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How to Create Cheap DIY Artwork in Minutes

Updated: Mar. 03, 2023

Here is a quick and easy way to create your own artwork on a budget.

DIY artwork
You can be as creative as you want with this project—even using random items found in your home or workshop. Best of all, most of these are pieces are easy enough for your kids to do.

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Gather Materials

DIY Artwork Materials

For this project, you will need a speed square, pencil, decorative tape, permanent fine point marker, scissors, quarter, washer, card stock paper, ruler and, of course, picture frames. Read on to learn how to create each of these three super-simple DIY artwork projects.

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Glass Template

DIY art using glass template

Place the glass from a picture frame on your paper and trace around the glass. This will create the perfect size artwork for your frame.

How to Make Striped Artwork

DIY Artwork

Measure-and-mark DIY artwork

Measure and mark each side of your paper for the placement of the metallic tape. Our tape was 3/4-in. wide, so we placed marks every 3/4 in.


Align tape on marks and fold edges over the side of the paper. That’s it!

 How to Make Polka Dot Artwork

DIY polka dot artwork


We used the inside of a metal washer as a template for our polka dots. You can place dots randomly or create a pattern. Once the marker or paint dries, you’re done!

How to Make Circular Artwork

DIY circular pattern artwork


Align marks on a quarter to create an overlapping circular pattern.


Trace quarters, starting in the middle and working your way out. After you allow the marker or paint to dry, it’s complete.

How to Make Herringbone Artwork

DIY herringbone artwork


Draw vertical lines of any width.


Using a speed square, draw a linear pattern between the lines. Allow the marker or paint to dry and you’re done!

DIY artwork

These simple frames look great on a bookshelf or clustered on a wall. Check out another quick and easy DIY artwork idea.