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Americana Themed Party Decor on a Budget

11722120_10153505240071672_3090114973966614293_oY’all…you like that southern slang right? But seriously, I am inspired by some dear, southern friends today on the blog. I recently had the opportunity to decorate for a one year anniversary celebration of the youth leader and his wife at our church. Not only was I excited to celebrate all they had done at the church, but I was also excited to celebrate them becoming our good friends over the past year. Now, these two are Georgia peaches so I definitely wanted the party to have a Georgia country vibe. I took that into an Americana feel (I mean I was still feeling very patriotic after the Fourth of July) and ran with it. I had a budget of $100 and a lot of ideas running through my head. I can’t wait to share what I came up with you!

Without further ado, here is what I hope you can use as inspiration for an Americana themed party complete with DIY “how to”s and money saving tips for your own party no matter the decor you decide on.

imageFirst, I started by creating a ton of rag garlands in our party colors. I used some affordable material in our red, white, and blue color scheme to create my own DIY, budget friendly, country rag garlands. It cost me about $18 to make them all.

To make the garland, I purchased one yard of four different patterns (about $16). I then cut my material into one inch strips. Taking each strip, I folded each one in half with the pattern facing me and placed the folded edge about 2 inches above a long piece of twine (from Dollar Tree) like so: image Be sure the twine is the length you want your garland to be. Then I simply wrapped the two loose ends of my folded, one inch strip around the back of the twine and through the folded edge above the twine like so:

imageimageimagePull from the bottom of the strip to tighten and start with your next strip. I bunched some strips really close together on some garland strands and left them about 6 inches apart on others to give the different garland strands some variety. I hung some on borrowed pallets (donated to our youth group for free by a local home improvement store) and others above the food tables to add a real country, summer feel.

11264855_10153505240066672_2074573162746211750_nNext, I made banners with words on them by cutting small triangles out of material, using paint and stencils (you can use whatever you please to match your party) to add the letters, and gluing those triangles onto twine (again from the dollar tree). So easy! I splurged on this material because I loved the striped pattern. All in all, it cost about $14 to make all my word banners but you could easily do it for about $5.

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imageI used plastic table clothes (from the Dollar Tree) covered by a thin, natural linen material (from Wal Mart for $2 a yard). I love cloth tablecloths but needed the ones for this party to feel more rustic. The natural linen was perfect and so affordable! I added two rolls of burlap about 4″ wide purchased from the Dollar Tree down the center as a runner, fresh flowers from a friend’s garden in mason jars (from Dollar Tree and old ones I already had), and some homemade wood cuts to finish off that rustic feel. Cost me about $24 for two food tables, a cake table, and a punch station.

imageFor the card area I hung twine from a pallet and added clothespins to hang all the cards from. I love displaying cards like this. It really makes the one or ones we are celebrating feel so loved when they see all their cards up front and center. Clothespins were $2 and the rest (twine and pallet) were from left over supplies.

imageTo add height to the food table, in addition to large wood cuts (homemade so they were free), I also made my own tiered server for $3! Simple glue the bottom of martini glass to the top of one plate and the top of the martini glass to the bottom of another plate. So simple and yet it adds some great height to any table! I got my plates and martini glass from the dollar tree.

11745404_10153505240061672_1268914120188250075_nFor the drink station I used an old spool to display the punch and cups. I found this spool in our church attic. It had been used for electrical cord. I added in a pallet, a circular plastic tablecloth (from dollar tree), a burlap tablecloth (just a yard of burlap from wal mart for $3) and fresh flowers from my friend’s garden to create a whole new station to add to the decor feel.

imageAdd in a few flags and checkered paper from the dollar store and you have a completed Americana themed party. I also purchased plates, forks, cups, serving trays, and napkins from the Dollar Tree which added to my expense list but with what I saved by making all of the party decor I was able to easily get those supplies and still come in under budget.

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. Next up will be a DIY door hanger. 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 Flower Box Flower Arrangement: $11 and 20 minutes

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I have been loving my front door flower box! It is so whimsical and different from the old wreath. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good wreath but it is nice to break up the monotony every once in a while. If you haven’t seen the “How To” on my blog for the front door flower box, let me make it easy for you: https://trendythrifting.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/diy-front-door-flower-box/. I hate to say you must make one, but I am afraid you will never know how much fun they are if you don’t. The decorating options are endless!

After the ivy I had originally put in my newly made flower box took a hit from some extreme heat we have been having, I decided to go bright and floral. But, with said heat, I didn’t want to throw my money away on something that would whither away and die in a week. That would make me so sad! So, I set out to find some quality looking floral pieces for a bargain. Who wants to spend $12 for one stem?!?! I ended up at Wal Mart to pick up a few other things I needed and decided to peruse their floral aisle. To my surprise, I found some nicer quality floral choices at a pretty good deal of $3 a bunch. I chose 2 bunches of full, white florals for $3 each and chose to fill in the space with color with 3 bunches of $1 yellow florals. I also picked up some $1 bunches of white peonies just in case I wanted to use them but I decided not to use them for this project and save them for a later project I had in mind.

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HERE’S A TIP: Choose one large, good quality flower. Spend the extra money on a few bunches of them. Then, fill in the blank space with cheaper bunches that still have a good look to them. This will bring up the quality of your floral arrangement without breaking the bank!

