Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
Often times when we hear the word “artwork” we also tend to see dollar signs that follow right behind it. I’m here to tell you that investing in stunning artwork for your home doesn’t have to be out of your budget. It can be done for $5-$10 with just a few clicks of the mouse on your computer. That is if you aren’t looking for those one-of-a-kind pieces, custom pieces, or actual paintings or drawings. I’m sharing with you today how you can fill your home with very affordable and beautiful prints.
It’s so simple, you’re going to wonder how you didn’t know this or why you didn’t use it as often. I’m talking about Etsy, my friends. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of talented artists and graphic designers sharing their work on Etsy ready for you to purchase. Keep in mind you aren’t purchasing a physical product where the seller ships it to you. Instead you’re purchasing a digital download where you’re able to print as many times as you desire, in whatever size you need. Worried about how pixelated a print may look if you enlarge it? A lot of Etsy shops will also include several digital sizes so that you get the perfect print every time.
We’ve used prints from Etsy for our recent living room refresh and for a few images in our bathroom renovation. Both times, it was down to the wire where you found me purchasing, downloading, and quickly printing the the images. More on this in a minute!
When you head on over to Etsy.com, you’ll want to search for whatever type of print you’re wanting for your home. For example, in the search bar type in modern print, coastal print, black and white print, landscape print, vintage print, botanical print, etc. The search results will give you hundreds to thousands to choose from that range from $5 and up. Some are sold in sets while others are single images to download. Just make sure you’re purchasing a digital download and not a physical product!
So now that you have your perfect prints, you’ll want to print them for your home. Like I mentioned before, a lot of Etsy shops will give you multiple sizes of the image to download of your print. They’ll tell you which ones to use if you want to print a 4 x 6, 8 x 10, 11 x 16, etc. This is so important so your images print crisp and clear. There’s nothing worse than a blurry image that could have been avoided.
There are plenty of online services you can use like Snapfish and Shutterfly. Those services are great but I’m usually too impatient to wait to receive the prints in the mail. I also want to avoid any extra cost like shipping. Especially when I can order online and pick up within an hour from my local Walgreens. I’ve been beyond impressed with their print quality time and time again! And 99% of the time there’s a promo code for you to receive 4o% – 50% off your photo order. You can read more about that here if you’re wanting to print personal photos and need to make them high resolution. You’ll simply upload your image that you purchased and downloaded from Etsy on the choosen site you picked to print your images.
So, there you have it! Hang gorgeous artwork in your home that costs less than $10 (sometimes more depending on the printing size and print you purchased). It costs even less if you’re printing smaller images. This convenient and budget friendly way of incorporating artwork within your home is so much fun! My personal photos tend to stay in their designated frames for a while, but with this option of printing artwork on Etsy, other frames are switched out more often to match the season, if our style has changed, or we simply get bored of the current prints.
Need help getting started? Here are a few of my favorite images and the shops where you can find them.
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