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Dollar Tree DIY // Halloween Tissue Paper Tassel Garland

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If you’ve been following this blog for some time, you know I’m all about finding creative ways to do pretty much everything on a budget. When my husband and I were first married, we didn’t have much extra money to go toward anything fun yet I still wanted to have some sort of decor on display for each season. One of my favorite places to get great deals on decor and craft items is Dollar Tree. I’ve been amazed at what I’ve been able to find there for a fraction of the cost of traditional home goods and craft stores. One of my favorites aspects of Dollar Tree is the versatility of the products they provide. I’ve purchased a few craft items that I’ve been able to use for multiple projects so with Dollar Tree I really do get the most bang for my buck!

Growing up, my sisters and I enjoyed dressing up for Halloween each year, picking out pumpkins from the local farmers market and of course, trick or treating. Although Halloween isn’t as popular as Thanksgiving and Christmas, I was surprised when looking through childhood photos to see how many I actually have from Halloween celebrations over the years. It was fun to look back and see what costumes my sisters and I selected and now as a mom, it was sweet to look back over the photos we took of our daughter’s first trip to the pumpkin patch last year.

Today, I’m excited to share with you an easy and affordable project I made recently to display these fun photos.

Items needed:



Step 1) Fold tissue paper in half lengthwise

Step 2) Fold tissue paper in half widthwise (do this twice)

Step 3) Cut strips in the tissue paper (leave a bit of room at the top)

Step 4) Unfold the tissue paper and cut it in half

Step 5) Cut the halves in half so you have 4 sections total

Step 6) Open each of the four sections, roll each section tight down the middle

Step 7) Make a loop out of the rolled section and tape it with a small piece of scotch tape

Step 8) Secure one end of the twine to a wall with a thumb tack, string your tassels on the twine, secure the other end, hang your favorite Halloween photos with clothespins and enjoy!

I absolutely love our family photo from last year’s trip to the pumpkin patch (this photo was probably the only redeeming part of the experience). I can’t wait to take our daughter to the pumpkin patch this year now that she’s older and I will definitely have my camera on hand so we can display more Halloween memories.

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Magnolia My Way // Jo’s Favorites On A Budget

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One of the features of Chip and Jo’s magazine, The Magnolia Journal, that I really enjoy reading is Jo’s Favorites. This fun section of the journal typically lists about 10 products that Joanna uses with a few phrases on why they’re her favorite. I love her personal style and have desired to incorporate some of her favorite things into my style. However, I, like many of you, don’t share the same income as Chip and Jo so I’ve done some research (and by research, of course I mean shopping) and found similar products at much more affordable prices. For the final post in the Magnolia My Way series, I’m excited to share with you a few of Jo’s favorite things my way.

Jo’s Way – Total Cost $104

  1. White ceramic pitcherMagnolia Market  – $42 (featured in Issue No. 4)
  2. Plant Lady shirt, Magnolia Market – $24 (featured in Issue No. 3)
  3. Fall Candle, Magnolia Market – $26 (featured in Issue No. 4)
  4. Plant Spritzer, Magnolia Market –  Price Unknown, (featured in Issue No. 2)
  5. L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, Amazon – $12 – (featured in Issue No. 1)

My Way – Total Cost $51.96

  1. Threshold Porcelain Pitcher, Target $13.99 (don’t forget to use your REDCard for an additional 5% off and go through TopCashBack to earn 2.25% on your Target purchases).
  2. Plant Lady Mug, Swallow’s Grace, $15.99 (don’t forget to go through ebates to earn 5% cash back on your purchase)
  3. Mrs. Meyer’s Apple Cider candle, Target, $6.99 (don’t forget to use your REDCard for an additional 5% off and go through TopCashBack to earn 2.25% on your Target purchases).
  4. Plant Spritzer, Amazon, $10.49
  5. Organic Shea Butter, Mountain Rose Herbs, $4.50 for 4 oz

 

These products are a few of Jo’s favorite things that I’ve enjoyed using in my home and I hope you enjoy using them too!

 

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Magnolia My Way // DIY Hanging Chalkboard

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Before I go into this week’s project, I wanted to share a few ways to help care for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. I lived in Texas for two years, and although I never made it to Houston, my heart aches for those who have lost their homes and loved ones. Our friends in Austin have shared multiple photos/posts in which their power has gone out and the store shelves are bare. So far, everyone I know and love is okay but there are many who aren’t and I want to share with you a few ways you and I can help with the disaster relief:

  1. Magnolia Market – From today through September 30th, Magnolia Market is donating 100% of the proceeds from the sales of their Texas Forever t-shirts toward disaster relief in Houston. I’ve been wanting this shirt for a while so when I received an email from Magnolia with that info, I knew it was time to buy.
  2. Chalk Full of Love – Sarah from Chalk Full of Love (you may remember me mentioning her here and you’ll see her book featured below) is donating 100% of the proceeds from this digital download to the Red Cross of Southeastern Texas. Not only is this beautiful 8 x 10 print just $5, it’s perfect to frame and combine with your Fall decor (I’m thinking about leaving mine up all year long).

