5 Ingenious DIY Wall Decors Ideas For Your Home

A house could never become a house without its walls. The walls are the framework of a home. It provides the necessary protection from unwanted external things and also clearly separates the home space from the yard.

Thanks to the windows and doors, the walls of the house gets an opening and somehow gets a headstart to its beautification. However, the design and accessories for your windows and doors may not always be enough to fill that empty space that sometimes create a void feeling to every household member. There will always be that “itch” or longing to do something on that empty, barren wall.

In order to every member of the house feel relaxed whenever they are at home, the walls must be decorated with something that refreshes the eyes, calms the soul, and negate that “boxed” feeling. Wall decoration is a business in itself. There are a lot of things that the world offers to beautify and maximize every home’s walls. Although satisfaction guaranteed, these decoration options may be a bit heavy on the budget though and it may not be wise to spent too much for all sides of your wall, would it be not?

To satisfy the urge and to create that wonderful wall, we have the best “Do-It-Yourself” wall décor activities in line for you guys today. These decors are easy to create and the materials are “junks” that you never expected to be still useful. Check out the list and make your own!

ABSTRACT PAINTING

Abstract painting is one of the most loved wall decorations by home owners because it is not only pleasant to the eyes but also it gives a distinct character to the overall appearance to a home space. When you buy this kind of wall décor in the market, it will certainly cost you a fortune, but you can always make one for your home with the help of few materials. The great thing about DIY-ing abstract paintings is that even an unskilled individual can do this project.

Materials and Tools Needed:
• Canvas (your desired size)
• Acrylic Paint (2 preferred colors)
• ¼” Painters Tape
• Paint Brush
• Pencils
How To Do It?
1. In the canvas, make a light sketch of geometric pattern using a pencil or computer software if you prefer.
2. Using the painters tape, cover the pattern lines and spaces that don’t need paint colors. By doing so, it will be easier to apply wet paint to the canvas, and the negative spaces will look neat.
3. Start applying paint to the canvas and don’t forget to have 2 color combinations to add depth to the painting.
4. Let the paint dry completely.
5. Gently remove the painter tape.

And voila! You have your own DIY abstract painting! You may want to pair the wall décor with a chair of the same color perhaps or you can leave it as it is!

FRAMED WALLPAPERS

Framed wallpapers are excellent choices if you are opting to have a rustic and vintage feel in your living space. It is also a great ingenious way of utilizing leftover wallpapers and recycling old picture frames. When you have this decorations hanged on your walls, no one will ever notice that it is made out of wallpapers because of its “painting like” appearance. Moreover, the various sizes of the photo frames and diverse wallpaper designs will add drama to the overall look of the wall decoration.

Materials and Tools Needed:
• Wallpapers
• Picture Frames
• Fastening Material
How To Do It?
1. Fasten the wallpaper on the frame’s board to hold its place.
2. Assemble the frames with the attached wallpaper on it.

Tadaaah! You now have your classic wall décor! It is definitely cheap and easy to do.

CROCHET WALL ART

If you love to do crochet, do not limit the possibilities of using them on tables because you may want to exhibit your masterpieces by making them as wall décors. People who will see these creative wall art will surely be inspired of learning crochet and be entertained of the idea of using them on their walls.

Materials and Tools Needed:
• 12” x 12” Canvases
• Finished Crochet Works
• Water Base Sealer For Fabric
• Paint (try coordinating your paint colors with the crochet)
• Scrapbook Paper
• Craft Knife
• Craft Cutting Board
• Paintbrush
How To Do It?
1. Using the craft knife and cutting board, trim the scrapbook paper into 11.5” x 11.5”. Set aside.
2. Grab your canvases and paint them equally with your desired colors and give several coats. Allow the paint to totally dry.
3. Place a generous amount of fabric sealer on the dried up canvases (work one at a time), spread the sealer evenly.
4. Instantaneously, fasten the trimmed scrapbook paper to the canvas and smooth thoroughly. Wipe away any fabric sealer that comes out of the edges. Let it dry for 15-20 minutes.
5. Brush some fabric sealer on your crochets, especially on the edges of it.
6. Immediately place the crochet with fabric sealer on it to the canvases. Rolled it out with something heavy enough to make it stick easily. Let it dry for a few hours before hanging the finished wall art.

