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.

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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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Chocolate-Dipped Bananas

Have you guys tried chocolate-dipped bananas yet? I’ve seen them lots of times at Costco but never bought them…my grandma told me a few weeks ago that she makes hers at home using chocolate bars, and I decided I’d try making some.

Oh, my gosh, you guys. So good!

It’s super easy, too, and it feels like you’re eating ice cream or some yummy frozen treat. It’s a great way to eat dessert and still feel satisfied while you’re dieting or trying to eat healthier.

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All you do is slice your bananas and freeze them in a single layer on a cookie/baking sheet for a couple of hours (or until they’re frozen enough). Then, I chopped up my chocolate bar (I used a 72% dark chocolate bar) and melted it in the microwave using this video. And then, you dip the bottoms of the bananas in the melted chocolate and pop them back in the freezer for a few minutes before putting them in a zip-lock bag to store. See, really easy? And even my mom, who isn’t the world’s biggest banana fan, loves them!

I’ve already made a second batch, since we ate them so quickly. It’s a fun and easy summer treat that you won’t feel too guilty about eating! I hope you’ll try making these, you won’t regret it.

(mmm, chocolate)

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DIY Pretty Poster

Have you seen those pretty Kate Spade posters with the inspirational phrases and quotes on them? I love those posters, they’re happy and colorful, and I think they have the potential to add a nice touch to a room. But being a broke grad student, I can’t afford to buy “frivolous” items that much right now. So I decided to make my own version, and I love how it turned out!

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What do you think? Here’s how you can make your own pretty poster!

DIY Quote Poster

You’ll need:

  • Thick art paper or cardstock (I used paper made for acrylic paints)
  • Colored paper for the letters (I used pretty wrapping paper that my grandma had wrapped some gifts in. Reuse all of that good stuff, am I right?)
  • Mod Podge (I made my own using Elmer’s glue and water! It’s extremely easy and inexpensive, I’d recommend trying it!)
  • Paintbrush to spread the mod podge (use a cheaper one that you don’t mind using glue on)
  • Paint (optional)

Let’s get started:

1. Make a plan for your picture. Choose a quote, decide if you want a shape, plan how big your letters will be and the layout of your quote.

2. Cut out letters with your colored paper. I lightly marked the letters with a pencil, and then cut them out.

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3. Paint your paper (if you want to!). I wanted a light pink color for the background, and I love how it turned out! But you could easily leave your paper white, if you wanted to!

4. Arrange your letters on the paper. Take your time, You want to make sure that everything is exactly how you want it! I left my letters on the paper while I pasted them on, so I knew exactly where they needed to go.

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5. Use your paintbrush and mod podge to glue the letters to the paper. I made my own mod podge, with 1 part glue and 1 part water, and spread the mod podge on the back of my letters before sticking them to the paper. They stick pretty fast, so be careful with where you put them down! After all of the letters were glued down, I went back and painted over them with a thin layer of mod podge–don’t worry, it’ll dry clear!

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6. Let dry for at least a few hours, I let mine sit overnight just to be safe since I live in a humid city. Once dry, you can hang it up!

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I love how this turned out. This is a pretty easy and quick project that would make for a fun craft night with friends.

Kale Chips

I’ve always been pretty crazy about vegetables. Even as a kid, I only had a few veggies I wouldn’t eat! But I think that it can be pretty hard to get enough servings of vegetables every day. In an effort to eat more greens, I’ve been buying kale at my local farmers market. Kale makes a great addition to romaine lettuce in a salad, and tastes fabulous in stir fry dishes. I even sneak it into spaghetti! It’s yummy stuff.

I do think that kale can be kind of hard to get used to. It’s not a sweet veggie, which can put some people off when they first try it. But if you try to keep sneaking it in, I bet you’ll start to love it! When I first tried kale (only a couple of years ago, I’m a recent fan!), I decided to make kale chips–it was something I’d seen on Pinterest, and people raved that they were “as good as potato chips.” I thought to myself, “I’ll be the judge of that,” and I whipped up a crispy, salty batch. I ate the whole batch within a couple of hours.

While I love kale chips, and I love bringing them as a snack for lunch, I hate using my oven in the summer. It’s hard enough to keep the house cool, am I right? Don’t fear, kale lovers: I’ve found that using a skillet works just as well as the traditional oven method!

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Stove-top Kale Chips

Ingredients

  • A few stalks of kale, torn into large bite-sized pieces
  • 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • pinch of salt

Directions

1. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in your skillet, depending on how much kale you’re cooking. You don’t want too much, just enough to coat your kale lightly. Don’t turn on the stove yet!

2. Add your kale pieces to the pan. Using your hands, massage the oil into the kale.

3. Add a dash of salt.

4. Cook kale on medium-low until crispy, stirring occasionally. When the kale reaches your desired crispy-ness, remove from heat and allow to cool.

5. Snack away! Go ahead, try not to eat the whole batch in one sitting. I dare you.

 

I hope you love this easy recipe. Do you have any good ways of incorporating more greens into your diet? I know a lot of people love green smoothies, although I’ve never been able to get myself to do that. Something about the color freaks me out a little bit. I also kind of prefer to eat my food, rather than drink it. I don’t know, maybe I’m weird!

XO

DIY: Five Minute Bookmark

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It feels a little bit silly writing a post about this project–I had a little scrap of paper left over¬†¬† from one of my recent paintings, and I don’t like to waste things, so I made a little bookmark!

Even though it was an easy project, and took less than 10 minutes for me to do, I wanted to share it with all of you. I think that it would make a really fun gift for any book-lover, and you could really put a lot into making bookmarks. You could definitely get more creative than I did! It might be fun to use some pretty scrapbook papers to doll it up a little bit…

DIY: 5 Minute Bookmark

Supplies:

  • Cardstock or a heavier-weighted paper
  • Paper, markers, stickers, glitter, or any other craft supplies that you might want to use!

Steps:

1. Decide on the size of your bookmark. I made a very skinny and long bookmark, mostly because I used a leftover scrap, but I actually really love the look of it–something about it is very dainty!

2. Decorate your paper. I used Sharpie markers to create a simple hearts pattern, and I like the way it turned out. I think it would be fun to make a more intricate bookmark next time, with a more creative pattern.

3. Start reading (so that you can show off your new DIY bookmark, of course)! I checked out 4 new books from the library this week, because I can’t control myself in the library, and I’ll let you know what I think of them. What have you been reading lately?