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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!

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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 Woodsy Themed Baby Shower: Navy, pink, and gold

1609951_10153307341651672_161327033171356564_nThis past weekend I had the privilege of hosting a baby shower for a sweet friend. Thankfully I also had the help of three other amazing hostesses to pull this shower off. The shower was so much fun and the guest of honor just loved how it all turned out.

I wanted to share the decorations from the shower with you in the hopes that they can help inspire you for your future party and/or decor needs. So, a little back story. For the decor portion of the shower I was given the theme of woodland animals and a color scheme of pink, gray, navy, teal, and gold. I decided to really hit on the woodsy feel and use primarily pink, navy, and gold with just a few teal accents. Gray seemed to be a bit too much in the color schematic with everything else so I dropped it.  One of the hostesses so graciously allowed me to use the wood cut outs her husband had sliced up just a week before for another event (an easy DIY if you have wood and a chain saw) and some silver deer she had around her house and with that, the mood was set.

Oh, and you may have noticed in the past few blogs I have been redoing my mantle with DIY floral arrangements and gold accents for spring. But in addition to spring I was also redoing my mantle to match the decor of this baby shower. If you missed those posts check them out here and here. I also made some more of the DIY bird’s nests I showed you in this previous post for the shower as well.

So, without further ado, here is the woodsy themed shower in navy, pink, and gold.

First is the entry way filled with special pictures of mommy, daddy, and baby hung on a DIY magnet board made from spray painting a pizza pan from the Dollar Tree gold and modge podging scrap book paper into the middle. The table holds one of my DIY floral arrangements, a dollar tree frame spray painted white, a frame holder from Michael’s holding an ultra sound picture, and accented with a pine cone spray painted gold.

11223308_10153308301146672_7691437643708614853_nSecondly is the sign in area. Since our sweet friend will be moving away right after baby is born, she may not be in town when she writes her thank yous. With that in mind we used thank you card envelopes and a sweet prayer journal in place of a sign in book. Guests wrote their name and address on an envelope and then left a sweet prayer for the new mom and dad to be and for their little girl. The banners were an easy DIY that I discuss in the next section. The mirror is just four mirrors I glued together from the dollar Tree, more gold pine cones, and the birds nest and floral arrangement are from past DIYs I already shared with you all.

11110450_10153308301536672_1677661230269535825_nThirdly is the gift area. The banners are an easy DIY made from scrap booking paper on sale at Michael’s for $0.20 a page cut into small triangles and hot glued onto Jute. Easy, simple, and affordable. I scored some foam letters in a wood print from Target for $1 a bag to add sweet messages to the banners. What was even better than having them for the party was that the guest of honor took them home afterwards to hang above her sweet baby’s crib in her nursery. The mirror I scored at a local thrift shop for $15 and the rest of the decor is just my mantle done up for spring/summer.

11146491_10153308301621672_3307086081900762586_n We had so much fun hanging up all the sweet baby clothes on jute string with clothes pin. Such a fun way to display all the tiny, adorable clothes and I wanted to share it with you.

11243470_10153308296126672_6796614585932905416_nLast, but not least, was the food table. I loved this table so much. From the DIY cupcake stand made from wood cut outs, to the silver deer, to the bird’s nests, to the gold pine cone picture holders, to the yummy and colorful food. I loved how it turned out.

1609951_10153307341651672_161327033171356564_n11265080_10153308299446672_7626414816283824762_n1524705_10153308299626672_6978722553916027368_n10422154_10153308299531672_5066228516445577953_nWhat do you think? Let me know how your next party goes 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 Floral Arrangements

wpid-wp-1428526837384.jpgSo I have to share this while the spring florals are still available at Dollar Tree. These florals are amazingly beautiful for how cheap they are and I don’t want you to miss it! Please forgive this quickly written post. I really, really, really don’t want you to miss out! So, without further ado, here you go.