And you’re done! These set of inventive wall hanging decorations is perfect for spring!

CANVAS MAP WALL DECORATION

The Canvas Map wall décor is a great way of turning an educational tool to something artistic without losing the purpose of the material. It is a perfect wall hanging décor for your kids’ rooms or a center piece for your living room. Allow your creative juices to flow and let the nifty large piece of art illustrate the wanderer in you.

Materials and Tools Needed:
• Old Map (or you can thrift some on stores)
• Bunch of Canvases (different sizes)
• Blue Paint
• Water Base Sealer For Fabric
• Paintbrush
• Measuring Tape
• Pencil
• Craft Knife
• Craft Cutting Board
How To Do It?
1. Paint the edges of the canvases using the blue paint. Allow the paint to dry completely.
2. Form a layout of painted canvases into a large square frame.
3. Meanwhile, using the measuring tool, measure the sizes of each canvas and reflect that sizes to the map to divide it into portions, depending on how many canvases you have in hand. Make sure to double check the sizes.
4. With your craft cutting knife and board, cut the measured map pieces. Start on the upper part of the map and lay the cut portion on another flat surfaced space to ensure correct sequencing.
5. Working one at a time, place a generous amount of water base fabric sealer on the canvas and instantaneously place the corresponding map piece for it. Roll it out with some material or turn them over to add some weight, it will help you even out the fastening of the map portion. Let it dry complete. Repeat process until all map pieces are successfully attached to their equivalent canvases.
6. After the map pieces perfectly attached to the canvases, give each canvases a little and quick coat of the water base fabric sealer to give the map a gorgeous glaze. Ensure not to overdo it. Let the sealer dry totally.

Voila! You now have an imaginative and educational wall hanging décor!

On the other hand, if you don’t feel like having a map wall décor, of course, you can still make this one using different paper material.

STRING ART WALL DECORATION

The colorful String Art wall decoration is a great embellishment for modern inspired interiors and minimal designed spaces. It is very creative and ingenious wall décor that would spruce up the look and feel of your interior. Also, the good thing about string art canvases is you can have different designs and a color combination; the sky is the limit for this work of art. Below is one good example of a string art wall décor.

Materials and Tools Needed:
• 3 pieces of 2’x4’ rolls of Cork
• Assorted Colors of Embroidery Floss
• Bunch of 11/16” Linoleum Nails
• Glue Gun
• White Paint (optional)
• Paintbrush (optional)
How To Do It?
1. Unroll the cork pieces and put them on top of each other. Use the hot glue gun to fasten the corks together. Let it dry for a while.
2. Put in the nails to the cork board deep enough to hold its place. Have the nails placed in two parallel lines, ensuring that each nail is perfectly of the same place with the adjacent nail.
3. Begin placing the embroidery floss one at time to the board. Start by fastening the tip of the floss on the top part of the first line (first nail of the first line) and run it across to the bottom part of the second line (bottom nail of the second line), making it look like a diagonal line. From the bottom nail of the second line, run the floss towards the bottom nail of the first line, then run it from the bottom nail of the first line to the top nail of the second line, again making a diagonal line. Finish the first phase by running the floss from the top nail of the second line to the top nail of the first line.
4. After forming a two triangles (top and bottom), run the floss to the second nail of the first line and repeat process #3 replacing top and bottom nails with second and second to the last nails.
5. Repeat process #3 and #4 for all of the nails. Replace yarns with another color it you’ll reach the end of it.

Valentine’s Day Craft Ideas That Will Surely Melt Your Heart

Tired of giving roses and chocolates during Valentine’s Day yet you still need to give something to your loved one? Are you willing to break a sweat and spend a little bit of your time to make something unique to serve as your gift for Valentines? If your answer to both questions are yes, then this post is definitely made for you.

Valentine’s Day is about making your intimate partner, your family, or your closest friends happy and be reminded that they are loved. Usually, roses and chocolates are enough to convey the message, especially for couples but this form of gifts became the norms, quite expensive and the expected during this day. If you’re the type of person who wants to give these same romantic gifts, you’ll probably end up competing with a thousand of others just like you who just wants to get by and comply with the event. Do not get me wrong, there is no wrong in surprising your loved ones with gorgeous bouquet flowers and mouthwatering chocolates during Valentines since it still spells thoughtfulness and being sweet. However, would it be nice that for once, you try to do something extraordinary and unique, and exert extra effort in coming up with a new kind of surprise?

