Wood & Feather Wall Decor DIY

Post by Danielle Kurtz, Creative Director at The Land of Nod

Wood & Feather Wall Decor DIYIn designing the master bedroom for the Nod Family Home, we wanted to create an art piece to act as a focal point above the fireplace. Our goal was to keep the entire space light, bright and serene, with a nice balance of modern minimalism mixed with natural elements.

Wood & Feather Wall Decor DIY 2We were inspired by all the creative ways we’ve seen salvaged palette wood used, so we knew we wanted to incorporate it into the piece. We took some very rough natural materials, but put them together in a very graphic and organized arrangement to strike a balance. This DIY couldn’t be any easier, and can be adjusted to fit any size space. You could add more rows, use colored peacock feathers or even paint the raw wood to fit your color story. The options are endless.

Wood & Feather Wall Decor DIY 3

Here’s how we created it.

Wood & Feather Wall Decor DIY Materials

  • Salvaged palette wood
  • Feathers
  • Double-sided tape


  • Nail two horizontal pieces of palette wood into the wall at least 18 inches apart, it may be more depending on size of wall
  • Using double-sided tape, add feathers to wall and wood

Voila, you have a one of a kind focal piece for your wall.

Danielle is the Creative Director at Nod and an over-protective mother of two. She’s also completely obsessed with Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and her Kindle, but not necessarily in that order. Danielle loves to craft, sew and crochet. Her current craft of choice is weaving tiny wall tapestries.

Light Switch Cover DIY

Post by Rae Ann of RaeAnnKelly.comLight Switch Cover DIY As a graphic designer and mom of 5, my favorite kind of room is one that is layered with function and comfort, but also amazing style, fun patterns, and loads of personality (which is why I heart The Land of Nod so much!). Today’s super-easy DIY is a great example of that philosophy because I’m going to show you how I add a simple cover (in playful patterns you can download) to a light switch. And what’s more functional than a light switch, right!?

You’ll Need:

  • Light switch cover
  • Small flat head screwdriver
  • These patterned papers: 1, 2, 3, 4 (pick your favorite, download and print on text weight paper)
  • Xacto knife
  • Small (inexpensive) paint brush
  • Decoupage glue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Here’s How to Make a Light Switch Cover DIY :

  1. Pick your favorite pattern, download and print on text weight printer paper. Lay it pattern side down on your work surface.
  2. Unscrew your light switch cover from the wall (an outlet cover works too!) and place strategically face up on your paper. Trace around the outside and inside edges using a pencil. Leaving about a half inch around the outer traced line, cutout. Using an x-acto knife, cut along the inside line. Next make a small cut from the outside corner to the inside traced corner.
  3. Paint a thin layer of decoupage glue over the top of the cover and then line up the paper and press down. Fold excess paper to the backside and secure with glue. Carefully press out any wrinkles and allow to dry according to the glue’s directions.
  4. To reinstall simply poke the screws through the paper and that’s it!

Light Switch Cover DIY - Prints


Light Switch Cover DIY - Finished Project

Rae Ann blogs at Rae Ann Kelly and is a kid wrangler, graphic designer, food & craft nut. Her blog features little tidbits about her day to day life & design projects, tutorials for DIY’s, free downloads, yummy recipes, lots of kid friendly ideas and outfit inspiration.

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY

By Sara Polacek, Interiors & Event Design Manager

When we set out to transform a formal dining room into a playroom, we wanted to keep the overall layout of the dining room so the space could still be used for large family gatherings. This meant floating the play tables in the middle of the room. In a traditional dining room, you’d hang a chandelier above the table, but this room had plenty of other light, so we opted for something more playful. Also, since the room was mostly white, we wanted to add a colorful focal point to bring the look together.

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIYWe won’t lie, this isn’t a DIY you can complete in one naptime, but with a few hours of work and a fraction of the cost of a chandelier, you’ll have a beautiful conversation piece for your home. If you don’t need a piece of this size, this DIY would also work well scaled down as a small mobile.

