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Whether you live in a house, an apartment, a cottage or a mcmansion, my guess is: you’ve got some giganto empty wall space you need to fill.

I’ve long been frustrated by the fact that it’s next to impossible to buy giant pieces of art. On most online sites, big art is either not available or super duper scary expensive. Why is this? Should we start a petition!? Do you want to join me in the “BIG ASS ART FOR ALL” movement? Let’s change the world!

Until then, here are 7 easy DIY art projects that will help you fill up that big empty space on your wall with some fabulousness.

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1. Framed Wallpaper

This one is a great option if you’re ready to dip your toes into the wallpaper pool, but still want to wear your floaty wing thingys while doing it. You can hang a piece (or several pieces!) of wallpaper either vertically or horizontally, and then create a “frame” around it with painted wooden trim from the hardware store. The Hunted Interior has a great tutorial showing you how she put together her chinoiserie wallpaper panels.

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2. Washi Tape Art

If you’ve not yet discovered the magic of washi tape, BREAKING: washi tape is seriously amazing! Washi tape is sort of like masking tape, but it’s made of rice paper so the texture is much different. This is a great abstract art DIY for anyone that’s gun shy about painting. You can purchase a large canvas to fit the size of the space you are trying to fill, as well as a variety of colors of washi tape. Then you just go crazy, crisscrossing lines until you have something you dig. Hop over to Sketch42blog to get step-by-step instructions on this one.

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3. Knotted Wall Hanging

I love me some woven wall hangings and also some macrame wall hangings, but I don’t know how to do either. So a few weeks ago I decided to tackle my own big space dilemma by creating a “knotted” wall hanging. Basically I bought a bunch of yarn in the same off white color, but in all different textures. I also purchased a big branch at a floral supply store. Then I got to work making all sorts of fun knots, braids, tassels and tie offs. I knew my Girl Scout training would pay off one day. This one is super duper easy, and I included all of the directions over on vintagedesign.me.

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4. Juju Hat

A Juju hat is not, in fact, a hat covered in jujubes candy, but actually a beautiful African headdress. Several years ago these gorgeous feather numbers started showing up in design mags and blogs, but the problem was, most of them cost 11 bazillion dollars. Lucky for us, enterprising bloggers started scheming up their own Juju Hat DIYs and Love Meagan has a great one for you to peep. You’ll need feathers, a glue gun, some rug canvas and scissors. You can do this…I believe in you.

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DIY Log Art

At six months pregnant, I am consumed with nursery decorating and preparations. My nesting instincts have kicked in, and I’m feeling a sense of urgency to hang up wall art and pick out rugs. We are expecting a little girl and the house has been taken over with crib-painting stations, frames full of floral prints and peach tassel garland scraps. Baby number two doesn’t have anything to wear yet, but I’ll be darned if she doesn’t have a polished nursery to come home to (wink!).

One element I really wanted to incorporate into the nursery was a handmade art piece as my gift to my little girl. I wanted it to be whimsical, simple and just a bit unexpected. So I took a hike — literally — and grabbed some sticks that could  be transformed into log slice art. When I pull up to the house with sticks, my husband doesn’t even raise an eyebrow anymore; he just helps me pull out the power tools and we get to work. If you’re in the mood for some simple, yet impactful, DIY artwork, this log slice art is the craft for you.

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BRIANA: We’ve hashed out our feelings about hand chairs, but now I want to know your thoughts on a whole other type of hand: the hand sculpture or accessory. Hands have long been artist’s models or glove molds, but they were spotted at High Point Market and are making their way into the home as decorative objects,  jewelry holders and even hardware. Do you give them a high five or thumbs down?

Do you like the hand sculpture and accessory trend? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

JESSICA: I just thought of about 10 hand sculpture possibilities that would work for me. Most of them are offensive.

FARIMA: I would keep a hand sculpture flipping the bird in my car. Otherwise, no.

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Now that we’re closing in on my due date, I’m ready to finish this nursery. The last big project I’m tackling is hanging the eclectic assortment of art I’ve been collecting (and in the case of this monogrammed string art, making) with this space in mind. Hanging a gallery art wall can look overwhelming, but it’s really a snap. Sherry and John over at Young House Love have some great tips for using newspaper templates when hanging a lot of art in a space. In the end, I laid out the artwork on the floor first and then eyeballed it on the wall. I think it turned out pretty great.

How to Hang a Gallery Style Art Wall

I was able to check one more project off my list this week, recovering the glider cushions. If you remember from this post, this glider had great lines but the dingy white cushions had to go. I knew that as soon as I spotted this modern fish-printed fabric that I had found the perfect pattern. My friend Emily’s mom (thank you Teresa!) made slipcovers for the existing cushions and boom! The glider looks brand new for just $30 in fabric costs.

Recovered Nursery Glider

Only a few more last-minute details and then I’m ready to unveil the finished room, not to mention ready to have a baby.

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Update: Congratulations to this month’s random winner, Van. Check back on May 3 for another great giveaway.

