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29 Wall Decoration Ideas That Only Look Expensive

1. Turn any fabric into wallpaper by attaching it with a solution of fabric starch or cornstarch and water.

Turn any fabric into wallpaper by attaching it with a solution of fabric starch or cornstarch and water.

Get the look of wallpaper with none of the damage. Check out the full tutorial here.

2. Place fabric panels inside of picture frame molding for easy and removable art.

Place fabric panels inside of picture frame molding for easy and removable art.

Megan Pflug, Special Projects Editor for One Kings Lane / Via onekingslane.com

Get the tutorial at One Kings Lane.

3. A gold paint pen and plywood shapes make for an easy (and schmancy) scalloped wall.

A gold paint pen and plywood shapes make for an easy (and schmancy) scalloped wall.

Learn more here.

4. Stamp your favorite fruit shape in your kitchen or walk-in pantry.

Find a printable version of these orange shapes at The Paper Mama.

5. Use a projector to trace your favorite design or illustration on an accent wall.

Use a projector to trace your favorite design or illustration on an accent wall.

Use paint pens to fill in the design. Get the full tutorial here.

6. Use contact paper to make geometric cutouts on the cheap.

Use contact paper to make geometric cutouts on the cheap.

Find out how here.

7. Use ruined books or old newspaper to cover your walls in words.

Use ruined books or old newspaper to cover your walls in words.

And attach with regular wallpaper paste. Check it out here.

8. Brighten up your work or reading nook in your favorite wrapping paper.

Brighten up your work or reading nook in your favorite wrapping paper.

This is especially great for rented spaces and dorm rooms. Find the how-to here.

9. DIY a mirrored wall using square plates.

DIY a mirrored wall using square plates.

Wayyy better than just mirror propped against the wall. Get all the details here.

10. Get your wanderlust on in a room papered in maps.

Get your wanderlust on in a room papered in maps.

This was done using heavy-duty wrapping paper, but you can try vintage maps too. Get the full how-to on The Inspired Room.

11. These hexagons are the perfectly buzzy shape to add color to a room.

These hexagons are the perfectly buzzy shape to add color to a room.

Learn more here. If the wooden outlines are too advanced for your crafting skills, just use a hexagon cutout to trace or stamp the shapes on your wall.

12. Grasscloth is amazing (and amazingly expensive). Recreate the look with layers of paint textured using a regular broom.

Tutorial via Addicted 2 Decorating.

13. Or hang burlap on the walls for a grasscloth look for less.

Bonus: Use upholstery tacks on the edge for a more finished look. Get the steps here.

14. Doodling on the walls is A-OK if you use a gold paint pen.

Doodling on the walls is A-OK if you use a gold paint pen.

This ’60s-esque print was drawn freehand and without measuring. Of course, you can measure if you want. Get all the details here.

15. Brighten up a dark accent wall with stenciled shapes.

Brighten up a dark accent wall with stenciled shapes.

One big step up from chalkboard paint. Find the tutorial here.

16. No exposed brick? Fake it with faux brick panels and some chalk paint.

No exposed brick? Fake it with faux brick panels and some chalk paint.

Get all the steps here.

17. Transform your walls with batten boards and a fresh coat of paint.

What a difference. Find out how to recreate the look here.

18. Skip the pain-staking painter’s tape and put up striped wall decals.

Buy them for $12 and up at Walls Need Love.

19. With no borders or background colors, this wall decal looks like it’s painted right on the wall.

With no borders or background colors, this wall decal looks like it's painted right on the wall.

This one sells for $70 at Moon Wall Stickers.

20. If you have cardboard lying around, you too can recreate this mod stenciled wall look.

If you have cardboard lying around, you too can recreate this mod stenciled wall look.

Get the instructions here.

21. Have a wallpaper in mind that’s beyond your budget? DIY a stencil to get a similar look on the cheap.

Have a wallpaper in mind that's beyond your budget? DIY a stencil to get a similar look on the cheap.

