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No need to spend your whole decorating budget on walls. Take a look at these inexpensive, wow-worthy wall treatments like this $20 eye-popping headboard made from scrapbook paper glued to the wall. It’s ideal for apartment or dorm dwellers, who are not allowed to paint and don’t want to bother with an actual headboard for the bed.

mosaic  paper headboard

I love this! It reminds me of a Rubik’s Cube! The bolder and brighter the colors, the better.

I’d never thought of using electrical cords as decor until I saw these ideas collected by Miss Decorate. My favorite  turns an ugly cable into a whimsical garden scene by adding paper leaves and a red paper bird. Ingenious!

For another $20 project, don’t miss these smart, no-sew fabric wall panels that turn insulation board and scrap fabric into art. (Scroll down; the top photo is the before photo.) A staple gun is the only tool you’ll need for this easy project. Just pull the fabric taut around the board and staple treating the corners like you’re wrapping a present.

Check out how Cheap Thrills Decor turns Robert Frost poetry into decor. (Third photo.) If you like this look, choose a lengthy favorite poem and fill the wall. If your handwriting is less than beautiful, use stencils or tracing paper.

Molding can transform a home, but it can be expensive. To cut the cost, make it from materials like foam and plastic instead of wood. Thrifty Decor Chick shares her molding know-how and project photos. Get inspired!

42 Responses

  1. Will I Am says:

    This is beautiful. I think whoever designed this must be very smart, and probably super hot.

  2. Christina says:

    sounds like you were the one to design it lol

  3. Kelly@ColorSizzle says:

    What an amazing idea! Great use of paper, too.

  4. Sarah @ Thriftydecor says:

    Thanks so much for the mention! I appreciate it!

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  6. Nicole says:

    These ideas are great! I'm in the process of redecorating my apartment and just bought a bunch of amazing travel photos from Vicarious Eye and put them in some bright frames from Ikea. I'm going to attempt your fabric wall panel next! Thanks for the inspiration!

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