How to DIY famous art pieces


Parisa Braun

All it takes is your basic art supplies to be featured in the Met’s next exhibition.

Have you ever been in a museum standing in front of an art piece and said to yourself, “I could do this too”? If you have, continue reading to learn how to DIY these pieces at home. Art has often been considered unnecessarily expensive and confusing by the mass public. This article will serve as a step-by-step guide as you venture to create these pieces yourself. Best of luck!

Marcel Duchamp’s In Advance of the Broken Arm, 1964


  1. Go to Home Depot
  2. Buy a Snow Shovel. I highly recommend the one from Emsco.
  3. Prop it against the wall


Ai Wei Wei’s Sunflower Seeds, 2010


  1. Buy a couple 50 lb bags of Sunflower seeds (I like this bag from Country Max)
  2. Find a corner in your house or an empty room
  3. Start slowly pouring your sunflower seeds in a heap on the floor and stop when satisfied with your heap


Lucio Fontana’s Spatial Concept: Expectation, 1960


  1. Buy a canvas
  2. Paint it a color of your choice
  3. Slash the canvas with a box knife
  4. Hang on wall


Jackson Pollock’s Number 1A, 1948, 1948


  1. Buy a canvas and spill coffee on it
  2. Put paint in ketchup bottles and squeeze to your heart’s content
  3. Hang on wall

By following my easy instructions, you too could be hanging works by masters in your home. No one will ever know that you DIYed them; – )

This is a satirical piece. I love and admire all artists featured in this article. All pieces mentioned hold significant weight in not only the art world but also the art history world. Although their pieces seem simple, they represent important moments in history and our collective understanding of “what is art?” If you are interested in learning more about them or their work, please click the hyperlinked names.