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY Supply List:

  • (Approx. 70) 1/8”, 3/8” & 1/4” dowel rods, various lengths (12”, 18”, 24”)
  • (3) 50”x 1” diameter dowel rods (to make a 18”x46” frame)
  • Spray paint in various colors
  • 50 skeins of embroidery floss in various colors
  • 20lb & 60lb fishing line
  • Tacks
  • (2-4) Eye hooks for ceiling
  • Glue gun
  • Miter saw (could also use hand saw)
  • Wood glue
  • (4) 2” screws

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY 3Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY Directions:

Step 1. Wrap/paint dowel rods

  • Start by securing the embroidery floss with a dab of glue on the rod.
  • Tightly wrap the rod till you reach the end of the floss, secure with another dab of glue.
  • Add another color of floss and continue.
  • To spray paint: lean rods against a surface you don’t mind getting spray paint on or prop up rods in a piece of Styrofoam. Tape off the part you do not want to paint.
  • Let dry and wrap other half, or leave it natural.  We did a mix.

Step 2. Make frame.

  • Saw down dowel rods to be size needed to make frame (we made a 18”x46” frame).
  • Make a 45 degree cut at both ends of each dowel rod.
  • Predrill screw hole in both sides of corner before gluing corner together to hold.
  • Drill screw into corner to secure.

Step 3. Installation.

  • Secure two eye hooks into the ceiling, at the center of each side of the frame.
  • Use 60lb fishing line to hang.
  • Tie fishing line from each corner of frame to the eye hooks.
  • Once chandelier is hung, begin to add dowel rods.
  • For larger dowels, push a tack in the top of dowel.
  • Take 20lb fishing line and attach a strand to each tack.
  • Wrap and tie fishing line around frame, tightly. Hang at varying lengths for interest.
  • For thinner dowels, tie fishing line around top and leave two strands to use for tying around frame.

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY 4Voila! You have a beautiful and playful focal point for your space. For more details about turning your dining room into a playroom and other helpful hints, check out our Design Workshop.

Our Design Services team offers free one-on-one design advice, mood boards and space planning. You have a room to decorate? They’d love to hear from you.

DIY Mini Christmas Pendant Ornaments

Written by Jeran of Oleander and Palm
DIY Mini Christmas Pendant Ornaments Hi there, it’s Jeran from Oleander and Palm.  I’m all about cute pendants.  I made this Sisters one for my daughter’s bedroom.  So, this year I thought it would be fun to make mini pendant’s for our Christmas tree.

We’ve bought and planted a little Colorado blue spruce this year.  The plan is that we will be able to use this little guy for a couple years.  We’ll move him out for the rest of the year and then bring him back in for the holidays.

I kept the tree simple with our large bulb lights, my Mini Pendant Christmas Ornaments, Winter Festive Felt GarlandIce Globe OrnamentsGem Ornaments and topped it with a geometric himmeli heart that I made.

DIY Mini Christmas Pendant Ornaments 2DIY Mini Christmas Pendant Ornaments 3Here’s what you’ll need to make DIY Mini Christmas Pendant Ornaments:

  • Felt in black and white
  • Glitter fabric (you can buy a 8×10 sheet at Hobby Lobby for just $1.47)
  • Hot glue gun
  • 1/4″ dowel (I painted mine gold)
  • Baker’s twine
  • A copy of the printable template (download it HERE)

mini pendant christmas ornaments 4 DIY Mini Christmas Pendant Ornaments  5How to make it:

  • Start by cutting out the pendant shape.
  • Fold over the top of the pendant and glue down with hot glue.
  • Cut out the letters with small sharp scissor (or I gave myself a short cut and used my Cricut Explore).
  • Glue the letters on with hot glue.
  • Finish by tying a baker’s twine to either side of the dowel for hanging.

DIY Mini Christmas Pendant Ornaments 6And here’s a little look at little more of my living room ready for the holidays.

DIY Mini Christmas Pendant Ornaments  7DIY Mini Christmas Pendant Ornaments  8DIY Mini Christmas Pendant Ornaments  9DIY Mini Christmas Pendant Ornaments  10 DIY Mini Christmas Pendant Ornaments  11 DIY Mini Christmas Pendant Ornaments  12mini pendant christms ornaments 11DIY Mini Christmas Pendant Ornaments 12A former elementary school teacher, Jeran has added her unique voice to the modern maker culture through her blog Oleander and Palm. She loves helping people find attainable beauty in the lives they live. Her creativity and industriousness were honed through years of living in third world countries, that challenged her to find novel solutions for creating livable spaces. Now a mother of three, settled in sunny California, her skills and styles are evolving in exciting new ways. Her focus is Simple California Living, designing and making livable spaces that incorporate vintage finds, handmade/DIY pieces and global inspiration.