DIY Drawer Art

May 15, 2012

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

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)


  • Reply Tina @ Tinacious Me May 16, 2012 at 12:04 am

    great idea! how creative!

  • Reply Angelia May 16, 2012 at 12:18 am

    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.

    • Reply decor8 May 16, 2012 at 12:20 am

      Thank you Angela and Tina!

  • Reply Louise May 16, 2012 at 3:31 am

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

  • Reply Jane May 16, 2012 at 4:47 am

    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

    • Reply decor8 May 16, 2012 at 9:28 am

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

  • Reply Anastasia May 16, 2012 at 5:23 am

    such a gorgeous idea – love this!!

  • Reply Heidrun May 16, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Very Nice!!!!!

  • Reply lebenslustiger May 16, 2012 at 6:43 am

    That’s a great drawer find. Flea-market? I Would also like more of those next to each other. Beautiful paper – really nice project!

    • Reply decor8 May 16, 2012 at 9:30 am

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

  • Reply Yemi May 16, 2012 at 6:56 am

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

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang May 16, 2012 at 7:11 am

    I love this! Very sweet, Holly! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.

  • Reply sandra lund May 16, 2012 at 9:43 am

    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.

  • Reply Trine May 16, 2012 at 9:50 am

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

    xoxo Trine

  • Reply ishtar May 16, 2012 at 10:50 am

    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

  • Reply Katia May 16, 2012 at 10:50 am

    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

  • Reply Emma May 16, 2012 at 10:51 am

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

  • Reply Traveling Mama May 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    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! :-)

  • Reply Tracy A. May 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm

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

  • Reply Daniel - Let me be inspired May 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm

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

  • Reply Lindsey @ arkadian belle woods May 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    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.

  • Reply Helen May 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    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)

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente May 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    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! :)

  • Reply Bonnie McCarthy May 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I love this idea! Your blog post looks great too -what font are you using?? I LOVE it!

  • Reply Ann Agsonish May 16, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    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!

  • Reply Polly May 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    This is such a lovely idea! So creative but simple! x

  • Reply Dar Leone May 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial!!

  • Reply Bouboulette May 16, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Yeah ! Very nice !!
    Thank you !

  • Reply Samantha May 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm

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

  • Reply tasselflower (Mervi) May 16, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Thank you for the tutorial! This is a nice idea. I wish I had more wall space. I got very inspired by this, though.

  • Reply Tina Ramchandani May 17, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Genius idea! And I’ve never noticed your signature before! Looks great!

  • Reply Maria @ All Things Luxurious May 17, 2012 at 1:28 am

    What a great idea! I love the paper you used for the background. :-) Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Desha May 17, 2012 at 2:25 am

    That’s a great idea, good way to show unusual size art that you might not want to frame. Thanks!

  • Reply Lisa May 17, 2012 at 2:50 am

    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!

  • Reply Kristin Johnsen May 17, 2012 at 3:58 am

    I LOVE this idea! A good reason to buy an orphan drawer somewhere…..

  • Reply james May 17, 2012 at 9:45 am

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

  • Reply Ea May 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

    this is so cool! very creative!

  • Reply Monika May 17, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Holly, creative as always, love your re-use ideas :)
    Ive tried one with old doll house turned into little display case

  • Reply Patti Trostle May 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Great idea!!

  • Reply belinda May 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    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

  • Reply Meghan @ Wishful Thinking May 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    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!

  • Reply Linsi May 17, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Ohhh i like it so much!! It seems easy to do !! Thanks !

  • Reply Renee @ May 17, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing Holly :)

  • Reply carla consenheim May 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    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

  • Reply Alex R. May 17, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    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!

  • Reply Elena May 18, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Lovely ideea! I’ll give it a try this weekend.

  • Reply John May 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm


  • Reply Ash May 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Very creative! I’ve been seeing projects like this popping up all over the internet – it’s really growing on me!

  • Reply Amy - Bead Bash May 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    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 :-)

  • Reply decor8 May 19, 2012 at 12:44 am

    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. :)

  • Reply Chrystina May 19, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Where do I find the story of how you ended up in Berlin in the first place?

  • Reply Fani May 19, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Thanx for the idea!!! It´s so cool!!!

  • Reply Sofia May 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    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!

  • Reply Glenda Childers May 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    A fun project. It reminds me a bit of the shadow boxes we made when I was in college in the early 70’s.

  • Reply Ría May 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I love the idea.

  • Reply ines May 20, 2012 at 2:23 pm


    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

  • Reply Acel Jones May 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    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!

  • Reply Jutta May 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    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 :)

  • Reply Melissa May 21, 2012 at 1:45 am

    I love this! You’re so creative.

  • Reply Jessica @shimmerkai May 21, 2012 at 9:46 am

    The ultimate bulletin board…so cute!

  • Reply storage wa September 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    This is so cute… you have a brilliant idea. My daughter would surely love it!!

  • Reply Melody ambler October 7, 2013 at 9:28 pm

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

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