What we offer today are simple to intricate hand-made crafts that are perfect alternative gifts you can give for your other half, kids, relatives and friends this coming Valentine’s Day. Aside from it is not edible and won’t wilt through time, these Valentine’s Day crafts will be a memorable gift that will stay with your loved one for as long as they keep it safe. What you need in order to create one are just simple materials which are readily available at your local supply stores or maybe materials that you can find in your home and surroundings. For these kind of crafts, materials can be found anywhere! Believe me, the sky is the limit! Making these crafts will be worth your precious time and effort because there is a 100% chance that your loved ones will definitely love, appreciate and cherish it.

Heart-Shaped Bath Bombs

Take a break from the usual soaps and body cleansing products this Valentine’s Day! Spend some relaxing and romantic bath experience with these heart-shaped bath bombs. It’s perfect for intimate couples out there.

Needed Supplies:
• ½ cup citric acid
• ½ tablespoon jojoba oil
• 10 drops of love potion essential oil
• 1 cup baking soda
• ¼ cup fine epsom salt
• 1-2 drops of red food coloring
• mesh strainer
• witch hazel
• silicone heart mold
• spray bottle
• a pair of gloves
Instructions:
1. In a large bowl, place the strainer and pour the baking soda, citric acid and Epsom salt. Sift thoroughly to eliminate lumps.
2. Blend well the baking soda, Epsom salt and citric acid in a food processor or blender.
3. Slowly put in the jojoba oil and pour in the love potion essential oil along with the food coloring.
4. With the plastic gloves on, combine the oils and food coloring through the dry mixture until it is well blended and pink.
5. Gradually add witch hazel, one spritz at a time until the bath bomb mixture sticks collectively when clutched. About 8 to 10 spritzes of witch hazel to achieve the precise consistency.
6. Place firmly the slightly the clammy mixture into the heart shape molds. The mixture can make at least 5 heart-shaped bath bombs.
7. Let it dry overnight. Then take out the bath bombs from the molds. Make sure that the bath bombs are already very hard before removing them.
8. Wrap the finish product tightly in plastic and store in a cool and dry place.

And there you go! A homemade bath bombs that you can consume, sell or give to your loved ones!

Heart Thumbprint Platter

This Heart Thumbprint Platter is great for every family out there. This is also a heartwarming project wherein you can have a priceless remembrance of the fingerprints of your children when they are still young. Not only that this memorabilia is flexible enough that you can do this any plate shapes, it can also be created on any material available.

Needed Supplies:
• white platter
• glass paint (any color)
• sharpie
• wax paper or foil
• damp paper towels (for wiping the paint out of the platter if you mess up)
Directions:
1. Divide the spaces of the platter equally. Depending on how big your family is.
2. Pour a small amount of paint on a wax paper or foil, gently dip your child’s finger in the paint (yours and your partner too!), then make two heart shape prints on the platter.
3. Using the Sharpie, write the names, date or anything you want to write. The sky is the limit!
4. Make sure to follow the curing directions of the paint to know the appropriate method of drying it up.

See that? It’s very easy! You can make use of the Heart Thumbprint Platter as a decoration or a gift!

Heart Windchimes

Bring some love on your porch by hanging this adorable heart windchimes! The heart windchimes project is perfect for Mom and daughter tandem! It’s very easy to make and it won’t cost you much.

Needed Supplies:
• red and transparent plastic beads
• heart shaped silicone pan
• ribbon or string
• glue gun
• scissors
• stick
Instructions:
For the hearts:
1. Begin by filling your pan with the plastic beads – all red, all transparent and mixed.
2. Place the pan in the oven until let the beads melt.
3. Once melted, remove the pan from the oven. And let it cool completely.
4. When cooled, pop them out of the pan.
For the chimes:
1. Attach the melted hearts on the ribbon or string using your glue gun.
2. Wrap the ribbons tips around the stick and fasten them with glue.
3. Tie a string on each ends of the stick.

