Dollar Store Crafts: Handmade Ornaments

Dollar Store Crafts: Handmade Ornaments

Every year, we make several ornaments to add to our tree. We try to find ornament ideas that are cheap, fun to make and cute! My little girls loved making these snowman ornaments! We made them largely from things we already had on hand.

These empty glass ornaments are available almost anywhere, and you can find packs of four of them at almost any dollar store. We used one of these, but you will also need the following items:

an orange pipe cleaner to bend and create the carrot nose, white glue (we used Modge Podge), buttons for the eyes, a baby sock for the hat, and epsom salt. You can also paint the Christmas ornament white (we did).

First, we painted the ornaments white by pouring paint inside them and swirling the ornament until it was painted completely.

We then coated the outside of the ornament with white glue and rolled it in the epsom salt. You may need to do this more than once to completely cover the ornament. Just allow 12 hours between coats to dry.

We then glued the buttons, carrot nose, and the sock hat to the snowball. When we finished, we had this cute little snowman ornament.

Share your cute and homemade ornaments with us!

Tune in Saturday for our favorite Christmas traditions.

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Dollar Store Crafts: Place Mat Pillows

Dollar Store Crafts: Place Mat Pillows

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I have wanted some pretty seasonal pillows, but I don’t always love the price. I was at Dollar Tree when I spotted these pretty placemats.

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They were thin, as far as placemats go, but they were really pretty. Since they were at the Dollar Tree, I went ahead and bought four of them, with the intent of making two pillows from them.

I then took them home and pinned them together where I wanted to sew them. I then turned them inside out and sewed the edges together.

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And after I sewed the edges, I simply turned them right-side out and stuffed them with quilt batting.

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I then sewed the open end together.

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I absolutely love how these turned out! I am now looking for some napkins or tea towels that coordinate with these placemats so I can make some pillows from them!

What Dollar Store Upcycle have you completed lately?

Hiring a Company to Clean a Construction Site

Hiring a Company to Clean a Construction Site

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Are you planning on doing some renovating or remodeling to your home in the near future? If this is the case, you might want to consider hiring a company to pick up all of the garbage that is going to get spread all over your construction site. Renovation projects can get very messy. The demolition process always creates a large amount of debris. You might have lots of pieces of broken drywall and plaster that need to be disposed of. This will take a lot of time for you to pick up all of this trash and dispose of it yourself. Why not hire someone to do it for you? Here is how you can go about finding a company that specializes in cleaning up areas where construction has taken place.

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1. Talk to contractors to find out who they hire to clean up their construction sites.

You might be able to get some very useful references from people who work in the construction industry. There is a good chance that many of these people hire another company to clean up the mess that is left behind on their construction sites. Find out the names of the cleanup companies they deal with. How much do they charge for their services? How good is the quality of their work? Talking to contractors might give you the names of several companies that handle construction cleaning in Denver, CO.

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2. Get in touch with the Better Business Bureau to find out what they have to say.

The BBB is certain to have the names of many companies that clean up construction sites. They will have detailed profiles on all of them for you to read at your leisure. It would be in your best interests to take advantage of all the info that is at your disposal.

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3. Compare the prices that are charged by the various construction cleanup companies.

You owe it to yourself to get the best deal possible. This is why you should get price quotes from multiple companies. This will let you see what your options are.

 

Make a tray from an old picture frame

Make a tray from an old picture frame

I have had this old picture frame for ages, and while I knew I could make something cool with it, I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do.

I had painted it green at some point. I initially thought about painting it another color, but I found some old scrapbook paper that matched the color perfectly.

I found some really cool drawer pulls in a basket of junk parts that we never seem to throw away. I promptly drilled some holes in the side of the frame.

I brushed the dust away and then made two more holes on the opposite side.

I then screwed the drawer pulls to the tray.

I am pretty pleased with my cute little tray. It’s currently brightening up a corner of our office.

What upcycle creation have you made lately?

DIY Fixer Upper Inspired Nursery Art

DIY Fixer Upper Inspired Nursery Art

I was in search of something new and cute to hang behind the crib, but it had to be inexpensive and cute.

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I love this sign at Magnolia, but it was a little more than I wanted to pay… and since Waco is over 1,000 miles away, shipping would be pretty expensive as well. Cue the DIY side of my brain.

I bought a piece of foam board, and got to work. I used a computer to create a large poster with the verse I wanted, and I sent it to a local print shop.

I then Modge Podged the poster onto the foam board.

After it dried, I popped it into a barn wood frame. While I could have used less white space, I have to say I like how this sign turned out.

Plus, it looks great hanging behind the crib.

What recent DIY have you completed?

Simplify Saturday: Prioritizing Projects

Simplify Saturday: Prioritizing Projects

We’ve been blogging here for a good five years now, and in that time, we’ve had a lot of questions from readers. One question we’re often asked is this: “You all seem to always be doing something to your house. How do you do so much?” Today I’d like to share how we prioritize our projects.

1. Do projects a little at a time

We just did a small remodel of our master bathroom. We replaced mirrors, hardware and light fixtures. We eventually plan to replace the bathtub and surround and flooring as well, but it simply isn’t in the budget right now. So we started with the cheapest, easiest items on our “master bath to-do list” and we completed those.

2. Find cheaper options for the things you want to do

We love carriage house garage doors, but we neither need nor want to buy a $2,000 garage door at the moment… so we took to Amazon and ordered faux Coach house door hardware and a faux window kit for $50. We spent far less money something that looks like the real deal.

3. If you can DIY it, do it.

Custom closets are expensive, but my dad and I built this closet organizer ourselves for $100. It only took one day and it was a fairly simple project. We saved a lot of money by doing it ourselves AND it was a lot of fun.

4. Before you do any part of the project, ask yourself these questions:

1. Who will it benefit?

If it’s something that will benefit everyone in the home, bump the project up higher on your to do list.

2. Can I do the project in phases, or must I do it all at once?

If a project must be done all at once, but it’s small, it’s probably OK to raise it on your list. If it’s a big project and you can’t do it in phases, it’s probably expensive and should be lower on your priority list.

3. Do I need to do it, or just want to?

Projects that you want to do, no matter how much you want to do them, are never as important as the projects you need to do.

5. Save money for the things you can’t afford right now

Even if you can’t afford the things you want at the moment, save money until you have what you need.

How do you all prioritize projects?

Have a wonderful weekend.

From discarded basket to farmhouse planter

From discarded basket to farmhouse planter

I found a neat looking basket in the discard pile at my job.

Yes, I trash pick. #notashamed

I liked this basket because it had feet and I liked the shape of it. It was also in great shape. I thought it would make a cute planter.

I promptly painted the basket white with some chalk paint.

I let the paint dry and painted a second coat of white chalk paint.

I then popped in some boxwoods and I thought it was perfect!

This thing would be cute with some faux apples in it for fall, or some mini gourds. I can’t wait to see how many different ways I can decorate with it!

Have you turned any trash into treasure lately? Comment and show me your projects!