Girls Room Collage Wall ~ with Free Printables!

This summer, the girls and I did a lot of crafty projects. The biggest thing we did was a collage wall for a new bedroom. The walls are painted a light gray and the trim is a darker gray. That created a neutral backdrop and the girls each chose their favorite color for decorative accents- red and teal/aqua. I also threw in some pink and white.
This is probably my favorite home decorating project ever! I love the way it turned out.
It was a frugal project, too. Well, until I got command strips to hang everything because my husband didn't want his new wall full of holes. ;)  (I can't complain- that made it so much easier to hang everything!) We went to a local thrift store on half off day and picked out a bunch of frames. I already had a few that I picked up at yard sales for a quarter each.
We took out the original artwork and scuffed the frames up with sandpaper.
Then, I put the girls to work painting them. :)
I got some free codes from Shutterfly to order black and white prints. If the frame was a strange size, I mounted the picture to scrapbook paper or used a strip to fill in a gap.
We also got some wood frames from Michaels at a really good sale price. The laser cut frames were painted by the girls and we mod podged scrapbook paper to the other ones. The big one in this picture is an 11 x 14, so it is pretty big!
I also cut out a mustache (my 11yo loves them!) using scrap wood from an old dresser drawer that fell apart. I printed out a horse silhouette for the heart frame since it was an odd shape for photographs.
My 7yo was unhappy about the black and white pictures, so I printed out a few pictures that she liked and matched the color scheme to hang in an open frame with bakers twine and mini clothespins.
I also wanted the collage wall to include some encouraging and inspiring messages for my daughters. I found a few free printables that I liked.
Free from incourage HERE.
Find it HERE.

I also created a few of my own free printables. You can use them, too. Just give me credit if you blog and don't sell them. OK?

My 11yo chose this Bible verse. I got the clip art here: Designed by Freepik. (There is a spelling mistake, but I fixed it. It only took 2.5 years to notice it!)

Comparison is the thief of joy is something that I told my daughter when we had a long heart to heart talk last year. I hope these words stick with her. I think all of us would to well to remember them. Again, the wreath graphic can be found here: Designed by Freepik.

The words HOPE and Laugh were clearance finds. Everything for this project (besides the command strips) cost under $35.

I have another decorating project that I plan to share on the blog soon. I also plan on doing another, smaller collage wall for another bedroom. These are really fun!

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