DIY Coral Artwork – One Room Challenge – Week 4

October 26, 2016

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I’m back at it! It’s another week of the One Room Challenge, and this week I’m talking about artwork. I’m making my own DIY Coral Artwork because I love interesting, unique, and textured pieces, but they can usually come with a pretty hefty price tag. I wanted a pop of creativity and fun as soon as you walk through our main bath door — and here’s how I did it for under thirty dollars!

I love expensive looking artwork! Get the coastal look for way less with this inexpensive DIY Coral Artwork project. Black and white contrast. Cheap Ikea frames. Plastic coral replica.

Do you have a few minutes? Then you have enough time to create this incredible DIY Coral Artwork piece! You’ll need a frame, and this is where Ikea and I really get along — but I’ve also seen some gorgeous frames at Walmart and Target for very reasonable prices. (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures). 

I love expensive looking artwork! Get the coastal look for way less with this inexpensive DIY Coral Artwork project. Black and white contrast. Cheap Ikea frames. Plastic coral replica.


DIY Coral Artwork Supplies:

Next, you’ll need an item of interest. I chose this flat, plastic, coral replication from Afloral, and though this exact coral is discontinued, how great would a large tropical leaf be framed?! Next, I used a box cutter to trim (or whittle) down the thickness of the main stem, just so it would sit nice and flat, and I would have enough room within the frame.

I love expensive looking artwork! Get the coastal look for way less with this inexpensive DIY Coral Artwork project. Black and white contrast. Cheap Ikea frames. Plastic coral replica.

I used a hot glue gun to attach my coral directly to the back of the frame glass (or in this case, plexiglass). Now, you could certainly mount it to the back of your frame, of course, however my exact frame was without a white backing, and adding white paper would be too flimsy to hold the coral in place. Hot glue is the perfect solution as it dries clear and is unnoticeable, once everything is in place.

As I mentioned, my frame was without any sort of white backing, so I used a sheet of cold press water colour paper I had on hand. It ended up being the perfect choice as the grain in the paper is perfectly reminiscent of traditional works of art.

I love expensive looking artwork! Get the coastal look for way less with this inexpensive DIY Coral Artwork project. Black and white contrast. Cheap Ikea frames. Plastic coral replica.

I love how this turned out! And, how about that sneak peek of the black wall, and my fab new shower curtain?!

I love expensive looking artwork! Get the coastal look for way less with this inexpensive DIY Coral Artwork project. Black and white contrast. Cheap Ikea frames. Plastic coral replica.

Who says art needs to be a traditional print or painting? If you find the right frame, you can frame just about anything and the coral shape, I think, is perfect for that calm serene bathroom feel. Join me next week as we start winding things down in week 5!

 

I love expensive looking artwork! Get the coastal look for way less with this inexpensive DIY Coral Artwork project. Black and white contrast. Cheap Ikea frames. Plastic coral replica.

Missed some of the ORC? Get caught up here:
Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4


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