Heart-Handled Tea Bags

These heart-handled tea bags will never fail to stun you with its creative and charming looks! It’s a perfect gift for your tea-lover friends.

Needed Supplies:
• coffee filters
• loose tea leaves
• spices
• scissors
• sewing machine
• stapler
• embroidery thread
• paper for tags
Instructions:
1. Make two rectangles using coffee filters.
2. Stitch the rectangles together on three sides, leaving the top part open.
3. Fill the stitched teabags with 1 to 2 teaspoons of loose tea leaves. You can add ½ teaspoon of spices.
4. After filling the bags, stitch the top to close.
5. Fold down top corners, and put the embroidery thread under the flap.
6. Fold the tip of the bag down and use your stapler to close it completely.
7. Make some heart-shapes paper tags and connect them on the ends of the teabags’ embroidery threads.

Yasss! It’s very simple to craft!

Valentine’s Day Heart Coasters

 

These heart coasters are perfect not only as Valentine’s Day presents but also as wedding favors! It’s cheap yet admirable and very romantic.

Needed Supplies:
• wood log
• heart stencil
• miter saw
• polyurethane clear gloss
• two colors of paint
• paintbrush
• sand paper
Instructions:
1. Carefully slash the logs into 2-inch slices using your miter saw.
2. Smoothen each coaster using the sand paper.
3. Apply one layer of polyurethane clear gloss. Let it dry completely.
4. Place the stencil heart at the center of the coaster and paint. Let the paint dry.
5. Then, write you and your partner’s initials.

It’s incredible to know that you can actually make a classy rustic memorabilia from old wood logs!

Adorable Marbled Heart Crayons

Do you know that you can absolutely utilize your kids’ broken crayons and transform them into something useful and artsy? These marbled heart crayons are perfect for your kids and his friends to create multihued artworks on Valentine’s Day! In fact, they can help you in making these adorable vibrant hearts!

Needed Supplies:
• broken crayon pieces
• silicone heart mold pan
• foil-lined cookie sheet
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 250°F.
2. Fill the silicone heart mold pan with broken crayon pieces.
3. Place the pan on the oven, on top of the foil-lined cookie sheet and let the crayons melt for 10-20 minutes.
4. Once melted, remove the pan from the oven and let it cool completely.
5. Afterwards, pop the newly made crayons out of the molds.

And tadaaaa! You can give them to your kids right away and for sure they’ll be pretty excited on using them!

Heart-Twined Mason Jars

These heart and doilies decorated mason jars are perfect for spicing up your kitchen look! You can use them as containers or simply just decorations.

Needed Supplies:
• clean mason jars
• red felt paper
• scissors
• string
• doilies
Instructions:
1. Make some heart cut outs from the red felt paper. Sizes of hearts vary from the center size of your doilies.
2. Place the hearts on center of the doilies.
3. Grab some string and wrap the doilies with the hearts on the mason jars.

You can actually make these lovely mason decorated jars in just a few minutes!

Valentine’s Day Polish Chandelier

Bring a little love in your interior this Heart’s Day by having this artistic Valentine’s Day polish chandelier! This ingenious handmade craft is very creative and definitely an eye candy to everyone. This project however requires a little bit of your time so if you really want your Valentine’s Day to be special and unique, then jump into this venture right away.

Needed Supplies:
• pink and red scrapbook papers
• pink and white baker’s twine
• pink and red paper straws
• red striped straws
• pink striped straws
• pink polka dot stripes
• twine
• thin bamboo skewer
• white thread
• needle
• 18″ wreath
• ice blue and turquoise yarn
• heart punch
• hold punch
• scissors
• glue gun
• tape
Directions:
For the top part of the chandelier:

1. In the wreath material, twine a 4′ yarn throughout each hole and tie firmly.
2. Divide the straws into 3″ parts. About 16 pieces per strand and 8 strands for a total of 128.
3. Using your heart punch cut the equal quantity of hearts.
4. Make a hole in the center of each hearts using your hole punch.
5. Run each yarn with alternating straws and a heart cut out in between, all the way up.
6. Repeat process on every string of the yarn.
7. Knot all the finished strings collectively at the tip and then shape a loop.
For the 3D hearts:

