TOP 5 COLOURFUL DIY IDEAS TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DULL SPACE

SIMPLE DIY IDEAS FOR ROOM / WALL DECOR

“WHAT!?!” (in excitement) was my sister’s first response on seeing the dull wall in our room. Yes! She liked the decor! Hello, welcome back to another post of simple colourful DIY ideas to brighten up your dull room like mine. On seeing the boring walls, I get tempted to decorate it in many ways like a wall art, etc., but this time wall decoration using paper craft.

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DIY using old/unused paper

These simple DIY ideas have its own advantage, it is customisable. Cheap and can be done from the scraps. You can also consider these ideas for party decoration. Yes, a simple scrap paper can bring colour to your room. Only & the main things we need are papers and scissors. Let us now dig in.


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REQUIREMENTS

You can always alternate or choose your own requirements. What I used in these projects are:

Requirements

TOP 5 WALL HANGINGS IDEAS FROM PAPER

The following are the 5 ideas I am talking about. I think, the “paper garland” is the one I like the most among the five. As it is colourful and simple to create.

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These methods are so easy to create, even kids can make this to decorate their room. But be careful when you are using scissors or precision knife. Have a look at these 5 ways and comment me down, which one impressed you.

  1. ORIGAMI
  2. PAPER CUTTINGS
  3. GARLANDS
  4. RE – USING OLD ART WORK
  5. CARDBOARD HANGER

ORIGAMI

Of late, you can say, how I became so obsessed with these “origami” thing if you are following me from the previous posts. Yes. I have become obsessed. I thank my sister, as she was the one who introduced me to origami.

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Here, I have created the 5 geometrical shapes and used for wall hanging. I loved the way, it turned out.

Origami geometric shapes

I made these shapes mostly in white paper and later painted it in my favourite colours to look more attractive and colourful.

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Beautiful back drop

If you are interested in learning, how I made these geometrical origami shapes, then comment me.

CUBES

I started making origami shapes from a cube. Probably, making these cubes is the easiest among all the other shapes.

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Cube wall hanging

These cubes are very simple and easy to make. I hang them using thin thread.

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They form a beautiful back drop in your work space, above the headboard of your bed.

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PYRAMIDS

Pyramids are also simple to create. I used thin white thread to hang it. I made these pyramids in different sizes and painted in different colours as I liked.

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Pyramid wall hangings.

DIAMONDS

This one is my favourite among the origami method. I liked the creases and details of the diamond. And this details makes it more attractive.

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You can see the details clearly in this diamond.

This diamond wall hangings can be hooked in the sideways of the steps, in your kid’s room, living area, dining area, etc., Wherever it is, it remains colourful and pretty.

Diamond wall hangings

You can make them in different sizes and colours. It can be customisable as you like. If you wish to learn, how to make these diamonds, comment me down.

Diamond wall hangings

PAPER CUTTINGS

This is yet another simple method. The main things we need are just paper and scissors. Use scissors carefully.

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Paper cuttings
The main plot of this method is given as steps below.

1. Draw your own image outline (eg. heart )

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Draw the outline of your preferred image.
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These are the outlines I chose and drawn.

2. Cut the rough outline and use it as a template.

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Using a precision knife, cut out the image. Be careful when you use it.
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Now, these cut outs act as a template.

3. Using template, trace it in colour paper / old magazines.

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Using template, you can cut out images directly or trace it down and cut using scissors.

4. Cut it off.

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After cut the images.
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Layout in your preferred colour order. And Flip it off.

5. Tape it with thread.

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Place the thread over it and tape it.

6. Hang it on your wall. Done!

Paper cutting wall hangings, done!
Paper cutting wall hangings, done!

Here I chose some images like elephant, butterfly, heart, circles & fish to test. Now, everything is up to my satisfaction. You can choose your own image and use it.

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HEART

These heart wall hangings are made from the steps as above discussed.

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Wall hanging – heart (paper cutting).
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Laying out for colour order
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Final look of heart wall hanging

ELEPHANT

Elephants are very easy to draw and cut. I used colour papers, newspapers & old scrap papers.

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Elephant wall hanging.
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Paper cuttings layout for colour order
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Final look – elephant wall decor.

CIRCLE

The circle wall hangings are very simple to create. You can create in different sizes in a variety of colours and place randomly or in order. However you arrange, this wall hangings turns out to be attractive and colourful.

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Circle wall hanging.
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Layout in your preferred colour order.
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Simple Circle wall hanging.

BUTTERFLY

Instead of these paper cutting butterflies, you can also use origami butterflies. In case you like to learn it, click here: How to make butterflies?

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Butterflies laid out for colour order.
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Butterfly wall decor.
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Easy and colourful Butterfly wall hangings

You can also replace these paper cuttings as painted ones. Like I made before: Realistic butterfly.

FISH

I used two different shapes of fish for paper cutting. 

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Paper cutting – fish
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Randomly placed fishes.
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Final look.

GARLANDS

Paper garlands are my most favourite DIY among all, as it turned out pretty cool. Here I used the traditional shapes like Tags and Flags for garlands. These are easy to make, colourful wall hangings using paper crafts.

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Garlands fitting my balcony sit out.

These garlands fit perfectly as a backdrop for my gloomy balcony. You can prefer any shapes, any colour you like. Let us dig in for more detail.

TAGS

These paper garlands are time-consuming and inexpensive. All you need is papers thread and tape. Here are the steps to make tag garland.

TAG Garland
STEPS:
  1. Take a paper and ruler.
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Basic requirement to make tag

2. Cut the paper into the small strips of the following measurement.

Measuring using a ruler.
Measurement :

Height : 10 cms / 4 inches (approx)

 Width : 5 cms / 2 inches (approx)

Cut into the specified measurements.

