Sunday, October 24, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
While searching the web today I found a bunch of great ways to upcycle a little old toilet paper roll... who knew?
Check out this amazing wall art from creativejewishmom.com.
How about this idea for an extension cord holder from http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/. What an ingenious idea this is! I love it!
And Martha Stewart is at it again with these fabulous Yule Log Favor Boxes. How cute would these be at your Christmas party this year?!?
Mayamade has a tutorial for both of these adorable countdown calendars on her site. I am definitely making one of these for Christmas!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I can't remember where I saw this awesome project but I had to do it because I definitely need this for my Halloween mantle!
1. Clean your vase and dry your vase. Remove any stickers from candle holder.
2. Spray paint candle holder black and let dry.
3. Glue knob to the bottom of the glass vase.
And that's it! Pretty simple right?!? Cost me $2! $1 for the vase and $1 for the candle holder. I had the glue, knob, spray paint and misc. Dollar Store Halloween decorations on hand!
Here a few ideas I played around with for mine...
I still haven't decided exactly what I am going to do with it!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Empty vegetable or soup cans, cleaned out and labels removed
Halloween clip art
1. Begin by filling the cans up to the top with water, then place them in the freezer until the water is frozen solid. This will allow you to hammer a nail into the side of the can without the can denting. The bottom of your cans might bulge out but don't worry, you can hammer them flat after you are done with your design and the ice has meted.
2. Next, get your designs and or clip art ready. I traced some Halloween cookie cutters for mine. Cut a square around your templates, place on the can and tape into place. If you would like to use my templates click here.
3. Begin to make the tin can luminaries by using a nail and hammer to punch out the design. Start at one end of the pattern and place the nail along the line. Gently pound the nail in with a hammer. The nail will go through the can into the ice. Continue working around the pattern until the design is punched out.
4. Run your can under hot water to melt the ice and then dry the can completely. If the bottoms of your tin cans bulged during freezing now would be the time to put a towel over the bulge and hammer it back into place.
5. Next, spray paint your cans inside and out. Protect your work surface with newspapers and use good ventilation.
6. When your cans have dried you are ready to illuminate, add a little sand to weigh them down and add a tea light candle.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Check out this awesome upcycling project from greenupgrader.com! Turn your empty soad bottles into a cute purse... love it!
Here is another great way to upcycle your empty water bottles. Check out the tutorial here and turn those water bottles into this beautiful vase.
This is a great one for the upcoming holiday. Upcycle your empty soda bottles into pumpkin luminaries. Check out the tutorial from favecrafts,com.
Posted by Blissful Bargainista at 6:58 PM
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
This year my family and I moved from a two bedroom townhouse to a four bedroom single family home. When I pulled out my Halloween decorations I realized they looked pretty lonely in our newly expanded living space. Since we do not have much extra money and we are really trying hard to embrace a more frugal lifestyle I have been searching the web for some frugal ways to decorate our new home. Here are some great projects I found in Blogland that won't break the bank. Most are made with items you can find at your local Dollar Store!
Check out this spooky Spider Wreath from Sour Kraut Krafts. It is super easy to make and costs about $3!
This witches curtain from Martha Stewart is made with nothing more than black trash bags. I think this is just amazing and very creepy!
These Tin Can Luminaries from Better Homes and Gardens can be easily made with items you have on hand. I don't know about you but I always save my tin cans from soup or veggies. You all know I love to upcycle!
Check out these Coffee Filter Spider Webs from megaspooky.com They can also be cut in half and used as a garland. A pack of coffee filters is about $1 in my neck of the woods. You could do your whole house for that price!!!
Here is another one from Better Homes and Gardens. You can download the patterns free for these Spooky Silhouettes and put them in some Dollar Store frames for a fast, easy and fabulously frugal Halloween decoration!
Here is another frugal decor find... the Bloody Candle from favecrafts.com
Stay tuned for more fabulously frugal Halloween decor from Blogland as well as a few projects I have come up with on my own!
Posted by Blissful Bargainista at 4:50 PM