An inspiring home begets inspiration, so first, pick a theme that inspires you.
For instance, when we remodeled our bathroom, we found a newspaper from 1930 layered among the floor boards, which gave me an idea …
I clipped out the paper masthead, date, and a few ads and stories that tickled my fancy about the time period. Then I arranged my clippings on a piece of uncut matting and popped it into a basic frame. Simple, and now I have one-of-kind art piece with interest and meaning.
Here are a couple of ways you can riff on this idea:
- Copy newspaper clippings at the library from the year your house was built.
- Use stories from the newspaper your mom saved when you were born.
- Use historic records about your ancestors. Check online or your local library.
- Copy pictures from a certain time period that appeals to your personality or design style.
- Make a collage of old family portraits and bits of journal entries and letters.
- Find old newspaper clippings particular to the theme of your room: sports den, office, toy room, home theater, etc.
Tip: Make sure the glass in your frame will protect your art from fading. Check with the sales clerk. Places like Aaron Brothers are a good bet, with reasonable prices and a pretty good selection (no, they didn’t pay me to say that).
If you’ve created something like this, please share a photo. And if this inspires you to make your own clippings art, share that, too!