely? We’ve got you covered with a bunch of DIY art projects for your walls that are simple and pretty inexpensive. Most of them don’t require you to be an amazingly inventive artist to make them too, so those of you who missed out on the creative genes can still make your walls look awesome. Get ready to get crafty with these 20 easy wall art DIY ideas:

1. Find and print out cool typography, hang it up with clipboards

Clipboard Display Wall ~ LOVE painting the hinges, I may try painting the boards different accent colors as well. Display in our lunchroom at work to encourage communication and positive words shared.
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    2. Lay large vinyl/cardboard letters over posters or thrift store paintings, then add spray paint (details here)

      source: abeautifulmess.com

      3. Paint simple lines of a color from dark to light shades

      Turquoise ombre canvas wall art
        source: decoist.com

        4. Hang up some cool antiques

        Antique iron fixture wall art 15 Creative Wall Art DIYs
          source: decoist.com

          5. Make a shape out of string (details here)

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            6. Stretch some fabric over blank canvases, secure, and hang

            Patterned navy blue and red fabric panel wall art
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              7. Make a chic “Hi” canvas with a kitchen sponge stamp (details here)

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                8. Hang strands of beads from a rod (details here)

                Hang strands of beads from a rod
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                  9. Frame fabric scraps

                  Navy blue and white framed fabric wall art
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                    10. Use shoeboxes as colorful shelves (details here)

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                      11. Make a design with thumbtacks (details here)

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                        12. Paint coffee stirrers and glue onto board or canvas (details here)

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                          13. Use leaves and spray paint to make quick silhouettes

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                            14. String + spray paint on canvas (details here)

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                              15. Tissue paper art (details here)

                                source: blog.mrhandsomeface.com

                                16. Save money and time on frames by using colorful washi tape instead

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                                  17. Decorate a small-ish circular mirror with spray-painted sticks (details here)

                                    source: tenjuneblog.com

                                    18. Decorate with pages from old books or sheet music (details here)

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                                      19. Use string or a hot glue gun to create a textured canvas, then add spray paint (details here)

                                        source: blukatkraft.blogspot.com

                                        20. Take a cue from artists like Chad Wys and dip a thrift store painting in bright paint

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                                          Featured photo credit: Gallery Wall Art Diy/Jobcogs via jobcogs.com

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                                          Last Updated on November 20, 2018

                                          10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                                          10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                                          A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

                                          Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

                                          1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

                                          Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

                                          If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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                                          2. You put the cart before the horse.

                                          “Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

                                          3. You don’t believe in yourself.

                                          A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

                                          4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

                                          The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

                                          5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

                                          If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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                                          6. You don’t enjoy the process.

                                          Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

                                          The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

                                          7. You’re trying too hard.

                                          Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

                                          8. You don’t track your progress.

                                          Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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                                          9. You have no social support.

                                          It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

                                          10. You know your what but not your why.

                                          The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

                                          Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

                                          Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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                                          Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

                                          Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

                                          Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

                                          • The more specific you can make your goal,
                                          • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
                                          • The more encouraged you’ll be,
                                          • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

                                          I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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