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Easy home decor: Do It Yourself Wall Art

Updated on May 28, 2012

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I love the beauty of simplicity when it comes to home decor.  And I love the combination of black, white and dark red.
I love the beauty of simplicity when it comes to home decor. And I love the combination of black, white and dark red.
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When we moved into a new place few months ago, I had the opportunity to decorate the place the way I wanted.I went to a local store and found this vase which has very rich colors, including my favorite color - dark red.I love flowers, but fresh flowers don't last long, and I am not that fond of plastic flowers.  So I got something that are made of natural material such as wood and grass.  I bought two different bundles of those flowers, mixed them the way I like.I used the left over from the flowers to create some art works that go with the flowers. I focused on the colors and the flowers that are more appealing to me.  When I placed the sofa there, it seemed a bit too bare/plain to me. It didn't carry out the theme.So, I added some cushions which helped continue the colors I first started.Finally, I added a side table for functionality. When I first got the flowers, I was planning to buy some wall pictures to go with it.  But after days of searching the internet, local stores, I couldn't find any that I liked.  So I designed to create something on my own.I found the canvas' price reasonable.  And it's very easy to work with.  So I got 2 pieces of canvas (16" x 20") which should cover the wall nicely.Since I wanted to carry the theme, I used the left over from the flowers, some white and red construction paper (thicker is better), glue gun or liquid glue / double sided clear tap, scissors, and some ribbons.I wanted to do something easy and simple.  In order to create a design like this, I first cut out the red petals and black stripes.For the petal, I cut out a 2" x 3" red paper.Folded in half with the red side in, but didn't press down the edge because I didn't want to make a crease. Drew the outline for the shape of the petal.Cut alone the line.I repeated the same steps and made two more petals.Put a blade of grass on a petal and folded one side of the petal.Applied the glue on the side of the petal that was folded.Closed the petal by pressing down the other side of the petal onto the glue.Measured the black paper stripes: 2" x 20", 1/4" x 16", 2 3/4" x 16", 1 1/4" x 12".Cut out the black stripes.Tested out different arrangements and tried to find the one I liked the most.I tried laying the flower with the white part showing to test the out come.But decided to go with the white side facing down.  I tried to maintain the main colors that matched the rest of the setting.I also tried different colors of strips to see if I like it..I believe there is no right or wrong about a design.  Each person has his/her definition of beauty.  Just go with the style you love.I like to use glue gun to secure the position of the arrangement.  It's easy to use, fast to dry.  Put the glue where all the grass met.And put on a ribbon as decoration.Also put a dab of glue on the grass where it contacted the canvas.
When we moved into a new place few months ago, I had the opportunity to decorate the place the way I wanted.
When we moved into a new place few months ago, I had the opportunity to decorate the place the way I wanted.
I went to a local store and found this vase which has very rich colors, including my favorite color - dark red.
I went to a local store and found this vase which has very rich colors, including my favorite color - dark red.
I love flowers, but fresh flowers don't last long, and I am not that fond of plastic flowers.  So I got something that are made of natural material such as wood and grass.  I bought two different bundles of those flowers, mixed them the way I like.
I love flowers, but fresh flowers don't last long, and I am not that fond of plastic flowers. So I got something that are made of natural material such as wood and grass. I bought two different bundles of those flowers, mixed them the way I like.
I used the left over from the flowers to create some art works that go with the flowers. I focused on the colors and the flowers that are more appealing to me.
I used the left over from the flowers to create some art works that go with the flowers. I focused on the colors and the flowers that are more appealing to me.
When I placed the sofa there, it seemed a bit too bare/plain to me. It didn't carry out the theme.
When I placed the sofa there, it seemed a bit too bare/plain to me. It didn't carry out the theme.
So, I added some cushions which helped continue the colors I first started.
So, I added some cushions which helped continue the colors I first started.
Finally, I added a side table for functionality.
Finally, I added a side table for functionality.
When I first got the flowers, I was planning to buy some wall pictures to go with it.  But after days of searching the internet, local stores, I couldn't find any that I liked.  So I designed to create something on my own.
When I first got the flowers, I was planning to buy some wall pictures to go with it. But after days of searching the internet, local stores, I couldn't find any that I liked. So I designed to create something on my own.
I found the canvas' price reasonable.  And it's very easy to work with.  So I got 2 pieces of canvas (16" x 20") which should cover the wall nicely.
I found the canvas' price reasonable. And it's very easy to work with. So I got 2 pieces of canvas (16" x 20") which should cover the wall nicely.
Since I wanted to carry the theme, I used the left over from the flowers, some white and red construction paper (thicker is better), glue gun or liquid glue / double sided clear tap, scissors, and some ribbons.
Since I wanted to carry the theme, I used the left over from the flowers, some white and red construction paper (thicker is better), glue gun or liquid glue / double sided clear tap, scissors, and some ribbons.
I wanted to do something easy and simple.  In order to create a design like this, I first cut out the red petals and black stripes.
I wanted to do something easy and simple. In order to create a design like this, I first cut out the red petals and black stripes.
For the petal, I cut out a 2" x 3" red paper.
For the petal, I cut out a 2" x 3" red paper.
Folded in half with the red side in, but didn't press down the edge because I didn't want to make a crease.
Folded in half with the red side in, but didn't press down the edge because I didn't want to make a crease.
Drew the outline for the shape of the petal.
Drew the outline for the shape of the petal.
Cut alone the line.
Cut alone the line.
I repeated the same steps and made two more petals.
I repeated the same steps and made two more petals.
Put a blade of grass on a petal and folded one side of the petal.
Put a blade of grass on a petal and folded one side of the petal.
Applied the glue on the side of the petal that was folded.
Applied the glue on the side of the petal that was folded.
Closed the petal by pressing down the other side of the petal onto the glue.
Closed the petal by pressing down the other side of the petal onto the glue.
Measured the black paper stripes: 2" x 20", 1/4" x 16", 2 3/4" x 16", 1 1/4" x 12".
Measured the black paper stripes: 2" x 20", 1/4" x 16", 2 3/4" x 16", 1 1/4" x 12".
Cut out the black stripes.
Cut out the black stripes.
Tested out different arrangements and tried to find the one I liked the most.
Tested out different arrangements and tried to find the one I liked the most.
I tried laying the flower with the white part showing to test the out come.
I tried laying the flower with the white part showing to test the out come.
But decided to go with the white side facing down.  I tried to maintain the main colors that matched the rest of the setting.
But decided to go with the white side facing down. I tried to maintain the main colors that matched the rest of the setting.
I also tried different colors of strips to see if I like it..
I also tried different colors of strips to see if I like it..
I believe there is no right or wrong about a design.  Each person has his/her definition of beauty.  Just go with the style you love.
I believe there is no right or wrong about a design. Each person has his/her definition of beauty. Just go with the style you love.
I like to use glue gun to secure the position of the arrangement.  It's easy to use, fast to dry.  Put the glue where all the grass met.
I like to use glue gun to secure the position of the arrangement. It's easy to use, fast to dry. Put the glue where all the grass met.
And put on a ribbon as decoration.
And put on a ribbon as decoration.
Also put a dab of glue on the grass where it contacted the canvas.
Also put a dab of glue on the grass where it contacted the canvas.

