For the base:
- Ultra cheap frames from Ikea and Walmart
- Frames that have layers (i.e. multiple pictures sit in the same box frame at different depths...usually at Target)
- Basic shadow boxes
- Collage frames (usually a large selection at Kohls)
- Greeting cards with interesting pictures on the front
*Bonus: If you're trying to use a lot of pictures from an event like a birthday or bachelorette party, you can get a card to tie them all together and make a statement
- Giant coffee table books on mega discount at Borders or Barnes and Noble
*Bonus: If you have trouble trying to match everything together, or if you're trying to pull something together quickly, this is super easy. All the pictures already "go" together, just cut, paste, and hang!
- Anything an internet search has to offer, printed on photo paper and cut out
*Bonus: This gives great options for obscure or very specific topics
For texture and a more handmade look:
- Napkins or placemats of interesting textures or patterns
- Discount silk florals from JoAnn's or Michaels
- Interesting little bowls or trinkets
*Make sure you've considered appropriate adhesive for trinkets and whatnot. They make a great addition to a handmade art piece, but it doesn't do you any good if it falls apart a month after you hang it up.
Here's a couple of my art projects, photographed with a crappy camera phone in terrible light :)
That's all for tonight :) Have a good one!