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Easy DIY Fall Wreath

11I have had a left over wreath wire frame from about a year ago just sitting around. Honestly, I just didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do with it. So, as I decorated my mantle this past weekend for the fall season this wreath frame came to mind. It’s hard not to be inspired by all the beautiful, fall colored leaves. Am I right? Then it hit me. I wanted to make a fall leaf wreath completely out of leaves. Bingo!

The great news is that this wreath comes in around a very budget friendly $6. I grabbed three bags of different colored leaves from Wal Mart for under $1 a bag, my hot glue gun, and my wire wreath frame (previously purchased for just under $3) and set out to make my fall leaf wreath.

12 13To attach each leaf, I simply placed a bit of glue at the end of each leaf and placed the leaf exactly where I wanted. I overlapped them while having the leaves facing the same circular direction but I tried to not give too much thought beyond that on how I laid them out. I wanted this wreath to have that natural leaf scattered look you see when you look out over your yard about this time of year and yet still have a uniform, wreath feel to it.

Here is a close up of the leaf pattern on the wreath:


3That is literally all the work and crafting involved. Not too bad for $6 and about 30 minutes eh? What do you think? Let me know what new ideas you come up as you make your fall wreath and don’t forget to check back soon for more DIY ideas…on a budget of course. And, as always, if you enjoy what you are reading then feel free to follow my blog to get all my latest decorating and money-saving ideas and tips.

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Easy DIY Party Decor on a Budget

Our little friend group gained another awesome addition this fall when one of our friends married his sweetheart and brought her all the way across the country to our little town. I, personally, was very excited to have another friend :). After they had a chance to settle in a bit, we gathered our friend group together to celebrate this sweet couple and their brand new marriage!


When planning this shower, I knew I wanted the colors to be pink, cream, white, and gray/silver to match the colors of their actual wedding. I also knew I wanted fresh flowers (I love a shower filled with fresh flowers) and since the bride’s name was lilia, I felt lilies were an easy choice. And with those two decisions, I began to create. My budget for the just the decor (not including food and gifts) was $30. I could have gone over if I needed to but with everyone pitching in, I really didn’t need to spend any more than that. Plus, I love a challenge.

I first began brainstorming. How could I get a background of some sort to define the food and dessert tables. Something to add color and contrast the beige walls, and, of course, it needed to be budget friendly. My thoughts went straight to balloons. Balloons are a great way to get bang for your buck. Very affordable yet festive. But, I needed these balloons to have a romantic, wedding shower feel to them and NOT a child’s birthday party feel to them. I decided to use white and pink balloons and wrap them in tulle. I wrapped the pink balloons in cream tulle and the white balloons in pink tulle. I tied it all off with a silver ribbon. I love the romantic feel the tulle gives the balloons without being over the top. Definitely a more sophisticated look for balloons. Total cost for three packages of balloons (36 balloons), 2 rolls of tulle (one cream and one pink), and 2 rolls of ribbon was just under $7.

For this design I made the balloons in different sizes and hanged them bottom largest to top smallest to the give the feel that the balloons were floating away.

11224367_10153698875651672_6015126948984625842_nAnd for this one I made all the balloons the same size and created an arch over the food table to really make that the focal point of the room.

12088588_10153698872711672_8531083671378448324_nHere is a close up of the tulle wrapped balloons.

11753721_10153698897526672_366944729055225313_nNext, I wanted a display to hold the cupcakes. I had made on these cupcake displays before so that was an easy decision. I made the display out of foam board and plastic cups from the dollar tree. I added a tulle “skirt” around the bottom and blinged out ribbon along the edges  of the display to really tie in the colors. I then made the cupcakes in silver wrappers with a light pink cream cheese frosting to tie it all together. At the very top, I added the word “celebrate” made out of wire and spray painted white. I picked that up at the Dollar Tree. I used two foam boards, 6 plastic cups spray painted white, white spray paint, ribbon, and tulle to get this cupcake stand. Total cost was just under $8.

A detailed “how to” on this stand is coming soon but until then, here is a close up.

12096188_10153698878641672_6664548693105683365_nThe remaining amounts were spent on table cloths in white and pink (I folded the pink table cloths and used them as table runners over the white table cloths for a pop of color), pew bows (I used them to drape the table cloths as well as to tie off the flower arrangements), and silver trays (I used them to hold the plates, cups, utensils, and napkins to give it a more elegant feel). All of these supplies were from the Dollar Tree. A friend picked up the flowers at $4 a bunch (what a deal!) from a local grocery store and the vases were my wedding gift to the couple. Decorations were complete!

These ideas can be used for every type of party from a wedding shower, to a baby shower (just change up colors if it’s a boy), to a birthday party (a “pretty in pink” theme perhaps?). The options are endless.

What do you think? Let me know what ideas you were able to use for your next party and don’t forget to check back soon for more DIY ideas…on a budget of course. And, as always, if you enjoy what you are reading then feel free to follow my blog to get all my latest decorating and money-saving ideas and tips.

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DIY Faux Crown Molding: how to create an expensive look for much less

imageAbout a year and a half ago I posted a blog giving tips regarding how to make your room’s walls feel taller. You can catch that blog post here. The focus of that blog was to show how to get shorter walls to feel taller on a budget. You can’t really raise your roof on the cheap and I do so love a high ceiling. In that post, I briefly shared our DIY, faux crown molding. In this post, I wanted to take a few minutes to focus on that faux crown molding and share this great idea in more detail. I wish I could claim this idea but it was actually my builder, father-in-law that suggested we extend the existing crown molding to give it an expensive and custom look without spending much. I was just sitting in this room reading when I looked up and fell in love with the molding all over again. I thought to myself, I really need to share this because it has made this room so much more enjoyable to be in. So, here is my faux crown molding tutorial.


When my husband and I first moved into our older home, one thing we loved was that the home already had great crown molding in every room. I love the elegance the molding added to each room. But, in our formal living room and formal dining room I really wanted to step up the molding drama a bit more and add a more custom, expensive feel to the rooms at as minimum a cost as possible. We started in the dining room and I am SO in LOVE with how that turned out. You can read all about the custom, faux molding done in the dining room here.

Then, we set to work on the living room. I knew we wanted to add the board and batten along the bottom of the room. I was discussing how high I wanted the board and batten to sit when my father-in-law suggested making the board and batten lower and adding a faux, crown molding along the top of the room. WHAT?!?! My father-in-law continued to explain that by taking some extra chair molding we already had from a DIY kitchen cabinet project, nailing the molding 6″ to 12″ below the existing crown molding, and painting the molding and everything in between a glossy white, the room would appear to have very expensive, custom, crown molding for less than $100.00.

Expensive look for less than $100? Done. Here are pictures of the progression.106086


imageIt is literally as easy as it sounds. We used chair railing from Lowes, nailed it down about 10″ below the existing crown molding, caulked the creases, and painted the molding and everything in between with a high gloss paint. Done. I really have nothing left to say except…

Why is this not done every DIYers house? Let me know how much you love yours!

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