I originally made these arrangements for a baby shower coming up and loved them (and the price) so much I used them for a missionary luncheon as well as my home! Anyone can add a pop of color to their home or event with these arrangements and bring a little spring inside for a very affordable price (approximately $4-$8 each depending on the amount of blooms and accents you use). Who doesn’t want that?

wpid-20150330_101013.jpgTo make each one you will need:

1 Queen Rose Bouquet in white

1 bunch Peonies in pink (I ended up buying one in a peachy pink and another in a more white and pink ombre coloring but both will work and look great)

1 rose bouquet in a peachy pink

Feel free to pick up any other florals that have a full bloom and go with the color scheme. I added in a few random florals like white and pink Magnolias and fern leaves to add more variety.

I also picked up floral foam and a glass globe shaped vase and a tall, cylinder shaped vase.

To make these you need to:

1. Cut the stem of each floral to the height needed for your arrangement. You will want a shorter stem (3-4 inches) for the globe shaped vase and a longer stem (7-8 inches) for the cylinder shaped vase.

wpid-20150313_173456.jpg2. Cut your foam to fit in your vase and then place your brightest, biggest bloom in the center about an inch or two higher than the top of the vase. How high you place it depends on how full you want your arrangement to be..the taller the bigger and fuller the arrangement will be. I used my peonies to start. I just love them so much!

wpid-20150313_174003.jpg3. Begin to fill in around that center bloom. I go in circles around the bloom until the arrangement is to the fullness I want and then use smaller blooms to fill in any gaps. Feel free to pull and push at the blooms to get a very organic look to your arrangement.  I also added a few bird embellishments to add interest to some of the arrangements.

wpid-20150313_135111.jpg4. I added in burlap strips into the globe vases and glued burlap around the outside of the cylinder vase to cover the floral foam and add texture to the arrangement.

(you can see the fern leaves I used in this first arrangement)

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(this is one of the centerpieces we made using the floral arrangements for a missions luncheon)

Just as a heads up, for the arrangements in the globes, I had florals left over from each one so I was able to get a few more from the leftover florals since I wanted a lower arrangement height in those.

HERE’S A TIP: Add even more interest to your vase by spray painting it. I added a few arrangement to various Dollar Tree vases I spray painted gold for a pop of metallic color.

wpid-wp-1428526958393.jpgWhat do you think? Let me know how your arrangements turn out 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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Add a metallic accent to any room with this quick, easy, and budget friendly DIY idea

wpid-20150330_101013.jpgOur family room has been 50 shades of brown since we moved in. All of our lounge furniture and decor just somehow ended up being brown, beige, greige, or white. All of it.

In an effort to get the room redecorated in time for spring, I decided to work on adding in some color and texture…on a budget of course. Some of the textural ideas I had I already blogged about, like my $2 DIY jute bowl or my easy burlap frame. Once I got some texture into the room I turned my eye towards pops of color.

The idea I am blogging about today came to me out of a desperate need for metallic accents. One way to add texture and color is to use metallics. But how could I do it on a budget? Reusing what I already had was one way to save money. Our family room already had a lot of glass from old candles that had long since been used up and old dollar tree glass and knick knack items that could really use an upgrade. So I had a lot of stuff I could re-purpose but I also needed to do it quickly (I have a toddler so nap time is about my average project duration these days). Spray paint was the clear answer. That seems to be my go to whenever I need a color quick and am on a tight budget. You already saw how I was able to transform some old Dollar Tree frames into Lilly Pulitzer inspired frames in this post so my love for spray paint comes as no surprise. But that being said I wanted to share what all I was able to transform with a $4 can of spray paint

You will need:

Old trinkets and glass containers (try dollar tree if you don’t already have these).

Gold spray paint (or color of your choice)

You need to:

1. Spray anything you want gold. Obvious right?

Really, this blog is to give you ideas and inspiration based off of what I was able to transform. So, here are some of my ideas on what you can paint to give your decor a little face lift.

1. Old candle jars. Spray paint them and display them empty or place an arrangement inside. No need to take the candle out unless you want to. I just placed the floral arrangement right on top of the old candle.

