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RL Tips: Easy Art

Create art pieces with household supplies


You can create your very own home décor. No need to worry about the costs! With just a couple of home items and a dash of creativity, you can have instant art. Here are three projects that you may want to consider.

Production and Styling by Issa Villar. Assisted by Paula de Guzman. Photographed by Dairy Darilag.

Read the original article ("Instant Art") in the November 2013  issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.  

Origami Wall

Displaying a big group of birds together has a great impact! You may use classic origami cranes in three different colors --- but you can stick to a single color, or use paper with different patterns. 

What you'll need:

  • Origami paper (or art paper cut into squares: take one corner and fold down so that top edge is in line with side edge. This will form a triangle. Cut excess paper and open the triangle to reveal a square.)
  • Masking tape 


  1. Check out how to fold origami cranes at www.origami-instructions.com and start folding. It may take a while to perfect it, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be folding paper cranes in no time!
  2. When you’re done folding, place masking tape on one side of each bird and stick them to the wall. Create variety by having some cranes with their wings up and some with wings down, and follow a wavy pattern to make the birds look like they are “flying” across your wall.
Lyrics on Canvas

Abstracts and landscapes are great, but why not paint your favorite lyrics instead? It’s fun, it’s different, and it can evoke a good feeling or memory.

What you'll need:

  • Canvas frame
  • Paint
  • Fine paintbrush 


  1. Choose your lyrics. It may be the beginning of a song, a verse, or a chorus. The number of words you include will depend on the size of the canvas and how big your lettering is.
  2. Outline your words with a pencil first, so it’s easier to adjust if needed. If you want the letters to look neater, draw on guide lines with a light pencil and a ruler.
  3. 3.     Once you’re satisfied with your spacing, start painting! 
Turn Junk into Instant Sculpture

Here’s a cheap alternative to buying costly decor: Look for an old item at home—you’re sure to have something lying around—and spruce it up with paint. Here, wooden finials from a broken curtain rod were painted in clean, crisp white. 

What you'll need:

  • Any old item that has a nice shape, like a vintage toy, a figurine, or an architectural piece that has interesting details, such as a finial or corbel
  • Spray paint 


  1. Make sure your chosen object is clean. Sand it if needed, and then start spray painting.
  2. Allow to dry, then display. 

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