A Few DIY Projects I Want to Complete

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Any time I decide I’d like to update something in my home, I’ll admit that my first instinct is to go and buy that item brand new. That, my fellow frugalites is not frugal. At least most of the time. I mentioned that it’s my instinct to go and buy something brand new, but I usually convince myself to make do with what I have.

Enter, DIY projects. I love dreaming of projects to do but the thought of spending a lot of time on a project scares me away! However, I do love the satisfaction that I get when I complete a project!

Before my daughter came along and I got busy with the blog, I used to do quite a bit of sewing and other fun crafty things. In fact, a large portion of our wedding was made up of DIY projects. I also gave details about the decorating projects I did (before she was born) in my daughter’s room.

So, all that rambling to say that I always seem to have the desire to do projects but I never seem to make them a priority. 🙁 So, today I have a list of a few DIY projects that I’d like to complete as the weather warms up. Most of them are easy and achievable. 🙂  Here’s my list. I will show you before and afters once I complete them!

  • Spray paint our living room lamp
  • Spray paint a little shelf I bought for $5
  • Paint our walls in the entire house (this will take me a while, since I’ll work on one wall at a time)
  • Bake and decorate Sienna’s 3rd Birthday cake (Does this count as a DIY project? Since I’m not a great cake maker, this always feels like a big feat)

I’m listing those things because I find once they’re out there publicly, I have to do them! 😉 Hold me accountable, ok?  Our weather is warming up nicely so I’ll have pictures for you in the nearish future for some projects!

Will you be working on anything this year?

DIY Wine Glass Snow Globes

Create these beautiful and simple DIY wine glass snow globes with just a few supplies that will fit in any Christmas budget!

You guys, I made a Christmas craft!  I’ve been spending all my time baking these days so I wasn’t sure I’d get this done!  And I even love the way it turned out!  I was inspired by this pin on Pinterest so I went ahead and created my own version.

This is one of those projects that make me wonder why I left it until the last minute. It was so easy.  The hardest part was hunting down the fake snow (which I found at Walmart)

Here’s what you need to make these Wine Glass Snow Globes:

  • Wine glasses (dollar store)
  • Little trees and/or figurines
  • Fake snow
  • Cardboard (I used a cereal box)
  • Glue gun
  • Pencil
  • Pillar candles

First of all, you’ll want to place a glass upside down onto cardboard and trace a circle around the glass.

Using a hot glue gun, attached your objects to the cardboard. (I used trees and a snowman from Michaels) snowman progress

Once you’re satisfied that your objects are glued down well, fill glass with a few tablespoons of fake snow or glitter.

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Next, line the rim of the glass with hot glue and press on cardboard with the objects attached.

Finally, flip them over, then place them where you want to display them, then put a pillar candle on top!

Hope you enjoy this idea! This is the first time I’ve created decor for Christmas!

Create these beautiful and simple DIY wine glass snow globes with just a few supplies that will fit in any Christmas budget!

Free Printable Wall Art for Your Home

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One of my good friends celebrated a birthday last month and I wanted to do something a bit more personal for her this year.  We’ve been through our ups and downs together for nearly 18 years.  18!  Now, that in itself is special. 🙂

I have been having a lot of fun creating the graphics for Simply Frugal so I knew I wanted to try my hand at creating some wall art.  So, I asked her what her favourite bible verse was and got to work playing around with different fonts and colours.  Fun!

This is what I came up with:

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I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out and my friend seemed to love it!  Especially, I think, that it was made just for her.  I gave it to her in a picture frame I picked up somewhere along the way.

I was having so much fun, I decided to make another one:

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Of course, I can’t show you these without making them available for you to download and print for yourself!  Each picture is made to fit a 5×7 frame and perfect for decorating on a budget!

I hope you enjoy!

DIY: Easy Spring Mantel

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I’ve been meaning to show you how I decorated our fireplace mantel for spring this year.  Not because I think it’s wonderful, but because I actually spent a little bit of time into making our home feel more homey.  You see, I’ve been struggling with a bit of discontentment when it comes to our current living situation.  So, aside from Christmas time, I haven’t decorated the mantle in quite a few years.  I figured, why decorate something I don’t love?  Why show this small, cramped, old place, that we call home, any love when I don’t feel the love for it?

Well, wouldn’t you know it, but I had a bit of an “ah ha” moment when I realized that this is the place we call home and we do make memories here.  This is also the first place my daughter has known as her home.  My home doesn’t dictate who I am as a person so when I succumb to discontentment in my circumstances, I’m creating an unhappy person on the inside.

This mantel project will hold a place in my heart forever as the project that “kicked some sense” into me.  I have nothing for want.  My needs are well taken care of.  So each time I look at the banner, I will be reminded of all that I have to be happy for. And remember that I’m a work in progress and that one day (or starting today), my circumstances won’t decide who I am as a person.  So I will welcome friends and family into my home without feeling ashamed.

Friends, please tell my you have the same sort of struggles?

Now, in case you”re still with me to find out how I made the paper banner, I’ll tell you how!

First of all I chose a few pieces of scrapbook paper that coordinated and were spring-like in colour.  Next, I folded the papers in half and free-handed with a pair of scissors a pendant shape.  this is so I could drape the paper pieces over a piece of twine.

Finally, I added mini clothes pins to each paper and added some burlap flowers I picked up at Michaels in the dollar bins.  Simple, right?  The jars holding the daffodils are from Target and the ribbons tied around the jars are also from Michaels.

How have you shown love to your home lately?

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