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2. Glass vases. Again, some of these I displayed alone and others I added flowers to. For this first one I wanted an ombre type look. To achieve that I began by spraying about 6 inches from the glass and moved further out from the glass as I sprayed in upward motions.

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3. Wood letters. This W was $1.49 at a craft store. A little paint and it takes on a whole new look.

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4. Knick knacks. I got these from yard sales or thrift stores. I always keep my eye out for fun shapes that would look great with a new coat of paint. To get the two toned leaf pictured below I simply places it upside down and sprayed only the bottom portions of it. I like the surprise gold you get along the edges of the leaf.
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I even spray painted a trash can from the Dollar Tree!

wpid-wp-1428521314383.jpgWhat do you think? Let me know how your accent pieces turn out and don’t forget to check back soon for more DIY ideas…on a budget of course. I will be sharing how to make the floral arrangements pictured in this post from Dollar Tree florals soon. 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 Bird’s Nest…perfect for your home decor or next party theme.

wpid-wp-1424986403666.jpgI am in the process of helping create some “woodsy” decor for an upcoming baby shower. One of the projects on my “to do” list was create a bird’s nest out of some supplies supplied to me by my MIL. I managed to come up with a rather quick and easy way to create a bird’s nest on a budget and wanted to share that DIY with you today.

To get started you will need:

1. A foam wreath 7.8in wide x 1.9in.

2. Spanish Moss

3. Natural Moss or preserved moss and/or leaves

4. Hot glue gun with glue

5. Small paper plate (big enough to cover the hole in your foam wreath but not bigger than your foam wreath).

6. Decor for your nest. I used a bird, eggs, and burlap flower.

To make your wreath, you will need to:

1. Cut your foam wreath down the middle. You want it to be about 1 inch tall when laying flat. Cutting the foam was a slow process for me. The foam is very delicate and breaks easily. The key is go slow and apply as little pressure as possible.

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wpid-wp-1424986425700.jpg2. Next, you want to carefully stretch out your Spanish moss to make a moderately thick rope about the length it would take to go around your wreath. You can make one long rope or two or three shorter ropes. I made three shorter ropes like the one pictured. I found that easier to glue on that one big rope.

wpid-wp-1424986468222.jpg3. Glue your moss rope(s) directly onto the smooth side of your wreath (so the cut side  becomes the bottom of your nest). Generously drizzle glue on the top of the wreath and push and hold your moss rope onto the wreath over the glue. Don’t get stuck trying to make it perfect. As long as it sticks that’s all that matters. Once glue has dried, pull at your moss to get it to fold over the outer edges and attach around the outer edges with a dallop of glue as well. don’t worry about the inside just yet. We will get to that.

Here’s a picture of the moss glued to the top:

wpid-wp-1424986501777.jpgHere’s a picture of the moss being stretched and glued to the outer sides:

wpid-wp-1424986535495.jpg4. Now fill in those areas needing more coverage using your filler moss which can be anything from the left over spanish moss scraps to natural moss, preserved moss, and/or preserved leaves. I mixed a few of these together to get my filler moss. Just dallop some glue on the bare area on the wreath and push on a pinch of the filler moss. Using different moss in different colors adds texture and interest to your nest and really gives it a real life look. Here’s a picture of my spanish moss scraps mixed with my greener preserved moss.

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wpid-20150226_124122.jpg5. Now we finish off the inside of the nest. Glue the bottom of your paper plate to the bottom of the nest. This allows you to apply a bit more of the spanish moss, natural moss, preserved moss/leaves to the center of the wreath, fill it in, and complete that real nest look.

Here’s a picture of the plate attached to the bottom of the nest:

wpid-20150226_124103.jpgAnd here’s a picture of me filling in the center of the top of the nest after the plate had been attached to the bottom:

wpid-wp-1424987290217.jpg6. Now it is time to add your wreath decor. For mine, I attached a bird, eggs, and a little burlap flower, but your options are endless. You could put some simple robin blue eggs for a country chic look or even use foil covered eggs to hold your candy during the Easter season. Let your imagination run wild and personal preferences play into this.

wpid-20150226_123744.jpgWhat do you think? Don’t forget to share what ideas you come up with to decorate your own DIY nest. 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.

