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DIY Drawer Art

Hello friends! How are you doing and how is your day? I got very good news that a new friend of mine will soon relocate from Paris to Berlin and so I’m very happy as I hope his move will result in us getting to see one another regularly! He is American like me so I am also curious to see how he settles in with learning all about German life & culture. Germany is the place to be more and more, so much is going on over here and the creative energy is amazing, contagious even… I’m so glad I moved here nearly 3 years ago because I really love it. It also makes me feel good when others move here to, it’s validating somehow. Do you feel that way about certain things, like your faith in something was worth it? That you felt something and followed your heart? I don’t want to rattle on and on so let me show you this DIY project that I made for you. I’ve been busy working but decided recently to create something for my wall since I wanted to add a little vignette of art to a lonely wall in my work studio. I thought I’d give you a step-by-step explanation as to how I did it because you may want to try something like it at home. I’m calling this Drawer Art. You’ll soon see why! :)

DIY Drawer Art on decor8

If you try this, please let me know – I’d love to see your project. It’s nice knowing when things inspire others and also encouraging because then I can show you more little ideas from my workshop. :)

(images: holly becker)

Posted by decor8 in DIY on May 15, 2012

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  1. Tina @ Tinacious Me commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 12:04am

    great idea! how creative!
    Tina @ Tinacious Me´s last blog post ..Dream Dress

  2. Angelia commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 12:18am

    So lovely, I made something similar a while ago with really small drawers, this inspires me to go big. Would love to visit Germany(my mother in law is German). Maybe some day.
    Angelia´s last blog post ..Mood Board Monday

  3. decor8 commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 12:20am

    Thank you Angela and Tina!

  4. Louise commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 3:31am

    Love it!!! I will give this a go.

  5. Jane commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 4:47am

    Ooh, Holly! I love how you’ve transformed the mundane into something so pretty and simple. Bravo! Hmm, off to hunt down some old drawers and pretty wallpaper now. Oh, and where did you find your wallpaper? Was it a sample? I am intrigued. J x
    Jane´s last blog post ..Celebrating Mothers’ Day 2012 on Planet Baby

  6. Anastasia commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 5:23am

    such a gorgeous idea – love this!!

  7. Heidrun commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 6:13am

    Very Nice!!!!!

  8. lebenslustiger commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 6:43am

    That’s a great drawer find. Flea-market? I Would also like more of those next to each other. Beautiful paper – really nice project!
    lebenslustiger´s last blog post ..Island Quest And Necklace Give Away

  9. Yemi commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 6:56am

    What a creative and an inexpensive way to add colour to a room. I am loving it.

  10. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 7:11am

    I love this! Very sweet, Holly! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.
    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang´s last blog post ..A gentle and quiet spirit…

  11. decor8 commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 9:28am

    Jane – Hi! It was paper from an art store, quite thick like wallpaper but more for crafts.

  12. decor8 commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 9:30am

    Lebenslustiger – no from a table I had that I’m currently storing in my basement!

  13. sandra lund commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 9:43am

    I love old drawers, and I have often thought of using them for books etc. (hanging on the wall), but this is very cute too.
    sandra lund´s last blog post ..Passion and inspiration

  14. Trine commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 9:50am

    Ha, just did it! ;-) You can see it on my instagram!

    xoxo Trine

  15. ishtar commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 10:50am

    oh so lovely!!!
    I LOVEEEEEE it when you share your crafts with us!!! they are so special!!! thank you Holly for taking the time and effort! much love
    ishtar´s last blog post ..Kitty Stamp ♥ Sello Gatito

  16. Katia commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 10:50am

    I love it! I really like the idea. I’ve made something similar quit drawers but never with wall paper like this. It really creates the right background for cards and suff. Thank you!! <3
    Katia´s last blog post ..Un papà americano per ispirazione

  17. Emma commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 10:51am

    Have some drawers in my garage – been meaning to do this for months! You have just inspired me all over again. Thanks!

  18. Traveling Mama commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 12:04pm

    Such a fun idea! It’s so exciting when someone comes and you feel like you have a new friend who really understands a side of you that most people cannot fathom. That is just icing on the cake of living out your own dreams!! I’m so excited for you!! Some of our favorite memories in Morocco were with our best friends (Americans) who convinced us to move in across the street. We tried to convince them to move to Denmark, but they said it was too cold for them. Such wimps! :-)
    Traveling Mama´s last blog post ..a {million} little things

  19. Tracy A. commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 1:33pm

    Lovely idea – I’ve put it on my list of things to try once I’ve hit up the summer garage sales for drawers!