  3. Draw a small triangle in the end and cut it off.

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Drawing a small triangle at one end of the strip.

  4. You will get the tag shaped paper strips.

Cut the triangle at the end.

  5. Repeat the steps until you get the required paper strips. I made tags of 30 numbers.

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Repeat the steps to get as many tags as required.

 You can also make tags in white paper and paint it later with your favourite colours.

  6. Keep the tags in a row according to the colour order you want. Here, I lined it up randomly.

Tags are lined up randomly.

  7. Now flip each tag, with the coloured side lying down. Ignore if both sides are coloured.

  8. Place the long thread on the tags and position it perfectly in the same point in each tag.

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Positioning the thread on the back of the tags.

  9. Now stick the thread to the tag using the invisible tape.

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Sticking invisible tape.

  10. Done! Tag garland ready!

Tag Garland, Ready!!

FLAGS

The Flag garland is made using the same steps as that of tag garland.

Flag Garland

The flag measurements I used is given below.

Measurement :

Height : 7 cms / 2.7  inches (approx)

Base : 7.5 cms / 3 inches (approx)

 

Take a paper, mark the measurements given and cut it out. Repeat until you get the required number of flags.

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Marking the measurements
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Try to mark equally, so that each flag is similar.
Repeat until you get the desired number of flags.

Now lay out according to the colour order you chose, flip it off and paste the thread.

Layout for colour order.
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Flag Garland, done!
Alternate method:
  • Using tape to stick the thread to the tag/flag is the easiest method. You can also use thread & needle and create garland using the running stitch.
  • Or else you can use a paper puncher to make holes in each tag/flag and connect using thread. You can choose your own way.
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Colourful Garlands – simple wall hanging using paper.

RE – USING OLD ART WORK

I always keep my old art, sketches, craft, paintings, things I made, in a box. Apart from gifting it to others, most of it will remain unused after that particular project. I made some realistic butterflies in my previous post. If you are interested in knowing that, click here: how to make realistic butterflies?

Butterflies from the previous project.

Also in my wall art post, the cardboard used for leaves left unused. For this post, click here: wall art – theme based!

Cardboard from the previous post.

So I thought of reusing it and make another craft out of it. Then this “theme based” idea struck me. Like paper cutting ones, I glued the butterfly and the cardboard leaves alternatively and hung it on the wall.  

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Paint the cardboard and give the details using markers.
Reusing old art works – final look.

CARDBOARD HANGER

I initially made a newspaper wall hanging. Inspired from that, I made this cardboard wall hanging. All u need is cardboard, thread and any of the previous method outcomes. Eg: origami shapes.

Cardboard wall hanging.
The steps are:

  1. Take a cardboard and a compass or any round base objects like a plate, bowl, anything. Draw a big circle. 

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2. This will be the shape of the top and cut it off. Now, draw concentric circles. Draw lines with the centre same as that of the concentric circles.

Cutting out the top part.

  3. Mark the point along the circle and the lines, where the thread used to hang on the wall will be stitched.

The thread is attached.
This thread is now used for hanging on the wall.

4. Now insert any number of thread in the cardboard. Knot the thread at one end, so it is fixed on the cardboard top. Now attach, sew or tape your objects in the other end as layers. I made it with 4 layers.

INSERT THE THREAD ON THE MARKED AREAS.
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The Final look of cardboard wall hanging.

Hope you liked all the decor ideas. Try it and share your version of decor in social media using “#diarytale”. Also do not forget to comment below, which one you liked most.

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24 Replies to “TOP 5 COLOURFUL DIY IDEAS TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DULL SPACE”

  1. BHARGAVI sri says: Reply

    All hangings are awesome especially I like BUTTERFLY.its is very easy to decor our home
    Keep rocking sisy..

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      Thanks @bhargavi. I am very glad that you liked it!!!

  2. All the wall hangings are very cute and colourful… ……. especially the back drop in the balcony sit out is very beautiful…..a grt way to make our rooms a nice place to stay

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      Thanks, @vaishnavi!! Happy to hear from you!!

  3. Some Tyms Even Small Things Look So Attractive… This S So So So Good And I’ll Soon IMPLENT This S IN My New Space… # Simple But cute😍

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      Sure! Try them and enjoy @aishu! simple and inexpensive. Also, share your work with us via social media, so we can see what you came out with!

  4. Sneha mohan says: Reply

    Great work preethi….keep rocking 😍👍

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      Thank you so much @sneha! Really unexpected!!

  5. UnExpected work from you really loved it especially elephants 🐘 origami hangings and the cardboard hangings 😊Keep rocking😉✌🏻

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      Thank you for your lovely comment! @lawanya

  6. When amazing works are done easily, it does not mean that the work is easy. It shows how much you are devoted to your work.

    This is a real work of devotion.

    Keep going.

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      Thanks for your continuous support! Comments like yours motivate me to keep going!! I am grateful @vivasayi

  7. Pragadeesh raju says: Reply

    exemplary work …expecting image gallery soon….

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      Thank you for the response. Image gallery, I am too thinking the same @pragadeesh.

  8. I like all ur work except circle it is usual. Heart shape is nice

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      Thanks for your response @gomathi

  9. Nice and very huge work. My head started to rotate, so pls next time try to put very short without delay.

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      Ok ji! Next time, I will try to post soon. Until then, stay tuned @srinithi.

  10. Origami, paper cuttings & esp cardboard hanger is really awesome…and I think glittering sheets will workout more effectively for garlands.

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      This made my day. Thanks, @RK for your response. Yeah, I too thinking the same.

  11. Wonderful Work!!!

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      Thank you so much @swathi

      1. NICE WORK, WITHOUT MONEY WILL DECORATE OUR HOME.

        1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

          Yeah! Try it and share your work with us too!! & thanks for your response @Ramya.

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