Wednesday, September 19, 2012

No Spend September: Dollar store crafts.

Well, let's just call a spade a spade.
We officially suck at No Spend September this year.
Its basically over. Eating out has happened, new shoes have been purchased.
But we're still trying to spend less overall.
So a win-win? Sure.

But just for good measure, I thought'd I'd share a super cheap and super easy fall project with you, in  case you're looking to save some moolah but still be trendy & crafty

I love wreaths and have even gotten into the whole jute-wrapped letter thing. But honestly, the cutest wreaths aren't really cheap at all to make.
And I just couldn't stomach spending even $20 for a fall wreath.

Enter the dollar store. 
I was there a couple months ago, stocking up on planners for my clients. I noticed some plain {and puny} wreaths and had a lightbulb moment. So I bought the stuff, knowing it'd be a fun treat to put together during No Spend September. 

While its definitely not the most gorgeous, statement piece ever...I kind of love it!

And really, for $3?! 
Yes, please.

I didn't even bother to take step-by-step pictures, because it was just so easy. I took the little bunches of berries & leaves off the floral stems and hot glued them to the wreath in a cluster. Then I unscrewed the hook from the R {I bought it for $1 at Michael's a few years ago and never got around to using it as a hook} and painted it with some acrylic paint I had on hand.
Then, after lots of finagling, I glued the R on to the wreath. It was a bit tricky figured out where to glue it at so it didn't look silly. I ended up using some fishing line to secure it, since the R made the wreath so bottom heavy.

So less than $5 and 10 minutes later, I have a fun fall wreath that I don't feel the least bit guilty about. 
Gosh, I love the dollar store. 


Gretchen said...

I love this! So cute.
I saw an awesome wreath at Target in the dollar section... but Kevin had the money and I couldn't find him. (Funny how he disappears when I'm perusing Target!)

Emily grapes said...

I go there all the time to load up on prizes for my parties. They're the best and I have my favorite dollar store I go to. I've been to others and they never compare to my favorite. haha

Love that you made this for under $5! Perfect!
Emily at Amazing Grapes

Tatiana said...

Good job on cutting back girl! And way to go on making this for $3! That's awesome

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Love it! Way to go on cutting back. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from 20 Below. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Popcorn, Pugs & Peonies said...

I love it Katie!! It turned out really well, and the price is fantastic. You are so crafty.


Rach said...

This is absolutely precious! And cheap too! Nicely done! :)

Megan said...

Love it! I need a fall wreath and I am SO not up for spending a million dollars on one.

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