60 Budget-Friendly DIY Wall Decor Ideas for Large Walls

How do you decorate a large wall without painting? This roundup of DIY wall decor ideas for large walls has dozens of ideas  for large wall decor you can make yourself, on a budget. 

When you have a large wall space that needs some love, we have 3 go to options for DIY wall decor: paint a fun accent wall, hang a gallery wall of frames, or hang a piece (or two) of large wall decor.

Large DIY Wall Decor Ideas and Inspiration: Tall Board and Batten DIY Wall Treatment

We decorated this large wall, added tall board and batten, and also built a tall Swedish clock — with the DIY barn door baby gate, it makes this one of my favorite walls!

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Deciding how to decorate a large wall depends on your style and on the area of your home — a gallery wall is fine for hanging in a living room over a sofa or in a bedroom above a headboard, but when it comes to large tall walls or awkward over the stairs walls, the thought of accurately hanging 10+ frames is enough to make me quit before I’ve begun (even with this quick gallery wall hanging trick). But it’s not fun to stomach the tough of dropping a lot of cash on decorating *one* wall, either.

Related Reading: How to Decorate Tall Walls
Large DIY Wall Decor Idea: Easy Diy Picture Ledge Prevents Photo Frames From Tipping And Falling

Photo Wall: DIY sliding picture ledge tutorial

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to DIY wall decor for large walls to get a look you love at a price that’s nice to your budget. We’ve collected about 60 of our favorite affordable DIY large wall decor ideas (plus lots more ways to use inexpensive engineering prints as large wall art HERE).

Diy Large Wall Art Prints And Framing, Designer Trapped

Large Wall Art Prints (Designer Trapped)

For more large wall decor ideas, check out our headboard roundups here,  here and here. If you can build it as a cheap headboard, it can probably be modified into a great piece of wall art, like our pieced wood headboard.

DIY Wall Decor for Large Walls: Wood Pieced Headboard Painted With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

You’ll also want to check out our favorite large mirrors here and more large round mirrors here — mirrors are especially good for large walls in small rooms because they reflect the light and make the room feel bigger!

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Inexpensive Large DIY Wall Decor Ideas

Easy peasy large wall decor — frame some cute wrapping paper or leftover wallpaper. Use a large poster frame to keep the cost down. (Little Green Notebook)

(We’ve got printable agate posters here, too!)

budget friendly large wall art by framing wrapping paper (Little Green Notebook)

This tall feather art is amazing! (via DecorPad) The extra large wall art looks like it might be on unmounted canvas which would mean you could DIY like…

tall feather art, large DIY wall decor (via DecorPad)

this large wall art and frame set from Place of My Taste!

giant hand-sketched DIY large wall art and DIY frames (Place of My Taste)

We’ve also got these great printable large wall art feathers — easy to mount and frame for a large wall decor set.

DIY Large Wall Art Printable Feather Set

Plywood is a fairly inexpensive medium, and some paint and stain make for a great graphic art piece to decorate a large wall in a hallway or living room. (via Home Depot)

diy large wall art from plywood, tape, and paint (via Home Depot)

We took plywood wall decor one step farther and painted custom cornhole boards, which we now hang on the wall of our patio when not in use — double duty DIY wall decor!

Large DIY Wall Decor for Patio: custom painted cornhole boards painted with Star Wars droids BB-8 and R2-D2, on the grass in a backyard

Hang a rug for an instant large wall decor statement! (Makely) No rug? Try one of these DIY ideas to make your own.

how to hang a rug on the wall for a large DIY wall art idea (Makely)

I’m a big fan of big clocks! See how Mylove2create made this Pottery Barn Knockoff large wall clock.

diy rustic pottery barn large wall clock (Mylove2create)

This headboard is made from vintage maps, and wouldn’t it look great hanging standalone on the wall as a large wall art display? (via Remodelista)

vintage maps as a headboard, could also be large wall art (via Remodelista)

Follow this tutorial from My Love 2 Create to make your own DIY large wall decor triptych set (that’s a set of 3 art panels hung together to form a complete image). The tutorial includes tips for using a projector to create a cheap large wall art piece, too.

DIY large wall decor: triptych frame with abstract art, MyLove2Create

Large and colorful, this mosaic DIY wall decor was my first “viral” post! Still one of my favorite simple (although time consuming) projects. See the tutorial here.

