Turn a rental into a home: DIY art

Art is expensive. I am cheap. You can see what the problem is. There are a couple of bare walls around the house that have been nagging at me, so I finally did something about it without spending much money at all.

My first inspiration was this rug that I purchased on clearance at TJ Maxx for our 1/2 bath. I free handed some of the shapes on to a blank canvas I had laying around, then started filling in the shapes with colors and details.
My mom is going to laugh at this one b/c it's probably one of the cheapest things I've done. For my birthday, my parents gave me a patio set complete with a fire pit {pictures of that to come soon}. Well, when we were unpacking the firepit, there was a nice sized piece of styrofoam packing, so I kept it just for this project.
I purchased a sheet on clearance from Walmart {b/c the walmart here doesn't have a fabric dept...whats up with that?} for $2. I selected a phrase from one of my favorite hymns and printed it out on iron-on paper.
I ironed then stapled the fabric to the styrofoam.
Then, I cussed out loud b/c I forgot to mirror the image prior to printing.
Plan B ensued, which included cutting out the letters and attaching them to the sheet covered styrofoam with spray glue.
I finished it off with a coat of Mod Podge. I think they both fill the space nicely and didn't cost me hardly any cash, which makes me and the hubs very happy. :)
I'm linking this project to:
Between Naps on the Porch , Making the World Cuter, The DIY Show Off, The Persimmon Perch, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple, A Soft Place to Land, Today's Creative Blog, Blue Cricket Design, Fireflies and Jellybeans, Beyond the Picket Fence, Remodelaholic, Tatertots and Jello

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  1. I love that you were honest enough to say that your worship song wall art project made you cuss out loud. :)
    Oh, and I voted for your dress. Miss you and hope your job is going great!

    Ashley Dawson

  2. Love this! Genius idea to use the styrofoam to give your piece some heft. I've used it to back ribbon boards in the past. Very clever of you.

  3. What cute ideas, I love that you got inspiration from your new rug. It turned out great!

  4. neat idea!! come on over and link up to MMM :)

  5. Oh I love the iron on idea. I think you can hear my brain thinking right now.

  6. Nicole,

    I had no idea you were so creative! I've been doing DIY art recently at my new place as well to try to save money! Great job!!