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Easy DIY Kitchen Decor

I’m always looking for simple ways to decorate my kitchen. I like to change up the decor occasionally, but I don’t want to spend a lot of money doing it…or any at all if possible. This idea cost me $0 because I had everything I needed scattered around our house. I love Cooks Illustrated, and besides the amazing recipes and cooking tips inside the magazine, it’s also a beautifully illustrated magazine. On every issue’s back cover, there are various works of art of foods, veggies, cheeses, etc. They make perfect framed kitchen pictures.

Here is what you need:

1) A couple issues of Cooks Illustrated

2) 8×10 picture frames that hang on the wall


  • Remove the back covers of the issues you choose. Trim off the colored border, as it will not fit inside an 8×10 frame. If you want to keep the colored border, choose a larger frame.
  • Insert your chosen covers into the frames, and voila! Instant kitchen decor.

Tip: For frames with the hanging loop attached to the back of the frame, getting the nail centered on the wall can be tricky, especially when you’re trying to line up two frames next to each other.  My trick is to dab a little lipstick on the loop and hover the frame over the wall until you find the correct placement. Simply touch the back of the frame to the wall, and remove. You will be left with a little dot so you know exactly where to place the nail!

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