“She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.”

Proverbs 31:20

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For this week’s Magnolia My Way post, I thought it would be fun to feature an item that’s especially popular right now – chalkboards. If you’ve spent any time at a craft store recently, you’ve probably seen a plethora of these around in all shapes and sizes. I noticed that Magnolia Market has a cute hanging chalkboard on sale for $10.50 (the original price is $15). Even though $10.50 may not seem like much, I thought it was a bit high for a small chalkboard – especially since I’ve seen similar items go for under $5 at major craft stores.

 

 

One of the best chalkboards I’ve found so far is from DollarTree.

It’s not a slate style chalkboard but this is a good thing because it’s much easier to clean.

When I wanted to change the message on my chalkboard, I just clean it with a baby wipe and it’s good to go!

To make my chalkboard look like the one Magnolia is selling, I purchased a wood shadow box from Hobby Lobby, detached the frame and knocked out the glass. (If you go this route, I highly recommend wearing gloves and protective goggles.)

Once my frame was ready, I used a hot glue gun and glue sticks from the 99 Cent Store to attach the chalkboard and the jute rope (which I already had on hand from this project).

Here are the items needed for this project:

 

Out of pocket, I paid about $7 for my hanging chalkboard (considering I already owned the rope).

I really like how it turned out and I’ve been looking to my hand lettering book for inspiration on how to style the messages I write.

Of course, you can always purchase this chalkboard for $3.49 at JoAnn (don’t forget to use your 30% off coupon) and glue the rope on or just use some Command Strips to place it somewhere fun.  This one is pretty cute too!

My hanging chalkboard is the perfect addition to my Texas/Southern themed gallery wall.

I made the wall as a tangible way to fulfill the command to, “feed on (God’s) faithfulness,” in Psalm 37:3.

My husband and I went through a lot of growth while in Texas and I don’t want to forget how faithful God was to us in that season and I constantly need to be reminded that His character hasn’t changed. In times like these, the gallery reminds me to pray for those in Houston – not only for salvation from the storm but for salvation of souls.

I’m praying ultimately that God will be glorified and His name will be made great.

 

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Magnolia My Way // DIY Hanging Side Tables

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If you’ve watched Fixer Upper for some time, you may have noticed how Joanna loves to incorporate hanging side tables in bedrooms. I thought the idea was brilliant because it’s fun and unique. Unlike traditional side tables, this type is out of my toddler’s reach so she isn’t able to swipe all my table top contents onto the floor which is a big plus.

The pin below is from Joanna’s Kids Room Pinterest board and shows the hanging side tables she created for the bedroom her daughters share.

 

 

The trays pictured, previously available from Magnolia Market, were listed at $45 for a small one and $75 for a large one – not an amount I could justify spending.

 

To make my side tables from trays, I purchased the following items:

To make the table, I followed these steps:

  1. Paint the tray
  2. Screw the hook into the ceiling
  3. Hang the rope over the hook to determine where the tray should hang
  4. Cut the rope, wrap it around the handles a few times and tie it in a knot
  5. Enjoy your hanging side table!

The whole project was just under $35 for both side tables – much less than the trays Magnolia was advertising.

*NOTE* This concept is more pretty than practical – you may have to add more rope to help balance your table depending on what you will place on it.

 

 

Previously, we used the Lack side table by Ikea because how can you say, “No” to a side table for $7.99?

However, we added a foam mattress topper to our mattress which meant we were reaching down quite a bit to access the table. Our new side tables are much pretty, easier to reach and best of all, we didn’t have to bust our budget to create them!

What are your favorite DIY projects on a budget?

 

 

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Magnolia My Way // DIY Pendant Lamp

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A few weeks ago, I visited Target Optical because I was in desperate need of contacts. I don’t know what’s more convenient than being able to make an appointment in less than 24 hours and having your actual appointment take under 30 minutes – except for the fact that it just so happens to be at Target.

I scheduled an appointment for my husband too and since his appointment was first, I figured I’d visit the Dollar Spot, because my mama always taught me to use time wisely ;). I wasn’t sure if it would be wise to visit the Dollar Spot because I tend to lack self control in Target but it turned out better than I expected. I found a few cute and affordable items in colors that I love. One such item was a mint green wastebasket for $3. Did I have any need for a mint green wastebasket? Of course not! But for $3 it was too cute to pass up. I knew I could use it as a toy basket or something else. I bought it not quite sure yet what it would become but hopeful that I could put it to work in my home.

I noticed that the wastebasket had a hole in the center of it and got excited as the idea to create a pendant lamp formulated itself in my mind. I knew that it would be an easy endeavor to turn it into a light because pendant lights are popular and many stores now have kits for making them. I used a lightbulb we already had to see if it would fit in the hole and it did! I did a Google search for a light kit and found one from Cost Plus – it happened to be on sale, eBates was offering 4% cash back on in store pick up orders and I signed up for the World Market Explorers program and received a coupon for an additional 15% off my purchase!