And here are a few pics of how the nests were used at the recent baby shower. It’s a girl!

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DIY Gold Magnolia Leaf Centerpieces

10991117_10152828422202912_5980700450068655316_nThis post is part two continuing on from the previous blog post regarding easy, trendy, and budget friendly centerpieces. If you missed the first post check it out here. That first post discussed the first of two different centerpieces used to decorate for a Valentine’s Day banquet. The second centerpiece is the one pictured above. It is so easy and budget friendly I had to share. All this centerpiece is is a bouquet of magnolia leaves spray painted gold and displayed in a tall, slender vase.

To make this you will need the following supplies:

1. Four or five stems with 6-8 Magnolia leaves on each stem

2. Gold Spray paint

3. Vase of your choosing

To make this you will need to:

1. Spray paint your Magnolia leaves gold. This will take a few coats of paint to get all the different angles but you may find, as did I, that the gold spray paint dries incredibly quickly so it doesn’t take long.

2. Once paint is dry, make your bouquet by bunching your Magnolia stems together.

3. Secure your bunched stems together with a rubber band or twisty tie.

4. Place your secured stem base into the vase and fidget with the leaves until you have the desired shape and fullness. It really is that simple.

Also, If you want to make the vase that I used then simply buy two vases at the Dollar like this these:

20150122_103510And glue the bottoms together like so:

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imageVoila, you have a budget friendly tall and slender vase!

I added in a few vases filled with berries and floating candles as well as berry details around the table, more candles, and more gold magnolia leaves. This whole setting it centered around a gold charger used as the base. All glass was purchased at the Dollar Tree. The Magnolia centerpiece costs around $3 to make. The total table decor (centerpiece, charger, glass candle holders, and candles) costs just under $12 total. Seriously, you can get this same decor for less than $12 a table.

Another thing that I love about these centerpieces and that must be said if you plan to use these for a big event like a wedding is that you can make these Magnolia centerpieces ahead of time. I made mine two weeks before the event and it was still standing tall the night of the banquet. Such a great way to add drama and height to any table for about $3 a piece!

What do you think? And don’t forget to please share what arrangements you come up with! 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 Floral Ball Centerpiece…$5 and 30 minutes

10649857_10152828422522912_7943226731867637439_nThis centerpiece is so easy and budget friendly I had to share it with you all. I am in the process of working with some talented ladies to decorate for a Valentine’s Day comedy and dinner. This is just one of the great ideas we have come up with so be on the look out for some more blogs regarding DIY centerpieces…all on a budget of course.

This centerpiece is perfect for weddings, baby showers, birthdays. The list goes on and on. Simply change up the color or the flower for a whole new look!

For this rose centerpiece you will need the following:

1. Three bunches of the flower of your choice (I chose red roses since it is for a Valentine’s Day theme and the roses I chose were from Dollar Tree with 5 flowers on each bunch).

HERE’S A TIP: Use pink roses for a baby girl shower or white roses for a wedding aisle or reception table or even your own home or office.

2. Foam in a globe shape (I used a foam apple from the Dollar Tree since actual foam globes can be pricey)

3. Hot glue gun

4. Vase to hold your arrangement (All the different options I show are from Dollar Tree)

To make this arrangement you need to:

1. Remove the head of all your flowers from the stem.

image2. Find the exact middle of the bottom of your foam globe and poke a hole there using the stem from the bottom of one of your rose bunches like so:

image3. Apply a small amount of glue to the bottom of one of your rose heads and place said rose bottom into the hole you just made like so:

image4. This is the center of your rose globe. The rest is simple. Simply make a circle of rose heads around the rose you just inserted using the same process you used to attach the rose you just inserted like so:

imageimageimageimage5. Continue this process until your foam globe is covered to your liking. For mine, I had a center and two rows around the center before I had the fullness I was looking for. I added in a few leaves to add some green but that is totally up to you.

image6. Place your arrangement in a vase for display. Here are a couple of different ideas I had for how to display your arrangement.