DIY Large Wall Decor: affordable paper mosaic large wall art idea

You can use public domain images and art to create your own large wall art to print and frame like this beauty. (Blesser House)

Diy Large Wall Art Printable And Frame, Blesser House

Have you noticed all the beautiful shower curtain designs available now? Put them to work on as large DIY wall decor by building a simple wood frame and stapling on the shower curtain. (6th Street Design School and Dream Book Design)

DIY Wall Decor Ideas: extra large wall art from a shower curtain (6th Street Design School) DIY Wall Decor Idea: large shower curtain wall art DIY (Dream Book Design)

Print some large wall decor with our favorite interchangeable holiday wall art set — 10 prints, 1 frame, for year-round easy decorating! (Printable paper flower garland download and tutorial here.)

Printable Large Wall Art Set for All Seasons

Large wall decor is also perfect for decorating above the TV! This framed world map looks great in the large DIY frame. (Jenna and Calder)

DIY Wall Decor Ideas: large map wall art above the tv (jennaandcalder)
See more ideas for decorating around the TV here

Abstract art is easy to for non-artists to make — How Does She used a foam insulation sheet as a large wall decor “canvas”.

Follow this tutorial to see how to use your leftover paint to paint your own abstract art, or try these 3 DIY art ideas for non-artists.

DIY Wall Decor Idea: large abstract DIY wall art painted on insulation foam (How Does She)

Another large DIY wall art idea using inexpensive foam insulation. This one is wrapped with leftover dropcloth fabric before being painted, to look like a real art canvas! (Imperfect Homemaking)

Large Wall Decor Idea: diy canvas and large abstract art (Imperfect Homemaking)

A half sheet of plywood and a bit of paint make a large wall art alphabet pennant cheap and easy — Lemon Thistle featured military alphabet speak and morse code on this large wall art!

Large Wall Decor - military morse code alphabet wall art DIY tutorial

An old window, with or without glass, makes a great statement as decor on a large wall! Hang it on its own, put photos in it, or hang photos from it like this one. (source unknown)

Large DIY Wall Decor Idea: Down to Earth Style - old window photo display - via Remodelaholic

See more ideas for decorating with old windows here.

A large stained wood map is a classic look, and can be dressed to fit with any style! (The Happier Homemaker)

DIY Wall Decor Ideas: extra large wood wall map art (The Happier Homemaker)

Make an easy DIY pin board — it’s both great large wall decor and is perfect for displaying family photos or reminders to keep you organized (A Casarella).

Large DIY Wall Decor Ideas: extra large pinboard from insulation foam sheet (acasarella)

See more functional wall decor ideas here.

Turn a large wall into a family command station with these easy hang hooks and shelves like we did for our family organization center.

Large Wall Decor: High&Mighty Family Organization Center Project With No Tools

Add rustic and vintage flair with this knock-off license plate map wall art (for right around $100). Tutorial here from Blue I Style.

Wall Decor Ideas: DIY License Plate Map Wall Art by Blue i Style featured on Remodelaholic

Extra large wood letters definitely help your wall “speak” for itself in a large all decor installment like this! (Pike’s Place Blog)

DIY Wall Decor Ideas: wall art, large letters (Pike's Place Blog)

The feature of this photo is our DIY barn door (from our existing door!) but you can peek at the easy framed batik fabric on the wall next to it — framing pretty large print fabric is super easy DIY wall decor! (And we’ve moved those prints to above our new mantel for great fireplace decor, too!)

DIY Large Wall Art Idea: framed batik fabric (Remodelaholic)

You can also dye your own batik with a stencil for a large wall art hanging (A Place of My Taste).

Diy Large Wall Art Batik Stencil Dye, Place Of My Taste

Paper is simple and cheap, and looks great in this geometric patchwork art! (tutsplus) She used this large wall decor idea above the bed (with no headboard) but this would be fun in a living room or kids’ room for affordable large wall decor, too.

DIY Wall Decor: affordable paper patchwork geometric large wall art (tutsplus)

Ever wanted to make your own art canvas? The Chelsea Project shows you how to build a large wall art canvas and paint it with this cool layered stencil technique.

