I have a new obsession. If you love Instagram as much as I do, you will love Stickygram. Stickygram is a website where you can directly connect with your Instagram account and order perfect little mini picture magnets. Simple, I know… but totally amazing! I decorated my fridge with these babies and I smile every time I see them. Sometimes it’s the little things in life 🙂
I’m a little delayed, but one of my posts was recently featured on iVillage! For those of you who don’t know, iVillage is part of the NBC Universal Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Network Group. It is basically an online magazine where you can read articles about anything from health, to entertainment, beauty, food, fashion and even the occasional DIY. iVillage reaches over 30 million people per month! I was completely honored when they reached out to me to see if they could include one of my posts in a home decor segment. Go check out 25 gorgeous, simple and relatively free ways to spruce up your blank walls here, and don’t miss #16 :).
We recently moved to a new apartment. When you move, it’s bound to happen that some things get broken or destroyed along the way. Luckily most of our things made it to our new apartment in one piece. We used to have a chalkboard wall decal at our old apartment, but when we moved, it was one of our casualties. I decided instead of buying a new chalkboard poster, I would just paint part of our new wall. This would give me the flexibility to make this is large or small as I wanted, and a great excuse for a DIY project.
Supplies: 1. Chalkboard spray paint 2. Duct tape 3. Level 4. Old towels or a tarp 5. Computer paper 6. Chalk 7. A blank wall 8. Some type of mask 9. Scissors
- Choose a blank wall.
- Using your duct tape and level, measure and tape off the section you want to paint.
- If you are using spray paint, cover everything around the area you are painting. I put old towels on the floor and covered pretty much the entire wall with computer paper.
- Optional: If your wall is very bumpy or shiny, you may want to lightly sand the area you are painting. If you do, wipe down with a damp cloth to remove and dust and wait for it to dry before you continue.
- Shake the spray paint for about a minute
- Put on your mask.
- Start spraying the wall in a back and forth motion until the section is completely covered
- Wait about 45 minutes and spray another coat.
- Wait another 45 minutes and spray a final coat.
- Leave for at least 24 hours.
- Remove the paper and duct tape.
- Take your chalk and rub it along the entire chalkboard.
- Erase and it’s ready to go!
This idea was actually spawned from a shopping trip to J.Crew. I took a picture of the art that they had displayed in their front window[picture below], and for months it fell out of my mind. For almost a year [sadly], I have been looking for something to display on a blank wall. I finally decided to take this into my own hands and make something. After looking through my phone for some inspiration, I stumbled upon the picture I had taken months beforehand, and I know that’s what I wanted to do. This turned out to be a really nice piece that brightens up the space and it only cost me $8 to make! Here’s what I did:
Supplies: 1. A hot glue gun & glue 2. An old magazine or book 3. A pair of scissors 4. Styrofoam discs 5. A hard surface 6. A lot of patience. This was super easy for me because I already had all of these supplies – I only had to buy a few more of the discs.
- Read the magazine.
- Go through the pages and rip out pages with the color scheme you are looking for.
- Fold the paper back and forth to form a fan – I made my folds around a centimeter in width.
- Continue step 3 for a long time!
- Glue down a thick piece of paper to the styrofoam disc to cover the hole; mark the middle.
- Pinch one end of one of a fan and place hot glue on the pinched side. Continue to place glue 1/3 of the way up the fan.
- Quickly place the fan onto the disc.
- Continue to do this until the fans form a circle.
- Make as many or as few that is desired for your space. I made five or six sizes by cutting the pages in halves, thirds, etc.
- Lay out on the floor until you find the formation you are looking for.
- Nail it to the wall.
[This is the window display in J.crew that eventually inspired this project]