Cheap, Easy, and Fun Art

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Art can be extremely expensive but with a quick rummage through your game closet or down the aisle of your favorite thrift store, you can create cheap, easy, and fun art with a couple of bucks!

This may be the shortest but best post I have come up with it. It literally takes zero skill, a few minutes to put together, and very little money to pull off.

First, if you have a blank wall in a kids room, hallway, bonus room, or game room - make a trip to your board game closet or down the game aisle of your nearest thrift store. Pick up some game boards and find some frames.

I love to get games from the thrift store and look at this cute one I came across for only $3. Have you ever played "The Uncle Wiggily Game"? It is from 1967 so I snagged up this vintage game. My kids love to play with it and with it being so old, the middle seam is starting to tear apart. Why not frame it and keep its life just a little bit longer? Plus, it is has such cute illustrations and colors it would make for wonderful art in the play room.

Board games usually come in standard frame sizes so you wouldn't need to buy custom frames to hang these. This game is 18"x18" and I just happened to have an simple metal frame from Ikea that is exactly 18"x18" lying around.

It fits like a glove! I just took off the back, popped in my game and put the backing back on.

It is all ready to be hung. Isn't it so cute?!

Hang it on your wall and take it down when you are ready to play. It helps keep the boards intact without the toddler hands whipping it open and bending it backwards and whatever those little hands do to manage to rip them in half like the Incredible Hulk!

If you have art on the walls but maybe tired of the print on the inside, try to swap it out with your favorite game board. I have never played Pachisi before but found it at the thrift store for only $2 and I like the look of old board games. It brings back memories of when I was a young child of the 80s.

You probably have frames sitting around in a closet or on your walls. Just pop in some board games for a new, fun, and cheap look.

Be creative! You can create a whole gallery of vintage board games for a few dollars!

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  • Christie Christie on Aug 27, 2020

    Oh my God. I loved Uncle wiggily. It was one of my favorite games as a child and I had forgotten all about it. I love your idea and thanks for the memories

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 11, 2020

    The key to having this project be inexpensive is already having frames that fit the boards or finding frames with a low price tag that fit. Otherwise the cost for this wall art could go up really fast.