60 Budget-Friendly DIY Wall Decor Ideas for Large Walls
When you have a large wall space that needs some love, we have 3 go to options for DIY wall decor: paint a fun accent wall, hang a gallery wall of frames, or hang a piece (or two) of large wall decor.
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Deciding how to decorate a large wall depends on your style and on the area of your home — a gallery wall is fine for hanging in a living room over a sofa or in a bedroom above a headboard, but when it comes to large tall walls or awkward over the stairs walls, the thought of accurately hanging 10+ frames is enough to make me quit before I’ve begun (even with this quick gallery wall hanging trick). But it’s not fun to stomach the tough of dropping a lot of cash on decorating *one* wall, either.
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Luckily, there are plenty of ways to DIY wall decor for large walls to get a look you love at a price that’s nice to your budget. We’ve collected about 60 of our favorite affordable DIY large wall decor ideas (plus lots more ways to use inexpensive engineering prints as large wall art HERE).
For more large wall decor ideas, check out our headboard roundups here, here and here. If you can build it as a cheap headboard, it can probably be modified into a great piece of wall art, like our pieced wood headboard.
You’ll also want to check out our favorite large mirrors here and more large round mirrors here — mirrors are especially good for large walls in small rooms because they reflect the light and make the room feel bigger!
And don’t forget to check out the selection of large wall art printables in the shop, including these funny cat lover posters that can be printed as large as 18×24, in black and white or color versions.
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Easy peasy large wall decor — frame some cute wrapping paper or leftover wallpaper. Use a large poster frame to keep the cost down. (Little Green Notebook)
(We’ve got printable agate posters here, too!)
This tall feather art is amazing! (via DecorPad) The extra large wall art looks like it might be on unmounted canvas which would mean you could DIY like…
this large wall art and frame set from Place of My Taste!
We’ve also got these great printable large wall art feathers — easy to mount and frame for a large wall decor set.
Plywood is a fairly inexpensive medium, and some paint and stain make for a great graphic art piece to decorate a large wall in a hallway or living room. (via Home Depot)
We took plywood wall decor one step farther and painted custom cornhole boards, which we now hang on the wall of our patio when not in use — double duty DIY wall decor!
Hang a rug for an instant large wall decor statement! (Makely) No rug? Try one of these DIY ideas to make your own.
I’m a big fan of big clocks! See how Mylove2create made this Pottery Barn Knockoff large wall clock.
This headboard is made from vintage maps, and wouldn’t it look great hanging standalone on the wall as a large wall art display? (via Remodelista)
Follow this tutorial from My Love 2 Create to make your own DIY large wall decor triptych set (that’s a set of 3 art panels hung together to form a complete image). The tutorial includes tips for using a projector to create a cheap large wall art piece, too.
Large and colorful, this mosaic DIY wall decor was my first “viral” post! Still one of my favorite simple (although time consuming) projects. See the tutorial here.
You can use public domain images and art to create your own large wall art to print and frame like this beauty. (Blesser House)
Have you noticed all the beautiful shower curtain designs available now? Put them to work on as large DIY wall decor by building a simple wood frame and stapling on the shower curtain. (6th Street Design School and Dream Book Design)
Print some large wall decor with our favorite interchangeable holiday wall art set — 10 prints, 1 frame, for year-round easy decorating! (Printable paper flower garland download and tutorial here.)
Large wall decor is also perfect for decorating above the TV! This framed world map looks great in the large DIY frame. (Jenna and Calder)
See more ideas for decorating around the TV here
Abstract art is easy to for non-artists to make — How Does She used a foam insulation sheet as a large wall decor “canvas”.
Follow this tutorial to see how to use your leftover paint to paint your own abstract art, or try these 3 DIY art ideas for non-artists.
Another large DIY wall art idea using inexpensive foam insulation. This one is wrapped with leftover dropcloth fabric before being painted, to look like a real art canvas! (Imperfect Homemaking)
A half sheet of plywood and a bit of paint make a large wall art alphabet pennant cheap and easy — Lemon Thistle featured military alphabet speak and morse code on this large wall art!
An old window, with or without glass, makes a great statement as decor on a large wall! Hang it on its own, put photos in it, or hang photos from it like this one. (source unknown)
See more ideas for decorating with old windows here.
A large stained wood map is a classic look, and can be dressed to fit with any style! (The Happier Homemaker)
Make an easy DIY pin board — it’s both great large wall decor and is perfect for displaying family photos or reminders to keep you organized (A Casarella).
See more functional wall decor ideas here.
Turn a large wall into a family command station with these easy hang hooks and shelves like we did for our family organization center.
Add rustic and vintage flair with this knock-off license plate map wall art (for right around $100). Tutorial here from Blue I Style.
