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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?

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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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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 Deco Mesh Christmas Tree

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Y’all, I was in the cutest store the other day, Stitches and Stuff, and they had these deco mesh trees all over for their Christmas decor! I know I have said this before, but being a California transplant we don’t get much deco mesh decor around the holidays so this was my first run in with a deco mesh tree! So cute!

Of course, I snooped the tree out to see how they made it. Whoever made it had used a fake christmas tree to make theirs. Last I checked, each tree runs you from about $3 to $8 for a basic, tiny, cheap, Christmas tree. Now, I don’t know about you, but I am all about seeing something I love and trying to find a way to recreate it for less. So, I set out to see if I could recreate this deco mesh tree on a budget.

I hit up my favorite store, the Dollar Tree. I was able to find everything I needed, minus the actual mesh itself, to make this tree. And since I had some mesh left over from my deco mesh wreaths I made the other week, this was a one-stop, supply run. My favorite kind of errand these days.

Armed with supplies, I headed home to make my own version of this adorable deco mesh tree.

Here’s what you need:

1. A tree shaped object. I found a plastic frame wrapped with tinsel garland at the Dollar Tree. Here is a picture of it (I added the pipe cleaners afterwards):

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2. & 3. Deco Mesh and Pipe Cleaners.

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4. Decorations of your choosing. This can include christmas ornaments, poinsettias, ribbon, etc.

Now, you are ready to begin making your deco mesh tree!

The basic tree has just 4 basic steps! They are:

1. Attach the pipe cleaners to the tree.

2. Attach the edge of the mesh to the top of the tree

3. Continue bunching and attaching the mesh to the tree with pipe cleaners until your tree is full and to your liking.

4. Decorate!

To help with those of you who are more sight driven, I have included more directions in detail and pictures detailing each step for you.

1. To start, attach the pipe cleaners to the tree. I used about 12 pipe cleaners and attached them randomly around the tree frame, starting at the top and working down. Don’t stress too much because you can add more after you start attaching the mesh if you want.To attach the pipe cleaners, thread each pipe cleaner through the tinsel garland, wrapping it in half so it is attached to the tree frame and sticks out like the picture below, and twist once or twice to get a tight fit.

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2. Begin adding your mesh. To start, bunch the corner of the mesh edge so that the mesh poofs. You are trying to get volume. Attach the bunched edge with the pipe cleaner closest to the top of the tree by twisting the pipe cleaner around the mesh edge like so:

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3. Continue gathering the mesh into bunches and attach the end of each bunch to the tree. Follow the pipe cleaners around from top to bottom, starting with smaller bunches and gradually increasing them in size as you go down the tree. Attach each bunch by twisting a pipe cleaner around it like the picture shows below.

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PAUSE: Here are some pictures of what you should be seeing after finishing attaching one color and after finishing adding in another color.

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Don’t worry if you need to play with it. Poof out some bunches, tuck in others, add an extra bunch here or there. Play, play, play. Once you get your tree shape to your liking then all you need to do is decorate!

4. Decorate! To start, I added red ribbon over my silver mesh, attaching it with the same pipe cleaner the silver mesh was attached with, like so:

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I also added pieces of ribbon to stick out of each area where the red ribbon and silver mesh were attached to the tree. I did so by cutting a 6-8 inch piece of ribbon, angling each end as I cut it, and twisting the pipe cleaner right down the middle of the ribbon like so:

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NOW, you are ready to add the finishing touches which help fill in the blank areas still on your tree. I filled in the blank areas with variations of ornaments and flowers like so:

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Tuck in the pipe cleaners still sticking out and viola! Done!

I am pretty pleased with my end result, although, I got so excited I didn’t tuck in all the pipe cleaners sticking out. But, you get the idea :).

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So many options! I think I am going to make varying heights and add them to my front porch. Let me know what ideas you come up with for your tree in the comments below. 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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Baby C’s Room Reveal: Yellow, birds, and gray elephant herds

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When Baby Charis was born she was quite a surprise. Coming 11 weeks early, I had nothing but a can of paint in the middle of an empty room that was the would-be nursery. Shortly after baby C’s arrival the grandparents quickly moved into action to execute everything I had dreamed of the nursery being. Gray, accents of yellow, elephants, and a whimsical feel were my design words. My mom was the brains behind the operation and quickly had everyone in motion working on the details of little C’s room.I just love it!

My favorite part of the room is the baby mobile. My mom enlisted the help of my sisters and brother-in-law to cut out and put together this DIY mobile to replicate one I had fallen in love with from here. This was a surprise my mom brought while I was still in the hospital. Such a sweet surprise.

Another one of my favorites is the tree mural with Baby C’s name spelled out. My mom was able to free hand the trunk of the tree with white paint and then use stencils for the leaves. For the name detail, my mom spray painted some wood letters and added a little yellow bow to each before hanging them from the “branches”.

To fill in some of the details, my mom, mother-in-law, and I hit the thrift stores to find the details. We scored the bird house stand for $7. That stand became the inspiration for adding in the birds which I thought filled the whimsical portion of my dream nursery.

We used inexpensive, paper and wood frames spray painted white for the picture bunch above the changing table and little wood cutouts for added bird and bird house details on the walls.

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The furniture was all bought at a great deal as well. The crib is from target and was a gift from my in-laws, the changing table was from a local furniture store for half off, the glider is from amazon for under $100, and the table and shelf were given to us by family.

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I couldn’t help but add in some pink accents. The rest of the blanks were filled in with gifts from friends and family.

I am in love with what everyone was able to pull together and am so grateful for all the hard work that went into preparing little C’s nursery. Hope you’re able to find some inspiration from Little C’s nursery for your little one!

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