3 Easy 30-Minute Art Projects

3 Easy 30 Minute Art Projects abeautifulmess.comChanging up the artwork in your home is a fast way to freshen up your space and add visual interest to your personal zone. While it can be fun working on artwork that is more involved or takes a bit of time, I also love quick and easy pieces that you can do in under 30 minutes. Here are three projects that you can do in the time it takes to watch your favorite sitcom:3 Easy Art Projects
Supplies: Fabric, fabric scissors, frame, transparency film.

1.Use the fabric scissors to cut your fabric to the size of your frame. 2. Print your selected phrase onto your transparency film (I choose a bold font like this one so the phrase would stand out). 3. Place your transparency film on top of your fabric and put the two layers back into the frame.3 Easy Art ProjectsSupplies: Chipboard letters, chipboard word bubble, acrylic paint, small canvas, glue, picture hanger.

1. Glue the chipboard word bubble onto the middle of your canvas. Glue the chipboard letters on top of the word bubble and allow the glue to fully dry. 2. Paint the canvas and chipboard letters with your first coat of paint. Allow the paint to dry and repeat with a second coat. 3. Attach a picture hanger to the back of the canvas. 3 easy art projects
Supplies: Frame, printed photo the size of your frame, white mat board or cardstock.

1. Print out or draw a geometric shape the size you want the window of your matte to be (I used Photoshop to create my shape, but you can grab a ruler and freehand one as well). Use your X-Acto knife to cut out your shape. 2. Use your paper as a template to trace your shape in the middle of your mat board or cardstock. Cut your shape out of the mat board with an X-Acto knife and place over your printed photo. 3. Place the layers into your frame.  3 Easy 30 Minute Art Projects abeautifulmess.com   3 Easy 30 Minute Art Projects abeautifulmess.com 3 Easy 30 Minute Art Projects abeautifulmess.com  So easy, right? Doing variations of these three techniques would be a fast way to create several pieces to start a gallery wall or do a small mini grouping like mine. Just be careful if you are creating these while watching your favorite sitcoms—rolling fits of laughter and X-Acto knives may not mix well…xo.Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman

  • Wonderful and simple! I’ve never seen or even thought of creating geometeric mats!

  • I love the Run away with me art. I like the idea that it would be very easy to keep the fabric and change the words every season just by printing a new transparency. What a great idea and technique. Thank you for the ideas. I will definitely be using your expertise and idea in my own home decor. www.cheriesforgetmenots.com Thank you for posting such a great idea.

  • Wonderful ideas! I am definitely going to be doing this! I really don’t have many pictures in my home – but my mind is whirling with ideas! Love, love, love it!

  • Lovely ideas! And – what models are both photo cameras on the pic? Thanks!

  • These projects are perfect! Thank you for sharing your ideas. Being creative and having DIY art in our home makes it feel welcoming

  • Really nice stuff! And I love the colour on the wall, what kind of colour is that? 🙂

  • These are great. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing. Quick, Easy and Cute is nice!!!

  • Love decorating with fabric. Love the modification of a pic. All your selections are art pieced together!

  • I really like the run away with me print! I’m trying to decorate my new apartment and have had trouble decorating it with art. So, this will help!

  • I love the “Run Away With Me” print. These are wonderful ideas – thanks! I also love, love, love the color of the wall behind the pictures–would you mind telling me what color it is?

  • I really love the honeycomb matt board idea, but the white pot with the arrow on it caught my eye the most. haha

  • Eeekk! Very cute!

    I actually came onto the internet to find some inspiration to craft something today so this is so neat! I wish I had some transparency film on hand!

    Thanks ABM team! Love your work!

    Ngaio xx

  • So fun! I love easy DIY’s and I definitely need something to add to our home decor!



  • so cute!! and i love the color of that wall!



  • I’m moving house very soon, loving all the decor inspiration, check out how I get on over at www.peachparade.com
    Meabh xox

  • Hi there. I’m curious about this dafont.com site. How does one use it, and for what purpose? I’d like to print an inspirational quote and frame it, but I assumed I’d only be able to do it in Word. Does that website create the print for you and then ship it?

  • nice ideas! The will definetly come on my “diy projects to come” list.
    Feel free to take a look on my new-born blog 🙂 http://therevolvingeye.blogspot.ro/
    Greetings, Iris

  • Love this project,
    i have a lot of wall that need some art
    this is a perfect idea!

  • Wow, what a nice idea! I was looking for an easy and stylish way to show my wedding pictures in my office! Thanks

  • These are great, I am pinning this for next weekend!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • THe “Love” in the quote bubble is my fave and the mint wall is my dream color 😉

  • Love the subtle layering look of the monochromatic ‘love’ piece. Simple but intriguing. Nice decor revamp for the new year!



  • Great ideas, but you should put the love word bubble at the top so it suggests that you two are saying “love”!

  • These are so great! Definitely bookmarking for when I have my own space to decorate! 🙂

  • these are great ideas and cheers, not messy. all my crafts and diy somehow require major clean up 😉

  • Really simple but stylish! Love these ideas. Thanks for sharing them! 🙂

  • adorable! thank you for sharing!


  • These are awesome! My walls are embarrassingly bare since we moved this summer and these are such great (CHEAP!) ways to fix that without sacrificing our quirky personalities. I can’t wait to try these!

  • Great, cute ideas!! I like that they are fast too… haha. Thanks for sharing and, as always, inspiring.

  • I’ve been learning more and more ways to use chipboards recently – seems like a great crafting medium. Thanks for the ideas!


  • The Run Away With me Print is fabulous! I think I’m going to do my own version were I print out one of my favorite poems and then put my favorite line over top. Now just to fine a substitute for transparency film ($40 is a bit much for one project)…maybe contact paper and vinyl letters.

  • Ahhh, I love this! My husband and I were just saying this weekend that we need more wall decor in our bedroom 🙂


  • What great ideas! So cute and romantic 🙂

  • this is fun! Always looking for new DIY art projects to add to my collection. 🙂

  • Love these ideas Laura!! My fave is the “Run Away with me” picture 🙂

  • 30-minutes art project are actually really cool. I recently printed/framed song lyrics, I used a really nice font and the effect was great ! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • I love the geometric mat for the photo – so cute! xo


  • absolutely love the “run away with me” piece. so cute.
    and laura, i have to say you are just killing it with these DIY’s 🙂

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  • I love the octagonal picture! That’s a really really cute idea!


  • oh what a fun way to spruce up a space in a hurry!


  • Love this and all the other projects I’ve been seeing here lately — Laura, you’re killing it! Keep up the awesomeness xx

  • I love the ‘run away with me’ piece, such a lovely and clever idea! x


  • This is the kind of project that I like! Easy peasy!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • I love the “Run Away With Me” one!!! Such a great idea!!! Will definitely have to try it out!!

    Thanks for the great ideas as usual!!!


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