1. Produce more hearts using the heart punch.
2. Using your scissors, cut about 1/2″ down from the top of the center of the yarn.
3. With another heart, cut the bottom center 1/2″ up.
4. Afterwards, position the hearts together in a perpendicular manner.
5. After making 8 3D hearts, hang them from the wreath material.
For the yarn wrapping around the wreath:
1. Wrap the ice blue yarn 5 times around the wreath. Make sure to tie it first to one of the holes.
2. Make a tassel at each hole. After making the tassel, hang it with a yarn.
3. Lock the tassel with the turquoise yarn.
For the dangle straw wags placed in the bottom:
1. Create two groupings for the striped straws. Cut 4 different sizes for each groups. So there will be 4 red striped groupings and 4 pink striped groupings.
8 at 1″ for size XS
14 at 1.5″ for size S
14 at 2″ for size M
7 at 2.5″ for size L
2. There will be a certain sequence within 1 grouping of the dangle straws. Layout 7 of the subsequent sequence: XS S M L M S.
3. Make sure to end your last sequence with a size XS.
4. Do the same process for the two striped groupings mentioned earlier.
5. Thread your needle and double knot the end of the threads.
6. Start threading the top of the straws with the first grouping. Thread the 7 sequences, from XS to XS. Double knot when done.
7. Tie the end of the grouping to one of the tassels, and then cut the excess thread. Alternate the two groupings.
For the basketball straw hoop:

1. Cut about 16 pieces of twine with a length of 30”.
2. Knot the two pieces of twine in the meeting point of the tassels.
3. Using a bamboo skewer, thread a straw on every portions of twine, all the way to the top.
4. Make a cross straw design by taking one of the straws, then skipping the next straw and picking up the following straw.
5. Cut the 8 straws in half to produce 16 parts.
6. Attach a pink pom pom to the front and rear on the tip of every other.

DIY: Eye-Candy Decors Using Mason Jars And Wine Bottles

There’s no other place in the world where you can be most comfortable than your own home. Our homes are both our shelter and refuge, not only they protect us from the harms of the “outside world”, they also create the ultimate feeling of relaxation and comfort. However sometimes, especially when you are living on a same house for quite some time already, two things may happen which degrade this “best feeling”  and these are the loss of interest due to absence of new stuff and the build-up of clutters and the unnecessary. These things usually happen when the members of the household tend to neglect the need to improve their home because they are afraid to disrupt the things they are used to be doing or seeing.

Now, once the drive to improve and re-decorate the home sparks among the family members, everyone should seize the moment and go all-in. Redecoration and renovation can be done easily by hiring professionals or contractors and but new stuff from the hardware stores however this move will definitely demand a large funding. Luckily, there is another option that not only promises less spending, it can also address the two problems mentioned above all at the same time while engaging the family members in a worthwhile project.

What I’m talking about here is the concept of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) home improvement projects by recycling collected empty bottles.

Nook’s Wine Bottle Pendant Lights

 

New kitchen lighting fixture can be quite expensive however, you can get rid of the old boring look of your kitchen nook by adding crafted wine bottles to your pendant lights’ design. If you’re a wine enthusiast, this DIY kitchen décor is perfect for you. You’re not just recycling used bottles and helping save mother Earth, but you’re also spicing up your kitchen nook’s appearance. This project is actually very easy to make if you only have an excellent bottle cutter.

Materials:

  • emptied and clean wine bottles (extra-large is perfect)
  • sandpaper
  • 12 foot lamp cord with plug
  • 16 gauge galvanized wire
  • 25-40 watt bulbs
  • phenolic socket single-leg hickey and screw terminals

Tools:

  • bottle cutter
  • wire strippers
  • wire cutters
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • gloves
  • safety glasses

How to do it:


  • Cut the clean wine bottles with your desired opening spot using a bottle cutter. Make sure that you’re wearing gloves and safety glasses before doing so.

  • Every bottle cutter set has a tapper. Place the tapper inside the bottle and tap the bottle gently.

  • After tapping the cut bottle, place it in the sink and run cold water over the mark. Right after doing so, let the hot water run underneath the cut mark. Then do run both water temperatures in an alternate way. Following that, the bottle’s bottom will split off.

