DYI HOME DECOR RULE: LET'S GET ARTSY-FARTSY!

by olivia black

We have a strange rule in our home that everyone hated at first. But like an annoying weed in fertile soil, it grew into a wonderous thing that we’ve learned to appreciate. Any art that appears on our walls at home must be made in the home. Yeah, that was extremely challenging at first. But now it’s evolved into a string of hobbies and pastimes enjoyed by every member of our F.U. Even Dad gets into it.

This fun activity began several years ago when Dad, a former marketing executive, analyzed the greeting card industry. With some cards costing upwards of $7.00, he instituted a rule stating all cards exchanged in the family must be created by our own hands, and it couldn’t touch anything to do with Hallmark. Most craft stores sell blank cards and envelopes. Clever greeting card design and wording inspirations are never more than a few taps away on any portable internet device. The best ones are completely original, but that’s hard. No points deducted if you can’t do it.  

 

Since art is extremely subjective, there are no real rules about what art should be. Some guy duct taped a banana to a piece of paper and sold it for $120,000. You probably won’t want spoiled produce nailed to your living room wall, so a couple cheap paint brushes and watercolors will create something much more meaningful in your own home. If you’re A-type, limit the colors to complimentary colors only.

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Can’t draw to save your live? Photography counts too! Those snappy digital filters have evolved into an extension of the art. People have created award-winning portraits with their smartphones. Yours may be next.

 

Our fam makes very cool custom ornaments for our “All Year Tree” – a Christmas tree we’ve repurposed to celebrate multiple holidays. Yeah, some people think we’re a little strange for keeping a Christmas tree up all year, but we think they’re strange for not doing it. Using a Cricut machine, some clever designs, and a lot of epoxy, we’ve created some pretty dank ornaments, wall art, planks, t-shirts, tumblers, and more. Check out Felicia’s Craft Channel on YouTube for some inspiration.

 

Forcing the fam to create their own décor was initially a tough sell, and you may have your own set of issues instituting this dope rule in your own home – especially to more traditional folks. I faced a ton of resistance at first in my own home when I created this rule. Honestly, I caved the first year and insisted on at least half our art be home brewed. I completely phased it in over three long years. It’s cool to see the quality improve as time goes on. Our home walls are quite impressive today! The last thing I expected was the spousal unit completely taking this over, but guess what happened? There are a few very loose ground rules that’ll help get you started.

 

  • The art can be a group project amongst friends, but at least one member of your family must have participated in its creation.

  • You can limit color palettes. Obviously, a neon pink painting won’t jive with your earthy-tone wood walls. But be as lenient as you can.

  • It can be a drawing, a photograph, a silkscreen, a homemade poster created in Photoshop, or anything really, but it must have been created or changed enough from someone else’s work that would enable a reasonable person to conclude it’s an original work or parody. Don’t infringe upon copyrights.

  • Photography is great! It must be a photograph that someone in the F.U. photographed or created digitally. The only exception is a photograph of the family or a family member that was taken by someone outside the family. Hey, posing is art too.

  • It’s not just greeting cards and wall art in our home. We’ve extended this rule to table art, and to Christmas tree decorations. Cricut labeled and epoxy ornaments are amazing. Recently, we’ve begun creating and designing our own card and board games too!  

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2020-01-01 10.25.44