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      Ann Leung 4 years ago from San Jose, California

      You're welcome, His princesz. I am glad you like it.

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      His princesz 4 years ago

      You are creative! Thanks for the tip, great decor! Simple and refreshing :) Thank you!

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you ishwaryaa22 for reading and commenting. Your kind words are very encouraging.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! Your home decor ideas are economical and creative. Your step-by step directions with help of your photos are clearly explained. Your wall-art is beautiful. I enjoyed indulging in economical and creative activities and creating wall-hangings is one of my favorites. Belated Congrats on winning the Hubnugget! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you Melovy. I am glad you like it.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      This is great, such imaginative ideas. The colours do look great together too and I like the way you’ve arranged the pictures at an angle! I’ve pinned it!

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you Sandy for stopping by and commenting! :)

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      Sandy He 5 years ago

      Great ideas! Your own-made decorations carry out a theme:Home needs time building.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you PWalker281 for coming by and your compliment. I am very happy to have your support. :)

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Hey donnaisabella, it's so nice to hear from you. I have been busy with other things too and unable to publish anything until today. I am so happy to meet so many nice people here. Keep in touch. :)

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      Donaisabella 5 years ago from Fort Myers

      Hey Kitty, I did not know one of your hubs was picked as a hubnugget! Congratulations lady! I just know you have a lot of creativity in you and a whole lot to offer. Bring it on sister! I am so glad for you. I am watching you. I have been a little sluggish on here in the past couple of weeks because my schedule is changing drastically and I have a lot of adapting to do, but I would so like to catch up with you!

