DIY Metallic Gold Feathers

The last few weeks of silence are due to the fact that I moved from Delaware to Pennsylvania to start my second rotation. I decided to take some time off from blogging to focus on wrapping up loose ends at my last position and getting settled in at my new one. The weather has (finally) been getting better, and I have my fingers crossed that our days of negative temperatures and snow are behind us.

Moving into a new space always inspires me to begin crafting. There’s something about blank walls and surfaces that makes me want to create something. Since my latest obsession has been metallic gold accents on just about everything, I wanted to add a touch of it in my home decor. I’ve been meaning to try this project for months, but I finally got some time the other evening to actually do it.

There’s nothing complicated about this DIY, but that’s what I love about it. It takes a few minutes but can definitely add a little something to your space.

What you need:

-A pack of long white duck feathers, about 5″ to 9″ long
-Metallic gold acryllic paint
-Old candle jar or similar container
-Glitter (optional)

Choose the feathers that are somewhat symmetrical. They’ll look nicer when you paint them than ones that lean more to one side.

Take a thin paintbrush and dip it in your paint. Beginning at the center line of your feather, paint along the barbs of the feathers being sure to cover them completely. You’ll want to be gentle when painting because the tendrils tend to clump together when painted and you want them to stay separated.

I went down about 3/4 of an inch to an inch but you can paint as far along as you want. Allow them to dry for 10 minutes and then flip them over and do the other side.

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IMG_20150310_203353732_HDReddIf you want to add glitter to your feathers, you’ll need to do it when the paint is still wet. I chose not to for this particular project because it wasn’t the look I was going for (and I didn’t feel like dealing with glitter getting everywhere) but glitter would definitely help make them pop!

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Once the feathers are dry, you can put them in your jar, as you would for flower stems. There are so many other uses for these decorative feathers that I’m itching to try and I will definitely be sharing what I find!

Happy crafting!

xO K

Deck the Halls!

The countdown is now in the single digits! With 8 days to Christmas, I find myself getting more and more excited! I decorated my apartment a little too early (aka pre-Thanksgiving) but now I feel like it’s completely justified to be this festive! If you still haven’t picked up all your holiday home decor, I definitely suggest checking out Joann Fabrics, Christmas Tree Shops, and five below! I bought all of my decor from there and I absolutely love all of it!

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Collage2Be Merry – JoAnn | Bells Door Hanger – JoAnn | Green Tree – Christmas Tree Shops

If you want an easy decorating idea, throw some ornaments into a vase or basket! It’ll help you show off the ornaments that didn’t quite make it to your tree, and add little pops of color around your home!

IMG_20141216_144738168edOrnaments – JoAnn

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IMG_20141216_144816365_HDRedBasket – Thrifted | Cinnamon Scented Pinecones – Bed Bath and Beyond

Another quick way to add some holiday cheer to your home is switching out your summery fake flowers for something a little more festive!

IMG_20141204_151026333_HDRedVase – IKEA | Festive arrangement – JoAnn

IMG_20141216_144610184_HDRedOrnaments – fivebelow

I think my favorite part of all of the decorations was my tree. I grew up with a tree that was part of the family way before I was, and to buy my own tree for the first time was pretty magical. I love that I found ornaments that were PERFECT for me and wrapped all my presents earlier than ever before, and the entire thing just makes me so happy to look at when I’m home.

I hope you enjoy decking and trimming your halls!

xO K

(P.S. This was post #100!!!!)

Valentine’s Day Decorations

This is my first (and ironically my last) semester where I have a day off during the week. Scratch that, I was lucky to get two days off. So my class schedule runs from Monday to Wednesday, and I have a four day weekend, every. single. week. Luckily, S has the same schedule, so we spend all of our free time bummin’ it together. I can’t think of a better way to commemorate four difficult years in school.

With all of this extra time, we decided to make Valentine’s Day decorations for our room. Freshman year, S surprised me with amazing V-day decorations when I came back from a visit home, so we decided to sort of make a full circle and decorate senior year as well.

Freshman year:

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Senior year:

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The threaded hearts were super easy to make. All you have to do is trace and cut out red and pink construction paper hearts, and then using a needle and thread, sew them together. It took us about an hour to make all four, and the end product was definitely too good to be true!

xO K