After selecting my florals, I set to work. I removed each individual stem from the bunch. I then bent each floral head forward and took inventory of what I had.

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To prepare the box for the flowers, I placed two foam blocks into the floral box to give the flowers something to anchor into. I purchased these from the Dollar Tree. Score! I placed one whole block in and then sliced up the other block to fill in the gaps.

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Once the box was ready I started placing the florals into my flower box. Starting from the middle top, I worked out and down to create a pyramid of floral heads. As I went, I would measure the length of the floral stems I would need. I would play with each floral, fitting it here and there, trimming a bit here and there, until finding each floral its permanent home. It’s a work as you go project but still only took me about 20 minutes to do! Here’s a picture of what the back looked like so you get a feel for the pyramid shape:

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Work with your florals to make sure there are no blank spaces and the colors are even yet not uniform. You want them to look somewhat natural.

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And done! Told you it wouldn’t take long. And aren’t you super excited about your out of the box, unique, whimsical and super trendy DIY arrangement? Just as a heads up, these floral boxes and arrangements make awesome gifts for new home owners. Let me know how much you love your front door floral box and what florals you decide to use in yours!

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DIY Front Door Flower Box

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I could start this blog post by telling you all about the busyness of the past few months, explaining my sad lack of blogging but, the truth is, it hasn’t been any busier than normal. Sure, I have tackled some big projects involving some very cool (read: no help from pinterest) DIY ideas, but these time consuming projects involve stage props…not really in line with this blog. So I will spare you the excuses and get to my newest project which is in line with this blog and of which I am so very excited about.

This weekend I was inspired to create something beautiful for my front door. I am in love with the rustic yet romantic interior decorating that is so popular right now (read: Restoration Hardware). Although I do not have a ton of this particular style in my home, I do like to sprinkle it around to add some trendiness to my timeless pieces. My inspiration for this project was a yard of burlap I scored for under $3.00 and this project I stumbled on while reading different blogs a few weekends ago: http://thespacebetweenblog.net/2013/04/08/one-of-the-easiest-pallet-projects-ever/pallet-projects-diy-trough-finished4/

Here’s what I came up with:

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Here’s what you need:

Distressed wood
Miter saw (or hand saw but it takes some elbow grease)
Silver, flat head nails about 1/2″ long
Hammer
Hot glue gun and glue
Burlap
Flowers or greenery

Here’s what you do:

So, using the basic box discussed in the blog post above, I set out to find myself a pallet. A friendly worker at a local home improvement store was more than happy to let us have an old, broken pallet from the back. Most home improvement usually donate their pallets but if it’s in bad enough shape, you may be able to score your own pallet for free as well! I grabbed my pallet, the rest of my supplies, loaded them up and headed home.

The first step is to tear apart the pallet. Using the hammer, a friend and I got to work. We found that hitting the back of the piece of wood we were trying to loosen right near where it was nailed to the pallet worked best. That loosened the wood from the pallet just enough for us to stick the back of the hammer head into the gap we just created and use it like a crow bar to remove the wood the remainder of the way from the pallet. It sounds simple enough but this was the hardest part of the whole project so be prepared.

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If you crack a board or two, no worries. I personally think the crack gives the box even more character.

After removing the boards from the pallet, make your measurements. Each box will need 3 12″ pieces and 2 about 3″ pieces. The 2 3″ pieces will be your end pieces and the exact width you need will vary on the width of the wood you use for the base of your trough, so make sure you keep that in mind and measure those last to make sure they are the exact size you need.

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After you have your measurements marked, cut the wood where marked. I wasn’t too worried about perfect cuts since the imperfection of the look is what I was going for.

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After your pieces are cut, you have the option of sanding the pieces. Your choice, but I opted not to. It was too hot and I was too lazy. After sanding (should you choose to do so) you’re ready to nail your trough together. Lay one 12″ board flat on the ground. Line up another 12″ board, sitting up along the long side of the laying board. Line up the remaining 12″ board standing up along the other side of the laying board. At this point, it should look like a U. Nail the pieces together to hold them into the shape you just made. Lastly, add the 3″ pieces to each short side of the U to close it off. Nail in the short pieces and your trough is done.

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Now, we begin the decorating part. Make two 48″ long strips and about 3″ wide each of the burlap.

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Lay one strip out and put the other aside for now. Place the bottom of your trough directly in the middle of the strip you have laid out. Once it is centered, Apply a small amount of hot glue to the bottom of your trough to hold the burlap on the box.

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Apply a small amount of glue to each side of the trough to hold the burlap up the sides.

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Tie the top as shown in the picture above, tying it about 3″ down from the end. Next, grab the second strip of burlap you previously laid aside. Out of this strip you will make your bow. Tie your bow, leaving a long amount of the burlap in the tails of the bow like so:

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Apply glue to the middle back of the bow and attach the bow right over the knot you previously tied for the previous strip of burlap.

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I added some ivy I got on super sale to my trough, leaving it in the plastic containers they came in so that they can retain more water. But, the beauty of this trough is that you can use it for just about anything. Hang your trough on your door or on a wall or set it out on a table or the floor, use it in your bathroom or laundry room. This is such a versatile piece which makes it the perfect, easy, DIY weekend project.

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