One of the most difficult (not to mention, most expensive) decorating tasks you have to face when designing a new apartment is how to fill those big, blank walls. While store-bought statement pieces can work room-altering magic, they also come at a cost. To decorate that spot over the couch or dining room table on the cheap, turn to supplies you may already have lying around: fabric, wrapping paper and wallpaper. Grab an oversized frame, and your masterpiece will be ready in less than five minutes.
1. How to frame fabric: Remove the back of the frame and trace it onto a piece of thin poster board; cut out the piece. Cut a section of fabric slightly bigger than the frame. Wrap the fabric around the poster board base, pulling the fabric taut as you go and securing it in place with pins. If you have excess fabric on the back of the board, use acid-free artist's tape to attach it to the board.
2. How to frame wallpaper. This option was designed for home DIYers who likely have some wallpaper panels left over from a recent room makeover. Even if you're buying a new design, this is an affordable way to introduce just a touch of an expensive material. Remove the back from the frame and trace its outline onto the wallpaper, then cut it out. Coat the frame back with spray adhesive, then smooth on the wallpaper panel, removing any bubbles.
3. How to frame wrapping paper. Believe it or not, the swirling marbleized design above was sold at A.I. Friedman as an art paper or high-end gift wrap. Remove the back of the frame and trace its outline onto the wrapping paper; cut out the piece. Spritz spray adhesive evenly over the poster board, then slowly apply the paper, starting on side and and smoothing it out as you go.