This first vase is made by simply gluing the bottoms of two vases together and adding a sprig of holly berries into the bottom vase.

imageThis second vase is simply a round glass vase with water and a few holly berries added in. I love this one for a home or office use.

imageThis vase is made by gluing the bottom of the round vase used in the second example to the bottom of one of the vases used in the first example.

imageI also added in some candle holders, a gold charger, gold magnolia leaves, and more holly berries to get the total look. I plan to blog about the extras in the coming week along with another DIY and budget friendly centerpiece.

And that is it! Depending on what vase you like, this floral arrangement costs between $5 and $6 to make. You could use this to spruce up the dinner table for Valentine’s Day, decorate a party or baby shower, or even as wedding centerpieces or aisle decor. Perfect for the girl on a budget. The total looks shown here (flowers, vase, candles, candle holders, charger, and gold painted magnolia leaves) costs just under $16 total. Less than $16 a table!

What do you think? As always, please share with us what arrangements you come up with! And check back soon for more centerpiece 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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Christmas Season is Here…Let the Decorating Begin!

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It’s Christmas time! Pull out the decor, turn on the music, and let the smell of brewing apple cider fill the house! It’s time to turn our attention to celebrating Christmas!

If I’m honest, I decorated our fireplace the weekend before Thanksgiving.  I know. I know. All the “anti-Christmas before Thanksgiving” people are hissing but don’t stone me. Not yet. I have good reason. I promise. Primarily, Thanksgiving is not at our house this year and we have a first birthday for Baby C to plan. Hopefully you can look past my transgression and enjoy this post anyway.

This year’s theme for Christmas decor is “Christmas on a budget.” I enjoy giving myself a budget and seeing what I can do with it. This year I limited myself to $50 for interior decorations. It’s not a huge amount but it is workable. With that budget, I knew a few things: 1. I would need to repurpose existing decor items; 2. I would need to make some things (DIY projects); 3. Most everything I bought new would need to be at least half off; and 4. In order to get big bang for my buck I would need to cluster the majority of my seasonal decor in one area.

I want to focus on the clustering point for just a moment. Clustering your decor in one main area gives you that wow factor and a focal point. You get a big christmas feel for less money. Perfect for the girl on a budget. For me, I chose the fireplace and set out to dress it up.

Most everything I used was bought on sale, a DIY, or from a past after Christmas sale.  I will go through the decor in smaller, workable groups so you can get ideas for your own decor!

First, we have garland and scented pine cones bought after last Christmas for 50% off at Big Lots. I added that along the fireplace mantle first.

I also made some of those cool mason jar snow globes for the mantle as well. If you haven’t seen what I am talking about check out this tutorial. What did I do differently? Well, I used a glue gun instead of glue dots and some faux snow instead of epsom salt but that’s about it. I love using the fake snow rather than salt because the faux snow sticks to the sides of the jars and gives it more of a “snowy” feel rather than using the salt. Best of all about this entire mason jar project, NO WATER NEEDED. I love that. Means they will last so much longer. A seriously easy and affordable DIY project.

The chalkboard was a DIY from long ago. I use this year round and LOVE it. Interested in making your own? Check out that post here.

imageMoving along, we have a wreath purchased at AC Moore at a 3 for $10 deal. A chalkboard purchased at AC Moore for $1. (Yes, only ONE DOLLAR). I also added a wooden JOY sign purchased from target’s dollar section for $3.00. I added some color to the wreath by using some left over poinsettia’s I picked up from the Dollar Tree for another project. I also added in some candle sticks, 2 for $1, purchased from the Dollar Tree last season as well and also added in more of those scented pine cones.

imageThese wood cut outs may be my favorite part. I LOVE the funky wood cut out shape of these trees. LOVE. Got them for half off at AC Moore, totaling $5.00 each. Again, I also added in a few of those cute mason jar snow globes and topped it all off with an adorable red lantern I picked up at AC Moore for $2.00 and more of those scented pine cones.

