Cheap DIY Projects Blog Posts

  • DIY 80s Birthday Party
    on Oct 6, 2015
    Well, we have pulled off another DIY birthday party - this time with the 80's theme.  And thanks to my "cheapskate" inner being, total decor, cake and drinks was around $35.00. I downloaded various 80's images from the internet of arcade ga...
  • More DIY Halloween Decor Potion Bottle
    on Sep 25, 2015
    So, here is latest creation!  I love these because they can be done with nearly any type of bottle or jar, and they are super-cheap to make!This was made with a glass bottle, although I think I would prefer plastic.  You can use an empty al...
  • DIY Fun Halloween Decor
    on Sep 24, 2015
    Two simple and fun Halloween projects:  Witchy Potion Jars, and Witchy Spell BooksWitchy Potion Jars I made from various old jars I had sitting around, and I used different shapes and sizes.  I downloaded some free printables and printed th...
  • Another DIY Birthday Party - Dinosaurs!!!
    on Sep 14, 2015
    This was my grandson's 2nd birthday party.  His mom chose dinosaurs for the theme, so we all put our heads together to make it happen.  And thanks to the internet and Pinterest, we were able to do most things ourselves!This is the coolest!&...
  • It's A Girl!!!! Baby Shower
    on Apr 22, 2015
    Well, thanks to my need to pinch pennies on everything I do, we pulled off a baby shower for my son & daughter-in-law without spending a bunch!  And thanks to Pinterest, every cheapskate's bible, we did most everything ourselves. Our shower...
  • Shabby Memo Boards
    on Jan 16, 2015
    These were so fun to make!  I scrounged up a couple of picture frames with ugly pictures and only kept the frames.  I painted them fun colors, and stapled chicken wire on the back side.  Then I painted some wooden clothes pins in coord...
  • Pallets at a Wedding? Yes, Please!!
    on Oct 30, 2014
    You will notice this date is a little in the future - when you are a true do-it-yourselfer and a cheapskate, you have to start early!!!I got a pallet FREE (makes my heart skip a beat when I hear that word!), and painted it white.  Then dug throu...
  • Chippy Door Gets New Life!
    on Oct 30, 2014
    I am sure there is something seriously wrong with me, but I just LOVE old chippy worn out stuff!  My aunt gave me this old door they found in their basement. I used some old barnwood (thanks, again, to my aunt!) to make a top and found some old...
  • DIY Fabric Flowers
    on Sep 10, 2014
    My new favorite way to make shabby fabric flowers!!!!  My son is getting married, and we are making what we can to save money.  I think these are just beautiful, and super-easy to make.  They go pretty fast, and would be great "assembl...
  • Garden Rocker
    on May 23, 2014
    I love this!  I found this child's rocker at a yard sale for $1.00.  I painted it with ivory rustoleum to withstand the elements.  Then I decoupaged on vintage seed packet pictures, added a galvanized birdhouse to the top and it now gr...
  • Vintage Industrial Refurbished Chair
    on May 23, 2014
    I went to lunch one day, and noticed my son-in-law's truck outside, with this grubby chair in the back.  When I asked about it, he said he was on his way to the dump.  Of course, I couldn't let that happen!  I cleaned it up a bit, pain...
  • Buckets, Buckets!
    on Apr 16, 2014
    Who doesn't have some old, dented, rusty buckets sitting around? I decoupaged vintage seed packet images on these.  These will be great as shabby flower pots!  And the rust in the bottom means no drain-hole drilling!
  • Yardsale Plates Transformed!
    on Apr 16, 2014
    I found some clear glass plates in a yardsale, and moved them here and there for a couple of months before I could decide what to do with them. I decoupaged vintage flower pictures and sheetmusic on the back side of them.  The front is still foo...
  • New Old Display
    on Jan 23, 2014
    This turned out really cute!  I took an old dresser drawer and painted it black.  Then decoupaged some really vintage-looking scrapbook paper on the insides.  I added a wired ribbon through the drawer-pull holes, and hot-glued a few pe...
  • New Baby Room Decor
    on Jan 17, 2014
    I used this drawer out of an auction-find chest of drawers (I made the rest of it into a wardrobe) and removed the knobs, painted it black and stood it up on the end.  I glued scrapbook letters and pictures, and lined the inside edges with some...
  • Vintage-Look Lamp .
    on Jan 1, 2014
    This was so fun to make! I had some leftover threaded lamp tubing I wanted to use, so I got a couple of boards about 6" square, drilled holes to accommodate the tubing and painted black. Then I decoupaged some scrapbook paper to each piece. I purchas...
  • Shabby Chic Picture Frame
    on Nov 18, 2013
    I made several of these to display at my daughter's wedding.  I took an ordinary 8 x 10 frame, and painted it white, leaving a little of the wood color to show through.  Then dug through my craft box and found some vintage doilies, jewelry...
  • Repurposed Serving Tray
    on Nov 1, 2013
    This was a super-fun project!  I took an old metal serving tray I found at a yard sale, and masked off the center, painted it flat black.  Then I found an old picture frame with no picture or glass, and painted it flat black, and scruffed a...
  • Shabby Chic Cupcake Holder
    on Oct 18, 2013
    This is a great project for parties, weddings, etc.  I am always on the hunt for plates and cups of different sizes and styles at yard sales.  Most you can pick up for a very good price.  I used E6000 adhesive to glue the plates and cu...
  • Vintage chair plant holder
    on Oct 16, 2013
    This is a cute vintage chair I found at a flea market, but the seat was rotten.  I attached some fence boards, cut to shape and used a jigsaw to cut a circle out of the middle and painted them a bright blue.  Instant plant holder for the po...
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