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3 Must-Try School Project-Inspired Decor Ideas

Those arts and craft skills you learned in school do come in handy!

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Photography: Coni Tejada

School projects are more than just basic requirements to make the grade. Some are there, apparently, to tap into our potential artistic talents. Who would’ve thought our teachers were actually on to something?

At Surf Shack—a hip and colorful bar and restaurant in San Juan, La Union, we spotted a few school project-inspired décor ideas you may want to do for your home. The best part about these ideas? There’s no one else to impress or please other than yourself.

String Art

Who would’ve thought a few nails and several feet of yarn would actually look good? If a plyboard and a handful of nails are a little too much for you, opt for a corkboard and a box of push pins instead.

For your first project, it’s best to choose big graphic shapes like a heart or a star as these are easier to do and have more impact. If you want to do word art, make sure that the font you’ll be using is wide enough for the inside and outside lines. 

Crochet

How about trying your hand at crocheting? Apart from being relatively easy to do, it's also quite therapeutic! Your hand’s repetitive action with the hook can calm you down and soothe away the stresses of the day. Why do you think our grandmothers and mothers were so into it? Don’t stop at table cloths and curtains, though. Why not try making a wrap for a tree, just like the one in the photo?

Wall Mural

This one might actually need a certain level of artistic skill—or maybe not. First, draw your design on the wall with a pencil. If that is still too much for you, use some transfer techniques like the projector method, grid method, or use stencils. Keep in mind that you can always do the freehand! After which, fill it out with paint.

The key to painting is to actually have fun! Play with paint and don't be afraid to make mistakes. Start by applying a fresh coat of color over your drawing and start again. Do remember to prepare your wall first. Make sure that it's clean and mask off any surface that you don't want to be painted. Don't forget to move the furniture away from the wall and do cover the floor with drop cloths.

READ: 5 Ways to Use Murals at Home

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