  • Smooth the cut using the fine-grit sandpaper.

  • Place the tip of the cord set throughout the bottle, also through the hoop in the socket. Always make sure that the load of the fixture is not on the electrical connection, you can do that by tying a knot in the cord.
  • Put the cord’s metal tip beneath the screws on the socket. Tighten down.
  • Set the bulb in the socket and test if it’s working.

  • Create a loop of dark wire into the bottle to create a decorative touch.

…and tadah! You have your very own DIY pendant lights!

Wine Bottles’ Bookshelf

For bookworms out there, is there enough space in your bookshelf for your beloved books? Does your books cause clutters in your house? Do you think buying a new shelf can cause a fortune? Worry no more! You can make use of you empty wine bottle and a few planks of wood to build an easy and attention-grabbing bookshelf!

Materials:

  • 20 empty and clean wine bottles (or any quantity will do, it will depend on your desired height for the shelf)
  • 6 wood planks
  • couple of turn buckle
  • couple of eyebolt
  • couple of s-hook

How to do it:

  • Attach the self-drilling eyebolt on each end of the wood planks. Eyebolts for a single plank should be parallel to the ones placed in another plank. Connections should be tight and sturdy.
  • The distance of every plank is determined by the height of the wine bottles. For every layer, place 4 wine bottles — 2 for each ends.

  • Connect the bottom tip of the turn buckle to the bottom plank’s eyebolt, and then join the upper tip of the turn buckle to the s-hook. After doing so, connect the s-hook on the eyebolt on the top plank.

There you go! Basically, you just have to repeat the process for each layer until you reach your desired height. Nevertheless, don’t make this shelf too high. Let’s be safe than sorry.

Hanging Rustic Wall Vases

Spice up your wall with this economical rustic wall vase set. This hand crafted vase is perfect for minimalistic people. It consumes a little space in your wall and the rustic touch of this décor is more than enough to catch everyone’s attention.

Materials:

  • emptied and clean wine bottles
  • drill
  • 1 inch bell hanger kit (copper)
  • scrap wood
  • picture hanging hardware
  • screwdriver

How to do it:

 

  • Divide the scrap wood (painted or not) into equal spaces and mark the spot where you want your bottles to be place.
  • Drill a hole on the marked spots of the wood. The holes must be smaller in diameter than that of the screw.

  • Connect the bell hanger through the holes using screws and screwdriver.

  • On each side of the scrap wood, fasten a loop for hanging.

  • Attach the scrap wood on the wall. After doing so, place the empty bottles on the bell hanger and tighten them.

Voila! And just like that folks, you have your stunning rustic themed wall vase décor!

Mason Jar Mini Planter

Do you know that mason jar is an ideal windowsill planter? The lid of the mason jar will help hold the soil’s moisture, keeping the plant from dehydration. This kind of project is perfect in bringing life in to your kitchen windows!

Materials:

  • clean mason jar
  • soil
  • seedling

How to do it:

  • Place an enough amount soil in the mason.
  • Plant the herb or any seedling that you desire.

And that’s it! A very easy and less time consuming DIY project to make!

Mason Liquid Soap Dispenser

Tired of the look of your dull liquid soap dispenser? You don’t have to be anxious anymore, you can actually make a dispenser out of a used mason jar! You can actually find this stuff in some of the local house décor stores however, making one would only take you less than an hour and won’t cost you as much. It’s neat and classy!

Materials:

  • mason jar
  • pump
  • adhesive

How to do it:

  • Drill a hole in the mason jar’s cover.
  • Insert the pump in the hole.
  • Add adhesive to hold the pump in place.

Colors And Destinations

Do you know that a particular hue can strongly influence us on how we remember places we had been to or even just saw in an ad? Going to new places is always a satisfaction for travel enthusiasts and exploring unfamiliar cities is like feeding their hunger and lust for new adventures. For them, this thrilling getaway really is a banquet for the eyes especially when the chosen locations are packed with colors!


I, myself, also love colors! Who doesn’t anyways? In fact, whether you like it or not, everything can be associated with colors – our moods, taste, perception, likes, and the list can go on.

