DIY: Hanging Wall Decor

I’ve been settling into my new home in California, and getting my room set up how I like it. My walls were starting to look pretty white and boring, so this weekend I decided to whip together a quick wall hanging. It’s easy and quick, and it really livens up a boring or plain space! It’s a good afternoon project to tuck away for a rainy or cold day.

DIY Wall Hanging // Imperfect Chevron

DIY Felt Wall Hanging

  1. Gather your supplies, and cut out the shape you want a bunch of times. I chose hearts, but I think this would work well with geometric shapes like triangles or diamonds! I used glittery red felt, light blue felt, navy felt, and black felt. You’ll also need scissors and yarn. img_3944
  2. Cut 2 small holes in the center of each felt shape (just wide enough to pass yarn through the holes). DIY Wall Hanging // Imperfect Chevron
  3. String yarn through the shapes, leaving a few inches between each heart. Make the strands as long or short as you want. I didn’t want mine to look too even, so I cute various lengths of thread. DIY Wall Hanging // Imperfect Chevron
  4. Hang on the wall using a thumb tack or nail. And you’re done! Step back to admire your handiwork.

See how easy!? I hope you try this quick little DIY, let me know how it turns out for you!

xo

 

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DIY: Gallery Wall

Since I got back home in July, I’ve been helping my mom recharge and update our house. I helped her pick a new couch (which is the most beautiful couch in the whole world, in my opinion) and two new modern chairs, we’ve been rearranging and DIY-ing some thrift store finds. All in all, it’s been good. But our living room needed some sort of a statement, it was just really blah. So I proposed the idea of making a gallery wall above the couch, with all of our paintings and little odds and ends. My mom loved the idea, and we got to work! Here’s how we did it:

  1. I collected all of our unused paintings (most of which were done by my brother, my mom, and I) and pictures in the basement, where I knew I would have a lot of room to spread out without my dog trampling all the pictures. I just started putting the pictures together in random assortments, trying to achieve that balanced/unbalanced look, and it took me a few tries but I figured out exactly how I wanted it to look and snapped a picture for reference. DIY Gallery Wall via Imperfect Chevron
  2. My mom helped me hold each picture up on the wall above the couch individually, and I marked the corners of each picture with painters tape to get a general idea of how the pictures would fit in the space and in relation to each other. This took a while, but luckily we didn’t have to redo it–we got the placement right on the first try. Also, I know this picture of the process looks like the proceedings of a lunatic, and maybe it is, but this strategy worked for us! DIY Gallery Wall via Imperfect Chevron
  3. We got out the level and started hanging our pictures, one by one. We used really little nails to hang most of the pictures, and some of that sticky reusable putty to keep the pictures flat on the wall. This step by far takes the most time, because if one picture isn’t perfectly straight your whole wall will look off. But it’s worth the time! And the finished product looks incredible.

DIY Gallery Wall via Imperfect Chevron

We love our little gallery wall, and we’re starting to design and hang another one in the family room, as well. This just adds such a powerful statement to your wall, and ties all of your furniture together into a warm and inviting space. Would you try hanging a gallery wall?

xo

DIY: Sewing Table Makeover

I was the lucky girl to stumble upon my sewing machine and table a couple of years ago in a flea market (1960s Viking Husqvarna and a super cool old sewing table that folds out to give you more room), and I was even luckier that my mom bought it for me for Christmas and had the sewing machine repaired. It’s been a great machine, and I’ve sewed some fun projects on it!

But the table needed a little love, for sure. While it’s very sturdy and well-made (they just don’t make furniture like they used to, am I right?), there was a pretty big water stain on the top of the desk. I’d been brainstorming different ideas for how I wanted to fix up the table, and I originally thought I might paint the drawers a fun color or pattern. But the table is so classic, so pretty and old and well-made, I ultimately decided to stain the top of the desk (where the damage was concentrated) and keep the rest of the piece in its original state.

Sewing Table Makeover via Imperfect Chevron

With the help of my dad, I sanded down the top of the table with a sander. Pretty sure I found my true calling, sanding with that machine was so fun! I wish I had a picture of me sanding the table, with the work glasses and gloves on! But you’ll just have to imagine it. Lucky for me, only the top of the table was damaged, so I didn’t have to sand down any of the rest of the table.

Next, I applied a few coats of a stain that I thought was going to be pretty close to the original stain color and a top coat. You guys, the stain color is the exact same as the original. Ok, I’m sure it’s not exactly the same, but you couldn’t tell the difference if you looked at it with a magnifying glass. It looks amazing!

 

Sewing Table Makeover via Imperfect Chevron

I didn’t want to ruin the classic 60s vibe of the table, but I did want to have a little fun and a little happy pop of color somehow, so I picked out some pretty blue floral contact paper at the store and applied it to the inside of the drawers! It’s a subtle statement that I think is really fun, and nobody except me will ever see it, but I love seeing the happy print every time I open the drawers.