Get the instructions here.

22. All it takes is ribbon and tacks to get this diamond wall pattern in your favorite colors.

Via Design Megillah / remodelaholic.com

Via Design Megillah / remodelaholic.com

Get all the info at Remodelaholic.

23. Cut circles out of wide washi tape for the easiest possible confetti wall.

Cut circles out of wide washi tape for the easiest possible confetti wall.

Find out how here.

24. Trompe l’oeil stone walls are just a paint pen stroke away.

Trompe l'oeil stone walls are just a paint pen stroke away.

Get all the details here.

25. Use paint and a regular hair comb to get these herringbone textured walls.

Use paint and a regular hair comb to get these herringbone textured walls.

Check out all the steps here.

26. Paper your walls with aluminum foil to get the look of metallic walls.

Paper your walls with aluminum foil to get the look of metallic walls.

Learn how to do it here.

27. Strips of contact paper to create an easy (and removable) chevron design.

Strips of contact paper to create an easy (and removable) chevron design.

Get the tutorial here.

28. Use foil tape to create metallic details without having to whip out a paintbrush.

Use foil tape to create metallic details without having to whip out a paintbrush.

Get the how-to here.

29. This washi tape feature wall took only 20 minutes to complete(!!).

This washi tape feature wall took only 20 minutes to complete(!!).
Check out more ideas : 25 Ways to Dress Up Blank Walls

41 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

1. Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor.

Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor.

2. Point a head lamp into a jug of water for an instant lantern.

Point a head lamp into a jug of water for an instant lantern.

3. Paint the inside of a jar with non-toxic glow-in-the-dark paint for an easy DIY lantern.

Paint the inside of a jar with non-toxic glow-in-the-dark paint for an easy DIY lantern.

See how she did this here.

4. Make tin-can sandwich bread as a portable food option.

Make tin-can sandwich bread as a portable food option.

Get the recipe here.

5. Familiarize yourself with what the poisonous plants look like.

Familiarize yourself with what the poisonous plants look like.

6. Bring a tick deterrent.

Bring a tick deterrent.

7. Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder.

Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder.

Be sure to buy strike-anywhere matches.

8. Repurpose a coffee can to hold and protect TP.

Repurpose a coffee can to hold and protect TP.

9. Make crescent rolls over the campfire.

Make crescent rolls over the campfire.

For maximum yumminess, fill ‘em with stuff like marshmallows and Nutella. Or wrap hot dogs with them.

Get the directions here.

10. Use Tic-Tac boxes to store spices.

Use Tic-Tac boxes to store spices.

11. Invest in a two-person sleeping bag.

Invest in a two-person sleeping bag.

This one is $84.99 from Cabelas.

12. Get these seat hammocks for car camping.

Get these seat hammocks for car camping.

Buy ‘em here.

13. Cut up a straw and fill the pieces up with antibiotic ointment or toothpaste for single-use packets.

Cut up a straw and fill the pieces up with antibiotic ointment or toothpaste for single-use packets.

Use a lighter to seal up the ends.

14. Make travel coffee bags out of coffee filters and dental floss.

Make travel coffee bags out of coffee filters and dental floss.

Place a scoop of coffee grounds into a coffee filter and tie it up with dental floss. When you’re ready to brew, just make it like you would make tea in a teabag!

15. Need your coffee? Bring a few of these.

Need your coffee? Bring a few of these.

They’ll keep you from going into caffeine withdrawal.

16. Make candle stakes for romantic nighttime lighting.

Make candle stakes for romantic nighttime lighting.

Get the directions here.

17. Make single-use soap leaves from a bar of soap and a vegetable peeler.

Make single-use soap leaves from a bar of soap and a vegetable peeler.

You can also rub soap on mosquito bites to relieve the itchiness.

18. Use an empty laundry detergent dispenser as a hand-washing station.

Just fill it up with water.

