8 DIY Art Ideas That Will Come Out So Good You’ll Want to Quit Your Day Job

8 DIY Art Ideas That Will Come Out So Good You’ll Want to Quit Your Day Job

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Adrienne Breaux
Apr 8, 2015
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For the record, Apartment Therapy DOES NOT suggest you quit your day job, even though these DIY art projects will in fact look great when you finish. The point we’re making with that hyperbolic title is that these eight DIY art projects aren’t just a fun way to fill up time on a lazy afternoon — they’re easy enough to pull off that the end result will be pretty darn impressive. We picked a mix of styles and techniques; there's bound to be something that will make you feel like an artist when you're done!

Shown above: A found (and kind of dreary) still life painting gets a makeover to resemble a retro art style coming back into vogue: the paint-by-number look. HonestlyWTF's art project turned out lovely, and you can also get inspiration (and instructions) from where they got inspiration: a project found on Under the Sycamore.

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Sometimes less is more. And in the case of this DIY abstract painting tutorial we spotted on The Felted Fox, working with less paint and fewer shapes means creating a pretty darn sleek modern abstract art piece.

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Have you always dreamed of watercoloring scenes from nature to hang in your home? Start with this easier-than-it-looks project we spotted on Persia Lou. The techniques for creating these little watercolor agate paintings are simple and should allow you to create a whole army of these colorful paintings.

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We might be stretching the limits of what might be considered "art," but this DIY pom pom wall hanging feels less like a member of the woven wall hanging trend and more like a neat pop art-esque piece to add a punch to a wall in your home. Seen on Sugar & Cloth.

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Channel mid-century modern shapes when you tackle this easy art project that involves cutting out some stencils and stamping on some paint to create shapes. Framed or unframed, we bet this project we spotted on Vitamini would also scale to a larger size well.

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If you can use a black marker to make lines on a paper, you can pull off this dramatic black and white contrasting piece of abstract art that comes off graphic and bold. Spotted on Ohoh Blog.

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Paper collage is an understated but dynamic way to make art, and this piece features geometric shapes that create a great pattern that feels more like a texture to hang on the wall. Though FRK Hansen isn't in English, there's a free template to use and the visual instructions seem easy enough to follow.

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Our jaws drop by just how good this faux stained glass art piece came out. Used in a window, it'll both add privacy to a room and let colored light cheer up the space, but we could also see this hanging on the wall or leaning on a mantel. Seen on A Beautiful Mess.

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