Sewing Table Makeover via Imperfect Chevron

Sewing Table Makeover via Imperfect Chevron

 

Sewing Table Makeover via Imperfect Chevron

I’ve been dreaming of finishing this project for a while, and it felt so good to tackle it and have it turn out really great. It just feels nice to check stuff off your to-do list, you know?

xo

Holiday Lights DIY

I love decorating for the holidays. The last few years, my family has put out decorations before I get home from school (but they always wait for me to decorate our tree!). This year, my mom bought a little foam craft kit from Michael’s for me to make during my break with the intent of hanging them from the string of lights on our front porch. They look so cute, you guys, when you see them you’ll want to make a string of lights for yourself! This craft is great for kids AND adults. You could even host a little craft party!

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For this string, we used a few different craft kits — Santa’s, penguins, snowmen, and owls (my favorite!).

After making the little foam creatures, I poked a piece of telephone wire through them. You could use any type of wire or string, and you could definitely use a hole punch to make it easier.

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With the little owls hanging on their wires, I was ready to hang them. I just slipped the wire through one of the cords on the string of lights, and then twisted the wire around itself. And that was all!

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This craft is so fun, and you could use the foam pieces for a lot of things! I also think they would make an adorable garland above the mantle or hung above a window.

Have you made any cute holiday decor? I’d love to see it on Twitter, tweet me @kellytraut with #DIYholiday

xo.

Picks from Pinterest

I haven’t been on Pinterest that much this summer, and I’ve definitely missed it. Is that sad? It feels kind of sad…but I love Pinterest, I just can’t help it! But it’s almost fall, which is my favorite season for fashion, so you can bet I’ll be browsing Pinterest much more now for inspiration.

Here are some of my recent pins.

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  1. Love this pom-pom bedspread.
  2. This messy lob is just the perfect style for fall.
  3. These watermelon mojitos look so refreshing.
  4. How fun are these DIY cactus pincushions?
  5. I’m still loving midi skirts. This one is an adorable print!
  6. These tips for adding personality to a rental are really helpful.

xo.

Picks from Pinterest: January

I’m sure you’ve heard me say it (or scream it from the rooftops!) several times before, but I’m not really a winter person. I like when it snows and I love skiing, but I am much happier when the days are light and sunny and warm. So winter can be a pretty rough season for me to get through. This year has been even harder, because I’m adjusting to the constant-gray-skies of Pittsburgh (at least in CO, winter has some sunny days, too!).

Luckily, for the first time in my life, I’m going on a vacation during my spring break! I’m going somewhere sunny and warm–I can’t wait! It’s helping me get through this season.

Anyway, hopefully you’re dealing with winter better than I am. Here are some of my most recent Pinterest finds:

1. The cutest DIY Animal Mat — I could see making this in a larger size (and maybe making it a leopard or a bear) for myself!

Sew an animal mat. I want one for me!

2. Dreaming of my spring vacation with this adorable bikini

Seersucker Bow Bandeau and Bikini by amourouse on Etsy

3. My inspiration for all of my outfits this month — gotta love a boyfriend jean + layers combo.

Wide plaid + boyfriend jeans

4. As soon as I have a home of my own (and a little more time), I’m making a teepee for myself.

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5. These shoes!

Black toe-dipped

6. I’ve been really drawn to animal prints this season (even more than usual!). This coat is perfect.

Leopard coat

Those are some of the things I’ve been obsessing over this month. Hope it’s warm wherever you are (even if that means you’re curled up under blankets next to the space heater, like me!).

xo.

Great Gifts for Guys

Sorry for the big lapse in posts–I know I promised I’d do some holiday gift round-ups, and I am fulfilling that promise! It’s been pretty busy with Finals this week, and since my last exam is tomorrow, I am resuming my holiday gift guides.

The post today is all about the guys. I think men can be some of the hardest people to shop for, and I ultimately think you need to know the person to get them the best gift. For instance, some guys are really into Star Wars, while others might be sports fanatics, and others might be really into reading. You kind of have to know your audience to start thinking of some ideas. So this gift guide is definitely not all-inclusive, it’s just a sort of “jumping-off” point. It’s some of the things I would love to give to the men in my life (my brother and dad, don’t get too excited). So here goes!

Great Gifts for Guys

1. A fun mug — I might pair this with a little bag of quality coffee.

Star Wars mug

2. A mustache pillow — I love making gifts for people, and this is a less-girly version of a pillow that would make a great gift.

Handmade Moustache Holiday Pillow

3. A guitar pick punch — This would be a cool gift for the guitar player in your life. They’ll never worry about losing picks, if they can just make them with old credit cards or other plastics!

Pick Punch - The Original Guitar Pick Punch

4. A DIY laptop sleeve — I love this idea. An easy (and quick!) DIY gift.

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5. A tripod camping stool — I know my dad would love this for fishing. It’s lightweight and while I bet it would get uncomfortable after a while, it would be nice to have so you don’t have to sit on the ground.

Again, it’s a short list. I hope it gives you some ideas to make your list! If you have any suggestions on good gifts for gentlemen, I would love to hear them. I have the hardest time shopping for my brother and dad every year!

xo.