 

The total cost of the lamp was about $17

Mint Green Wire Wastebasket $3.00 (I received a 5% discount for using my Target RedCard)

Silver Electrical Cord Swag Kit $6.99 (This kit is available in black and white too and includes a hook)

Edison Filament Light Bulb $6.99

All throughout our home, we have soft lighting but in the living room, for some odd reason, our landlord used fluorescent lightbulbs which I hate. My new pendant lamp provides the perfect warm glow and makes our living room feel cozy rather than cold.

 

The lamp was super easy to assemble and didn’t cost a fortune!

What are your favorite ways to brighten up your home?

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Magnolia My Way // Intro

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With the boom produced by Fixer Upper present in all things interior design it seems that everyone wants a piece of the pie. What used to be the boring (at least in my opinion) and male dominated territory known as the home improvement store, now receives a steady influx of women who possess a wide array of knowledge when it comes to design and decor, thanks to Chip and Jo. The Gaines duo has tackled Waco’s worst, written a book, opened a highly successful home goods store, produced their own magazine and is even opening a restaurant. To say, “Everything they touch turns to gold,” would be a massive understatement.

As a fan of the show myself, I have fallen in love with Joanna’s eye for detail which is patent in every area of Magnolia’s marketing. Hospitality is a Biblical command for all believers and I’ve seen Joanna fulfill it countless times over the 4 seasons of the show and through the care she’s invested in Magnolia Market.

 

I’ve really enjoyed “fixing up” or decorating our home with my own unique style to make it both fun and functional for everyday use. The biggest challenge I’ve had that you may also experience is how to do the same when on a budget. I’ve noticed on Fixer Upper how Joanna loves to take ordinary objects and turn them into something unique and beautiful which has inspired me to do the same as I care for and decorate my home.

Unlike the individuals on the show, my husband and I are renters so that is a game changer. Rather than seeing renting as a limit, however, I like to see it as an opportunity for creativity. We also have a one year old so certain ideas that require more time and money simply don’t make sense for us in this season. With this criteria in mind, I’ve worked hard to make our home pretty and practical and I’d like to share with you four of the projects I’ve completed to do so. Be sure to follow along over the next four weeks as I share simple and affordable DIY projects to spruce up your space.

 

What unique design challenges have you faced and how did you overcome them?

 

 

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DIY // Lip Balm

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Maybe it’s the old soul in me, but I’m a firm believer in the concept of not buying something if you can make it yourself. In this day and age where convenience is a hot commodity, I actually find it fun to learn how to make things that I use on a regular basis. One of the items that is kind of detrimental in the DuPrez family is lip balm. It might seem silly, but my lips are constantly chapped and it’s really uncomfortable. For a while I was purchasing Dr. Bronner’s chapstick because I liked that it went on smooth versus waxy but then I found out Dr. B’s supports marijuana legalization and contribute $600,000 toward the cause – not something I want to support by any means. I had used Burt’s Bees in the past and although it wasn’t my first choice, I decided I would switch back. However, when I saw that Katie, the Wellness Mama, posted her own recipe for making homemade lip balm, I knew I had to give it a go!

 

 

My recipe is adapted from hers to fit the needs of my family and I tweaked it a bit to make it simpler for myself. I also purchased ingredients from different companies than she did and was highly pleased so I will be sharing about those ingredients and their respective companies as well as the prices I paid for the various items.

DIY Lip Balm Recipe

Time: 15-20 minutes

Yield: 20 lip balms

Directions

  1. Fill a sauce pan with about an inch of water and place it on the stove on medium heat.
  2. Place a 16 oz mason jar inside the pan.
  3. Add the beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter to the jar (the beeswax will take the longest to melt).
  4. Once all ingredients have melted, remove the pan from the heat and add your desired amount of peppermint essential oil drops.
  5. When the mouth of the jar is cooled, pour the mixture into the lip balm tubes (be careful as the contents is hot and jar is too – I held my tubes over another mason jar as I poured just in case).
  6. Once you see the mixture begin to solidify in the tubes, place the lid on.
  7. Store the lip balm in your fridge for 1-2 hours.
  8. Enjoy!

 

The cost of the items (not including shipping, tax, etc.) comes out to $27.63, divided by 20 it equals $1.38/tube. To me this was a pretty good price compared to Burt’s Bees which retails for about $2.50-$3.00/tube. I also have enough ingredients left to make 20 more lip balms – I just need to order more tubes!

 

 

I was inspired to try this recipe after my friend Courtney had made some homemade lip balm a few years ago and let me have one. It was my favorite lip balm and I decided to make some for my little family. I’ve ordered some cocoa butter (Aura Cacia brand) to use in place of the peppermint essential oil and am planning on using 4 tablespoons with the above recipe #becausechocolate.