19. Use a belt and hooks to hang up pots and pans.

Use a belt and hooks to hang up pots and pans.

20. Make campfire cones!

Make campfire cones!

21. Pack a mini first-aid kit into an old prescription bottle or Altoids tin.

Pack a mini first-aid kit into an old prescription bottle or Altoids tin.

22. Make pancakes with pre-made pancake mix using shortening and dry milk, which don’t need to be refrigerated.

Make pancakes with pre-made pancake mix using shortening and dry milk, which don't need to be refrigerated.

Get the full recipe here. You can also find powdered eggs at most grocery stores (if you don’t shudder at the thought).

23. Put a battery-powered votive candle into an empty peanut butter container to make portable lanterns.

Put a battery-powered votive candle into an empty peanut butter container to make portable lanterns.

24. Make a portable washing machine with a plunger and a bucket.

Get the directions here.

25. Make an easy-to-carry fire starter with a cardboard-only egg carton and match light charcoal.

Make an easy-to-carry fire starter with a cardboard-only egg carton and match light charcoal.

You just have to light the carton and the fire will catch on to the charcoal.

27. Make pocket-sized oil lamps out of travel-size or hotel toiletry shampoo bottles.

Make pocket-sized oil lamps out of travel-size or hotel toiletry shampoo bottles.

Get the directions here.

28. Forgo the meat marinade and put the rosemary right on the coals.

Forgo the meat marinade and put the rosemary right on the coals.

Once the coals are uniformly gray and ashy, cover them with fresh rosemary branches. Your meat and vegetables will be flavored with the taste of savory herbs.

29. Bring cheeses in waxed packaging as well as hard cheeses.

Bring cheeses in waxed packaging as well as hard cheeses.

Aged cheddar, Parmigiano, and/or Gruyère will keep for at least a week unrefrigerated.

30. Add bundles of sage to a campfire to keep mosquitoes away.

Add bundles of sage to a campfire to keep mosquitoes away.

31. Try roasting Starburst.

Sounds crazy, but it’s actually delicious. Crunchy on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside. Roast it until it’s bubbling.

32. Forgo pasta for a quick-cooking alternatives like polenta, quinoa, or couscous.

Forgo pasta for a quick-cooking alternatives like polenta, quinoa, or couscous.

Polenta is especially versatile because it can be shaped into patties and pan-fried for a sweet or savory meal. Get a recipe for grilled polenta cakes.

33. Cook cinnabuns (the canned kind) in a hollowed-out orange over a campfire.

Cook cinnabuns (the canned kind) in a hollowed-out orange over a campfire.

Get the full details here.

34. If you’re going to be hiking, use this biodegradable trail-marking tape.

If you're going to be hiking, use this biodegradable trail-marking tape.

Buy it here.

35. Keep the kids busy with a scavenger hunt.

Write the items down on a paper bag so they have a receptacle for the items.

36. Use a bucket and a milk crate as an emergency toilet.

Use a bucket and a milk crate as an emergency toilet.

Get the directions here.

37. Cotton pads dipped in wax are a crazy easy way to make portable fire starters.

Cotton pads dipped in wax are a crazy easy way to make portable fire starters.

38. Bring microfiber towels — they’re super absorbent and lightweight.

Bring microfiber towels — they're super absorbent and lightweight.

39. Freeze gallon jugs of water and place them in your cooler.

Freeze gallon jugs of water and place them in your cooler.

They’ll keep your food cold, and you’ll have plenty of water to drink for later.

Other things you can freeze to use for later: pasta sauces, chili, and pesto.

40. Make emergency light sources out of an Altoids tin, cardboard, and wax.

Make emergency light sources out of an Altoids tin, cardboard, and wax.

Get the instructions here.

41. Make sandwiches with this campfire panini press.

Make sandwiches with this campfire panini press.

No matter how far you have to carry this thing, YOU NEED IT. Get it here for $25.95.

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