  20. Daniel - Let me be inspired commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 2:16pm

    Hi I am doing fine hope that you are fine to! Thanks for the tips! Have a great day!!

  21. Lindsey @ arkadian belle woods commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 3:22pm

    Very cute Holly! I love it because it’s so easy to mix it up if you get board and it really completes a lonely space on a wall like you were saying.
    Lindsey @ arkadian belle woods´s last blog post ..Words for Wednesday

  22. Helen commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 4:04pm

    Very sweet. I find it hard to limit the number of pretties to display… of course you remind me that less is more.

    Off to hunt down a draw!

    (love Berlin, by the way, was there in the 80s as a child and again in 99 as an adult)
    Helen´s last blog post ..Pretty

  23. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 5:02pm

    I LOVE it! Such a great idea hunnie….can you guess what I will be doing now? That’s right…searching in my basement for extra drawers! :)

  24. Bonnie McCarthy commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 5:38pm

    I love this idea! Your blog post looks great too -what font are you using?? I LOVE it!
    Bonnie McCarthy´s last blog post ..Goodness: Chocolate Stuffed Raspberries

  25. Ann Agsonish commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 8:15pm

    Really nice job! as pretty and as simple as it is.
    I think that instead of using favorite wallpaper you could paint the inside of this drawer into your most liked color, or even print a big photograph!

  26. Polly commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 9:12pm

    This is such a lovely idea! So creative but simple! x
    Polly´s last blog post ..Collections

  27. Dar Leone commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 9:12pm

    Thanks for the tutorial!!

  28. Bouboulette commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 9:15pm

    Yeah ! Very nice !!
    Thank you !
    Bouboulette´s last blog post ..☞ Les mercredis gourmands ! #18 ~Ma pâte à pizza~

  29. Samantha commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 9:36pm

    I love this, and already have some vintage drawers just waiting to be turned into something wunderbar. Danke!

  30. tasselflower (Mervi) commented
    May 16th, 2012 at 11:41pm

    Thank you for the tutorial! This is a nice idea. I wish I had more wall space. I got very inspired by this, though.
    tasselflower (Mervi)´s last blog post ..Que queue?

  31. Tina Ramchandani commented
    May 17th, 2012 at 1:17am

    Genius idea! And I’ve never noticed your signature before! Looks great!
    Tina Ramchandani´s last blog post ..Boxetti Collection: Bedroom in a Box

  32. Maria @ All Things Luxurious commented
    May 17th, 2012 at 1:28am

    What a great idea! I love the paper you used for the background. :-) Thanks for sharing!
    Maria @ All Things Luxurious´s last blog post ..Wednesday Wishlist: A Porch, Please

  33. Desha commented
    May 17th, 2012 at 2:25am

    That’s a great idea, good way to show unusual size art that you might not want to frame. Thanks!
    Desha´s last blog post ..Meet Tina Tangalakis of Della: Stylish, Affordable Products Minus the Sweat Shop.

  34. Lisa commented
    May 17th, 2012 at 2:50am

    Holly! Love this idea so much, can’t wait to give it a try! A neighbor was throwing out an old dresser, I should go and see if it’s still there!
    Lisa´s last blog post ..Two more Mother’s Day cards!

  35. Kristin Johnsen commented
    May 17th, 2012 at 3:58am

    I LOVE this idea! A good reason to buy an orphan drawer somewhere…..
    Kristin Johnsen´s last blog post ..Stay In The Conversation

  36. james commented
    May 17th, 2012 at 9:45am

    Great,paper art works looks so nice.I will try by myself

  37. Ea commented
    May 17th, 2012 at 10:50am

    this is so cool! very creative!

  38. Monika commented
    May 17th, 2012 at 11:06am

    Holly, creative as always, love your re-use ideas :)
    Ive tried one with old doll house turned into little display case
    Monika´s last blog post ..home transformation

  39. Patti Trostle commented
    May 17th, 2012 at 2:41pm

    Great idea!!