Take for example the times when we want to take a break after a tiring five days of work, we usually want to go to a place to appease us, a place where we can relax and feel calm. With that notion, we almost all the time think of the beach and unconsciously tend to imagine the pristine blue-soaked scenery. See that? After the setting and its colors are distinguished, the brain then evaluates what it sees on an objective and subjective basis.

In the world of architecture and design; color is more than just ornamentation. Color speaks for the building itself. It gives character and distinctiveness. Color has its way of influencing our emotions and state of mind. It is vital to know that colors in our surrounding are playing a huge fraction of our mental and emotional awareness.

For backpackers out there, here are the ten color-splashed places that might stir your emotions!

1. Burano Island, Italy

Burano is an island in the Venetian Lagoon, located near Torcello at the northern end of the tarn. It is situated 4 miles away from Venice – a 40-minute trip by Venetian motorboats or widely known as the Vaporetti.

The island is renowned for its meticulous lace work and vibrantly painted dwellings that serve as multi-hued margins of the canals. A primordial stories tells that fishermen highlighted their houses to make them more visible from the sea when they were far away for fishing.

2. Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre also means Five Lands – Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. It is a rocky portion of the coast on the Italian Riviera.

For centuries now, inhabitants have cautiously built patios on the rough and steep setting right up to the cliffs which offers the breathtaking view of the sea.

Cinque Terre presents romantic coastal scenery for tourists. The pastel-hued perfection of the houses gives a soothing feeling for every wandered guest. When viewed from afar, the rainbow-colored house terraces of the five lands and the majestic view of the water appears to be spectacular, definitely a sight that money can’t buy!

3. Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town

Muizenberg is a beach-side village of Cape Town in South Africa. It is locally known as the birthplace of surfing in the country. However, Muizenberg Beach is widely recognized not only for its gigantic waves but also for their brightly painted shacks.

If you’re up to some stimulating vacay, there’s nothing more exciting than spending time on the beach with a remarkable view, right? The intensely tinted Victorian huts will absolutely give you a retro kind of vibe that you will actually dig in.

4. Tulip Fields of Holland

A bouquet of gorgeous flowers along with luscious chocolates is an every guy’s way of capturing every woman’s attention. But hey, a field filled of lovely tulips? Now that’s another different story to tell!

This beautiful and definitely vast tulip plantation can be found in Noordoostpolder, situated in the province of Flevoland. A 79-acre of tantalizing scenery, clad in purple, pink, orange, red and yellow blooms that will certainly melt your heart!

5. Namaqualand, Namibia

Another must-see floral scenery that the world offers is the wildflower fields of Namaqualand, Namibia—a landscape carpeted by colorful daises and hundreds of wildflowers! Can you imagine the romantic aroma of the field? It is definitely a heaven’s treat!

6. Agueda, Portugal

The Floating Umbrella Festival of the Canopy Street in Agueda, Portugal is an ingenious way of using colorful umbrellas as a landmark design. This colorful canopy over the scorching hot streets of Agueda will not only keep you in shade but will also undoubtedly inspire you to discover the creativity in yourself, to always think outside the box.

7. Sighisoara, Romania

Located in the historic region of Transylvania, the Sighisoara, Romania’s vibrant colored town is an enthralling combination of Saxon architecture and medieval tradition. The design also showcases interesting Gothic details.

Sighisoara is actually included in the UNESCO World Heritage list and considered as an excellent example of a diminutive and equipped medieval civic structure which played significant roles on the borders of Central Europe.

What set Sighisoara apart from other colorful towns are the differences in their architectural designs. Each house has a personal distinct character – arched foyers, Baroque inspired facades and classic window styles to name a few.

8. Costa Nova, Portugal

Have you ever heard of the candy-striped wooden houses? Have you seen the Haystacks in Costa Nova, Portugal? If both answers are no, then you are in for a treat on this next feature. These houses are so amazing that strolling along these adorable abodes will make you feel like you’re in a movie set of some vintage films!

These houses are originally called as Palheiros. At first, they were constructed to avert buildup of sand from the nearby dunes. As time went by, they became shelters for fishermen. Inhabitants started painting the houses with bright stripes as they are replicas of the polychrome moliceiros.

Isn’t it interesting? Be sure to prepare your cameras if you’re planning to visit this awesome place!

