This latest DIY gift project is one of my most budget friendly one. Ikat is having a big moment in the design world and you can find it anything from toss pillows to cell phone cases and everything in between.

Here are the supplies that are needed:

The wooden frame was picked up in the wood section of Michaels for $1! Everything else I had at my house. Any sort of paint can be used. We used acrylic for our artwork.

I decided to go with a favorite color combo of mine: emerald green, pale blue and navy.

Step 1: You don’t have to go with the same color combo I used, but I would paint the whole frame the lightest color out of your color combo. Due to the wood grain it might take 2 coats to get good coverage. Once it’s dry use a straight edge and pencil and draw diagonal lines. You can measure the spacing between each line, but I just eye balled it.

Step 2: Make diagonal lines going in the opposite direction as well. In order to get the diamond pattern you simply take two of the original diagonal lines and use them as your starting/ending points for your new line.

Step 3: Paint over diamond pattern. Now since we are trying to recreate an ikat look don’t go painting a straight line over the pencil marks. You can be a bit messy and do brush strokes going up and down the lines.

Step 4: Paint inner area of ikat diamond. Again no need to have perfect dots. I went with messy diamond shape blobs.

Step 5: In order to fully cover the pencil marks I decided to go over the paint lines once more.

Step 6: Let the piece fully dry and then apply wipe on poly and protect the finish and get a high gloss shine.

Enjoy your masterpiece! Overall budget is less than $5 and it took about 15 mins from start to finish.

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  1. So cute. Again, your talent astounds me. Truly.

  2. Joan Troyer says:

    The mall’s price for these picture frames costs triple. Glad you shared it for $5. I can do 4 today :)

  3. You are giving me a whole Christmas vacation worth of projects to try – I love it!!!

  4. Carrie says:

    Super cute! I think I have one of those wood frames at home. I’ll have to give it a try!

  5. Jess says:

    Thanks for this tutorial! I did this today and it was both super easy and super adorable! I’m on to the DIY Lucite Greek tray next!

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