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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Free and Easy

I found free furniture. I had a thought. It turned into a cute birthday prop for my little girl's birthday!

My kids were able to watch me transform something old into something new. Sounds like what Jesus does for us!

Here is what I got for free:

Here is what I did to it:

I turned it into a lemonade stand for my daughter's lemonade themed birthday party!

1.) I painted the furniture with some yellow paint we had left over in the garage. I didn't take time to make the paint job perfect because I kind of wanted to give it a vintage look.

2.) I looked through my craft supplies and made some cute banners from burlap and scrap material. Then I used some decorations from my house to decorate a little more.

3.) The chalkboard is a toy I got for my kids last summer for $3 at a garage sale. I used it to write a quote to go along with the stand.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy...hahah

Take Ten!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Don't trash it, re-purpose it.

We had a wedding to go to and we also have a strict budget to adhere do we go to a wedding, take a nice gift, and not break the bank? This is where one must get creative.

I recently have become more interested in re-purposing items I find at yard sales, Goodwill, etc. And burlap for decorating is becoming really popular so I like to use it in projects too. I combined an estate sale item with a little paint and burlap to create a nice wedding gift for only $4.50 out of pocket.

Here is what I did, and yes the kids can help too! (With a little guidance of course.)

1.) I bought this frame for $2.00 at an estate sale.


2.) I took out the backing, the print, and the glass and laid the frame on top of a cardboard box in the yard. Then, I spray painted it an almond/cream color. It covered up the blemishes and gave it a fresh, new look.

3.) I used about half a yard of burlap to wrap around the cardboard backing that was in the frame and hot glued it down. Then I taped it to the back also to ensure it stayed in place.

4.) Next, I stenciled in Mr. and Mrs. Est 2013 onto the burlap using permanent marker.

5.) Finally I placed it back into the frame with the glass over the top.

6.) Here it is! At first I only had Mr. and Mrs. on there, but later added the Est. 2013.

7.) This cost me an estimated $4.50--Frame: $2 Burlap $1.50 and part of a can of spray paint $1.00.

Take Ten to re-purpose something!