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I also made my own stocking holders by purchasing cheap stocking holder bases from the Dollar tree and gluing on one of those mason jar snow globes onto each. Pretty much love these.

imageMoving on to below the mantle. I added in some yard sale finds from last summer and also re-purposed my basket and blanket that were already by the fireplace by adding in my “Joy” and “Ho Ho Ho” burlap pillows picked up at Target last year for $0.90 each. The pillows were originally $3.00 and were 70% off after Christmas.

imageimageAnd lastly, the tree! This tree was a $10 after Christmas purchase from two years ago. It looks pretty sad just standing alone but when you add in the ornaments, lights, pine cones, holly, and red bows it really looks awesome for a $10 tree! For this year’s tree I wanted to go along with the woodsy theme so I used white, black and silver ornaments. I got all these ornaments for 70% off at Wal Mart’s after Christmas sale two year’s ago. They are plastic and I LOVE that. No mess when one falls. No mess when my puppy nabs one and runs with it. I added in holly leaves left over from my poinsettia flowers from the Dollar Tree to help the tree look fuller. I also helped fill in gaps with my left over, scented pine cones. Lastly, I added in the bows to give the tree a pop of color and topped it all off with my star, purchased at Wal Mart for 70% off two season’s ago. I also added another $1 chalkboard from AC Moore to write the year on it and put it on the tree. This way every Christmas picture in front of the tree has the year on it.

imageI actually just added lights to it yesterday and used two strands of 100 white lights picked up from Lowes for $1.99 each, regularly $2.99 each.

Stockings were after Christmas finds as well with the exception of Baby C’s. Her’s was picked up at Dollar Tree and I thought it so fit the woodsy theme.

imageLastly, I added in some Christmas cheer with left over items all over the book shelves. Here are some ideas on how to spice up what you already have.

imageimageimageimageUsing what I already had, I spent about $35 additional dollars to get this look. What do you think? Worth the money saved or go all out for Christmas next year? Let me know what ideas you come up with for your decor in the comments below.

Working on my porch this week and I can’t wait to share with you all my budget friendly ideas. Don’t forget to check back next week! If you enjoy what you are reading, feel free to follow my blog to get all my latest decorating and money-saving ideas and tips.

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DIY Wreath Season: My TOP 5 Favorite Finds to Decorate Your Wreaths on a Budget.

20141110_141737‘Tis the season for wreaths…lots and lots of wreaths. With three big holidays and two seasons spread out in three months, I have a ton of deco mesh wreaths ready to go to add holiday cheer to our front door.  On top of that, I have some made for Christmas gifts. That is a lot of wreaths!

I won’t spend time explaining what most of you what you already know and that is how to create the basic deco mesh wreath. If you don’t know how to make one or want a quick refresher complete with pictures, check out this blog post. If you haven’t tried it, try it! It is so easy!

What I want to share with you today is how to decorate your deco mesh wreath for less. Really, these ideas can be sued for any type of wreath. If you’re like me, when you start out to make a wreath, you usually end up spending way more than you anticipated for decorations to go on the wreath. I ended up having to limit myself just to the dollar store to help curb that spending. Thankfully, I was able to find tons and tons of decorating items for all different themed wreaths all for a dollar or less so I wanted to share some of those with you today.

20141110_141932I recently got my craft on with a friend who was stuck inside for a week after having surgery. She was going stir crazy with nothing to do. So I packed up 4 work wreaths (bought at Dollar Tree!!!!), my mesh rolls (bought for $4.95 each from Wal Mart), and picked up about $25 worth of decorations for the wreaths from the Dollar Tree. I hauled it all to her house, unpacked, and settled in for the day to make some DIY Christmas gifts.

Both of us girls are on a budget and a wreath that worked out to about $10 to make is right up our alleys. We need affordable Christmas gifts people and we achieved it! Today, I want to share some of my favorite dollar store finds so you can have fabulous decor and gifts for less.