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      Wow! Very creative, both in the way you decorated the room and your use of photos and captions to create a "how-to" hub! Voted up, useful and beautiful!

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      A lot of people asked what I won. Well, sorry to tell you that I didn't win any money. I only received a special Accolade and my name will be featured in Hubpages weekly newsletter.

      But I am very happy because I won the support of so many people. Your support is priceless to me. Thank you again. :)

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you susanm23b! I am honored to have so many people's support. :)

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you Millionaire. I am glad you like it. :)

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your HubNuggets win. This is a great lesson not just on on how to decorate, but how to create your own inexpensive artwork. Each piece and the whole is beautiful.

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      susanm23b 5 years ago

      I love your gorgeous photos! Beautiful! Congratulations on your Hubnuggets win :)

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you Oksana for coming by and commenting. :)

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      Oksana Shah 5 years ago

      Wow what a great job! Excellent combination of the three universal colors (black, white and red) turn a simple wall to special and exclusive master piece. What a wonderful master !

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you lifelovermystery for coming by and commenting. :)

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      This is a very exciting news. I never thought any of my hubs could qualify for nomination on the Hubnuggets. This definitely gave me a boost of confidence on submitting my work here. Thank you! :)

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      Michelle Orelup 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      This is very original and unique!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Woh, it's so cool! Thanks for this lovely idea on decorating. :)

      Now for the good news...can't wait to see your reaction! Your hub has been nominated on the Hubnuggets!! See it right here http://koffeeklatchgals.hubpages.com/hub/A-HubNugg... Enjoy decorating and voting for the Hubnuggets! Cheers!

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you Robie for coming by and commenting. I need all the encouragement I can get. :)

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      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      Great step by step explanation, thanks for sharing!

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      What a pleasant surprise! Patty Inglish. I never thought you'd have time to stop by. On the first day I joined Hubpage, I noticed that you're the top one of the best bubbers here. Thank you so much for giving me a "rated up!" :)

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      I like the way you have substantial text captions for your gallery! Rated Up!

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you cleaner3 for stopping by and your encouraging compliments. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Wow, what an artist, you have a talent . And such good taste . Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and your eyes are beautiful.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you Learner35! Your comment is so encouraging. :)

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      Saadia A 5 years ago

      wow this is awesome.You have wonderfully presented the Hub with all these original photos. Fabulous job you have done.

      My vote up and interesting.I am sharing the Hub with my fellow hubbers as well !!!

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you for your kind words, Martins. I'll keep trying my best. Have a great day! :)

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      Martins Fraulein 5 years ago

      amazing hub!!

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you Unvrso for you kind appreciation. Have a great day! :)

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you Nifwlseirff for your kind compliment! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Jose Juan Gutierrez 5 years ago from Mexico City

      Interesting and resourceful ideas! Three color combination seems excellent!

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      Kymberly Fergusson 5 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

      Creative and gorgeous! I love the red-black-white combination too!

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you for your positive comment. This is very encouraging. I am learning how to take better pictures and do better next time. Have a great day! :)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I can't believe you actually illustrated all those steps with your own photos. Wonderful work. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you Ardie! You've made my day! :)

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      I love the additional info! Now when I make my own wall hanging I will come back and tell you about it. And you will be proud that you helped a non-crafter :) this is a beautiful Hub!

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you so much for your advice. I have made some changes. I would love to know what you think. :)

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      I think you have a very good idea going here with a how-to and I appreciate the photographs! However I'd really love to see you expand upon the writing of this article with more details so I can better understand the how and why of in between the steps. I am NOT a crafty person by any stretch of the imagination so I need all the details and information available! Welcome to HubPages and let me know if I can help you in any way. I look forward to learning more about creating homemade pictures for my walls!

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      Irenevosburgh 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      This video surely took some time to complete. Keep up the good work!

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you for your encouragement! :)

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      Wonder tips! Great creativity! Have a blessed day! Peace!