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6 Instant Art Ideas

Create unique and affordable works of art by using things found around your home!

Photography: Dairy Darilag and Michael Angelo Chua (Main Photos)

A bold painting can spice up a plain, white wall and add life to a boring room. But what if you can’t afford that huge abstract art just yet?

Don’t fret, because there are many ways to come up with instant wall “art” even if you have not attended a single art class. You can easily create your own “wall installation” by using everyday objects lying about your house. Check out these examples—you’ll never see a bilao the same way again!

Make a postcard gallery.

Postcards are like tiny reproductions of art, so display them in ready-made frames from department stores, or arrange them on a wall with washi tape, like what homeowner Amber Smith Folkman did here. Get artsy postcards from bazaars and at Heima.

Hang your baskets.

Instead of keeping baskets on the floor, why not hang them on the wall for a quaint, rustic look? Amber couldn’t resist including a humble bilao (rice tray) as well. At the center, Amber added a Philippine map from Kultura (another great wall art idea).

Play with your plates.

Hanging plates on the wall is a classic and affordable designer trick. Interior designer Wilan Dayrit collected plates of the same color from a11 for a dramatic effect. Get plate hangers from True Value.

Click here to see the rest of Wilan's space.

Display your baby’s keepsakes.

This is a lovely Victorian tradition (and a way to preserve precious keepsakes) you can use in modern times. Amber, who has three children, framed baby booties and bonnets to create a sweet display for a baby’s nursery.

Take down your lanterns.

DIY maven and blogger Helene Santos created an unusual wall décor for her kid’s room with paper lanterns meant for hanging from the ceiling. You can get similar lanterns from Daiso.

Click here to see more photos of Helene's home.

Create an origami wall.

Why not transform your children’s art projects into actual art pieces? Stylist Issa Villar glued a flock of paper origami cranes onto plain canvas boards from the bookstore.

Click here for more easy decor ideas.

PHOTOS: Dairy Darilag (Amber's home) | Tammy David (Plates) | Michael Angelo Chua (Lanterns) | Paolo Feliciano (Origami).

See the rest of Amber Smith Folkman’s home in the July 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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