DIY Wall Decor Ideas: build your own canvas for DIY painted art (The Chelsea Project)

Make a large-scale DIY wall art piece feel even larger with bold geometric shapes and colors! (A Beautiful Mess)

Large DIY Wall Decor: diy geometry triptych art (A Beautiful Mess)

Transfer a photo to wood for a nice vintage DIY wall decor project. (Tutorial here.)

DIY Wall Decor: transfer photo to wood for large wall art (dpschool)

Gather some sticks and get creative with a paint dipped branch wall art arrangement. (Shades of Blue Interiors)

Diy Large Wall Art, Driftwood Stick Branch Heart Wall Art Painted, Shades Of Blue Interiors

Hang an extra large square scarf for quick and easy DIY wall decor on a large wall — renter friendly, too! (via Design Sponge)

Easy DIY Wall Decor: hang an extra large scarf for inexpensive wall art (via Design Sponge)

There are so many beautiful wallpaper patterns out there now! If you can’t commit to a full wall, frame a panel to hang as large wall decor (via Apartment Therapy, tutorial at Effortless Style Interiors)

Large DIY Wall Decor: wallpaper art panel (byFryd via Apartment Therapy) DIY Wall Decor Ideas for Large Walls: how to frame extra large wallpaper panels for decorating (effortless-style)

Using fence boards keeps DIY wall art costs down on this large vintage style aged wood sign (tutorial here from A Prudent Life).

Affordable DIY Wall Decor: Vintage Hotel Style Aged Wood Sign by A Prudent Life for Remodelaholic

Who says a laundry room can’t have some large wall decor style, too? Make this farmhouse laundry room sign with the tutorial and template here from The Created Home.

Laundry Room DIY Wall Decor Sign

This one is just propped up, but you can hang an old door for some lovely style to fill a large wall, too! (See more ideas for old doors here.)

DIY Wall Decor for Large Walls: old door

A couple of wood panels + paint will give you an awesome wood starburst art! (Vintage Revivals) Customize the colors for a truly personalized one-of-a-kind large DIY wall decor idea.

Large Wall Decor Ideas: extra large pinwheel or starburst wall art DIY (Vintage Revivals)

Add some extra color to a large wall art photo collection! Make a large inexpensive frame feel bigger and match your decor by painting a photo mat.

DIY Large Wall Decor Idea: Paint Photo Mats in Inexpensive Large Frames

Pick up an old nautical flag for homey vintage DIY wall decor (Our Home Notebook).

Large Wall Decor Ideas: diy large flag art (Our Home Notebook)

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Not only does this huge wood slice look great on the wall, but it has legs that fold out to make it into a side table, too! Double-duty large wall decor (and yes, it’s DIY!) (via Apartment Therapy)

DIY Wall Decor Ideas: large wood slice wall art - that becomes an accent table! (via Apartment Therapy)

Use scrap wood and your favorite color paint to make a large wood wall art piece — perfect DIY wall decor for a patio or deck refresh (like our painted concrete patio turned outdoor dining space).

DIY Wood Wall Art for Patio (Remodelaholic)

If you have a large wall art piece you don’t love… it’s okay to paint over it to make your own DIY wall decor. Probably 😉 (House Tweaking)

DIY Wall Decor Idea for Large Walls: large geometric graphic art over an existing painting (House Tweaking)

Use pegboard to create an extra large cross stitch sampler. (via) For a more affordable large DIY wall decor stitching, use foam core like we did here.

DIY Wall Decor Ideas: extra large diy cross-stitch wall art (via unetouchede)

Classic book covers look great as large wall art — and this one is painted, so DIY away! (Lisa Roy)

Large Wall Decor DIY Ideas: diy painted book cover wall art (Lisa Roy)

Join together some wood planks with some stain and a favorite quote for a nice ombre wood wall decoration (tutorial from Bigger Than The Three Of Us here)

DIY Wall Decor: Ombre Wood Wall Art by Bigger Than The Three Of Us for Remodelaholic

More DIY wall decor ideas for large wall art:

60 budget-friendly ideas for high-impact large wall art you can DIY

Inexpensive Large DIY Wall Decor Ideas For Large Wall Art, Remodelaholic
First published 02 July 2015 // Updated 20 March 2020

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