My TOP 5 favorite finds are the following:

1. The work wreaths (the wire wreath you attached the mesh to). Those normally run you from about $3 to $6 EACH. I picked up 4 for $4!

2. Big centerpiece options. Centerpieces like a scarecrow, a “hope” sign (pictured on wreath above), or a candy cane duo. Dollar tree has a ton of options when it comes to your “eye catching” piece. I love to add at least one big “eye catcher” per wreath to spice it up.20141107_09480920141110_141924HERE’S A TIP: Think outside the box when looking for decorating pieces for your wreath. The “hope” sign on the wreath pictured above was originally a yard sign. I just broke the stake off and used it as the center of my entire wreath! The scarecrow was originally a door hanger that I re-purposed to be the center of my fall wreath. Use your imagination and the options are endless!

3. The flower options. I am LOVING the burlap poinsettia flowers and, really, all of the Christmas florals available at the Dollar Tree. A bunch of 4 or 5 for $1? Yes please! They make the perfect empty space fillers and really add that holiday cheer.

20141110_1418004. Ornament selection. Ornaments make some of the best filler decorations for Christmas wreaths and the Dollar Tree has aisles of them for cheap. A whole tube of Christmas balls for $1? Why not?

20141110_14180320141110_1419285. Bows, bows, bows. Want to add a bow to your wreath but also want to save time and money? Try using one from Dollar Tree. Just attach and done. $1 and 1 minute. You could even make an entire wreath by covering it with smaller bows. The options are endless while the savings add up.

20141110_141805TOTAL COST: I spent about $50 and had enough supplies to make at least 5 wreaths. So, the wreaths ended up costing about $10 each and took about 1 hr each to make. Not bad when you consider the average deco mesh wreath costs $50. That’s a $40 savings!

Let me know what decorating ideas you come up with in the comments below. If you enjoy what you are reading, feel free to follow the blog to get all my latest decorating and money saving ideas and tips.

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Seasonal Decor for Your Front Porch…on a Budget of Course

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I am a California transplant now living in North Carolina so I am really enjoying having four seasons, especially fall. I LOVE fall! After what seemed like an eternity of warm weather it is finally cooling down, the leaves are turning colors, the mums are blooming, and that means…fall is here!

I, not surprisingly, also love a fall themed front porch. Who doesn’t? I mean really. So, I set to work to decorate our front porch, on a budget of course, in time for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Due to some incredibly busy weeks at work, I am now JUST sharing this, but it is still in time for an entire month before Thanksgiving as well as includes some great tid bits to tuck away for next year, the year after, and so on.

So, how do you decorate your porch on a budget?

First, pick a theme that can transcend a few of the holidays that come with Fall  (or Spring, Summer and Winter for that matter). Holiday specific decor can become such a money pit! So, for fall, I chose a scarecrow and pumpkin theme, all in fall colors of course.

I started with the Dollar Tree. Y’all they had a whole scarecrow themed section! I picked up one for my wreath, one for the porch, and one to stick in my yard. They are pictured below:

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I also picked up some buckets to put my mums in but ended up only using one for my porch.

Then I hit a craft store. AC Moore is my craft store of choice as they generally always have a coupon available and have some great deals. I scored my large scarecrow for $6 and a smaller one for $2 from AC Moore. Those scarecrows are pictured below:

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Lastly, I got my pumpkins and mums. I try to wait until mid season to buy those to get them on sale. I usually buy mine from a local grocery store, Aldi. My pumpkins were $3 and the purple mum was $3 also. I picked up the yellow mums after Halloween for 50% off at Wal Mart so those ended up being $2 and add a more thanksgiving color palette to the porch.

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To top it off, I pulled out my DIY wreath and hung it on the door (with my newly added scarecrow of course).

Add one cute pumpkin themed baby and done!

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Y’all, it cost me about $30 plus wreath supplies from last year for the entire porch. I have seen ONE decor item for a fall porch cost that much. Sheesh!

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