Now that spring has finally arrived, the time is right to shake up your decor. Along with new paint colors and spring cleaning to-dos, why not update your home by starting an original art collection? It’s easier than you think — and this month’s giveaway with affordable original art retailer The Tappan Collective can help.

The Tappan Collective founders Jordan Klein and Chelsea Neman started their company to make it easy for art lovers (and art newbies!) to easily find and buy original artwork from emerging artists. One lucky Design Happens reader will win their choice from the three original pieces featured in this post. Read on to enter for a chance to win.

Tappan Collective - Win Free Original Artwork

Chefchaouen 2 by Shay Spaniola

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Last month, I had my very first Las Vegas experience — and, I think I did pretty good for a first-timer. I gambled a little (came home $75 richer), saw Celine Dion at Caesars Palace and I visited The Neon Museum. The slot machines and Ms. Dion had been on the agenda, but The Neon Museum was something my buddy and I decided to take in on a whim. And truthfully, it was one of the trip’s highlights (right up there with Celine!).

Neon Museum

Photo From The Neon Museum

If you’re a history buff, this place is for you. The Neon Museum is home to Las Vegas’ old neon signs that once kept the city famously lit. Pieces in their collection include signage from the Moulin Rouge Hotel, the Stardust and Desert Inn. You can go on a guided tour through their “boneyard” and hear tales of the city’s fascinating past.

Neon Museum

Photo From The Neon Museum

Apparently, many newlyweds go to the museum’s boneyard and have offbeat wedding pictures made there. Whatever your relationship status, I highly recommend you visit this place on your next Vegas adventure — you won’t regret it.

More Neon Talk From Design Happens:
June 2012′s Color of the Month
DIY Crafts: Neon Animal Garland
Neon Decor Scores

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ArchTriumph is a competition in Paris that asks entrants to submit creative ways to cross the Seine River. Design firm Atelier Zündel Cristea came up with the idea of a fun, bouncy bridge. Though they only placed third in the competition, the idea takes top prize in my book.

Trampoline Bridge

Trampoline Bridge

Some naysayers think the bridge is a terrible idea (even dangerous). It probably is, but I can’t get bogged down in those details. I just want to bounce!

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Canstruction® is an annual design competition and food charity in New York City. Over 25 teams of architects, engineers and contractors compete to build enormous structures made entirely out of unopened cans of food. They are then on view to the public until dismantled and donated to City Harvest. Admission is free, but visitors are asked to bring a can of high quality food.

If you’re in the NYC area, check out the exhibit November 2 – 14 at the World Financial Center Complex.

Sneaker

2011 sneaker that weighed more than a ton

Lady Gaga Shoe

2011 replica of Alexander McQueen’s Lady Gaga high heels (made from 3,600 cans)

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Recently, we have noticed that readers (you) are searching HGTV.com for “Spanish-style” decor ideas. Is it because this is Hispanic Heritage Month, perhaps? Whatever the reason, what better time than now to highlight these stunning handmade plates from Spain?!

Made from enamels and 24k gold, these plates come in a variety of sizes from just over three inches to over 13 inches in diameter. Que bonita!
Spanish Plate
Spanish Plate

More Spanish-Style Talk:

Spanish-Inspired Outdoor Spaces
Spanish-Inspired Rooms
Spanish-Inspired Design Ideas

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I don’t mean to brag, but I have an amazing dress sock collection. Ah-may-zing! I get the biggest rush when I am able to match wild and fun socks with whatever I’m wearing to the office that day. My motto is: “All business upstairs, but a party downstairs!”

For my recent birthday, I received some spectacular socks (thanks, Mom). Just look!

Fun Socks

Jealous of my collection? Don’t be! You too can have some fun socks! My go-to sock spots are: The Joy of Socks, Sock it to Me, Absolute Socks and Bold Socks.

And if you’re curious — yes,  I every now and then must go boring and wear ho-hum blue, black or brown socks. I was in a wedding recently and wore the standard black — I feared my socks may take attention off the bride.

What say you? Guys, are you bold enough to throw some flair on your feet? Ladies, think the man in your life would appreciate a pair of wild socks?

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Featuring 8,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins crafted by more than 30 artisans, The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch in Palo Alto, California recently held its 17th annual fall event and sale. These glass pumpkins are perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving (yet beautiful enough to display year-round).

Glass Pumpkins

More Halloween-Inspired Ideas From Design Happens:

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If you haven’t heard, just this week I Love Lucy was voted the best television show of all time — beating out finalists Seinfeld, M*A*S*H, All in the Family and Cheers. Everyone clearly still loves Lucy!

In honor of the incomparable Lucille Ball, I’m showcasing this duct tape art piece of the comedienne (that’s right, this is all duct tape) from Etsy shop LivingColored.

MORE: DUCT TAPE IDEAS FROM DESIGN HAPPENS

Lucille Ball

What’s your favorite Lucy episode? Tell me in the comments below!

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