I studied Art History in college, and have always been draw to the bold colors and shapes in Matisse’s work. And since I don’t have the best painting abilities, I decided to draw upon his cutouts for inspiration for this DIY (because I can totally cut shapes out of paper and so can you!). If you’re looking to make new art for your home, but don’t have a ton of time or money to invest, then this project is absolutely for you. Here’s how:

Time: 30 minutes
Materials: colored construction paper, mod podge, brush, scissors

The mat I use in the project is from the 8.5″ x 10.5″ size. If you use a different frame, just make sure you buy construction paper large enough to fill the space!

Remove the mat from your frame and trace onto your construction paper. This helps make sure that you don’t make shapes larger than the actual frame space. You can either sketch out your idea beforehand or just go for it with the scissors depending on your confidence level. Cut our your shapes, trying to make them all similar is size. The smaller the scissors, the more intricate you can get with your shape. The beauty about this project is that can create so many different shapes, there’s no way to mess it up!

Trim your construction paper that you’re mounting your cutout onto to fit your frame. Once everything is cut out, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on the back of your shape and press in place. For placement, it helps to lay the mat on top of the background paper so you can get a since of how it’ll look in the frame.

Let dry, frame, and hang! The art itself cost about $2 to make, but looks like a million bucks in the brass frames don’t you think?!