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DIY wall hangings are perfect for frugal homemakers who want to decorate their home while trying to stick to a tight budget. They’re simple, inexpensive, and can be made using items you already have at home—which means you can even take those old household items you have lying around the house and repurpose them into something beautiful and useful.

Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive—all you need is a bit of creativity, patience, and in some cases, a little elbow grease. Here are a few inexpensive DIY wall hanging ideas that will be perfect for your home:

1. Hanging Photo Wall

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Using your favorite photos to decorate your home is a cheap yet meaningful way to showcase your happiest memories. Collect your most creative and memorable family photos or print out your best Instagram shots to create a lovely hanging photo wall, which you can make with minimal materials: just your photos, a fancy-looking twig (or any hanging rod of your choice), and some string.

2. Pinterest-Inspired Boho Wall Hanging

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If you want something that looks expensive, try this Pinterest-inspired boho wall hanging! Place it over your bed’s headboard to add a (faux) luxurious accent to your bedroom decor, or you could hang it in the living area to help tie the whole room together.

3. Terrarium Wall Hanging

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If you’re a nature lover, here’s a truly unique wall hanging idea that’ll give you the chance to keep more plants in your home. Suspended by gold chains and encased in delicate glass orbs, these tiny terrariums are sure to invigorate your home and make you feel somewhat closer to the beauty of nature.

4. String Lights Photo Display

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Here’s another idea for displaying your best family photos: hang them up on some sparkling string lights. Not only is this wall hanging idea beautiful and simple to set up, but it’s also very cheap to create. Besides, you can never have too many photos displayed in and around your home, right?

5. Yarn Tassel Wall Hanging

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If you want a DIY project that you can do with your kids, try this tassel wall hanging idea! It’s the perfect decor for a child’s bedroom, and again, you won’t have to spend much. All it takes is some creativity and a bit of skill with tying knots!

6. Fun and Colorful Wreaths

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Christmas isn’t the only occasion for wreaths! Using any old, colorful rugs or scraps of fabric from your old clothes, you can create a one-of-a-kind and personalized wreath that’s perfect for the whole year.

What you will need:

  • 4 Different fabric swatches (make sure they are color-coordinated)
  • Fabric shears (for cutting the fabric)
  • A four-hoop, round-shaped wire (will serve as the frame of the wreath)


Here’s how to make a fun and colorful wreath:

  • Cut the fabric into thick pieces (you don’t have to be precise with the sizes)
  • Classify them according to their colors for sequencing
  • Knot the fabric pieces on the wire frame in an alternating manner and make sure to cover the entire wire frame
  • Add a thread or another piece of fabric for hanging

7. Paper Wall Hanging

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Bond with your kids over this craft paper wall hanging project that is sure to perk up any bare walls in your home. You just need some colored paper, a hanging rod of your choice, and a sewing machine (or needle and thread if you’ve got some sewing skills). In addition to giving you a cute new piece of decor for your home, it’s also a great way to teach your kids about creativity and resourcefulness!

8. Embroidery Wall Hanging

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The best home decor is the kind that the whole family can help make. Encourage the members of your family (even the young ones) to join in on your embroidery project so that everyone can contribute a little something to the adornment of your home. It does require more effort, but the end results will ultimately be more meaningful and special than any expensive, store-bought home decor.

What you will need:

  • Embroidery hoops
  • White fabric
  • Different colors of flosses
  • Needles
  • Tailor’s chalk

Here’s how to make hanging embroideries:

  • Place the fabric inside the embroidery hoop
  • Draw a pattern for you to follow using tailor’s chalk
  • Thread the needle with your chosen colored floss
  • Start stitching!