(Nearly) free art for broke students has been on my mind lately, because even though I’m not in school and don’t have kids, back to school reminders are everywhere. They’re inescapable! And so I was thinking about the last significant time I went back to school, which was when I moved into college dorms.
Decor-wise, dorms are pretty limited, but there are ways to make them a little bit more stylish. Wall art is an obvious answer, except for two problems with it: cost, and hangability. So (nearly) free art that’s removable and easy to hang without damaging walls is the solution.
Back in my day, that meant posters and mounting tape. When I went off to college, I had some band posters that I had bought with money I earned babysitting, and that was about it. Not that I could have hung much else anyway, because 1) no nails in the cinderblock walls, and 2) the dorm rooms were teeny tiny.
But you kids today have it easy! There is tons of free printable art online that’s so good it feels like stealing. No guilt here though, because the people who owned it have either chosen to give it away, and/or are long, long dead.
You can print it yourself if you have a good printer, or you can take it to a local copy/print shop for a larger version. Even FedEx/OfficeMax/Office Depot/Staples can get the job done. And if none of those are an option, online printers like parabo press and Artifact Uprising have you covered. (This is where the “nearly” in “nearly free art” comes from, ’cause printing ain’t free.)
So today I’ll share a bunch of options for where to find cool printable art, and then I’ll give you some options for how to hang it. One is this easy DIY poster hanger, which you can make without any tools other than a utility knife.
Not moving into dorms? Me neither, but this free art is so good that I still want to use it in my non-dorm home.
See the resources I found for amazing free art