9. Cape Town, South Africa

Beyond the hustle and bustle of city life, you’ll find these bright painted houses in Bo-Kaap formerly known as the Malay quarter in Cape Town, South Africa. The neighborhood presents a scenario of continuing historic and cultural substance.

10. Girona Riverfront, Spain

Aside from the famous neighboring town of Barcelona, Girona is one of the must-see cities in Spain. The most striking feature of this place is the emphasis, dominance, and the love for colors. Through the charming color palette of yellows, oranges and pinks – they really bring the streets and alleyways to life!

Floral Wall Painting Inspiration: The Little Polish Village of Zalipie

Design your house as if it came straight out of a fairy tale! Decorating your home with actual flowers or floral home accessories is fine enough. But, painting your walls full of colorful flowers can take it to a whole new level. Just take a look at this dreamy village of Zalipie, Poland. You might find some wall painting inspirations here.

Why So Many Flowers?

The beauty of Zalipie blossoms thanks to an old tradition. During the 19th century, the village’s custom was painting the interior and exterior walls of the house with bright colors. Why? Smoke from the chimneys left dirt all over the walls. But, the female villagers wanted pretty houses. So, they concealed the darkened walls with bright geometric shapes using lime, soot, clay, adhesives such as egg whites, and brushes made of horse hair or leather. Over time, the spots were formed into flowers. As years went by, the simple flowers turned into detailed wall garlands and bouquets, complete with healthy-looking leaves. The wall paintings are visible up to this day.

Recreate Your Own Zalipie House

Painting decorations on the exterior walls of your house is a brave move. You have to be skilled in drawing details and applying the right colors. After all, passersby would definitely have something to say. However, you can start small with specific rooms or areas inside the house.

Meticulous Planning

We want to avoid regrets after painting a wall. It would be a waste of time, effort and money. That’s why we have to plan even the smallest details.

  • Architectural Factors: Decide whether or not to include the windows, doors, electrical outlets, light fixtures and other immovable objects near or attached to the wall. Decorating doors can actually be a fun activity. If not, put tape on these areas to ensure that paint won’t smear on them.
  • Colors: Make sure that the colors would look perfect in the overall design. Don’t let some colors overpower the whole decoration. If you’re going for a bright red flower, choose other bright colors as well.
  • Design: Decide which flower shapes you’re going to use. You can search for stencils to follow as guides. Flowers of different shapes are going to look great together. You can also draw the design’s layout on a paper first to avoid mistakes.

 

Prepare Carefully

Now, keep these in mind before you start painting:

  • Materials: The essential tools in painting your wall are stencil (if necessary), brush, spray adhesive, paper towel, latex interior or craft paint, and cloth or cardboard for floor protection.
  • Clean Wall: For a wall that’s covered in scrapes and bumps, you can use a magic eraser. Just scrub lightly to avoid destroying the paintwork. If your wall is not that dirty, just wipe it first with a damp cloth to remove dust.
  • Practice: You need to practice first on a cardboard. This is useful in choosing the colors and design.

 

Using Stencils

If you opt for stencils, you need something to attach them to the wall. Spray adhesives are more preferable than painter’s tape because they make lines much smoother. These are perfect for detailing. Quick tip: Wait for the adhesive to dry at least 3 minutes on the stencil before attachment. This enables you to attach and remove the stencil many times before another spray.

 

The Moment We’re Waiting for – Painting!

To avoid paint seeping through the stencils or going out of the outline, make sure that only a little paint is absorbed by your brush. Paper towels are useful in absorbing excess paint. Just brush on a paper towel first before finally applying paint on the wall.

Another effective way is to paint the flowers first before the leaves. The leaves don’t have to follow a layout. After painting the flowers, you can just paint the leaves between spaces and around the petals. If you want a definite layout for the leaves, use stencils.

Final Touches

Messy outlines are no big deal. You can clean them up with a damp Q-tip or wet wipe while the paintwork is still fresh. If the paint is already dry, draw a smoother outline over the existing work with a thin brush.

Conclusion

Floral decorations are so pretty that they make you feel relaxed. They make your place more homey and welcoming. Don’t hesitate to put some flower power into your home like what the creative villagers of Zalipie did.