Nesting: Personalized Pet Art

DIY Personalized Pet ArtNow that it's January I am ready to hit the ground running on home decor projects. I am hoping to start sharing our home tour very soon, and I still have mile-long list. There's nothing like a fresh new year to motivate! Are you feeling that? 

Ok, so before I begin, a little word about wall art. Collecting art has been a struggle for me. I love browsing it on Etsy, but actually choosing prints, sizes, frames and hanging them on our walls is another story. I have been procrastinating big time and I am determined to tackle several rooms this month. Part of what has been difficult in shopping for art is that I want stuff that it personal, not just pretty. Because of this, DIY options are very appealing! In addition, art can get expensive(!!!), so DIYs free up money for other things on the decor wishlist. (hello, new light fixtures!) That's a win-win.Supplies NeededThis project is so easy that it's almost fun. Yet, I like the results more than a lot of expensive prints I could have bought. I love it because it's personal. You will need: Paper, Pen, Frames. That's it!DoodleAll I did was sketch my dogs over and over again. These are just silly doodles. I spent about 20 minutes filling each piece of paper. If you don't feel confident about your own doodles maybe you have a family member (even a tiny family member?) who would enjoy it?Cut To SizeNext, use the cardboard inside of your frame as a template to trim your sketches to size. 

FrameFrame them. You're done! 

DIY Pet ArtI displayed mine on my shelf, but I intend to hang them in a larger gallery wall soon. I'm really happy with the results. They are personal and cute and did I mention under $20? 

I hope you are having a wonderful New Years Day! We're in the studio today (and Emma's in the kitchen) working on a big list of projects. The creative energy is high! Life is good. xoxo. elsie 

  • I really love this! But I tried to sketch my kitty and…well…it looks horrible! :/

  • This is so cute and homey. My cat just died a few months ago and I think this DIY project will be the perfect thing for one of those rainy days when I start missing her. Thanks so much for the idea! 😀

  • Love the DIY art but I can’t draw so good. =(

  • These are so cute! If I tried this out, however, my dog doodles wouldn’t look that cute 🙁 I wish you could draw my dachshunds for me!

  • I have such a hard time picking art too. I love so much of it that sometimes I feel like I have too many options. But, these are so lovely!


  • Love little home made sketches! We have some in our digital shop that you might like 🙂

  • Love it. I have 2 dachshunds and 1 yorkie. Unfortunately I cannot draw. But that would so be me.

  • Love love this project!
    I will try something similar this year, i have lots of days ; )

  • Those are great! Your doodles are so full of personality 🙂

  • I’ve been wanting to update my art wall lately and this is such a cute idea! It looks like something you could buy from Etsy, I love it. I’ll definitely do this soon. Such a wonderful inspiration xoxo

  • This is such a cute idea. I have 2 cats and a rabbit and think they would look adorable as little doodle sketches x

  • Your Diy’s always make me want to actually get creative around the house. Whilst I’m not even a diy person! Love the artwork, it’s so cute.

  • Adorable,especially the pug one!!
    I`m already curious about your gallery wall!It`s going to be in your home right???Ahh,this sounds amazing!
    I planned a picture wall a few months ago and got together some self printed cards with vintage photos.But at the moment I`m struggling with finding cute vintage frames.Only have 2 by now and still need like 10-12!
    So,I`m eager to see with what you came up 🙂


  • Absolutely gorgeous doodles, you should be proud of your art skills =)

  • Happy New Year! It’s so cute! I like pig, one day I will draw a picture that full of pigs! So funny!

  • So adorable!! I wonder if my art skills are up to doing some pictures of my cat.. hmmm

  • this is a really great idea 🙂 thank you for posting this. my sheltie is rather hard to draw but i’ll give it my best shot!

  • That is adorable. I don’t know if I could ever doodle that well, but I will try it out tomorrow! I’ve been looking for cute prints to put up.

  • That is very adorable. Simple and easy to make too! Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year : )

  • That’s an adorable idea! You could even doodle with other things, like stick people. 😛


  • Very cute! Having your own artwork on the walls makes it much more special. And of course it should be fun! 🙂

  • Those are really cute! I love them


  • This is so cute! I think I could fill every room in the house with our animals though [they’re are lots of them]!


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  • Well done! Today I also wrote a post about wall art – I painted letters using my grandfather’s old templates which he used when he was painting shop signs. He didn’t have any font templates he just created the shapes he wanted. If only I were so talented!

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  • Awwww, so sweet! I wish I had your drawing talent:)

    Stephanie May*

  • Love the individual touch of this artwork! We have a guinea pig as well as a dog, and I’m thinking how cute they’d be to sketch! Such a fun idea.
    Catherine Denton

  • This is such a fun and budget friendly idea.
    Yeah, it is sometimes hard to decide what to buy on etsy and then you have to buy the frame. I have been wanting to add some of my own drawings to my wall decor and this is such a great idea
    Your dogs are so cute 🙂

  • We have just redecorated our three bedrooms and we’re either re-assessing where to put our old pictures or we have new space for new pictures.

    My husband and I did some cross-stitch kits for our new nursery – an A-Z, a fox and a squirrel (patterns bought on Etsy, supplies from Ebay) – we had them framed and they look wonderful.

    I’ve also had some of my step-daughter’s art framed too 🙂

    We have two framed prints above our bed – one he chose and one I chose – they used to be on opposite walls, but now they’re both above us 🙂

    Definitely agree with your personal approach on this one xxx

  • if i came into your house and saw these i would instantly want to be your friend!

  • So cute, quirky, and personal. Love it. We’re adding a little, fuzzy family member soon. So I’ll have to keep this in mind.

    • I was just about to type the same thing. These are really, really cute 🙂

      As a pet portrait artist myself I thought I had good knowledge of what products in the pet art industry would be the best, but I have never come across anything like this.

      Thanks for sharing this, I’ll definitely do this with my girlfriend soon!


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