  40. belinda commented
    May 17th, 2012 at 3:46pm

    Ahh lovely! Yes – show us your cleverness as often as you like – i think we all know how much i love creative crafty projects! Xxx
    belinda´s last blog post ..DIY: wallpaper mosaic + a giveaway, thanks to the awesome Bosch Quigo

  41. Meghan @ Wishful Thinking commented
    May 17th, 2012 at 5:27pm

    I had to laugh when I saw what you used as a frame because I often come across discarded furniture placed outside houses on the pavements of London (and the most common item left behind happens to be drawers)! I’ve never even thought of up-cyling one to use as a vignette so I am so glad to have stumbled across this! I will definitely be giving it a go!
    Meghan @ Wishful Thinking´s last blog post ..Making mornings bearable…

  42. Linsi commented
    May 17th, 2012 at 7:02pm

    Ohhh i like it so much!! It seems easy to do !! Thanks !
    Linsi´s last blog post ..DIY: Moss Paint

  43. Renee @ commented
    May 17th, 2012 at 10:11pm

    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing Holly :)
    Renee @´s last blog post ..Party Ideas: Dessert Cart

  44. carla consenheim commented
    May 17th, 2012 at 10:13pm

    Hi, that is truly a great idea.I did something else with my old drawer.I made it into a little wall cabinet .I kept the old light green color and made two little planks in it .You now can display some little treasurs in it.To bad I can not send a picture with it to show you.
    Thanks for your DIY and please.Keep on going.
    Love, Carla

  45. Alex R. commented
    May 17th, 2012 at 11:17pm

    What a great idea! I always seem to have a hard time finding decent looking drawer liners…instead of buying them next time I will just make myself!

  46. Elena commented
    May 18th, 2012 at 8:50am

    Lovely ideea! I’ll give it a try this weekend.
    Elena´s last blog post ..Pretty Lamp

  47. John commented
    May 18th, 2012 at 12:15pm


  48. Ash commented
    May 18th, 2012 at 5:03pm

    Very creative! I’ve been seeing projects like this popping up all over the internet – it’s really growing on me!
    Ash´s last blog post ..The Yostie Award!

  49. Amy - Bead Bash commented
    May 18th, 2012 at 7:23pm

    I love this.

    I have been desperate for a studio for some time as I work in a corner of my living room. I am moving soon and will have a room all of my own to work from. Can’t wait to try out some ideas like this one :-)

  50. decor8 commented
    May 19th, 2012 at 12:44am

    So nice that you all like the drawer. It was fun to do and super fast and easy. Now I want to paint some and group a few on a wall over a bed in the guest room I’m putting together. I wonder if some of you will try the drawer DIY too? If so, let me know and post a link so I can see your version. :)

  51. Chrystina commented
    May 19th, 2012 at 5:00am

    Where do I find the story of how you ended up in Berlin in the first place?
    Chrystina´s last blog post ..supporting “free”

  52. Fani commented
    May 19th, 2012 at 10:06am

    Thanx for the idea!!! It´s so cool!!!
    Fani´s last blog post ..Empieza Casa Decor 2012!

  53. Sofia commented
    May 19th, 2012 at 1:22pm

    Loved this DIY. Looks so lovely!
    Would love to try, even for my room with some pictures from the family and some prints with my favorite motives.
    Now, finding a drawer is not an easy task!

  54. Glenda Childers commented
    May 19th, 2012 at 2:13pm

    A fun project. It reminds me a bit of the shadow boxes we made when I was in college in the early 70’s.
    Glenda Childers´s last blog post ..Giveaway Winners

  55. Ría commented
    May 19th, 2012 at 7:43pm

    I love the idea.
    Ría´s last blog post ..Los rincones de Dolores.

  56. ines commented
    May 20th, 2012 at 2:23pm


    Got a few drawers in the house, haven’t found time jet to do something with them… Thanks for reminding me with this wonderful idea!

    Have a fab day, ines
    ines´s last blog post ..ColorSpritzer

  57. Acel Jones commented
    May 20th, 2012 at 5:03pm

    Wow! This is really cute and amazingly functional. I sure am going to try this one at home. I’m planning to give my drawer a vintage or classic rock or earth motif. I’m confused now. We’ll see, and probably post a finished product here. Thanks for the idea!

  58. Jutta commented
    May 20th, 2012 at 5:10pm

    Such a great idea! I love that you can use the edge as a mini-ledge. I know I need more places to store my washi tapes :)
    Jutta´s last blog post ..The Red Balloon Photography

  59. Melissa commented
    May 21st, 2012 at 1:45am

    I love this! You’re so creative.

  60. Jessica @shimmerkai commented
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:46am

    The ultimate bulletin board…so cute!
    Jessica @shimmerkai´s last blog post ..Summer BBQ Table Cards

  61. storage wa commented
    September 9th, 2012 at 10:15pm

    This is so cute… you have a brilliant idea. My daughter would surely love it!!
    storage wa´s last blog post ..New ‘Quick Quote’ Feature.

  62. Melody ambler commented
    October 7th, 2013 at 9:28pm

    Hi! Your stuff is beautiful! Maybe stupid question, but is there any way to pin ? Thank you!

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