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More Free Artwork for My Bedroom

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If you ever read the “About Me” page on my blog, then you know I adore old movies, especially ones with Cary Grant, Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Audrey Hepburn, and Rosalind Russell. These are my favorites…Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, Sunday in New York, Roman Holiday, Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House, Auntie Mame, Sabrina…but my list goes on and on.

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I ADORE them…and have watched them over and over again and will do so for the rest of my life. They make me happy. When something makes me happy, I want to add more of it to my life.

Check out this gallery wall idea using movie DVD case covers...repurposing project

Creating decor from stuff I have on hand also makes me happy.  It is the most affordable way to make a change in a room. I figure since I bought and like the items, why not switch them up and if they are not actually a decorating item, repurpose them to become one.  That is what I did with the covers of the DVD cases I had from my favorite movies.  I made them into decor… the best kind of decor – custom fit, practically free artwork, and for me alone.

Movie-DVD-case-cover-art-galley-wall

I have been updating my bedroom and this is the last side of the room that I have to complete.  I started with the area above the TV. It fits perfectly between two IKEA shelving units. I haven’t done anything with the shelving units yet, but will show you what I do with them very soon.

The wall space above the TV needed something to add interest. I tried a few different pieces of art, but all looked awkward or were just not the right size. I wanted something to look like it was an integral part of the shelving units.

When something doesn’t come together right away, I have learned to just walk away to let my mind refresh. Looking at the blank wall for a few weeks is when I saw that it needed something white that would have to be custom fit. I also had the IKEA Ribba frames on hand from a project I did a few years ago. They are classic frames and go with any decor. They worked to fit the tight but open space.

The hardest part of this project was choosing only 6 of the covers of the movies I love.  I have so many favorites. I chose my top 10 then used the covers that had the most color in them. That Touch of Mink with Cary Grant and Doris Day didn’t make the cut.  l wanted it to be part of the gallery, but the colors were too dark. :-(

How to Frame Movie DVD Case Art

In case you’re wondering, I put all the actual DVD movie discs in a DVD storage notebook. Now all my faves are handy and compact and can go with me from room to room or even on vacation. It was one of the things I did when I was decluttering my basement. I recycled all the plastic cases after I removed all the cover images.

Free artwork using movie DVD case art

supplies needed:

  • frame with a mat; I used IKEA Ribba frames.  Frame size is 9″ x 11″. Image size in mat is: 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″
  • scissors
  • tape

1. Remove movie art from the DVD cases. Cut out the front image with a pair of scissors or paper cutter.

How to frame movie DVD covers to create free art for your walls

2. Remove back and mat from frame. Lay mat right side down. Place cut image face down and center on back of the open section of mat. Use tape to secure it in place making sure the image is centered and straight.

How to make free art using movie DVD cases

3. Flip over and confirm that the image is straight and centered. Put frame back together.

How to Hang Movie DVD Case Art

supplies needed to hang the frames:

  • Command Brand Picture Hanging Strips
  • Painter’s tape
  • Pencil/marker
  • Measuring tape
  • Bubble level
  • Small piece of cardboard or foam board

1. Measure your wall space and figure out how many frames will fit across and down, then figure out how much space you want between each frame. Find the center point on the wall and mark it.

Use this picture hanging centering tip the next time you are creating a gallery wall in your home

DIY-Tip

 

I eyeballed where the center of the wall was and placed a piece of painter’s tape there. I then drew the actual center mark on the tape.  This allows you to make an easy-to-see mark, but not damage the wall.  When you finish hanging the frames, you simply remove the tape.

2. For the picture hanging strips to work perfectly, clean the surface on the frame and the wall where they will be attached with Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol and let dry.

how to use Picture hanging strips

3. Place a picture hanging strip on the top back corners of your frames. If your frames have narrow back corners, I have been known to cut the strips in half vertically to fit.  When I do this, I add a third set of strips across the top of the frame as well as on each corner to make sure there are enough strips to hold up the weight of the frame.

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4. Lay the frames on the floor or a bed and arrange them the way you want. I tried to balance the colors and used the most colorful ones on the bottom center row.  (I wanted to use all of these, but only had room on my wall for six. I will have to find a way to use the other three.)

How to hang artwork on a wall

5. Once you know your layout, start with the center top frame. Center it with the center mark you made on the wall.  Place a bubble level on top of the frame to find the level position for the frame and then press the frame into the wall.  You will hear a little snap.

6. Hang the next frame under the centered top frame. Figure out how much spacing you would like to see between the frames. My frames are 1-1/4″ apart and also 1-1/4″ from the sides of the two shelving units.

How to Perfectly Space Frames When Hanging in a Grid Style Gallery Wall

How to hang frames in a gallery wall grid the easy way

DIY-Tip

Using a piece of cardboard or foam core make a little “square” the size of the space between the frames.  Mine was 1-1/4″. Use it to help you evenly space the frames as you hang them.

7. Hang the rest of the frames using the previously hung frame as your guide. If there is room, use the bubble level to help ensure the frames are level.

8. On the picture hanging strips’ package directions, it says to remove the frames after hanging and wait a few hours before putting them back up so that the adhesive on the strips has time to adhere without weight.  You can do this, but I have been using these strips for years and have never done this step. I have never had a frame fall down on me yet.

I still have more to do on these shelves in my bedroom and will be posting my progress as I complete it….

…and speaking about bedrooms, have you heard about the Game of Love?

It is a game on a bed sheet..it is loads of fun.  The Game of Love Bed sheet game

It is the fun idea of fellow blogger, Monica Mangin from East Coast Creative. She made the game for her husband and posted about it. It became one of her most popular posts so she decided to make it into an actual product.

Its launch is today!  I have two weddings to go to at the end of the month. I am giving the brides the game as a bridal shower gift. I have a feeling…it is going to be a big hit!

The game of love bed sheet game

To find out more about The Game of Love, check out the website and video.

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25 Comments

  1. Love this idea. However, I’m a bit lost. I went to the IKEA website and there are a multitude of frame styles and sizes in the Ribba series. Would you mind giving us the size you used since they seem to fit the artwork so well? Or link us up?

  2. Hello Diane:

    I absolutely LOVE your movie artwork display. Oddly enough, all these movies are my favourites too. I remember watching them as a teenager. Fond memories…thanks! : )

  3. Diane, I agree with Marsha! Wonderful display and a great tutorial! You also gave a great quote: “When something makes me happy, I want to add more of it to my life.” Yah sure you betcha!!

  4. LOVE!, LOVE, LOVE, those old movies too.
    What a great way to be reminded of them.
    Thank you.