Extra large wood letters definitely help your wall “speak” for itself in a large all decor installment like this! (Pike’s Place Blog)
The feature of this photo is our DIY barn door (from our existing door!) but you can peek at the easy framed batik fabric on the wall next to it — framing pretty large print fabric is super easy DIY wall decor! (And we’ve moved those prints to above our new mantel for great fireplace decor, too!)
You can also dye your own batik with a stencil for a large wall art hanging (A Place of My Taste).
Paper is simple and cheap, and looks great in this geometric patchwork art! (tutsplus) She used this large wall decor idea above the bed (with no headboard) but this would be fun in a living room or kids’ room for affordable large wall decor, too.
Ever wanted to make your own art canvas? The Chelsea Project shows you how to build a large wall art canvas and paint it with this cool layered stencil technique.
Make a large-scale DIY wall art piece feel even larger with bold geometric shapes and colors! (A Beautiful Mess)
Transfer a photo to wood for a nice vintage DIY wall decor project. (Tutorial here.)
Gather some sticks and get creative with a paint dipped branch wall art arrangement. (Shades of Blue Interiors)
Hang an extra large square scarf for quick and easy DIY wall decor on a large wall — renter friendly, too! (via Design Sponge)
There are so many beautiful wallpaper patterns out there now! If you can’t commit to a full wall, frame a panel to hang as large wall decor (via Apartment Therapy, tutorial at Effortless Style Interiors)
Using fence boards keeps DIY wall art costs down on this large vintage style aged wood sign (tutorial here from A Prudent Life).
Who says a laundry room can’t have some large wall decor style, too? Make this farmhouse laundry room sign with the tutorial and template here from The Created Home.
This one is just propped up, but you can hang an old door for some lovely style to fill a large wall, too! (See more ideas for old doors here.)
A couple of wood panels + paint will give you an awesome wood starburst art! (Vintage Revivals) Customize the colors for a truly personalized one-of-a-kind large DIY wall decor idea.
Add some extra color to a large wall art photo collection! Make a large inexpensive frame feel bigger and match your decor by painting a photo mat.
Pick up an old nautical flag for homey vintage DIY wall decor (Our Home Notebook).
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Not only does this huge wood slice look great on the wall, but it has legs that fold out to make it into a side table, too! Double-duty large wall decor (and yes, it’s DIY!) (via Apartment Therapy)
Use scrap wood and your favorite color paint to make a large wood wall art piece — perfect DIY wall decor for a patio or deck refresh (like our painted concrete patio turned outdoor dining space).
If you have a large wall art piece you don’t love… it’s okay to paint over it to make your own DIY wall decor. Probably 😉 (House Tweaking)
Use pegboard to create an extra large cross stitch sampler. (via) For a more affordable large DIY wall decor stitching, use foam core like we did here.
Classic book covers look great as large wall art — and this one is painted, so DIY away! (Lisa Roy)
Join together some wood planks with some stain and a favorite quote for a nice ombre wood wall decoration (tutorial from Bigger Than The Three Of Us here)
More DIY wall decor ideas for large wall art:
- How to Decorate Tall Walls
- 27 Ideas for Using Engineer Prints as Large Wall Art
- 50 Cool Shelves for Storage and Wall Decor
- 30 Ideas for Functional DIY Wall Decor
- 50 DIY Wall Decor Ideas and Tips for Decorating Walls
- 25 DIY Kids Wall Art Ideas (That Kids Can Make Themselves)
I really must know where the wooden frames comes from?!?!?! Please let me know!!!!! Thanks for this post too, I’ve been wanting to do something like this for the longestvtime and wasn’t sure how. I was going to freehand stuff on canvas and frame it. Too much work, I like this idea.????
Hi Bett! The wood frames are handmade — click the link to go to the original post where she has more details. Thanks for the comment!
HOW DO I DO THE LARGE CROSS STITCH? I LOVE THIS!!!
That cross-stitch is done on pegboard, so you’d just have to find a simple cross-stitch pattern and translate it to pegboard. There may be patterns somewhere if you search online as well.
Wonderful post! I must have missed it, but where do you buy the prints? Thanks!
Most office supply stores will print them for you 🙂
I am always wondering a perfect pinboard for my research as well as my study room. I got it by having this post. But still, then I have no idea where to buy this or how to make it. Have you any suggestion for me Cass.Thanks for sharing.
can you modge podge the engineering prints onto a canvas?
You could sure try! They are printed on very thin paper, though, so it may wrinkle. Spray adhesive seems to be more commonly used, with a backing like foam core.
Imagine making a large cross stitch like that, but using Kinex instead of thread. I am not sure Kinex come in pastels colors, though, and that is what makes this wall sized art of the roses so spectacular.
What a fun idea, Jane! And for colors, I bet some spray paint would fix that 🙂