These easy art ideas are fun for kids and adults a like! Use them as kids wall decor for a bedroom or playroom, or display your own and your kids’ art skills proudly in the living room, too.
For more easy wall decor ideas, see our favorite budget-friendly large DIY wall decor ideas, vintage wall art ideas, and DIY canvas art ideas. Plus 50 more creative frames and ways to display art here.
60 Easy Art Ideas for Kids Wall Decor
Making new wall art is a fun project, but it can be easy to, uh, how you say… “Pinterest fail” instead of win… So for our Deck The Walls wall decor series, we scoured the web to find fail-proof but frame-worthy easy art ideas and tutorials that even the kiddos could make.
Why not make it a summer project to work together as a family to make some new pieces for your walls? The littles will be so proud to have their handmade kids wall decor hanging on the wall in a place of honor!
Looking for easier than easy? Check out all our printable wall art options!
DIY Wall Decor Kids Can Make
Abstract and Watercolor Art Ideas
DIY Art Ideas With Stamps and Mixed Media
Frame-worthy Easy Paper DIY Art
Easy Art Ideas Using Natural and Household Materials
Kid-Friendly Easy Art Ideas for DIY Wall Decor
Even the littles of littles can make classic geometric art (with a little help) following this tutorial by Lemon Thistle.
Would you guess that this piece is cupcake liners?!? Just add some paint,or paper could work too. (A Home Full of Color)
Easy peasy modern style art? Try these 3 versions.
Update an old piece of art by using letter stickers as a stencil over it. (Aubrey Crawford; this uses book pages underneath)
A garland is a great way to add festive color to any room, any time of the year! See A Beautiful Mess for 10 easy variations.
The night sky is fascinating and beautiful, no matter how young or old you are! Bring a little of it indoors with this constellation string art (via Pretty Handy Girl)
Recycle and make a beautiful statement for your walls with this rolled magazine art (Brit+Co).
And how about a modern take on an abstract cross-stitch style art piece? Rolled paper plus chicken wire look great! (Sugar and Cloth)
Easy DIY Abstract and Watercolor Art
In the DIY world, “abstract” means that I can put some paint on it and it might actually be accidental, but it might end up looking really good! And the organic, free-form spirit is perfect for kids and non-artists alike. Try these abstract and watercolor easy art ideas with your family or as a girls’ art night!
Abstract Art DIYs
If you’ve got leftover paint from any project ever (and we know you do!) then follow this tutorial to use it to create a beautiful abstract art piece in your favorite colors.
A Beautiful Mess gives you step-by-step instructions for creating a piece like this stunner.
Two-tone is good, but gold makes it better! (Tutorial here.)
Expensive tastes don’t have to actually be expensive! Dans Le Townhouse used cardboard to make some Rothko wannabe abstract art pieces.
This colorful stained glass art looks so fun to make! (Smart Schoolhouse)
Dress up the abstract by painting a herringbone pattern over it (oohilikethat)
Watercolor Art How-Tos
Watercolors are a schoolroom standard, and the colors can be so beautiful! You don’t have to be a practiced artist to use this medium for some great easy artwork for kids wall decor!
Create as simple watercolor art painting with Lemon Thistle for Remodelaholic.
An ombre-style brushstroke art is easy (Bigger Than The Three of Us via Remodelaholic).
Or go bold and use many different colors for a different style (Cuckoo4Design).
Bubbles make beautiful organic shapes and the colors blend so gorgeously! (BHG)
Watercolors even make simple circles look amazing, and I love that style of floating frame! (Art Bar Blog)
A little bit of this and a little bit of that makes for such easy DIY art ideas! Try these ideas using magazines, book pages, and DIY stamps to create easy DIY kids wall art.
Mix photos you love with blocks of color for a modern abstract collage. (by Promise Tangeman)
The book pages mixed in these woodland animal collages is perfect! (Alice Wingerden)
Carve your own stamp to make this lovely repeated design (Emma Dime).
Use this smart cookie cutter potato stamp trick to make it even easier (Caps Creations).
Other fruits and veggies make beautiful stamped patterns too! (Chicago Botanic)
Make a block print by wrapping wood with string (Modern Parents Messy Kids via WhipUp)
Make a mini-stamp using a pencil eraser — all those little dots can add up to a beautiful piece of art! A little metallic doesn’t hurt either 🙂 (via Erin on the Run)
Lovely Paper Artwork
Paper (and paint samples) are inexpensive and easy to come by. Try these methods for turning them into lovely easy art ideas for kids (and adults)!
A little origami style makes an easy folded paper statement wall (How About Orange)
Did you know paper curls easily? Make a paper curl wreath!
Paper pinwheels are easy and cute! (View Along The Way)
This easy hanging wall collection would look great on any wall! (via Honey Bee Vintage)
The variation of paper in this stars arrangement is beautiful. (Just a Girl and Her Blog)
Elephants? Hooray! Or you could easily cut cardboard and scrapbook paper into any shapes you like. (via)
(Get our printable elephant art here for a similar style.)
Cutting squares is easy — and combined, they can make a gorgeous large wall art, that you made yourself for just a few bucks! Mosaic Wall Art Tutorial here.
Paint chips are fun and easy alternative to using colored paper, too. Layer some letter cut-outs in front for a graphic art piece. (A Beautiful Mess)
Cut them in triangles for a modern geometric look (How About Orange).
Ombre looks lovely! (Perfect for the gradient paint swatches.) Tutorial here.
Put a metal overlay on top for a shiny modern look! (Apartment Therapy)
Overlapping tissue paper gives fun color gradients while teaching about color theory (Mr HandsomeFace).
And crepe paper is a fun texture — this petal-type arrangement is great! (Oh Happy Day)
Cut rectangles of colorful paper look nice arranged in a herringbone pattern (via Sketchy Styles).
Easy Art Using Nature and Other Materials
It’s lovely to use twigs, branches and other bits of nature or things you can find around the house to make easy art! These ideas are great for kids wall decor they can make themselves.
Natural Art Ideas
Set the littles to gathering driftwood on your next beach visit, then string it together to make a wood garland (Lemon Thistle)
Jazz up the wood a little bit with some fun painted stripes (TwelveOEightBlog)
Or arrange sticks into a shape or letter (Hello Little House).
Painted feathers bring a nice natural element with some added color (FreePeople)
Use a rock or hammer to make pounded prints of flowers and leaves (Garden Therapy).
Art Using Household Supplies
Got scrap wood? Cut it into pieces and let the kids paint it for an easy DIY wood art like ours.
Push pins mimic nailheads here for a modern industrial word art. (Metal and Mud)
A simple collection of buttons is fun and colorful (Mod Podge Rocks)
Add a tree for spring color! (Crafts By Amanda)
A little bit of yarn can go a long way to make a boho chic style tapestry. (For The Love Of)
Weave yarn or ribbon through baskets for a fun textured wall art (Design Improvised).
Scrap wood plus nails and string — you can make string art in any shape or word! (tutorial here)
Embroidery hoops plus fabric = easy color! (Sweet Pickins Furniture)
Paint frames and add corkboard for an easy bulletin board wall (Shannon Makes Stuff).
Wrap cork circles (trivets/coasters!) with fabric and hang them on the wall for a colorful message board area. (Sew Much Sunshine)
First published July 1 2015 // Updated April 16 2020
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