Wednesday, October 26, 2011

some inexpensive crafts

Money being tight is not really a new thing for me.
It is so nice when inexpensive solutions can make me happy,
first solution a place to display C's Art. C LOVES to color. He draws at least 10 pictures a day.
This leaves me with piles of drawings all around the house until the mess out weighs the guilt of throwing them away.
I have never been a huge fan of too many things stuck to my fridge but since that is the traditional place to display your child's masterpiece we have a few there as well. 
So I went to the Dollar store and bought 5 black frames.

I took the glass and cardboard out of them and hung them on the wall in our hallway.

Then I had C help me paint some clothes pins .

..That we hot glued to the frames... and voila a new place for pictures. We can easily trade them out and toss the old ones. Cost about $6 

Trying to be festive I bought some black felt at .20 cents a sheet, I spent $1 and cut them in triangles, glued them to some yarn and voila a Halloween banner.

I had a long table top from ikea that was pretty dinged up. I tried to spruce it up with some spray paint but it was not working. So I found some contact paper with a pattern I like and voila :) a new desk for $2.

 One night when the kids and I were playing in the front yard I decided we needed a fall wreath. These can cost a pretty penny so I took a dollar store wreath and had my kids collect leaves for me. We they hot glued them to the wreath and sprayed it gold.

It has a soft a pretty effect.
None of these solutions are mind blowing but give me Satisfaction and keep what money we do have in our pockets. Mission accomplished.

P.S. Jones sometimes brings me home nuts. Chesnuts, acorns...etc. So cute. Expecially when he and C went outside and played Conkers with them. :)


MelancholySmile said...

I love all these ideas! The contact paper pattern is especially eye catching ( how come I can only find the granny prints?) and the fall wreath is better than the store bought! Makes me wish we had fall leaves. You guys need to come visit. Bring me s box of 'em for Thanksgiving. :)

Traci said...

You are so creative! These are all so cute! I love the picture frame idea!

Jeanie said...

I love the picture frame idea! How clever you are!!