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DIY Side Table or Plant Stand For Under $5

imageI have been loving finding ways to use these little, wire baskets from the Dollar Tree. They have such a great shape and, for a dollar, provide lots of crafting fun for me! In the past I have used spray paint to transform them into adorable waste baskets for my office and guest rooms. Here’s a picture of one I painted gold to match my office area:

wpid-wp-1428521314383.jpgAfter seeing how easy they were to spray paint, I had an idea to turn them into a side table/plant stand. I’ve had this idea for a while but just honestly have not had a chance to actually make it come to life. That was the case until now! I am so excited! Since I have a  little one who is pulling up on everything I decided not to use my creation as a side table until later. It is lightweight so it would be too easy for Baby C to tip it over. So, for the time being, I found a use for my new table holding a plant on our front porch. I love the color pop it adds. Curb appeal!

*Disclaimer: This table is not super sturdy since it is so lightweight. Be sure to use it for decor in an area where it won’t be touched and pulled on, especially by little ones.

What you need:

2 waste baskets any color (white works best if you want to paint it a lighter color and black works best if you want to paint it a darker color)

1 pizza pan (Dollar Tree sells them in the perfect size)

1 Glue gun and glue stick

1 can spray paint for every color you want to use (I just used one since I made my table all the same color).

So, let’s get started. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Spray paint your waste baskets and pizza pan whatever color you want. I decided to use one color on my entire table but you could spray paint the baskets one color and the pizza pan another color to give it more interest.

image2. Once paint is dry, glue the bottoms of the baskets together. I applied a layer of glue around the outer circle of one basket and then held the two bottoms together until the glue dried. I then went in added more glue around the outer edge where the two bottoms met to make sure my table was well glued together.

image3. Next, attached your pizza pan to one of the open ends of the basket. Doesn’t matter which side, but I would check and see if one side is more stable than the other. I used the same technique I used to attach the baskets together. Simply add a ring of glue around the top of the waste basket, attach the pizza pan, and then go in and add an extra ring of glue around where the basket touches the pan.

imageimage4. Place your table where you want it and decorate it! For inside the house I just used two different sized mason jars with a few flowers. For outside the house I used a hanging plant and cut off the hanger. Easy!

imageimageWhat do you think? Let me know how you pretty up your new table or plant stand and don’t forget to check back soon for more DIY ideas…on a budget of course. Next up will be a reveal on another party I decorated for with lots of DIY decoration ideas. 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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Trendy Gift Wrapping Ideas for the Girl on a Budget

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Y’all, I am determined to be on top of it this year. Last year I literally had a box of Christmas decorations in the middle of my living room that sat there until Christmas Eve. I wrapped my gifts we were opening Christmas Eve ON CHRISTMAS EVE. It was a hot mess. This year I was determined to get ahead so I could actually enjoy the celebrations. Decorations are up, gifts are purchased, AND gifts are wrapped.

Since I actually got the wrapping done ahead of time I wanted to share some trendy yet easy and budget friendly ways to wrap your gifts this Christmas.

This year my inspiration was the Target dollar section. Wrapping Paper and chalkboard labels were a dollar each at Target. I picked up a huge roll of red ribbon on clearance for $4 from Wal Mart and a bag of bows from the Dollar Tree. I also picked up some cute, wooden ornaments from AC Moore at 50% off for a total of $1 each. You will notice I used the ornaments on some gifts and not on others. I gathered my supplies and set to work.

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I added on bows and chalkboard labels to all the gifts and embellished some of them with the wooden ornaments. I also just used initials instead of names on the labels. I think it makes a fun detail.

What do you think? Worth the effort or pay someone else to wrap it all next year? Let me know what ideas you come up with for your gift wrapping in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to check back next week for Baby C’s party details and al the fun party DIYs  I have been working on!

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.

I leave you with this awesome video from the WhatsUpMoms YouTube channel for additional fun DIY wrapping ideas. Check it out!

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