In the Philippines, most renters often have very minimal budget for decorating. We don’t have IKEA where you can buy cheap but stylish furniture and decors (actually we do have IKEA resellers like Mobler and 5Corners but the item price are more than twice the US price, so it’s no longer considered cheap for me). We don’t have suppliers for temporary wall paper although you can buy cheap decorative vinyl stickers in Japan surplus stores for P88. But if you want a really nice one, of course, there’s quite a price to pay, usually for at least P1,000. Still, for someone like me who is constantly budget conscious, I can’t afford that.
But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to settle with bare, boring white walls for the rest of your stay in the apartment. The three images below can be recreated using supplies from bookstores.
I often see wall art in the internet using paint chips. But paint chips aren’t free here in the Philippines (I was able to gather some from Dunn-Edwards Wilcon Depot Balintawak, but they are too precious and rare so I’m keeping them for reference and not to be used for DIY projects.) A huge “paint chip” wall art can be done using a mix of various colored cartolina, construction paper and art paper. Cut them into small square pieces and pin them on a corkboard or a foam board hung on the wall. It’s a no-commitment wall art so you can change the colors whenever you feel like it or when the papers start to become dirty. For less than P300, you can have a huge color wall art to brighten up your day.
Washi tapes are great for adding colors to your white walls too. You can peel it off without leaving sticky residue. You can buy washi tapes here, here or here. For more washi tape decorating ideas, you can check out my Pinterest board.If you’re feeling artsy and daring, you can wrap art or construction paper on board pieces. TIP: Recycle cardboard boxes by cutting them into squares. Layer them on your wall for some sort of 3D effect. This is a perfect way to conceal any wall imperfections. I think I’ll do this on our storage room to cover the ugly sides of our stairs.
In addition to art and construction papers, you can also use colored corrugated boards, cartolinas, japanese paper, gift wrapping papers and colored tissue papers.This is so easy, it can be done in a few hours. You can even enlist your kid to help you and best of all, you can do this for less than P500!