DIY Feather Wall Hanging - Celeste

Peace & Love 

Hey guys, I'm Celeste from the blog Celestralite! I love to blog about my fashionable, adventurous, and creative endeavors in college A.B. was kind enough to invite me to do a little post for you guys here :)

See, here's one of my problems:

Do you ever see something in an Urban Outfitters tumblr post or instagram photo and see a background object unnamed and think...oh man I want that? But then you can't, because it'll cost way too much and your wallet will be crying for days.

I'm a big fan of bohemian style, whether it be used to describe fashion or interior decor. Urban Outfitters is definitely one of my favorite inspirations in both of these aspects. Speaking of, I peruse their instagram quite a bit and saw something similar to this! 

What You Need:

This project is very, very cheap. It only cost about $10 USD ($14 AUD). You have the option to add on more to it as you please, and I'll tell you about that later, but for the basic version that I made, you need:

  • Two sticks - preferably straight. Mine are about 2 feet (61 cm) and 1 1/2 feet (46 cm) long and are cypress. It's possible to do this with bamboo, driftwood, pretty much any type of wood!
  • Feathers - I have four packs in the picture, but in reality I only used one of the big feathers and one of the 
  • Twine/String - I used a very thin twine, however if your sticks are heavier, you may want to go with something a little thicker. However, twine works well for tying to feathers. Other strings may slip off easier.
  • Scissors - To cut the twine!
  • Hot Glue - I didn't use this, but you may need to, if your feathers do not want to stay tied.

How to Do it:

1. Tie the twine to the sticks how you want them to hang. I found the best way to reinforce it was to wrap it around a few times, knot it, double knot it, then perhaps wrap again. And knot as you see fit. 

2. Lay out your design in feathers. Below is how I first pictured the design, however I ended up adding more feathers as I went along. That's completely fine! You may notice that yourself.

3. The most tedious step after which is tying the feathers off. Depending on the number of feathers, this could take one to two hours. To tie the feathers, measure out how far you want the feather to hang from the stick. Remember it's better to cut longer than shorter. You can always cut off the excess twine. 

4. Last step is tying off the hanging strip. To do this, you want to measure out how low you want your wall hanging to hang. Then, you tie both side of the twine you cut to the top stick. Be careful not to make the string too long however. Also, be wary of the weight of your hanging. In my case, my right side was heavier than the left, so at first it hung crooked. A simple adjustment and it hung perfectly!

5. Viola, hang it up and you are finished! But here are some extra options:
  • Paint the sticks: You may choose to spray paint the sticks entirely or paint designs on certain parts to give the sticks some more flair.
  • Add fabric scraps: Fabric scraps such as ribbons, yarn, and lace would add to the bohemian appeal of the wall hanging. You could wrap or tie the pieces to sections with feathers to add another layer to the overall design.
  • Beads - When using thicker string, it is possible to bead the string a bit and then tie or glue off the ends to the feathers. 
The possibilities are endless with a simple, but eye-catching project. 

I would love for you guys to try it out!

Peace and Love,

P.S. Come check me out at Celestralite for more posts like this!
And thanks again to A.B. for this guest post opportunity :)

What to bring on a long flight

What to Bring on a Long Flight

Are you about to head off on a long flight? Looking for a way to maximize comfort on a small budget? Here are a few ways you can increase your comfort levels without taking up much space or spending crazy amounts of money.

#1. A headrest - It doesn't matter if it's not a plush, expensive one. The inflatable ones are comfortable, cheap and easy to pack.

#2. A book - It's always good to bring something to keep yourself occupied. Long flights can get boring very quickly, and endless movies can get a bit monotonous and hurt your eyes. An Audio book is also a great way to save on space.

#3. Comfortable clothes - It's much more important for you to be comfortable than for you to look good. So trackie pants and a T-shirt all the way. 

#4. Music - Most planes have music to listen to on board, QANTAS has their on radio station. But if your airline doesn't provide music, it's a good idea to make a playlist for yourself. They often come in handy in the airport if your flight is delayed. (And don't worry about your device running out of charge, airports have charging stations for that)

#5. Snacks - Now airlines do provide food, and QANTAS does pretty good food, but it's only served at certain times. So it's bringing your own snacks means you can eat what you want, whenever you're feeling peckish

These are all pretty basic and inexpensive, but they make ALL the difference to your flight. 

Safe Travels all :)